Recently, there has been more upsurge in interest in the basic camera sling bag. These distinctive one-shouldered carrying techniques seem to be preferred by both amateurs and pros.
Perhaps it’s because more and more photographers are replacing bulky equipment with compact camera systems that are smaller than before.
Or maybe you’re searching for the ideal compromise between the accessibility of a camera messenger bag and the portability of a camera backpack.
A particularly effective technique to move and shoot is to reach all your equipment with just one swift “pull and swing” of the bag around your torso, freeing up both hands.
Whatever the cause, I decided it was past time to research the top camera sling bags available in 2022.
View my top picks below and let me know in the comments if you agree.
2022’s Top Camera Sling Bags
1.Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L
Dimensions: 15.8 x 9.1 x 5.5″ (401 x 231 x 139 mm)
Weight: 680.39 g (1.5 lb / 24 oz)
Finding a bag large enough to hold a few lenses and some extra batteries but not so large as heavy is one of the major challenges while doing engagement photographs. I also need a bag that is accessible like a messenger bag but will remain out of the way like a backpack.
The Peak Design Daily Sling 10L is one of the photography sling bags that assisted in finding a solution. I now use it on my wedding day and my roller camera bag, which holds most of my equipment.
One pro-sized camera body, one to three lenses, or other supplementary equipment may fit inside. Compression straps enable the bag to extend to store more equipment in the front pocket as needed.
Innovative Flexfold compartment dividers, included in all Peak Design bags, keep your stuff organized inside while bending at the centre to secure smaller things or provide a ledge for stacking two items on each other.
A zipped pocket with five stretchable sections for extra batteries, memory cards, or wires, as well as a cushioned sleeve for just a tablet or 12″ Macbook Retina, are located within the main compartment. Additionally, the bag features a roomy compartment on the front where you may keep additional goods for easy access.
The Peak Design Daily Sling 10L’s front straps and buckles may be extended to accommodate a compact tripod or monopod. Although there isn’t a means to secure it at either end, it is secure if the straps are tightened sufficiently (depending on the tripod’s weight, of course).
The strap is one of this camera’s sling bag’s greatest characteristics. It includes a quick-pull clasp that can be adjusted with one hand, allowing you to easily stretch the strap. The strap may be easily lengthened, wrapped around your torso, and then used to swiftly store or remove your camera.
The Everyday Sling 10L may be worn as a hips (fanny/bum) bag by tucking the ends of the strap into side recessed pockets. I tried it out, but I thought having such a big bag around my waist was a bit strange. But I assume it’s most helpful when you’re on a bike.
The Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L has a fantastic and useful appearance. I have the Previous version because I adore the brown leather details, but I also secretly want the new black one! The Charcoal edition with its red highlights seems to be the most popular colour so far; you can view all the colours here.
The Everyday Sling’s 400D nylon canvas outer fabric, which is waterproof, is strong and comfortable. All zippers are waterproof.
The bag collapses when the compression straps are tightened, making it easy to pack into another bag. I do this while travelling on vacation, placing the bag into bigger luggage I can take out and use when I get to my destination.
The Everyday Sling 10L’s price is perhaps one of the major drawbacks for most people, especially compared to other top camera sling bags in our review.
I believe that this is compensated by its qualities and aesthetics since there isn’t a camera sling bag like it out there.
Overall, I think the Daily Sling 10L is among the finest camera sling bags this year, and I heartily endorse it.
2. Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack.
. Dimensions: 17 x 8.1 x 6.4″ (431.8 x 205.74 x 162.6 mm)
Weight: 589.67 g (1.3 lb / 20.8 oz)
Despite its rather perplexing name, the Altura Sling Backpack is a camera sling backpack through and through in that it provides just one shoulder strap for carrying your gear.
The Altura Sling Backpack also has a quick-release shoulder strap to enable a more secure attachment to your body for shooters who may be more active. This prevents the bag from swinging about when jogging, cycling, or trekking on uneven terrain.
When not in use, you can tuck the fitness tracker into a secret compartment at the bottom of the bag, which is a great touch.
The Altura Sling Backpack has two major access points, one via a “side door” that lets you take your camera or lens out without having to remove the backpack from your body (by sliding it around to your front).
