- Buyer's Guide
Best Camera Bag Champion 2020
The Best Camera Bag 2020 is a photographer’s go-to ally, protecting fragile and expensive kit while keeping gear well organized and quickly accessible…
Sometimes when Youtube personalities and brands combine on developing gear, the results are more spin than insightful and innovative design. But that isn’t the case here. Pro photographer and Youtube sensation Peter Mckinnon and Nomatic have achieved something special. Not only does the Nomatic McKinnon Camera Pack perfectly combine a professional camera bag and travel bag with this ultimate hybrid, but it nails the all-important finer details too.
They’ve worked together to deliver everything, from cushy foldable dividers to protect, organize and customize the pack, to clever snap-shut magnetic side pockets, a sturdy luggage pass-through, quality pocketing, and all in a super slick and durable blacked-out outer.
It’s a pack that can cater to pros, travelers and hobbyists alike, fitting a camera, multiple lenses, drone, laptop, small tech, accessories and clothes for a few days of adventure.
Add in its premium harness and durable, weather-resistant build and you’re ready to tackle multiple shoots across varying environments and continents. Fantastic work, NOMATIC and Peter!
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
NYA-EVO are boldly declaring they mean business in the adventure photography space. And they’ve built a pack to prove it. The Fjord 36 dishes up all the features you want in an adventure camera pack, with a super rugged build quality, trusty protection from the elements, a comfortable carry experience, and great organization.
The pack makes it easy to accommodate different loads, with customizable interior organization and a range of external carry options too. So whether you’re roaming in the backcountry with snow gear or zipping through airports with a more pared-back load, this pack adapts easily on the fly. It’s an impressive offering from a brand who knows that adventure photography is a demanding sphere that requires premium and versatile carry performance. Well done, NYA-EVO!
Pick up a Shimoda Designs pack and you can tell it’s been designed by people who actually use it in challenging photography environments. The Action X series is designed for action sports adventure photography – and it shows. The tough build and excellent customizable harness ensures this pack will keep going strong in harsh environments, while providing dialed-in carry comfort for a range of different users.
The expandable volume, easy gear access, and well-considered organization also give this pack welcome versatility to adjust to changing loads. So you really can embrace multiple shoots with just one bag. Functional, burly and offering excellent comfort, this is a great pick for active photography use. Excellent job, Shimoda Designs!