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.