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I’ll get right to the point, with the hundreds of available photography bags on the market how do you know which is the best camera bag for your needs? When I bought the Gura Gear Kiboko 30L I thought I had found perfection and believe me I have a closet full of not so perfect DSLR camera bags. I will call it near perfection as there were two things I did not like about the Gura Gear Kiboko 30L. One was that it would not swallow my Nikon 600mm lens with the lens hood reversed. Two, it only allowed me to access one half of the bag at a time, given the butterfly flap design, and I often want access to all of my gear at once.
So I always said if Gura Gear came out with a larger bag that could handle my 600mm and a design which permitted access the entire bag while still maintaining the butterfly flap, they would have perfected the photography bag once and for all.
Introducing the Gura Gear Bataflae 32L which hits both of my requirements above and a whole lot more so I am giving it my “Winner Best DSLR Camera Bag Award.” Below are the features I wanted in my camera bag:
- Large bag that can handle a 600mm (and the 800mm just in case I won the lottery)
- Swallows Pro Body DSLR’s with L-brackets attached
- Whole camera bag opens at once to access all camera gear
- Butterfly flaps to access only half the camera bag (great for dusty shoots like safari’s)
- Airline carry-on compliant photography bag
- Back pack carrying straps with stowable harness design
- Waist belt that is removable
- Many, many dividers for multiple lens configurations
- Wow A DSLR Camera Bag available in more than black. Comes in black, grey or a limited-edition desert tan
- Light weight coming in at 5.3 lbs
- Tripod carrying syste
- Waterproof rain fly which doubles as a ground cover in dirty settings
So if it is so darn perfect what would prevent you from buying one. In a word “cost”. The Gura GearBataflae 32L photography bag is expensive. So if your Scottish like I am dropping big bucks on a camera bag requires careful thought. That is until you frame it up correctly. I drop tens of thousands of dollars on cameras, lenses, tripods and they all get carried and protected by…..yes my camera bag. So why the %$#@ wouldn’t I buy the best damn photography bag money can buy rather than compromising on a camera bag that does not meet all of my needs just to save a hundred bucks? Seems kind of silly when you put it that way.
It’s a no brainer decision, if you travel for photography adventures or hike into the field with your gear, especially with larger lenses, the Gura Gear Bataflae 32L delivers quality, is feature rich and is well worth the extra money. Buy it directly from Gura Gear and save on closet space as it is the last bag you’ll ever buy.
I have to say I think we have another winner from Gura Gear in the category of best DSLR camera bag for travel. I picked this bag up for those times when I am traveling with only a few bodies and lenses which it is absolutely perfect for. It is also the perfect compliment to my larger 30L when I need to lug around more gear for longer trips. Here’s a great example of why both bags make sense and how I sold my wife on the fact that I needed both for you married folks.
I will be traveling to Alaska in July for a Grizzly Bear photography tour and size and weight of luggage are a definite issue. I really have no desire to check any of my camera gear at the gate, I want to carry it all on the aircraft. On most airlines you’re allowed one carry on item and a personal item like a laptop bag. I searched long and hard for a camera bag that fit the bill as a “personal item” that would take a laptop and camera gear but not be defined as too large by the airline. The Chobe 19-24L is the bag I finally decided to purchase and I’ll give you more details on why below.
You can also see a full review of the Kiboko 30L camera bag on my blog where I voted it as “Best Camera Bag on the Planet”. I should know I’ve owned a lot of camera bags that didn’t quite work out.
So let me give you the highlights on the the Gura Gear Chobe 19-24L shoulder bag which quite honestly is the best DSLR camera bag I have found as it can serve as both a carry on or as a personal item given it is expandable from 19 inches to 24 inches wide through a very nifty expandable zipper system, more on that later. It’s design allows it to serve as a well-designed, full-featured business, travel, and photography bag with room for all of your necessary gear.
The Chobe can be a business bag with room for a 15” laptop, iPad & a Kindle, plus papers & documents. With the flip of a zipper, the bag expands to from 19 to 24 inches to accommodate a spare change of clothes and goes from day job to overnighter. Now here’s a really cool feature. Gura Gear designed a custom designed matching padded photo insert that can be added to allow the Chobe to haul pro DSLR camera bodies & lenses in style. I’ve included a picture of the insert below.
The Chobe is constructed from lightweight, durable sailcloth just like its big brother the Kiboko 30L. Because the bag was developed on the road, the little things are covered, like an expansion pocket for a drink, and plenty of pockets. A concealed sleeve for sliding on rolling luggage means that Chobe can hitch a ride any time. I think 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.
- Extremely lightweight; under 3 lbs without insert and less than 4 lbs with it
- Fits up to 15″ laptop with sleeve PLUS iPad, Kindle or other tablets
- Deep enough to accommodate pro DSLR camera bodies and most medium format cameras
- Will accommodate most zoom lenses, I even threw my Nikon 200-400 in this bag.
- Unique expanding design
- Well-thought out storage for phones, keys, travel documents, cables, and more.
- Comfortable, fully-adjustable shoulder strap
- Removable photo insert
- International airline carry-on compliant
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Verdict: The Gura Gear Chobe 19-24L Camera Bag is the best DSLR camera bag for travel and best DSLR camera bag for women, thus it gets a COOL Wildlife photography two paws up.
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. Continue reading