The 3 Best DSLR Laptop Bags for 2016
As a photographer, whether amateur or professional, it is important to be able to store your equipment safely, so that it is well protected from the elements but can also be easily accessed to take a perfect, spontaneous shot. DSLR cameras, lenses, and all their accessories are expensive equipment and buying a quality DSLR laptop bag is one of the best ways to protect your investment.
Many photographers also prefer to carry laptops along with them so they can easily edit and share their photos on the go. These are our top three choices in 2016 for the best laptop DSLR bags available on the market today, each with their benefits, drawbacks, and serving different purposes.
1. Evecase Large DSLR Camera/Laptop Travel Backpack
The wide, padded shoulder straps make even a fully stocked bag easy to carry and also includes adjustable waist and chest straps to take the stress of heavy weight off the shoulders.
This backpack also includes multiple useful accessories, including a rain cover, multiple pockets, a tripod holder with a strap, and a luggage handle slot. It is compatible with many brands of Nikon DSLR cameras.
Photographers who travel frequently and who need room for lots of extra lenses will find this backpack useful. Although small enough to be a carry-on bag, it contains ample storage for camera equipment and accessories and is durable and comfortable. It also includes a rain cover for protecting your valuable equipment.
Some photographers have complained about the placement of zippers on the outside of the backpack as being cumbersome and there also may be an initial chemical smell emanating from the fabric. This is a common problem with fabric materials like backpacks or equipment cases and can be easily fixed by letting it air out for a few days.
Although there seem to be some issues with quality control due to some customers complaining about zippers and straps, the company backs their products with a 30-day no questions asked return policy for a replacement or refund as well as an 18-month warranty.
2. Evecase Large Canvas Messenger SLR/DSLR Camera Bag
For photographers who prefer a messenger style camera bag, this product is a great option as it is spacious enough for one camera body and 2-3 lenses. The camera insert spacer is removable and padded as well for extra protection.
In addition to ample camera storage, there is a separate sleeve for transporting a laptop or tablet up to 14”. It also features tripod storage on the bottom by making use of secure straps that wrap around the bag, allowing the tripod to be stored on the bottom. It is compatible with a variety of DSLR cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Pentax.
This bag seems to be best for photographers who are on the move often and need to be able to access their camera and accessories easily, without having to take off a backpack, unzip a compartment, etc. Everything can be accessed while the bag remains on your shoulder.
Features that stand out include its compatibility with many DSLR camera brands, the option for tripod storage (which many other bags do not offer), as well as its functional, retro styling. Its front and side pockets are also convenient for small storage. It also includes a rain cover that fits over the bag, protecting equipment from moisture. It’s even available in a purple color if you’re looking for something that stands out a little more.
Some drawbacks of this style bag include that it seems to lack durability for consistent, everyday use. It may make more sense for a part-time, occasional photographer. Although the straps are a bit awkward to manipulate, and some people have reported issues with the zippers, this may be a quality control issue because many other people have not had these problems with this camera bag.
3. Evecase Camera/Lens Kit Backpack
This particular backpack is also one of the best laptop DSLR bags at it’s pricepoint. It is able to hold one DSLR camera along with 4-6 lenses as well as all included accessories (chargers, flashes, batteries, etc).
It also includes a separate padded laptop compartment, useful for those photographers who like to edit their photos while they’re shooting. The compartment is the same size as the first bag previously mentioned above – it fits laptops/notebooks or tablets up to 15.6”. It includes a padded handle and shoulder straps for easy transport when traveling, and is small enough to be a carry-on bag, consistent with TSA regulations. It is compatible with many Nikon DSLR models and includes a rain cover as well as a tripod holder with strap.
This backpack has lots of pockets and storage compartments inside of it with lots of room for all of your photography equipment. Its top pocket is easily accessible from the outside, making it easy to grab your camera for a quick shot. It is strong, durable, and well padded on the inside. The velcro dividers are customizable as well to fit your equipment appropriately. It is also not showy or flashy – it blends in well when traveling or if you’re in a busy area. People would never know you have expensive equipment stored inside, which is useful in deterring individuals from potentially stealing it.
Some photographers have had issues with the zippers catching on the stitching or straps breaking, but again, this may be a quality control issue as previously mentioned with the other models. The flexible return policy and 18-month warranty will protect you in case you encounter any breakages or problems. In addition, the bag would benefit from more outside pockets for storing a water bottle or cell phone. All of the many pockets and storage compartments are inside the bag.