Looking for an ultra-lightweight but protective camera bag.

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Hey all,
I am a smallish person and weigh under 100lb. I am looking for a super lightweight camera bag that can hold and protect my Canon and a couple of lenses - they're heavy enough already. My current camera bag is fine but it weighs more than I like already.
Christmas is coming and I am looking to be my own Santa, so appreciate any recommendations. Thanks!
 
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i've been using a regular backpack for years. i wrap my gear in lens wraps and throw it in my backpack along with whatever else i need. no issues so far.

i've used regular backpacks, but my favorite by far is a military backpack by 5.11 called the rush 24. i can add on extra pouches or bags for longer trips using the molle system, i've even secured a bigger lens case to the side for the 100-400mm. or strap a tripod to the pack. i like that it doesn't look like a camera bag. it's not waterproof (the material is waterproof, but there's two open drain holes at the bottom that would let water in if submerged), but i could get other bags that are waterproof if the need arose.
 
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Hi @Tripoddy, I've got a couple of discreet Manfrotto bags for when I'm lugging configurations of larger kit. Bags are a surprisingly personal part of your arsenal – I seem to get on well with Manfrotto's designs, so I always find them worth investigating for comfort. I don't get on so well with shoulder bags these days as I've got a neck injury, so I'm increasingly shifting towards small messenger bags or backpacks.

We've got a very good overall camera bags guide on the website, and at the bottom you can look at recommendations for specific types (like sling bags). Hopefully that should help you narrow down a few choices!
 
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Hey all,
I am a smallish person and weigh under 100lb. I am looking for a super lightweight camera bag that can hold and protect my Canon and a couple of lenses - they're heavy enough already. My current camera bag is fine but it weighs more than I like already.
Christmas is coming and I am looking to be my own Santa, so appreciate any recommendations. Thanks!
You do not mention where you are in the world? If in UK then an essential for any bag (light or heavyweight) is a rainproof cover! Your camera and lenses are VERY likely to suffer critical damage if they get wet! Do not believe many of the eBay/Amazon bag information that tells you a bag is rain or even waterproof. It is unlikely to be so if cheap. This is one item I would recommend going to a shop that has a large range. Expect prices to be full retail. It is not uncommon now for some companies to ask £350 for a camera bag? Not sure who buys these (it aint me) but do look at Lowepro, Thinktank, Crumpler, Kata/Manfrotto, Vanguard etc.
I know a bag is a fashion item for the mirrorless crowd so they might advise better than I on modern-man acceptable man-bags lol.
 
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If you are located in the UK then the ONLY type of backpack or camera bag is one that comes with an overall raincover especially if roaming the countryside. If you are a city photographer dashing from tube station to venue to mostly under cover you can get away with almost anything. Let us face it, in the UK it rains a lot and rain is enough to write-off your precious gear. Of course there are every style and material camera bags out there sold from either peanuts (so cheap you wonder whether the labourforce is being exploited a la child-labour) to ridiculous leather trimmed designer handbags for fashionistas.

DO NOT trust affirmations on canvas bags that state waterproof, it is unlikely to be true and you will have no claim back from the ephemeral seller on eBay or Amazon!

I have always found Lowepro bags to be light, well-made and many come with waterproof covers. Take your pick.
 

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