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Best Camera Bag – The Sixth Annual Carry Awards
Most camera bags are designed to do one thing well – carry camera gear. But the Boundary Supply Prima System isn’t like most camera bags. By building modular adaptability into their Prima System, Boundary Supply have created a bag that ultra-efficiently nails photography, everyday and travel carry needs – and has taken the world by storm because of it.
All the elements of greatness are here. A durable and water-resistant build using bluesign® fabrics and sustainable construction, backed by a lifetime guarantee. Stylishly versatile aesthetics that look good in the city but embrace outdoor and changing travel settings too. Simple and easy access with magnetic buckles, a central zipper to the main compartment, and side access to your camera gear. And of course the modular components themselves. The Prima Pack, the Verge Case for photography equipment, and the Fieldspace for smaller work and EDC items. All of which can be used as standalone pieces or as a highly adaptable system.
But what takes the Prima System to the next level is how these elements have been brought together. There’s remarkable design harmony here, something rarely seen achieved at this level. The Prima is an exceptional pack, and a worthy winner. Massive congratulations, Boundary Supply!
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.
Adventure photography puts camera gear through some of the most demanding environments on earth. But to really excel in those environments, these bags need more than just a burly build. So Shimoda Designs set out to create a better adventure photography bag. A bag that would solve real problems. Guided by the design expertise of Ian Millar (former Product and Development Director at f-stop), the Explore system features two packs, the Explore 40 and Explore 60. Through engaging with numerous professional adventure photographers, Shimoda Designs has created a system that solves pain points related to gear access, fit and comfort, changing gear configurations and more.
They’ve really thought of everything. And brought these features together in designs that don’t feel awkward or cluttered. The Explore System pushes the boundaries of adventure photography bags, delivering dialed-in features to help you push further and achieve more. Kudos, Shimoda Designs!
By its nature, camera carry should be functional. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful too. Function at the expense of form is an area where many brands fall down. But not Wotancraft. The Taiwanese brand finds a careful balance of practicality and attractive aesthetics. And the Wotancraft Commander is a fine example of their expertise in doing so.
The heritage vibes are undeniable, but Wotancraft makes those eye-catching aesthetics work in a highly functional form built for modern-day use. Left and right side access lets you quickly get to gear on the go, while a separate laptop compartment and a variety of pockets keep tech and accessories within easy reach too. But Wotancraft knows there’s always room for improvement, which is why they’ve incorporated a number of 2018 updates to the pack too. Adjusted dimensions to accommodate large full-frame DSLRs with a battery grip. Detachable Latex foam shoulder pads, a detachable leather chest strap and an inbuilt aluminum frame for improved carry comfort and structure. And a medical grade microfiber lining that’s Velcro compatible to tailor your setup with dividers and modular accessories. The Commander is an excellent demonstration of form and function brought together in a considered way. A design that strives for better, from a brand not content to rest on its laurels. Well done, Wotancraft!