Camera Backpacks

There are plenty of camera backpacks available out which scream ‘expensive camera, steal me’. I certainly don’t have anything against LowePro or caselogic backpacks, however, they are two of the most prominent camera carriage companies and they most definitely would be a target for thieves while travelling. Below are a few backpacks that I’ve been eyeing off, they all feature either a plain backpack look or a regular hiking backpack.

Mindshift Gear, DSLR Backpack, Photography gear

Rotation 180 Professional

The Rotation 180 Professional is a new backpack developed with a Kickstarter campaign by Mindshift Gear. The guys behind Mindshift gear have been developing camera gear since 2005 as a part of Think  Tank Photo and this new range is launched as the culmination of their experience. As the image indicates, the backpack’s waist belt is able to swivel round to the front of your body allowing you to easily access your gear. This also prevents unauthorised access from behind. In the top half of the backpack you have more room for camera gear or clothing and food etc, it also features space for a Camelbak style bladder. At USD$389.99 the professional is quite an investment, but Mindshift Gear have provided a more affordable option with the Panorama.

  • Removable tripod sling
  • Rotating beltpack (can be worn on its own)
  • Hydration pocket holds up to 3 liter reservoir
  • Waterproof rain cover
  • Front pleated stash pocket
  • Fully adjustable shoulder straps
  • Memory Foam back panel with air mesh channel
  • Side compression
  • Internal aluminum frame
  • Selection of additional accessories to expand capacity and functionality
  • Adjustable ice axe/ski carry loops
Mindshift gear, DSLR Backpack

Rotation 180 Panorama

The Panorama seems to be more of a simple design than the Professional, however on the specs sheet it seems to have all the same features. The difference being that it seems that the straps and back padding are possibly not as well suited for more serious hiking and load bearing. It comes in at USD$199.99.

The Panorama features:

  • Rotating beltpack (can be worn on its own)
  • Two tripod carrying options
  • Hydration pocket holds up to 3 liter reservoir
  • Additional room for jacket, 1-2 layers, hat, gloves, lunch, etc.
  • Convenient top storage pocket
  • Internal mesh storage pockets
  • Backpack load lifter straps
  • Lightweight materials
  • Breathable padded airflow harness
  • Ergonomic and breathable back panel
Crumpler, DSLR Backpack

Crumpler Karachi Outpost Large

The Crumpler Karachi Outpost is another plain looking backpack with a raft of excellent features for your DSLR. If you (or anyone) else is looking for ease of access to your expensive gear, they have to get the backpack off your back to access the internal opening compartment which will easily hold your camera and 4 or 5 lenses. It’s made with all water resistant materials and features an air mesh back and padded straps and waist belt for hiking. It is covered by the Crumpler Lifetime Warranty. It comes in at USD$265 (AUD$295) so it’s a mid to top of the range backpack.

Etsy, DSLR Backpack

Etsy backpack

On the other end of the scale, if you’re after a cheaper backpack with not quite as many features, you can’t go past a search on a site such as Etsy or Ebay. This backpack looks unassuming  enough to avoid attention but it features twin compartments, the bottom for a DSLR and a couple of lenses and the top for all of your miscellaneous extras.

Crumpler, DSLR Storage

Crumpler Haven Large

Another great Crumpler product is the Haven, these come in Small, Medium or Large, which will fit a mirrorless, small DSLR or large DSLR respectively along with a medium sized spare lens and other accessories such as a battery charger, cables and cards. Place your gear into it and then you can put it in any bag to turn it into an impromptu DSLR bag.

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