6 top photo backpacks tested and rated

6 top photo backpacks tested and rated

6 top photo backpacks tested and rated

Carry your kit the easy way with a backpack that spreads the load in style. We tested six of the best photo backpacks on the market to see how well they can carry and protect your gear.


Crumpler Cupcake Full Photo
Price: £95

Buy: www.bags4gear.co.uk
Unlike the ‘half photo’ version of this backpack, which has a split main compartment for camera kit, nearly all of the available room is given over to photo gear. There’s also a section for a small laptop. The rounded design makes the bag less likely to catch on obstacles, but the compromise is reduced carrying volume.

SCORE: 3/5


Hama Daytour 230

Price: £75
Buy: www.hama.com
This is a split backpack, but both main compartments have plentiful dividers for camera gear. You can remove the dividers from either section to give space for general travel items, and both sections feature quick access to cameras with attached lenses. It’s versatile, beautifully made and a real bargain at the price.

SCORE: 5/5


Kata DR-465i DPS Digital

Price: £60
Buy: www.katabags.co.uk
A neat split backpack that’s lightweight and compact, the Kata’s lower section can accommodate an SLR with attached lens, a couple of extra lenses and a flashgun. This section hinges out, and you can also remove the padded camera compartment completely and use the Kata as a regular backpack.

SCORE: 4/5


Lowepro Vertex 100 AW

Price: £100
Buy: www.lowepro.com
Big and butch, the Vertex 100 cossets one or two SLRs and a gaggle of lenses, flashguns and accessories with Lowepro’s customary design qualities. It has weatherproof zips on the camera and laptop compartments, plus a slip-over rain cover. Extra front pockets are kitted out for organising accessories and memory cards.

SCORE: 4/5


Manfrotto Veloce V

Price: £90
Buy: www.manfrotto.co.uk
This works well as a full photo or split backpack, depending on how you position the dividers. 
In full photo mode, there’s quick access to your camera and attached lens via a second zip and fastener at the top. A full-length inner section is ideal for holding a Manfrotto travel tripod, but it’s also suitable for extra-long lenses.

SCORE: 4/5


Vanguard Skyborne 45

Price: £115
Buy: www.vanguardworld.co.uk
As with many carry-on bags, a wrap-around zip enables you to increase the depth of the main compartment if needed. There are two main compartments, although you can convert them into one large space. Extra compartments provide more room for accessories, including a padded sleeve for a 12-inch laptop or iPad.

SCORE: 4/5


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