There’s nothing wrong with basic black, but sometimes injecting a little color can’t hurt. Gear manufacturers are moving beyond professional-looking camera bags and are instead adding stylish designs and vibrant color palettes. Here are four favorites.
Canon & LeSportSac
Canon partnered with LeSportSac to create this fun camera case (pictured). Though designed for Canon’s PowerShot series, the bag comfortably cradles other point-and-shoots. There’s an adjustable skinny strap that’s long enough to sling over a shoulder or across your body. A detachable wrist strap can also convert the bag into a wristlet. Extra pockets can store spare memory cards, or your cash, credit cards, and keys.
Where to Buy: shop.usa.canon.com/lesportsac
Using its signature neoprene material and an Alexander Girard graphic, Built’s digital case stretches to fit slim cameras, iPods, iPhones, or other small gadgets. This camera bag also has a detachable wrist strap. New for spring, the Alexander Girard Collection features three prints, including the Retrospective (pictured in the slideshow below).
Where to Buy: www.builtny.com
In February, the company freshened up one of its bestselling over-the-shoulder camera bags, the 5 Million Dollar Home, with new colors (pictured in the slideshow below). This case looks like a messenger bag more than a traditional SLR case. The most clever touch? “Silencer flaps,” or little wings that can cover up the Velcro closures so you can still snap that stealthy shot.
Where to Buy: www.crumplerbags.com
The Bumblebee UL-222 is a serious bag for photographers with a ton of gear. Factor in the weight of all your equipment, and you’ll be grateful for the backpack design (and foam-padded straps). The removable cover helps protect your gear from inclement weather, and the dedicated laptop slot means you can always back up your photos — no excuses.
Where to Buy: www.amazon.com