The second entry point is a huge front door that can be modified with velcro separators to accommodate a large DSLR camera & up to three lenses or other equipment. The inside measurements are one of the largest in its class at 10.2′′ in height, 8′′ wide, and 5′′ deep.
A tiny zipped compartment towards the top of an Altura Sling Backpack is ideal for holding smaller accessories like keys, extra batteries, or flash triggers.
On the inside of the front door flap, there is also a netting (see-through) pocket that is useful for holding cleaning supplies, memory cards, and other small items. This pocket has a top “flap” (see video), which is advantageous since it stops objects from slipping out when the door flap is folded back. Another of these mesh compartments is also included within the top zippered pocket.
The strap with clips on the front of the Altura Sling Backpack is a fantastic feature. It first seems to be there to add security to the front door’s zipper and prevent accidental opening.
To prevent your goods from spilling out when you attempt to get anything while the backpack is still on your back, the front flap can only open partially when buttoned (see video below). When you unclip its straps and extend the flap further, you can simply remove or store your camera when it has opened up just far enough for you to do so.
The De forma Sling Backpack has an extra strap and an elasticized “pocket” on the side that you may use to carry a thin water bottle or a tiny travel tripod.
To help with the general balance of the bag when carrying it during the review, I decided to leave it empty. However, you could use the waist strap to somewhat offset it.
The outside of the bag has a good, straightforward design with a grey centre strap and a pattern predominantly black. The interior’s purple accent gives it a jazzy touch and makes it simple to find your things in dim light.
Even when filled, the Altura Sling Backpack is lovely, light, and works well as a camera sling bag because of how well distributed the weight is throughout the bag. A good detail you unexpectedly don’t see on other camera sling bags is the cushioning on the rear of the bag.
It must be acknowledged that the Altura Sling Backpack’s low cost is one of the main factors contributing to its tremendous popularity. For less than $30, you can acquire a high-quality, fully-featured DSLR sling bag with various storage and carrying choices, unique features, and an understated design.
The top grab handle, see-through mesh zippered compartments for at-a-glance item confirmation, and cushioning next to the quick-release clip to minimize rubbing on your hip are all little design details that together make for a well-thought-out bag at a price range to fit any pocketbook.
3. Lowepro Travel Sling III
Dimensions: 17.3 x 5.7 x 16.1″ (439.42 x 144.78 x 408.94 mm)
Weight: 476.27 g (1.05 lb / 16.8 oz)
The Lowepro Travel Sling III is a popular camera sling bag with hordes of admirers who aren’t photographers. This bag is the one I’ve chosen to travel with this year since it’s cosy, fashionable, low weight, and has a unique figure-hugging shape.
This sling bag features a surprisingly significant amount of storage space strategically placed inside, on the back, and in the front. A few “open” compartments on the front and rear of the backpack may be used to hold small, ou alors goods that you might need to reach quickly, such as extra batteries, lens cloths, notepads, and the like.
The Lowepro Passport Swing III has chosen the slightly riskier step of keeping the outer pockets exposed, in contrast to typical camera sling bags that have zipped or at least hook-and-loop closures. I appreciate this because the pockets work more like the pockets on a jacket or pants and are simple to slide your hands into and out of for rapid retrieval of goods.
The more I used the Lowepro Passport Sling III, the more I carried items that I typically kept in my pants pockets, such as lip balm, gum, a train ticket, Kleenex, etc., in these external pockets. Being empty of anything in my pants’ pockets felt quite liberating.
The backpack inside is quite roomy and has several sections for different devices. Your camera, lenses, and other tiny pieces of equipment may fit in a few movable walls.
Another improved feature of the VIII generation of the backpack is a cushioned compartment for your tablet and small notebook PC. Although there have been eight (VIII) versions of this bag, I’d like to believe this one is the best yet!
There is a handy small hook for your keys and a partly hidden mesh pocket on the inside wall where you may keep your phone, passport, and other important papers.
The Lowepro Passport Sling III has a great feature that makes it perfect for travelling: a side zip that runs the entire length of the bag’s bottom. With just one quick zip, the interior of the bag expands significantly. Watch the video rating below to see how the owner easily tucks a bottle of wine, a small umbrella, and a box of crisps inside!
