The camera bag I bring on a trip is dependent on what gear I would bring or the type of photography I would be doing. For casual street photography, I would eventually bring something like the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V12 Sling Bag. But on my recent trip to Coron Palawan, I knew I would be bringing a lot more, like my MacBook, a larger selection of lenses, some reading materials, notebooks, a water bottle and probably a few quick snacks since I would be staying longer and shooting a wider variety of subjects. I was fortunate to have the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V16 Slingpack for me to try out on that week long trip to Coron, PacSafe’s new camera bag geared for the active traveler.
There is always that little bag we take where we put the stuff we readily access and need when we travel like mobile phones, passport, flight tickets, notebooks, mints etc. The type of bag differs from each people. Some prefers belt bags or fanny pack, personally I like using shoulder bags and keep them on my side. I have used a lot and to add to the growing list is the new Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier. A new shoulder bag geared for the mobile tech and smart urban traveler.
Choosing a camera bag requires the same care and conscientious thought as buying a camera itself. Why? It’s the one thing that would hold your precious gear. It should be tough enough to carry its weight, rugged to take everywhere and withstand the elements and to add to that growing concerns, secure enough for prying thieves. That where PacSafe comes in. I’ve been using their “anti-theft” products for years now and it does add a certain piece of mind when securing my stuff while traveling. And lately they have been extending their line to include camera bags that caters to different styles of photographers. One of the recent camera bag models they have is the Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V12 Camera Sling Bag. I put the bag to the test on the recent Aliwan Fiesta 2013 and here I share my impression of this camera sling bag.
I have a packable jacket, a packable pants and it’s no surprise I now have a packable stow-away bag in the form of Crumpler The Squid. I got lucky enough to win this new product by just following CrumplerPH on twitter (which you should do too!) so I wasn’t expecting much about it. I’ve had a couple of Crumplers already like their old 3 Million Dollar Camera Bag and had the Customary Barge Backpack for a while, so I can attest to the quality of the brand along with their spunky designs. I took The Squid to my recent trip to the cool highlands of Sagada to test how tough this sack is on actual travel.
In my continuous attempt to keep my travel gear light as possible for my personal travel, I’ve been looking at some options in terms of camera bags. Before, I had two bags with me, my Kata Sensitivity Bag and my regular 30-liter Deuter Backpack. While I really like the efficiency of the Sansitivity-V for its size, it’s really hard to travel with 2 bags in tow, especially when you’re always on the move. When I found the Kata Hybrid-537 D-lite Shoulder Bag while doing some window shop on a camera store, I thought it was ingenious that I can remove the compartments making it more compact if I wanted to so I bought one at Island Photo. After months of having it with me, here what I thought of it.
A good reliable bag is an investment, that’s why I try not to scrimp out on the quality as I know most of my valuables would be packed inside. I don’t want my bag having torn shoulder straps from weight and tears from its sheets. On my recent travel to Palawan, I was able to try out Eagle Creeks’ Twist Pack 22 bag. It’s a very versatile travel bag with wheels.