13 Best Camera Sling Bags

Are you looking for the best camera sling bag the market has to offer? Not sure what sling bags are for? It can be a real challenge to navigate between a backpack, messenger bag, or a camera sling bag and the truth is more photographers on the go are choosing the modest sling bag over their bulkier counterparts.

These one-shoulder wonders are winning the hearts of amateurs and professionals out in the field.  With a sling you don’t need to put the bag down to access your gear, you simply swing the sling around and Boom, you’re ready to shoot.

This article will outline everything you need to know to make an informed decision so you can buy the best camera sling bag with confidence.


The 13 Best Camera Sling Bags

  1. Peak Design 10L V2 Everyday Sling Bag (6)
  2. Altura Photo Sling Bag (4)
  3. LowePro Sling Show Edge 250 AW (3)
  4. Think Tank Turnstyle 5 V2.0 (1)
  5. LowePro Passport Sling III (7)
  6. Tenba Solstice Sling 10L (8)
  7. Think Tank Urban Access 8L Sling (9)
  8. Vanguard Alta Rise 43 (10)
  9. Alpaka Go Sling Pro (5)
  10. Mindshift Gear Photocross (11)
  11. Zecti Sling Camera Bag (12)
  12. Peak Design 6L V2 Everyday Sling Bag (2)
  13. TimBuk2 Camera Sling Bag (13)

What To Look For

Construction

Photographers are choosing the sling for their simple designs and the fast access to gear. They are lightweight and many made with durable materials to protect gear from extreme weather.

Another key factor is the construction are the pockets and dividers. Almost every sling on this list is highly customizable which keeps you ultra organized whether you’re on a job or out for a day of leisurely shooting. 

Budget

We love the sling for the great cost points, too. For the photographer looking to carry a light kit in a stable and effective way these slings can't be beat.

The Altura Photo Sling Bag is the cheapest on this list coming in around $30 bucks! For the price of an entree you can adequately protect your gear and provide  mobility and stability for your next photography outing.

Looking for something on the more expensive side? Check out the Peak Design line of slings - 3x as expensive but still cheap compared to other backpacks and messenger bags you'll find on the market. 

Size

Slings are most compatible with a streamlined kit. It's best to have an inventory of your gear in mind as you browse this article so you can be sure you're finding the best camera sling bag for your needs. 

Keep an eye on the dimensions and weight of each sling and what it's best suited to carry.

Time to find the best camera sling bag for you. Let’s dig in! 

 

1. Peak Design 10L Everyday Sling Bag

The Peak Design 10L is a sleek and durable camera sling bag with ample space for a streamlined kit. It's compatible with mirrorless cameras and full-frame DSLR's alike. Need a bag that's compatible with larger shoots? The 10L is spacious enough for a 13” device and the only bag in the Everyday collection that features a strap for roller bag luggage carry.  We love the high customization level of this pack, too. Open it up and you’ll find 2 Flexfold removable dividers and 4 small stretch pockets so you can rock out your kit like you want.

So, when it comes to the best camera sling bag this one sits comfortably in the top 5 best camera sling bags on our list.

Pros: Sleek design with improved foam padding on the shoulder strap from the V1 model. Padded 13” tablet or laptop sleeve.

Cons:  Plastic attachment points. A smaller front pocket means items in it dig into internal capacity of the rest of the bag.  One of the more expensive on the market. 

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★★☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★☆☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

Peak Design 10L Everyday Sling Bag Quick Specs

  • Price: $149.95
  • External size: 16.5 x 13.7 x 10.2″ 
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs
  • What Fits: Mirrorless camera body/lens + 3-4 extra lenses & accessories, or DJI Mavic drone + controller, batteries, charger
  • Color: Black, Ash, Midnight

 

2. Altura Photo Sling Bag

We love this camera sling bag for the photographer on a budget. This gem is all work and no play and won’t break the bank. It features a thick shoulder strap so heavier loads don’t put added strain on your neck. A secondary, quick-release chest strap keeps your gear stable as you move and work.