The Lowepro Passport Sling III adopts a more form-fitting approach with its kidney-shaped contouring, in contrast to the majority of camera sling bags I’ve come across, which have a relatively stiff design.
This is one of the key factors contributing to its popularity and the main reason I chose to bring this bag on vacation over any of the ones I now possess.
The bag is made of water-resistant nylon and feels sturdy yet light. Excellent zipper construction and cord grasp loops make it simple to open and shut even when wearing gloves.
I discovered throughout this study that the fabric’s gloss provides the added bonus of being particularly “slippy,” making the transition from the side back quite swift and smooth, even when the bag is completely laden.
With other sling bags, the material may make it difficult to slide around your body if you wear leather coats or even nylon quilted jackets. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Lowepro Passport Sling III.
In conclusion, I like the Lowepro Passport Sling III. I’m getting used to the advantages of this foldable design, even if having a semi-rigid camera sling bag like the Pinnacle Design Everyday Sling series or a few others is excellent.
The cushioned internal partitions provide sufficient protection for your things, but I also like how the bag can still “bend” around your torso when only partly empty.
Overall, another camera sling bag is highly recommended. The only challenge you’ll have is choosing between a stylish grey with orange cushions or a stealthy all-black option (my preference).
4. LowePro Slingshot Edge 250 AW
Dimensions: 13 x 19.3 x 11″ (330.2 x 490.22 x 279.4 mm)
Weight: 798.32 g (1.05 lb / 28.16 oz)
The LowePro Slingshot Edge is a bit more substantial than the camera sling bags we’ve already discussed, nearly to the point where it resembles a tiny backpack.
The LowePro Slingshot Edge expands in the rear rather than the front (where the strap is located). Although it’s not nearly as easy as the front-opening bags, you can quickly move the bag to the front and reach the main storage section. Your DLSR camera or 2-3 lenses, depending on their size, will fit within with no problem.
In addition to a useful key leash, the front of the device offers a tiny quick-access pocket for extra supplies like batteries or memory cards.
Two utility straps are included in LowePro Slingshot Edge to allow attachment of a tripod, monopod, umbrella, walking stick, etc., via the two tiny holes on the front of the pack.
Another hole for the utility strap and an elasticized “pocket” are on the side. Your tripod may be carried in a lovely, secure alternative manner by slipping one of the legs into the pocket and securing the top piece with the strap. The elasticized pocket may be used to hold a little water bottle as well.
You may keep a tablet or a small laptop in the “suspended” pocket space in the upper portion. There is also room for headphones, a tiny camera, or other items you need to access often. A zippered mesh pocket is also included for batteries, filters, and other small things.
A little pocket on the rear of the LowePro Slingshot Edge backpack conceals a useful function. This typical design element in the LowePro AW series (AW=All Weather). You just unzip it to create snow conditions covering your backpack that may protect your stuff from an unexpected deluge.
The rear cushioning is generous and well-designed, with tight spacing in the padding to aid in gripping your back and potentially provide some ventilation in hot areas.
Regarding the straps themselves, the curved, cushioned shape offers a superb fit; LowePro employed all of its expertise when designing some incredible backpacks.
The LowePro Slingshot Edge won’t swing across your body whether you’re cycling, jogging, or need extra stability, thanks to an additional strap connecting from the hip to the front of the primary strap.
The bag’s top grab handle is made of a beautiful, sticky rubberized handle covering the canvas material used to make it.
Considering that it’s a Lowepro product, this bag is strong and well-made, so it can handle a lot of abuse.
Although it may not be everyone’s style in terms of aesthetics, it’s still a great backpack for individuals who often hike for shoots if you want to travel light but yet have enough storage room to carry your camera equipment securely.
5. Peak Design Daily Sling 5L
Dimensions: 4.3 x 12.2 x 7.5″ (109.22 x 309.88 x 190.5 mm)
Weight: 498.95 g (1.1 lb / 17.6 oz)
This 5L version is the solution to your prayers if you like the concept of the Daily Sling 10L but wish it were smaller. If you need something just for transporting your drone or have a smaller array of camera equipment, it’s a more basic solution.
The Peak Design Daily Sling 5L offers an unexpectedly substantial carrying capacity considering its size. It contains a tiny zipped area on the front that may be used to hold smaller goods like a replacement camera strap, phones, chargers, and other stuff.
