A zillion packing cubes, inserts, messenger bags, and backpacks exist to keep your photo and video gear protected. We’ve reviewed our favorites.
This is the bag I’ve used most during the pandemic. I haven’t had to carry a ton of gear, just my mirrorless camera, a few filters, and two to three smartphones (I review phones!).
This bag is beautiful. The pebble-grain cowhide leather is supple and softand after months of use, it still looks pristine. The flap stays shut thanks to magnets, but open it up and it’s hard to stop touching the maroon microfiber underside. The bag’s largest compartment has a velcro lining, so you can adjust the placement of the dividers, and the padding on all sides (especially the bottom) is really thick.
There isn’t much in the way of organizing your smaller items, but you get three roomy pockets that can fit a Nintendo Switch, a Kindle, and a 10-inch iPad (respectively). There’s even a spot on the back you can use as a sleeve to connect it to a roller suitcase. Everything else on this messenger screams exquisite, from the YKK Metaluxe zippers to the latex-padded strap that sits comfortably on my shoulder.