Best rolling camera bag for photographers: 6 models tested and rated

Best rolling camera bag for photographers: 6 top models tested and rated

In our quest to find the best rolling camera bag for photographers we chose 6 roller bags that can pack in plenty of gear. But which is best? Find out in our group test.

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Taking their design cues from aircraft carry-on luggage, the bags in this test group are specially made to cosset your camera kit with padded protection, while featuring wheels and extending handles for relaxed, rolling comfort.

Indeed, think rolling bags, and you’re probably thinking of keeping your treasured camera kit close to you when flying, rather than consigning it to the cargo hold.

The size and weight limits for carry-on bags vary between airlines. In some cases, the maximum external dimensions are just 38x20x55cm, which puts some of these bags out of the running.

With most airlines, however, it’s only the Lowepro Pro Runner x350 that’s likely to exceed the limit. Weight can be more of a problem.

Some airlines have a limit of between 5kg and 7kg, and most of these bags weigh 4kg to 5kg even when empty. Others have no official limit, the only stipulation being that you lift the bag into an overhead compartment unaided.

Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 01 CoOrdinate Ranger

Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 01 CoOrdinate Ranger

Price:  £109, $165
Buy it:  www.coordinategear.com
Unique in the group, the CoOrdinate Ranger doesn’t actually have any wheels or an extending handle. Instead, the 30x12x48cm rectangular bag is designed to fit into a standard carry-on roller bag.

A bonus of this arrangement is that you can remove the bag when you reach your destination, and use it as a regular camera bag.

As such, it has an adjustable-length shoulder strap, made out of seat belt webbing, which attaches via a pair of carabiners (also supplied). There are additional grab handles on the top and both sides of the bag.

CoOrdinate also manufactures a Pioneer backpack, into which the Ranger is designed to fit, so you could use it as a camera backpack as well as a roller case. The backpack costs an additional £139.

Verdict
Pros… Works well as an insert for a regular roller bag.
Cons… Lacking in strength and rigidity when used on its own.
WE say… It’s a neat idea, but isn’t a roller bag in its own right.

Score: 3/5

Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 01 CoOrdinate Ranger
Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 02 Lowepro Pro Roller Lite 150 AW
Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 03 Lowepro Pro Runner x350 AW
Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 04 Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight
Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 05 Tamrac Big Wheels Speedroller 1x
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