Another zippered section with flexible pockets that may extend to accommodate batteries, SD cards, or other small things is located within the main compartment. Peak Design backpacks usually provide a ton of well-considered organizational choices.
Inside, the Everyday Sling 5L may be configured identically to the 10L, with two Flexfold dividers for lenses and other accessories and a centre pocket for your camera. If you just want to carry a camera with a single, big lens, they may be folded inside for further security.
The backpack’s main pocket also offers a dedicated space for an iPad Mini or other similar-sized tablet. However, moving the tablet in may be challenging whenever the bag is completely laden.
I now use mine to transport a Mavic Pro drone, controller, and extra battery – the fit is so excellent that it seems they modelled the bag’s proportions on the Mavic!
Whether or not you’re travelling with a camera, the Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L is a perfect size. I just travelled around Europe with mine and still had room for a bottle of water, map, extra power pack, and rear camera.
Depending on their size, of course, you can accommodate a DSLR body with a lens attached or smaller mirrorless cameras and a few lenses.
In contrast to the 10L, the rear strap is located on top of the device rather than in the back. Even though it doesn’t significantly change how the bag feels when carried, I still like the inclusion of a second grasp grip on a compact bag like this.
Although the 5L version lacks the front straps for a crane-like larger sibling, it offers a side connection point for various smaller goods. Peak Design hopes you’ll use it to fasten their unique Capture Clip. However, I find it strange to fasten a little camera to the exterior of this tiny bag!
The strap features the same easy-adjust function as the 10L, but instead of using the buckle to tighten it, it includes a little fabric loop. Additionally, it may be significantly modified to be carried as a waist bag (fanny/bum bag), which is useful while riding a bike.
The strap has a rotating clasp similar to the 10L version, which attaches to the bag, allowing it to swivel in all directions while in use. All of this contributes to making sure the bag remains close to your back even while you’re moving quickly. Just be sure to tighten the strap up fairly well to prevent bouncing.
The Peak Design Daily Sling 5L’s fabric is similar to that of the 10L in that it is water-resistant enough to protect your stuff during brief showers, but you wouldn’t want to spend too much time outside in a deluge.
It has even more basic details but the same wonderful minimalist style as its bigger sibling. As opposed to the 10L, there are just two colour options: ash or black.
I like the Peak Design goods that are all black, with everything on the bag being the same shade of black, even the buckles and zippers. It also looks excellent inside, a light yellow colour with numerous Peak Design logo elements on the little pockets. You can locate stuff easier in dim light if your interior is painted a lighter colour.
More than simply a lower version of the 10L, the Peak Design Daily Sling 5L is a considerably more versatile bag. It’s ideal for anything, from a compact mirrorless main camera (see samples) to your daily carry items, and it offers amazing storage capacity.
The price is undoubted “premium,” but you get a good-looking, well-designed cam sling bag that’s practical, long-lasting, and from a reputable company.
6. AmazonBasics Camera Sling Bag
Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.9 x 6.1″ (261.62 x 200.66 x 154.94 mm)
Weight: 648.64 g (1.43 lb / 22.88 oz)
The sales of smaller manufacturers seem to be devoured by Amazon, which appears to have one of its own-brand “Basics” goods in every category on its website and sells them at a far lower price to compete.
Reverse engineering all the features found in rival items is a popular strategy to produce something comparable, if not better, and that’s what Amazon appears to have done with the AmazonBasics Camera Sling Bag.
The curved, cushioned strap that is nice and thick and in the centre of the design properly distributes the weight over your shoulder & down your front. Thanks to a cushioned waist belt, the backpack may be worn during cycling, quick walking, or trekking.
With the quick-release clasp that can be opened with just one hand, moving the AmazonBasics Video Sling Bag around your front is quick and simple.
In that keeping it attached helps prevent the primary flap from opening too much while the bag is across the front of your body, it seems that the Altura Sling Backpack, to name just one, had an impact on the design of the front strap.
This also implies that the inside of the bag is divided into two distinct “stages,” the first of which opens to display your camera and the second of which (with the belt undone) completely unfolds to reveal your lenses.
