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The best Nikon camera bag in 2021: carry your Nikon gear in style and safety

best Nikon camera bag
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If you're looking for a new Nikon camera bag to carry your kit, you're in the right place. We've searched through all the best camera bags and cases, not to mention the best camera backpacks, to bring you the top options for your Nikon camera – and we've listed them in this handy guide.

Nikon cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from the smallest of Coolpix compact cameras to extensive DSLR kits with massed ranks of Nikon lenses, flashguns and other camera accessories. The best bag for your Nikon camera depends on what kit you want to carry with you, and what sort of photography you intend to do. 

For example, a DSLR camera body with an attached lens, additional lens or two and a flashgun would be well suited to a photographic shoulder bag. There are plenty on the market, in a wide range of sizes. Some are relatively small and easily manageable, while others are aimed at larger, full-frame cameras and pro-grade lenses, like a hefty 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. Popular variations on the theme include messenger bags, which are worn across the body rather than just slung over a shoulder.

If you have a weightier DSLR outfit with numerous lenses, and maybe a backup body and multiple flashguns, camera backpacks tend to be a better solution. These enable you to spread the load across both shoulders, as well as your back and your pelvis, making carrying your kit much less of a strain. 

Yet another option is to go for a split camera/daypack. These backpacks have two separate compartments, typically with a lower section for stowing camera gear, and an upper compartment for daily essentials. 

No matter which style you prefer – or what budget you have to spend – we've found all the best Nikon camera bags on the market right now, below...

Best Nikon camera bag in 2021

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1. Peak Design Everyday Messenger

The best Nikon camera bag overall

Type: Messenger bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 3 | Laptop/tablet compartment:: 13-inch or 15-inch | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 3 | External dimensions: 300 x 410 x 170mm or 300 x 430 x 180mm | Weight: 1,010g or 1,100g

Good security and easy access
Grows to hold more kit
Internal dividers unintuitive
A bit pricey

For everything from nipping out for coffee, navigating the daily commute or embarking on a grand day out, the Peak Design Everyday Messenger is a really smart messenger bag for stashing your Nikon camera kit. Available in 13-inch and 15-inch options, it’s ideal for carrying a medium-sized Nikon DSLR kit, plus either a 13-inch or 15-inch laptop, respectively. Innovative design elements include quick-action MagLatch closures, plus a zippered top flap for even faster access to your camera, without opening the whole bag. ‘FlexFold’ dividers are said to be origami-inspired and, while they work very well to cosset your kit, they can seem a bit unintuitive at first. The Version 2 editions have enhanced weatherproofing and their small inner pockets are made from a more durable fabric. This is a brilliant bag for your Nikon camera. 

Read more: The best messenger bags for photographers

2. Billingham Hadley Pro

The handy, handmade Hadley Pro is simply superb

Type: Shoulder bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 3 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Tablet | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 2 | External dimensions: 350 x 120 x 300mm | Weight: 1,100g

Conveniently slim design
Impeccable build quality
Shoulder pad sold separately
Not suitable for large kit collections

The Billingham Hadley Pro is hard to beat. It’s super-stylish and impeccably made, featuring a fully waterproof canvas-look outer, coupled with full-grain leather and brass fixings. For a photographic shoulder bag, the design is refreshingly slim, and yet there’s enough room inside for a full-frame DSLR body like the D850 with an attached 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, plus a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom (without tripod collar) and a pro-grade flashgun like the SB-5000. Two additional front pockets enable extra gear to be stashed away, and the rear zippered pocket is big enough for a tablet. For heavier collections of kit, the optional shoulder pad is worth buying, and additional AVEA pockets that can attach to both ends are also available, in two sizes.

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3. Nikon Large Pro Bag

A Nikon branded bag that has lots of room

Type: Shoulder bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 4 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Tablet | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 2 | External dimensions: 19 x 12.5 x 10.5 inches | Weight: 3.45 lb

Excellent value
Nikon branding
Masses of room
No room for a laptop
Not available in the UK

If you have a Nikon camera, you may well want to stay brand-loyal and buy your bag from Nikon too. And with this bag you can do so without breaking the bank – and get a shoulder case that will carry a decent amount of kit. You can fit in a camera body or two along with three or four lenses in the main compartment – and still have side pockets and zippered pouches for you to carry all those memory cards, batteries, filters and essential bits. The rear pocket is only big enough for a tablet, rather than a full-blown photo-editing laptop - but that is about the only real criticism at this price.

