sharon nicole photography favorite camera bags for photographers

Today I’ll be sharing my favorite camera bags with all of you! Over the years, I’ve purchased these 3 and really like them all for different reasons. I hope you find this information helpful if you’re looking for a new camera bag, or just want to know what I think of mine. I’ve put links to all the bags and more thoughts below, so please keep reading if you’d like to know more about the bags I use!
sharon nicole photography favorite camera bags for photographers

1. ONA Palma Bag

Weight: 1.9 lbs

Dimensions: 11″L x 8″H x 5.5″W (Exterior) 10.5″L x 7″H x 5″W (Interior)

My thoughts: This bag is my most recent purchase – I bought it as a birthday present to myself in August of last year! I love its sleek design and cognac color. This is the best looking camera bag I’ve ever seen, and my clients have noticed too! I’ve gotten so many compliments on how this bag looks nice and doesn’t look like a dorky camera bag. It holds a camera body and two lenses easily, but typically I will put 2 lenses in it and carry my camera body with a lens attached so I can carry all of my favorite prime lenses (the 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, and 35mm 1.4). I’ve used this bag both at weddings and sessions and it functions perfectly for both. During weddings, sometimes I don’t lock the flap so I can open and close it more easily, which is definitely not a problem. I thought it was a little bit wide at first, but since it’s not very long I still think it’s small enough to not feel bulky. I’ve been impressed at how well the leather has held up and hasn’t scratched! When I travel and want to take my camera along for vacation photos, I definitely think I’ll be using this bag.
sharon nicole photography favorite camera bags for photographers

2. Kelly Moore Classic bag

Weight: 2.5 lbs

Dimensions: 16″L x 11″ H x 4″W

My thoughts: I purchased this bag in 2010 and have been using it ever since. I adore Kelly Moore and her bags are exactly what I was looking for when I purchased it. I’ve received compliments on this bag’s appearance because it doesn’t look like a typical camera bag. I would use this bag even if I didn’t have camera equipment in it! I love how much storage space it has. When I have long wedding days, I like to use this bag because I know I can put my whole camera body in it, even with the flash, if I need my hands to hold something else or fix a bride’s dress (I stopped using a camera strap a long time ago because of the stress and pain it would put on my neck and back). It holds multiple lenses and flashes with plenty of room leftover. I usually put my cell phone in one of the front pockets so I can easily open it up and view the day’s schedule. The magnetic snap closures are perfect for quickly changing lenses and putting them back in. By the time the reception rolls around and my back is starting to get sore, it’s easy to put down because it can stand on its own. The magnetic snap closures are perfect for quickly changing lenses and putting them back in. This bag is super easy to use and I’m so glad I own it!
sharon nicole photography favorite camera bags for photographers

3. Shootsac with old cover (no longer available)

Weight: 7 oz.

Dimensions: 17.25″ L x 9.5″ H x 2″ W | Side pockets 5.25″ | Center pockets 6″ | Neoprene Thickness 3″

My thoughts: This is the lightest and least bulky bag that I own. If I have to shoot multiple days in a row, I’m always reaching for my Shootsac on the second or third day of shooting. I love having something so light and knowing that it’s not putting any unnecessary weight on my back. It’s made of neoprene which grips my lenses but is still flexible enough for me to quickly switch them out when needed. The flap is functional but not cumbersome. It keeps dust out but is easy to move aside when I need to change lenses. I’ve had this bag since 2008 and after 5 years, I still think it’s in great condition. It has stretched out a little bit, but not enough for me to worry that a lens will fall out of it. When I’m shooting weddings with the Shootsac, I can easily move around small spaces without worrying about bumping into anything. One downside to this bag is that it can’t stand up on its own. I tend to not put this bag down very much because the padding isn’t as sturdy as my other bags. However, I love its flexibility and multiple pockets which makes it easy for me to organize lenses, flashes, memory cards, and personal items like my wallet and cell phone. I’ll admit that I think it’s a bit pricey for what it is, but it is and will always be a staple in my camera gear.

 

I also wanted to quickly mention that I don’t store my lenses for an extended period of time in any of these bags. When I’m not out for shoots, I use this Think Tank bag for all of my equipment. If you want to see my last post on what’s in my bag, you can find it here. Thank you so much for reading!

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One Response to Fashion Friday | My Favorite Camera Bags

  1. Laura Barnes says:

    Sharon! I really love this post and your thoughts on each bag. I love my Kelly Moore Bags, but I’ve been thinking of trying out the shootsac for engagement sessions. Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo

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