Additionally, the main flap has a useful see-through zipped pocket for memory cards.
Inside, cushioned partitions with velcro fastenings may be rearranged to accommodate larger camera bodies & lenses. A Nikon D850 body with a connected 85mm f/1.4 lens fit inside, and there was still space for a 35mm f/1.8 lens to sit next to it.
You can reach another spacious AmazonBasics Camera Sling Bag compartment by opening the top pocket. This compartment is easily large enough to accommodate another prime lens, a video mic, flashes, or similar equipment. An elastic mesh pouch on the side may be used to store extra batteries, cords, etc.
With the external tripod-securing mechanism of the backpack, you can maintain a small tripod or monopod securely in place without having to use your hands.
Too much mass on the exterior of a video sling bag bothers me since it makes the bag heavier and isn’t perfect to be carried on one shoulder. The choice is advantageous if you own a compact, lightweight device like the Gorillapod.
You may keep smaller, less important things in the side and front zipped pockets.
Well, the aesthetic is simple, much like the rest of the AmazonBasics line! Fortunately, they went with a neutral all-black design for their items, although many of them, like the AmazonBasics Camera Sling Bag, have an eye-catching orange inside.
Although I’m not a great lover of the colour orange, I can see why certain people could adore it, and I have to say that it helps you distinguish your equipment from the contents of your bag while working in dim light.
The pricing of the AmazonBasics Camera Sling Bag is perhaps its greatest advantage and the main factor contributing to its enormous popularity. It’s an excellent rival to the previously stated Altura for around $30 (check the most recent pricing by clicking the button below). The choice ultimately coming down to which one you think looks best.
It’s comforting to know that there are reasonably priced camera sling bags available in 2022, but I have to admit that this Amazon selection is a fantastic one.
7. Lowepro Slingshot 202
Dimensions: 10 x 9.8 x 17.7″ (254 x 248.92 x 449.58 mm)
Weight: 861.83 g (1.9 lb / 30.4 oz)
You’ll note that LowePro often appears in our list of the year’s top camera sling bags. An excellent illustration of this is the LowePro Slingshot 202, which combines several tiny design details to produce a useful, lasting device.
You may make 5 compartments with cushioned velcro dividers for a camera body with a lens attached, a few smaller lenses (such as prime or pancake lenses), filters, flashes, and other accessories.
A wonderful detail I haven’t seen on any camera sling bags is the inclusion of microfiber cloth in the main compartment that can be pulled out to serve as a lens cloth or an additional layer of protection for your camera’s back LCD screen.
Like several sling bags listed here, the LowePro Slingshot 202 has a front strap system that allows you to open the main flap in two stages—first to access your camera with its connected lens, and then, secondly, to access additional gear.
Two memory card pockets are located inside the flap, and there are additional tiny elasticated and zipped pockets in a different compartment at the top of the bag.
One clever design element is an elasticized strip of cloth on the top pocket’s “shelf” that keeps smaller things like portable drives from moving around while transported.
The LowePro Slingshot 202’s front pockets are intended to prevent smaller objects from slipping out while the bag is in “sling” mode, which is when it is held in front of your body. Although this is a simple design feature, it demonstrates that care was taken to create a bag that works particularly well as a sling.
The straps above a secret “pouch” that may be opened at the side of the bag to accommodate the foot of gear or monopod secure the remainder of the mass. It’s not necessarily bad, but the LowePro Slingshot 202 maintains a more slender design by concealing the pouch, unlike other camera sling bags that provide this carry option.
Like the other Slingshot bags, the LowePro Slingshot 202 has a discretely concealed all-weather cover that can be draped over it in case of unexpected downpours.
As a LowePro product, Slingshot’s carrying system is fantastic. The strap is cushioned around the quick-release clasp, which normally rub against your side, as well as in the main part of the strap that contacts your shoulder with the front of your body.
The LowePro Slingshot 202 doesn’t have an extra waist strap like some of the other camera sling bags in our review, but even when it was completely laden, it felt balanced on my back.
The begin of the bag is covered with SlipLock connection loops, essentially elasticized fabric sections that enable the attachment of various LowePro Street and Field accessories by sliding them below or attaching them with an extra carabiner. I discovered that I often attached a ballpoint pen using the front one.
