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The Problem with ‘Everybody’s Bag’ Camera Backpacks

Right now if you head over to Kickstarter and search for “camera bag,” three active choices pop up. That’s three more camera bag ideas vying for your attention in addition to the tons that have hit Kickstarter over the years and the hundreds more made by larger brands like Lowepro, Manfrotto and Think Tank.

Every year we get another stack of “new” and “innovative” camera bag ideas from a host of different companies all trying to convince you that they have finally solved the camera bag problem. Except… this has been everyone’s slogan for the past ten years. So very clearly the camera backpack problem has not been solved. Sadly, despite their pomp and circumstance, no one is actually trying to solve it.

Eight years into reviewing camera backpacks, I can definitively say that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all backpack idea; no one has gotten it right yet, and this whole industry is stuck in a rut where everyone keeps trying to mix up the same few ideas in new ways in an attempt to get your hard-earned dollars.

Kickstarter videos are especially notorious for claiming they have a single answer for all the camera backpack woes.

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