High color contrast between the interior compartments and the external of the bag means finding your gear in low light situations is easy.

Pros: You can’t beat the price. This is the most budget-friendly of the slings on our list. 90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee

Cons: Not the most weatherproof option. Zippers and material could be more durable. Not suitable for continued, strenuous excursions. Keep reading to find the best camera sling bag for travel and hiking. 

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Use: ★★★☆☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆

Altura Photo Sling Bag Quick Specs

  • Price: $28.99
  • External size: 17 x 8.1 x 6.4’’
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs
  • What Fits: DSLR cameras and lenses, mirrorless cameras, DJI Mavic Pro Drone and accessories
  • Color: Black

 

3. LowePro Slingshot Edge 250 AW


A personal favorite and a great DSLR camera sling bag for the avid traveler. This bag gives you a no-frills approach to the sling, but makes up for it in practicality. If you’re adventure bound or headed to a remote location shoot this bag is the one for you. 

With the quick-access All-Weather cover you don’t need to fret over the forecast, making it one of the best camera sling bags for travel. Explore to your delight without worrying if your gear will pay the price! 

Pros:  The all-weather, rain proof cover is conveniently located in a pocket at the base of the bag so you can quickly protect your gear as soon as the weather turns ugly. Functionally loved by users. 

Cons: At almost 2 lbs this bag is heavy and has a smaller than expected camera compartment without a lot of flexibility for customization. 

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★☆☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

LowePro Slingshot Edge AW Quick Specs

  • Price: $60.53
  • External size: 10.51 x 6.14 x 18.90 in
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs
  • What Fits: small/medium DSLR, 1-2 lenses + accessories and compact tripod 
  • Color: Black

 

4. Think Tank Turnstyle 5 V2.0

In the market for the best mirrorless camera sling bag? Mee the Think Tank Turnstyle 5 2.0. With it’s small internal compartment this bag keeps your mounted mirrorless camera in place no matter how much you’re movin’ and groovin. Plus, there’s extra space for your favorite additional lens and few accessories. Easy shoulder rotation gives you quick access to the main compartment. 

Due to this slings small size (and because it’s got a secondary quick-release strap) you can wear it across your chest making it a versatile option on our list of the best camera sling bags.  At only 0.8 lbs this is the perfect option for the super-streamlined kit and the photographer on-the-go. 

Pros: One of the best camera sling bags for Sony a6400

Cons: Too small for DSLR and Full-Frame DSLR. Keep reading to find the best day bag. 

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★★☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★☆☆

Overall: ★★★★☆

Think Tank Turnstyle 5 V2.0 Quick Specs

  • Price: $78.75
  • External size: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)*
  • Weight: 0.8 lbs
  • What Fits: Compact Mirrorless camera system, ex. Sony a6400 mounted 
  • Color: Black 

*Note that the product tapers significantly and dimensions are taken at the largest point.

 

5. LowePro Passport Sling III

The LowePro Passport Sling III is the best camera sling bag if you’re hunting for a lightweight, minimalist design. At 1.1 lbs this is the perfect small DSLR camera bag. Best suited for one camera/lens and 1 extra lens (ie Nikon D850 + an 18mm-200mm lens).

Want something you can convert into an all around day bag? The removable sleeve makes it popular for the person looking to use this sling for more than their camera gear. 

Pros: External zipper increases Internal storage by 30%

Cons: Not weather resistant. No tripod straps or external hooks. 

Style: ★★★☆☆

Build: ★★★★☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★☆☆

Overall: ★★★☆☆ 

LowePro Passport Sling III Quick Specs

  • Price: $44.88
  • External size: 17.32 x 5.71 x 16.14’’
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs
  • What Fits: DSRL or Full-Frame DSLR, 3-4 lenses, batteries, accessories, water bottle and even a light jacket 
  • Color: Black, Grey 

 

6. Tenba Solstice Sling 10L 

This sensible and uncomplicated design won’t disappoint.  With plenty of room for your full-frame body you’ve got a lot of well-appointed space to work with. A secondary cross-chest strap is there for added stability as you navigate whatever your day unfolds, and the shoulder strap is well-padded for added comfort.

