Three camera bags for hiking and travel, good for day trips, treks and serious photography

If you’re out in the wild taking landscape photos, you’re going to need a decent backpack for your camera gear, computer, and even your lunch. These photo packs all have a lot going for them

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 April, 2016, 2:01pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2017, 2:48pm

Manfrotto 3N1-25 Pro Light

Photographers who want to be ready for anything often favour a sling design that allows quick access to a camera, but who wants to hike for miles in discomfort? The Manfrotto (HK$2,360, has adjustable shoulder straps for left or right sling options as well as traditional two-straps for long distances, and even lets you cross straps. A front pocket stores and protects camera gear in multiple configurations, while there’s also a sleeve for a tablet and a top pocket that’s just about big enough for liquids, lunch and a layer of clothing. There’s also a waterproof cover, plenty of accessory pockets and a tripod attachment. Great for day trips, but there’s no room for a laptop.

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Lowepro Pro Trekker 450 AW

This is one for serious photographers who need to get their gear up and down a mountain safely and comfortably. Able to accommodate a laptop with 15-inch screen, two camera bodies and up to six lenses and accessories, this backpack is all about squeezing in as much photographic gear as possible. It all goes into one main section, which is accessed by unzipping the entire front of the bag. That makes everything easy to get to, but there’s no sling options for super-quick access. While it is perhaps best for landscape photographers heading out and not changing locations too much, the Lowepro (HK$3,300, lacks the space for extra clothes or food, though there’s plenty of room for a water bottle in a large mesh pocket on the side.

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Canon Red Line Active RL AV-BP01

Designed for the nimble photographer wanting to get up and down a mountain with minimal equipment, this brightly designed bag from Canon (HK$897, is another for the day tripper. It only takes one camera body, a couple of lenses and a small tripod at best, but its easy-to- access side zip means a quick draw is assured. The entire bottom section for camera and lenses can be removed, while a top compartment is just big enough for essential extra gear. It also comes with a rain cover, and is the best of the three bags reviewed here for dedicated hikers; shoulder straps are sturdy, there’s some ventilation on the back, and even waist support containing extra stash pockets – though this can be detached and removed. There is space for a water bottle and a tripod, but not for a tablet or laptop.