The LowePro Slingshot 202’s aesthetics aren’t for everyone, and I have to admit that I’m not a huge admirer of its rather geeky design. Although I am quite particular, I have numerous photographer friends who are happy Slingshot owners and even enjoy how it looks. This is a matter of taste.
Despite its unconventional appearance, this camera sling bag is made to endure a lifetime thanks to its practical design elements, all-weather cover, and lifetime construction.
8. Pacsafe Camsafe V18
Dimensions: 11 x 21.3 x 5.9″ (279.4 x 541.02 x 149.86 mm)
Weight: 948.01 g (2.09 lb / 33.44 oz)
If you’ve ever shot at a really busy street, you’ll understand the anxious sensation when you’re strolling about with highly costly camera equipment on your back.
A firm specialising in making it difficult for pickpockets and burglars to take your priceless items has created the Pacsafe Camsafe V18, a unique product! (Here is a popular Pacsafe bag.)
The eXomesh Slashguard steel wire mesh, which is integrated into the fabric and is lightweight and inconspicuous, is at the heart of the bag and helps deter slash-and-run theft.
If you’ve ever heard terrifying tales of motorcycle gangs using knives to sever the straps of unwary women’s purses, you’ll understand how helpful it would be to have a bag with this type of built-in defence.
The strap of the Pacsafe Camsafe V18 has also been strengthened with comparable wire to prevent a knife from slicing through it, in addition to the lightweight body.
Small clips on the front pocket enable you to secure the zipper pulls to the bag so that they cannot be swiftly opened while the bag is on your back.
The RFIDsafe Block Material, which has been included inside one of the interior pockets to assist shield IDs and credit cards from hacker scanning, is another ground-breaking innovation.
Although it may seem a little excessive for a camera sling bag, Pacsafe believes the Pacsafe Camsafe V18 will be used for much more than just the occasional picture session.
With the addition of a button-fastenable top grab handle, the bag’s design is better suited to a full-fledged travel sling bag.
A wallet-sized slide-in pocket, three pen sleeves, and a zippered mesh compartment are all in the front pocket. A clip is also included for hanging your keys.
The large zipped compartment in the main pocket has enough for other belongings, while the modular, detachable camera section keeps your DLSR and additional gear.
The interior modular components may be removed, much like the other camera sling bags in our review, allowing you to carry more bulky objects and apparel. But the aspect of the Pacsafe Camsafe V18’s design that makes me appreciate it the most is how it can fold in on itself when the modular parts are removed (as opposed to remaining rigid).
The rear baggage handle sleeve, which lets you connect the Pacsafe Camsafe V18 to a rolling camera bag or suitcase, is another nice addition. This design element is sometimes found on backpacks or messenger bags but is uncommon on camera sling bags.
The Pacsafe Camsafe V18 has been developed more for travel than possibly any of the other bags in our review, according to this added touch and the various anti-theft features.
This is unquestionably the purchase you need to make if you’re a nervous traveller or want to better protect your pricey photography equipment while out and about.
Pacsafe has developed a unique device that will more than pay for itself in personal security. It is available in all-black or olive with yellow accents.
9. Qipi Sling Bag
Dimensions: 16.7 x 9.8 x 4.3″ (424.18 x 248.92 x 109.22 mm)
Weight: 771.11 g (1.7 lb / 27.2 oz)
This camera sling backpack does seem strange! I got one to see all the commotion since I couldn’t quite grasp why it was so popular.
The Pipi Sling Bag’s main compartment is rather roomy and opens to the opposite side, making it simple to store your things inside before you go. A camera body with a compact lens may fit inside, and there are three movable compartments storing your flash, backup lens, and other gear.
A large velcro mesh pocket on the inside of the main flap helps hold a variety of smaller objects. I like to store lighter stuff here, like notes, lens cloths, or wires, since anything heavier makes the flap come out abruptly when you unzip the bag while it’s on your shoulder.
One tiny slide-in pocket and one velcro mesh pocket are included at the top of the device for holding accessories like memory cards and extra batteries. There is a much bigger pocket underneath it that you may use to keep a portable backup battery or external disk.
Another pocket with smaller pockets sized adequately for batteries, pencils, and the like is included on the front of the Qipi Sling Bag.