The Tenba is better suited for longer excursions when compared to a sling like the LowePro Passport Sling III. It’s got extra space for things like a water bottle and light jacket- making it one of the best camera sling bags for hiking.

Pros: Overall a great camera sling pack

Cons: Supporting secondary strap can get in the way

Style: ★★★☆☆

Build: ★★★★☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

Tenba Solstice Sling 10L Quick Specs

  • Price: $95.95
  • External size: 7 x 9.5 x 17.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs
  • What Fits: Mirrorless or DSLR camera with 2-3 lenses (up to 70-200mm 2.8). Also fits DJI Mavic and other compact drones
  • Color: Black, Blue 

 

7. Think Tank Urban Access 10L Sling  

What can we say? We love Think Tank. This baby holds your small or medium DSLR or mirrorless camera systems with up to 2-5 additional lenses. It features dual side access to the main compartment. 

Are sling bags comfortable? This one is! The Urban Access  camera sling bag allows for right or left shoulder placement so you can swing this sling both ways. Five movable dividers make the main compartment customizable with a seperate, padded sleeve for up to a 10’’ tablet or laptop. This lifetime warranty from Think Tank for “as long as the original owner uses the product” means you’ve just found one heck of a good deal. 

Pros: Nice craftsmanship and it features a lot of space for your gear

Cons: Odd cylinder shape, not very comfortable for extended periods of time 

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

Think Tank Urban Access 10L Sling Quick Specs

  • Price: $109.75
  • External size: 9.1” W x 15.6” H x 5.9” 
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs
  • What Fits: small-medium DSLR or Mirrorless camera system + 2-5 lenses, 10’’ tablet/laptop. 
  • Color: Black

 

8. Vanguard Alta Rise 43  

We’re calling this monster of a camera sling “the beast” as it’s the largest of the Alta Rise series, you’ve  ample space for up to 5 lenses, personal gear, flash attachment and more. With the super bright yellow interior it means grabbing gear in low light scenarios is easier than ever. The total coverage rain cover is  built to combat all the elements of the natural world. Work smart, work well with this sling that’s destined to travel with you far-and-wide. 

Pros: This camera backpack can pack a ton of gear!

Cons: At the same time, it’s a bit bulky and not something that you want on your shoulders for too long.

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

Vanguard Alta Rise 43 Quick Specs

  • Price: $99.99
  • External size: 10 ⅜” x 7 ⅞” x 17 ¾”
  • Weight: 2.64 lbs
  • What Fits: DSLR and Full-Frame DSLR or Mirrorless camera system + 2-5 lenses
  • Color: Black

 

9. Alpaka Go Sling Pro   

Talk about a hip sling, and we love it for more than it’s looks. Made with Kevlar layer 5x stronger than steel, lockable zippers, an external USB port and a lifetime warranty this is a deal you can’t beat. Plus, you’ll get 2 months to test the product and free shipping. 

This bag comes with security and functionality. Plus, it’s made with both waterproof materials and waterproof zippers so you can respond to your call to adventure with the confidence that your gear won’t take a hit. (pay a price?) 

Recommended for small to medium DSLR’s or mirrorless camera systems.  

Pros: USB port gives you added power

Cons: Thin shoulder strap - not good for heavy use. Keep reading for a heavy duty sling bag. 

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★★☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

Alpaka Go Sling Pro Quick Specs

  • Price: $99.00
  • External size: 11.02 x 6.69 x 4.33 inches
  • Weight: 1.56 lbs
  • What Fits: Mirrorless camera system + 1-2 lenses
  • Color: Black, Brown, Grey, Blue 

 

10. MindShift Gear Photocross 13 Sling Bag 

Mindshift Gear Photocross 13 Sling Bag is the heavy duty favorite. Not for the faint of heart this pack comes in as one of our heaviest slings weighing 2.43 lbs, so keep that in mind when choosing the best camera sling bag. Fits an ungripped DSLR, tripod, most 13’’ tablets and it’s made from weatherproof materials and waterproof zippers. 