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4. Nikon CF-EU14

A Nikon branded bag that has lots of room

Type: Shoulder bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 1 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Tablet | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 2 | External dimensions: 310 x 210 x 160mm | Weight: 375g

Stylish look
Nikon branding
Great bag for starters
No room for a laptop

This is is a smaller Nikon branded bag, with a stylish looking gray finish. It is made for the European market, so is not easy to find in the US. But with enough internal space for a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a second lens. There is a small rear pocket which you could fit a tablet in, or paperwork. And to the front there are two accessory pockets at the front - but these don't offer lots of room. However, this would be a great first bag for someone who has just got a a camera – or wants something modestly-sized for travel.

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5. Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW

The best Nikon camera bag for hiking and landscape photography

Type: Backpack | Cameras: 2x DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 8 | Laptop/tablet compartment: 15-inch | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 1 | External dimensions: 348 x 270 x 488mm | Weight: 2,600g

Cleverly designed, hugely versatile backpack
Various entry points 
Removable chunky waistband
A bit bulky
Fairly heavy

One of Lowepro’s bigger backpacks, the Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW can hold one or two pro-grade Nikon DSLRs and up to eight additional lenses or other accessories, so you don’t need to leave anything behind that you might need on a shoot. It’s equally suitable for hiking into the hills, touring the city, or just about anything else. Access to kit is quick and easy, thanks to four separate access points on the top, rear and both sides of the backpack. For negotiating tricky terrain and climbing over obstacles, there’s a waist band that adds stabilising support as well as providing extra storage for small items, but you can remove this if you need a more streamlined approach. Lowepro’s ActivZone System design ensures a really comfortable fit.

Prefer a slightly smaller backpack for your Nikon camera? Try the Tenba Shootout 32L – which also comes in smaller 18L and 24L versions. It’s ideal for enthusiast Nikon photographers with a large DSLR kit, while the robust, aluminium frame and pivot fit straps give very good protection – and also make the backpack particularly comfortable to wear

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6. Manfrotto Street Medium Backpack

The best Nikon camera bag/daypack

Type: Backpack | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 2 | Laptop/tablet compartment: 15-inch | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 3 | External dimensions: 280 x 150 x 460mm | Weight: 1,100g

Dual photo/daypack compartment
Sensible size for a day out
Limited space for gear
Lack of color options

Whether you’re commuting to work or going on a day trip, you’re likely to need more than just your Nikon camera kit. Typical of split photography/daypacks, this Manfrotto Street Medium Backpack has two separate compartments. The lower one can accommodate a DSLR with an attached lens, plus two other lenses or similar sized accessories. The upper compartment, with a separate zipper, plays host to all your other daily essentials. Other separate pockets enable you to organise your bits and pieces, and there’s a separate 15-inch laptop compartment. A smaller edition of the bag is also available, which is a better fit for Nikon’s mirrorless compact system camera outfits.

7. Lowepro Dashpoint 10 Camera Pouch

Small but smart and tough – perfect for a compact camera

Type: Pouch | Cameras: Compact | Additional lenses/accessories: None | Laptop/tablet compartment: None | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: Memory card pocket | External dimensions: 93 x 60 x 134mm | Weight: 100g

Clever design
Tough but lightweight
Others are cheaper
Less protective than a hard case

The best compact camera bag: Arguably better known for its shoulder bags and backpacks, Lowepro nevertheless makes pouches and bags for small, compact cameras. The Dashpoint range of pouches comes in 10, 20 and 30 options to suit a range of Nikon Coolpix compact camera sizes, and they’re all available in slate grey or galaxy blue. For small point and shoot cameras, the Lowepro Dashpoint 10 Camera Pouch is likely to be the best fit, but it definitely pays to check the dimensions of your Nikon camera before buying. Each edition of the pouch comes with a removable shoulder strap, wide-opening zippers for easy access, and impact-resistant padding.  

