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Friday, March 27, 2009

The Right Bag For All Your Digital Camera Needs

By Sylvia Howard

You may just have acquired a new digital camera and your trigger finger is itching for the occasion to take lots of nice pictures, so buying accessories may be the last thing on your mind as you are figuring out what subject to photograph first.

Yet, the truth is that after buying your new digital camera, the camera bag might just be the most important accessory. Why is this? Well, you certainly want to be able to protect that camera that you just spent so much time and money on, and you certainly want to be able to carry your new camera around. You also need a bag that allows you to access your equipment easily and helps you organize your other equipment.

There are a great number of different kinds of camera bags, some for general use and some pore specialized, and most of them packed with different features. You should spend some time choosing the right one for you, as it may become a good companion for much time to come.

You can pick out a camera bag that is carried with one strap over the shoulder if you have little equipment, or even a belt pouch for a compact camera with a few extra batteries and memory cards.

If on the other hand you have a professional SLR digital camera, and possibly a lot of extra accessories such as lenses, filters and flashlights, you should get a more complex bag. Depending on the kind of journeys that you will be doing, you could opt for a metal case, or for a specialized backpack.

Most importantly, the camera bag should become an aid in carrying and protecting your digital camera and its accessories, not an obstacle, so you should avoid heavy cases if they are not suited to the kind of travel that you will do. Get a bag that will allow you to carry all your kit comfortably.

If you are just starting out taking photographs, you may only need a basic camera bag - a bag that will hold just your camera. But if you have multiple camera accessories, like multiple camera bodies and lenses, etc, you are obviously going to need a larger camera bag. You are going to want a camera bag that can at least hold those accessories that you use most often.

If you have a lot of sensitive equipment, such as several cameras, you should get a bag with dividers that are attached to Velcro strips and that can be fastened at different places inside the bag. This will further protect your digital camera accessories and give you more flexibility.

Double-sided zip closures with a waterproof covering are another great feature for bigger digital camera bags, both for added security and comfort. If you get a camera bag with these closures, you will find them extremely useful.

A digital camera bag's color may not sound like an important thing to think about, but bear in mind that dark colors such as black may result in your camera and accessories becoming overheated in certain conditions in the summer. This is why a lighter and more neutral color, such as tan, is more advisable for digital camera bags.

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