Additionally, it includes a specialized travel tripod holding compartment on the front of the backpack with adjustable straps and buckles.
Additionally, the Qipi Sling Bag has a tiny stabilizing strap to keep it steady while walking.
The pocket on the side of the bag, which hide a rainproof cover, and the slide-in phone pocket on the real front strap are my two favourite features of this pretty unusual-looking bag.
It’s extremely helpful to have a little pocket on the front strap. Therefore I’m surprised more camera sling bag makers don’t utilize one. Without having to move the bag to your front and reach into a pocket, it’s convenient to have a location to store your phone for easy access.
The Pipi Sling Bag’s purple inside won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s difficult to disagree with a well-designed sling bag at such an affordable price – click the button above to see if it’s still on sale for under $30!
Buyer’s Guide for Camera Sling Bags
Camera slings bags are designed to be the ideal replacement for hefty messenger bags and large camera backpacks.
We are compelled to carry less gear because of their smaller size and the weight is mostly carried on one side of the body, which motivates us to choose more effective equipment.
All of the sling camera bags mentioned above fulfilled or surpassed the following standards:
1. A lightweight design
2. Comfy back panel and shoulder strap
3. Easily transition from chest to backwards and back to chest.
4. Effective storage for camera equipment and other small things
5. Permit space for movement
6. Reasonable pricing
If it isn’t already clear, there are a few important benefits to choosing a camera sling over one of the many other types of bags on the market.
While some photographers may just use their camera sling bag, most will pair it with another bag, such as a bigger camera roller bag, or use it as a reduced-gear pack for shorter shots.
I use a camera sling bag to carry a camera body with a lens attached, another lens, and a spare battery. I have a variety of tiny bags that I prefer to switch between depending on where I’m going or what I’m shooting.
I also use a Peak Design Daily Sling 5L (reviewed here) for my Mavic Pro Platinum drone and controller, and sometimes for my Sony a7III and 35mm lens. I also keep a Think Tank Turnstyle 20 (reviewed here) in the vehicle with backup gear.
I’ve bought a few more to add to this rotation after testing so many other fantastic slings for this review!
You’ll undoubtedly discover a variety of applications for camera sling bags as well due to their inexpensive cost and great performance. Let’s examine some of the greatest in more detail.
Questions and Answers
Which sling bag is the best?
Our preferred sling bag for transporting photographic gear is the Peak Design Daily Sling 10L. It maintains order for your equipment and is surprisingly roomy given its size. The quick-pull adjustment clasp makes adjusting it very quick and simple.
What distinguishes a crossbody bag from a sling bag?
More often than not, the phrases crossbody bag & sling bag are used synonymously. The term “crossbody” describes how the bag’s strap crosses the torso at an angle (shoulder to hip). This kind of bag is also known as a sling bag because it “slings” over the body, making it simple to rotate around and reach.
Why do people use sling bags?
Sling camera bags are designed for carrying your camera equipment so that accessing them is quick and simple. You can easily change a sling bag from the back to the front of your body without taking it off, unlike a backpack.
What should you carry in a sling bag?
A sling gear bag should include your essential equipment. Just keep in mind that a big backpack may provide more storage space and the flexibility to accommodate more tiny items. This might be advantageous since it forces you to be picky about the gear you bring on your photographic excursions!
Best Camera Sling Bags
As you’ll see, if you like the sling bag manner of carrying photography gear, you have a ton of excellent alternatives.
The number of photographers who have bulky messenger-style camera bags but have never used a sling bag constantly surprises me.
No matter how good the bag is, I wouldn’t recommend packing a camera slings bag full of your gear since carrying all that weight on one shoulder may get quite unpleasant very soon. Additionally, it might permanently harm your health.
However, packing only one or two lenses & your camera into your sling bag may be quite liberating and makes you think carefully about your equipment choices. I like to travel light by carrying just one camera and one lens and utilizing the additional room in my sling bag to store other small, lightweight goods.
The camera sling bag is a fantastic best-of-both-worlds-carrying solution since it gives you both your hands-free like a backpack and really quick access to your stuff like a messenger bag.
The price of camera slings bags makes it feasible for most people to buy one in addition to their primary camera bag. Or, like me, you may have a few.