Pros: Built for rugged adventures and long days in the field

Cons: We wish the shoulder strap had a little more padding

Style: ★★★☆☆

Build: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★☆☆ 

Mindshift Gear Photocross 13 Sling Bag Quick Specs

  • Price: $103.99
  • External size: 12 6” W x 17 7” H x 7 1” D
  • Weight: 2.43 lbs
  • What Fits: ungripped DSLR, Mirrorless Camera,  tripod, most 13’’ tablets, 2-5 lenses  
  • Color: Carbon Grey, Orange Ember

 

11. Zecti Sling Camera Bag

Recommended for small to medium DSLR or mirrorless camera systems, ie 1-2 camera bodies, 2-4 lenses and lots of accessories. It’s water resistant and comes with an easy access rain cover you can deploy when the storm rolls in. The quick release shoulder strap allows for instant access to your gear and we love the rubber feet on the bottom that keep your gear dry when you’re out in the field. The shoulder strap is one of the more padded so think of selecting this if you’re concerned about neck/shoulder strain. 

Pros: We love the rubber feet! 

Cons: Best suited for a compact tripod

Style: ★★★☆☆

Build: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

Zecti Sling Camera Bag Quick Specs

  • Price: $103.99
  • External size: 12 6” W x 17 7” H x 7 1” D
  • Weight: 2.43 lbs
  • What Fits: ungripped DSLR, Mirrorless Camera,  tripod, most 13’’ tablets, 2-5 lenses  
  • Color: Carbon Grey, Orange Ember

 

12. Peak Design 6L Everyday Sling 

The Peak Design 6L is your true everyday bag. More compact than the 10L makes it the perfect choice if you’re looking to bring along one small/medium DSLR or mirrorless camera and 1-2 lenses. 

It’s also super easy to convert into a crossbody bag meaning you can wear it at your hip! You might be wondering what the difference is between the sling and the crossbody? Well this one straddles both worlds. Wear it on your back as a sling or wear it as a crossbody bag at your hip. 

Pros: Super customizable and great if you want something that easily converts into an everyday bag

Cons: Too many zippers and can be clunky at times when "slinging" the bag

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★★☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

Peak Design 6L Everyday Sling Quick Specs

  • Price: $99.95
  • External size: 13.38”  X 9.4”  X 5.7”
  • Weight: 1.28 lbs
  • What Fits: Mirrorless Camera System, ex. Fuji X-T3 + 1-2 lenses, batteries, accessories, 11” tablet 
  • Color: Black, Brown, Grey, Blue

 

13. Timbuk2 Camera Sling Bag

A modern and stylish option for the minimalist traveler. The TimBuk2 is another great option if you’re in the market for the best mirrorless sling bag or the best camera sling bag for travel. At only 0.66 lbs this is a super light pack, great for the photographer with a small kit who’s on the go. 

If you’ve tried other slings and feel like they are too bulky this could be the bag for you, plus it works amazing as a little workstation once you swing it around to the front. You can easily swap a lens, grab a spare battery or find your sunglasses. 

Taking the day off from shooting? Pull the dividers and you’ve got a fashion-forward everyday bag that stands out in a crowd.

Pros: Stylish little sling with a lifetime warranty

Cons: On the small side, so consider one of the 10L options above if you need something bigger

Style: ★★★★☆

Build: ★★★★☆

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆

Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆ 

TimBuk2 Camera Sling Bag Quick Specs

  • Price: $69.00
  • External size: 
  • Weight: 0.66 lbs
  • What Fits: Mirrorless is built for Mirrorless cameras and light accessories
  • Color: Gummy 

The Best Camera Backpacks for Photographers

What did you think of our list of the best camera sling bags? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below!

But don’t stop there! If you’re looking for a camera backpack to accompany your sling bag, take a look at our article breaking down the absolute best camera backpacks for photographers. 

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