Best photo backpacks: 6 top models tested and rated

Best photo backpacks: 6 top models tested and rated

Five things to look for in a photo backpack

A Layman's Guide to photo backpacks

The right backpack for you will depend on the kit you want to carry. Consider all these things when buying one

01 Quick access
Some recent designs have quick-access openings so you can get at your camera and lens without having to take the backpack off your shoulders and open the main photo compartment flap.

02 Whatever the weather
All the backpacks in this test group are shower-proof. For extra protection in foul weather, some come with a slip-over rain cover.

03 Take to the skies
Photo backpacks work well as carry-on bags when you’re flying. All the bags on test should be small enough to comply with size restrictions but you may need to keep an eye on weight limits.

04 Tripod attachment
A tripod attachment system is good to have. This enables you to secure a tripod to the outside of the bag for hands-free carrying.

05 Laptop compartment
Many backpacks feature a separate laptop or tablet compartment but some are quite small, so it’s best to check the dimensions before you buy.

Best photo backpacks: Hama Daytour 230
Best photo backpacks: Manfrotto Veloce VII
Best photo backpacks: Lowepro Flipside 400 AW
Best photo backpacks: Tamrac Expedition 6x
Best photo backpacks: Think Tank Photo Glass Limo
Best photo backpacks: Vanguard Quovio 44
Five things to look for in a photo backpack


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  • jmeyer

    Ach, you’re right! We’ve now fixed this and the correct Pros and Cons are now in place. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • jmeyer

    Thanks, Scott. Now fixed.

  • kktheflying

    i need a backpack that will fit in a long telephoto lens, i can’t find one anywhere.
    anybody got any ideas ? must be able to fit a 22 inch telephoto lens inside comfortably

  • Babur72

    Anyone had any experience with f-Stop products? Do they perform as well as they look? Been looking at the Tilopa or Satori backpacks.