10 Seriously Cool Camera Bags (Updated 2018)

A mirrorless or DSLR camera bag is a necessity. This is the place you will store your camera equipment, primarily a camera, a few lenses and also the bits and bobs that are also necessary.

We’ve chosen these bags for their cool and stylish design, making sure you don’t stick out like a sore thumb when you come to photograph that modish event.

There are going to be different things you are going to require from a bag. The ones here have been chosen to carry the minimal amount of gear. These camera bags are to help you fit in, not allow you to carry every little piece of camera gear you own.

If you need more equipment, bring a bigger bag, swapping and changing as needed.

For an event, you may need your laptop, as you can work on your images in the downtimes. We have tried to include a few that are big enough to carry them.

We also looked into a minimum of three different styles, as a backpack isn’t going to be for everyone.

close up picture of a man carrying a brown leather camera bag

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Think Tank – Retrospective 10

The softness and flexibility of the Retrospective 10 easily allows a pro size DSLR to be carried in the main compartment with a lens attached, facing downward.

Within the Retrospective 10’s main compartment, there are two collapsible nylon pockets (one on each side). These pockets are tall enough to fit most flash units or other accessories.

And you can use a hook-and-loop strap to secure the contents or you can tuck it into the pocket for quicker access.

  • Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment;
  • Carries a pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached;
  • Accommodates 2-4 lenses in the main compartment with DSLR body in front pocket;
  • Front expandable pocket fits an additional pro size DSLR (body only);
  • Organizer pocket built into the main compartment for pens, note pad, batteries, etc.


Think Tank - Retrospective 10 - cool camera bags

ONA “The Union Street Leather Messenger Bag”

Here we have The Union Street leather messenger bag, which kicks ass in the stylish department. The vintage leather look makes it seem like an expensive book bag being carted around by a PhD English professor in Cambridge, UK.

If you wanted to stay concealed as a photographer, this is the bag to choose.

  • Soft, padded and customisable interior via five adjustable dividers;
  • Holds a DSLR and up to three lenses;
  • Small organiser pocket for your smaller items;
  • Laptop compartment;
  • Dual tuck-lock closure buckles and antique brass hardware buckles and rivets.


The Union Street Leather Messenger Bag leather camera bag

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