Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Voted DSLR Best Camera Bag

Kiboko 30L Camera Bag

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Every wildlife photographer I know has at least one camera bag and most have several.  Not because they need several but because they bought the bag thinking “this is the one”.  And then as is the case with most wildlife photography purchases, the bubble bursts when you realize the camera bag of your dreams has some short comings.  For example, bags that open fully and require you to flip the entire panel back to access your gear tend to flop into the dirt thus potentially allowing dirt and dust into the compartment area. – not good.  Camera bags with harness systems that don’t tuck away tend to hook on things and get in the way.  Some bags won’t swallow a  longer lens with camera mounted.  Some camera bags are too big, some too small, some have too much padding, some too little, some are too heavy and on the list goes.  By now I think you get the point,  there’s always something that isn’t quite right and so another camera bag gets relegated to the closet or posted on Ebay.

Drum roll please….introducing the Gura Gear Kiboko 30L camera bag.  I honestly believe for wildlife photography this is the best DSLR camera bag out there.  I also believe the Gura Gear line makes the perfect camera bags for women because they are roomy enough to carry a lot of gear while at the same time being extremely light weight. I’ve owned mine since the summer of 2011 and all of those annoying things I mentioned above have been addressed in this camera bag.  That’s likely because the guy who designed the bag, Andy Biggs, is himself a world renowned wildlife photographer.  Secondly Gura Gear took all of the great suggestions from its customers from the first release of the Kiboko Camera bag and built those features into the Kiboko 30L.  So you might say this bag is the design handy work of hundreds of wildlife photographers and in my opinion it is the best camera bag on the planet.  So let’s get right down to it, why am I so bullish on the Kiboko 30L.

So here are the highlights:

  • Extremely lightweight; just 4 lbs.  If you travel on airlines you want your weight limit used up by gear not your camera bag
  • Deep enough to accommodate pro level SLR camera bodies, as well as most medium format cameras
  • Will accommodate up to 800mm f5.6 and takes my Nikon 200-400 with D700 mounted.  See picture below for Canon example.
  • Unique butterfly-style opening means no flaps flopping onto the ground so everything stays dirt free inside the bag
  • Made from high-tech, durable sail cloth material so this bag will stand the test of time
  • Comfortable, fully-functional harness that takes the load but can be stowed for travel so the straps are out of the way
  • Removable waist belt
  • North American airline carry-on compliant so you can avoid those unpleasant conversations with the airline attendants
  • Removable rain cover for those days when the skies open up unexpectedly or if your like me you went out intentionally in the rain
  • On top of each butterfly flap is a separate zipper pouch the length of the entire flap for storing cards, drives, batteries, etc.
  • Tons of extra pockets – each butterfly flap top and bottom has additional mesh and zippered pouches for storage
  • Large visible zipper pulls.  Allows you to easily pull the with gloves on.  Also allows you a visual when all 4 compartments are zipped as you see the 4 loops at the top of the bag.  No more dumping your gear because you thought it was zipped up.
  • Two handles, one on the top of the bag and one ergonomically placed at a 45 degree angle on the side of the bag.
  • Dimensions 14x21x8.5 inches (35.6 x 53.3 x 21.6 cm); 30 Liters useable

Priced at $429 you may think it’s expensive however I personally would rather pay $429 one time and get the best camera bag for my needs than spend $650 on three bags that don’t work out.  Besides this way you get your closet space back for clothes.:))

Andy Biggs does a nice job highlighting the features of the bag is this Kiboko 30 camera bag video.

You can purchase the Gura Gear Kiboko 30L bag directly from Outdoor Photo Gear or NatureScapes.

If you are considering the purchase of a Kiboko bag now is the time to act.  Until April 30, 2012 you can get a $40 discount on the Chobe 19-24L or a $75 discount when you order both a Chobe 19-24L and Kiboko 30L.  Gura Gear Mail In Rebate form.

Click on any of the images below to get a larger preview.

Kiboko 30L Camera Bag Mesh storage pouch

Kiboko 30L Camera Bag zipper pulls

Kiboko 30L Camera Bag Harness Tucked Away

Kiboko 30L Camera Bag Harness Out



Kiboko 30L Camera Bag Long Lens with Camera



Kiboko 30L Camera Bag Long Multiple Lenses and Bodies










Verdict: The Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Camera Bag is the best DSLR camera bag for women and men and that earns it a COOL Wildlife photography two paws up.

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  1. Mark Smith January 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Love the blog site and your reviews. Your story on how the flash cards got wet saving the dog was amazing. The fact they they still work is even more amazing. Hats off to Lexar.

  2. Peter sulzle January 10, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    This is just what I have been looking for over the past week. I’m glad I read this post.

    • Bill Maynard January 11, 2012 at 1:24 am #

      Hi Peter, I love this bag as you may have noted. I am going to be purchasing their Chobe bag as well and will carry two bags when I travel. The Chobe will be my carry on personal item with my laptop and all the other lenses etc I could not jam into the carry on and meet the weight restrictions. Once I’ve received the Chobe I will review it as well but they have a cool demo video on the guru site to show off its features. You can check it out at

  3. rlcarle January 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Excellent review Bill. I too have the Kiboko and have no problem fitting a 500 and a 200-400 mm lenses inside with camera bodies attached. If necessary teleconverters as well. Never have had an issue with airlines with this bag. Just don’t give the impression its heavy when you are at the front of the line. I recently purchased the Chobe as a laptop bag because of its ability to hold so much more than your standard laptop bag. So laptop, harddrives, wide angle lenses etc are stored in the chobe making these two bags an unbeatable duo for the travelling photographer.

  4. bmaynard January 27, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Yes the 30L carries a lot of big glass so perfect for travel and into the field with camera attached ready to go. I just ordered the Guru Gear Chobe 19-24L myself for the same purpose. I am off to Alaska to photograph grizzlies this summer so I need my laptop, long lenses, wide angles, etc. My plan is to have all gear packed in the those two bags, one as a carry on and one as a personal item. I’ll be reviewing the Chobe 19-24L after I have had a chance to field test it.

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