8. Think Tank TurnStyle 20 V2.0

The best Nikon camera sling bag

Type: Sling bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 4 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Tablet | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 1 | External dimensions: 235 x 440 x 137mm | Weight: 500g

Tough but particularly lightweight
Swivel access for gear
Doesn't spread the load
Separation could be better

There are some intriguing and innovative Think Tank bags on the market – this Think Tank TurnStyle 20 V2.02 sling-back being a good case in point. It’s available in three sizes and two colour options of blue/indigo and charcoal. The 20 is the largest but all three have one shoulder strap rather than usual two, so they’re designed to be worn across the body. A particular bonus is that you can swivel the bags around on their strap, enabling you to get access to your camera and accessories without needing to take the bag off and lay it down. There’s enough room for a full-sized Nikon DSLR and up to four additional lenses or other accessories. The 10 edition takes one less lens, and the 5 is better suited to mirrorless Nikon 1 outfits. Each bag has an additional tablet pocket, and an extra front compartment.

9. Manfrotto Reloader 55 Roller Bag

The best roller bag for your Nikon camera

Type: Roller bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 10 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Laptop + Tablet | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 2 | External dimensions: 350 x 230 x 550mm | Weight: 4,900g

Built-in wheels and handle
Suitable for carry-on
Heavy to lift

Giving great protection to your camera kit, this Manfrotto Reloader 55 Roller Bag has a cavernous main compartment with endlessly adjustable dividers. It therefore adapts to snugly cosset just about any collection of Nikon camera bodies, lenses and other accessories. Additional pockets are built into the lid for safeguarding both a tablet and a laptop of up to 17-inches in size. Further pouches are built into the underside of the flap for smaller accessories. Typical of roller bags, it has a sturdy set of wheels and an extending handle, for easy manoeuvring around anything from train and coach stations to airport terminals. However, when you do need to lift the bag, it’s rather weighty at nearly 5kg even when empty.

10. Billingham 445

The best luxury Nikon camera bag

Type: Shoulder bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 8 | Laptop/tablet compartment: 13-inch (optional sleeve) | Tripod attachment: Optional straps | Additional compartments: 4 | External dimensions: 430 x 250 x 300mm | Weight: 2,100g

Top-notch craftmanship
Capacious main compartment
Weighs over 2kg

The Billingham 445 is the middle-sized bag in Billingham’s ‘5 Series’ range. It can swallow up one or two Nikon DSLR bodies and up to eight additional lenses, flashguns and the like. There’s also a full-length front pocket that can accommodate a 13-inch laptop, for which a laptop slip is available as an optional extra. Nine different pockets are included, which can be arranged at will to suit different photographic items, and external Delta pockets are also available separately, for attaching to the bag. The quality is fabulous throughout but it’s a relatively heavy bag and, even though a shoulder pad is included, it can be a strain to carry when fully laden.

11. Vanguard Supreme 53D Hard Case with Divider Bag

Hard on the outside, soft on the inside

Type: Hard case | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 11 | Laptop/tablet compartment: None | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 0 | External dimensions: 630 x 520 x 240mm | Weight: 7,820g

Removable soft interior
Tough, secure and weather-proof
Heavy to carry
Bulky, but smaller sizes are available

The best hard Nikon camera case: Keep your Nikon camera kit safe from harm, this Vanguard Supreme 53D Hard Case with Divider Bag offers supreme protection. It’s super-tough, fully dust-proof and waterproof, has steel reinforced padlock rings and an automatic pressure release valve to cope with changes in air pressure and altitude, for example when stowed in the baggage hold of an aircraft. It’s also O-ring sealed to withstand being submerged in water, down to a depth of five metres. The softer side of the case is within, as it comprises a removable soft inner bag with adjustable dividers. There are no less than three carrying handles for lifting the case, plus a set of wheels and a retractable pull-along handle. The wheels are most welcome, given that the case weighs almost 8kg even without anything in it.

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