The best messenger bags for photographers in 2024: bags for camera gear and a laptop

best messenger bags for photographers

Finding the best messenger bags for photographers isn't always an easy task – but it's worth doing. Not only do you get a stylish bag that looks great for all situations, but you also get a sophisticated system for carrying your camera(s).

There's a reason why messenger bags are some of the most popular camera bags ever made. They often come with customizable interior dividers that can be shaped around the needs of your gear, and many have extra features like rain covers, tripod holders, and even laptop pouches.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at