How to choose the right camera sling bag

Photographers gravitate towards camera sling bags due to their fast access, comfort during use, and lightweight designs. Sling camera bags allow you to go from carrying your gear on your back, to taking your shot without having to take off the camera bag. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when selecting camera sling bags:

Carrying a little or lots of gear?

Camera sling bags come in a variety of sizes to fit different devices from a small mirrorless kit up to a full pro set-up.

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Here are two questions to answer as you find your ideal camera sling bag: what subject(s) will you shoot and how much gear will you need? Camera sling bags come in a variety of sizes. The StreamLine Sling can fit a mirrorless camera. The Transit Sling 250 AW can accomodates a full-frame DSLR such as the Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 with attached 70-200 f2.8 and additional lenses. You can see an entire listing of all our camera sling bags here.

Where will you be shooting?

Get outdoor protection from the elements or stay discreet for city shooting.

Camera sling bags for outdoor photography

Knowing the locations where you'll carry your gear is very important to understanding the level of additional weather protection that is needed from your sling camera bag. If you are traveling in climates where weather can quickly change, look for camera sling bags that have a built-in All Weather AW Cover such as the Photo Sport Sling 100AW. If you are looking to travel around the city and want to remain discreet and not show you are carrying expensive camera gear, look for sling camera bags such as the Passport Sling III which features styling that doesn't scream camera bag.


Looking to carry a laptop or tablet in your camera sling bag?

Don't cram your expensive devices just anywhere, make sure it has a dedicated protective compartment.

Camera sling bag that carries a laptop or tablet

Carrying all your digital devices in a single solution is often now a must for many traveling photographers. Having a camera sling bag that has dedicated protection for your camera and your laptop or tablet as well, means you can stay connected while traveling and shooting. Don't settle for cramming your laptop or tablet into bags that weren't meant to protect these devices. Camera sling bags such as the Transit Sling 250 AW have dedicated compartments for your camera and tablet.

Traveling with your camera sling bag?

Find a sling bag that transforms for travel.

Sling Bags for airline carry-on travel

Traveling with your DSLR camera or mirrorless camera will present many different carrying scenarios. Sometimes you will not want to have your camera gear with you. Make sure your DSLR or mirrorless camera stays protected even outside the bag with a camera sling bag such as the Passport Sling III which features a removable camera insert. You can remove your camera gear from the bag, it will stay protected, and your camera sling bag has now turned into an everyday sling for whatever stuff you need to carry.


Next Step: Select Your Sling Bag

If a camera sling bag is right for you, but you need help finding the right one, our Bagfinder tool will help you find the size to fit for your equipment.


Additional Guides

If you think another carrying style may suit your needs better than a sling bag, you may want to check out our other guides.

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