What's special about our waxed canvas camera bags?

The Sunny 16 waxed canvas camera bags and camera backpacks are designed to accompany you on photoshoots, hiking trails, travel adventures and can be stashed away in the overhead compartment or under your seat. The Sunny 16 backpack is as well-travelled as you are and it's made for real life adventures. It's part of the journey!

Collection: Ultimate Guide to Waxed Canvas Camera Bags

If you're like me, you know the importance of having a reliable camera bag. Carrying your gear also means protecting your valuable camera equipment while having easy access when you need the gear.

Today, I'm discussing one of my favorite types of camera bags: the canvas camera bag. We'll dive into why they're great, how to take care of them, and I'll even answer some common questions.

Why Choose a Canvas Camera Bag?

Canvas camera bags are a popular choice for many photographers. Here’s why:


Canvas is a tough material. It can withstand rough use and still keep your camera safe. If you're like me and love outdoor photography, a canvas camera backpack is a great choice.


Canvas bags have a classic look. They remind me of old-school explorers and photographers. If you love a vintage or antique style, a canvas camera bag is perfect for you.


Canvas camera bags are often designed with comfort in mind. They usually have padded straps and backs, making them easy to carry around all day.


Canvas camera rucksacks for hiking or a waxed canvas camera bag for weather protection means that these bags are versatile.

Types of Canvas Camera Bags

Different types of canvas camera bags to suit various needs. Here are some common ones:

Canvas Camera Backpack

A canvas camera backpack is perfect for those long photography trips. It distributes the weight evenly across your shoulders and back, making it comfortable to carry heavy gear.

Canvas Camera Rucksack

A canvas camera rucksack is similar to a backpack but usually has a more vintage look. Stylish and functional, with plenty of room for your camera and accessories.

Waxed Canvas Camera Bag

A waxed canvas camera bag offers extra protection from the elements. The wax coating makes the bag water-resistant, which is great for outdoor shoots in tougher weather conditions.

Antique Camera Bag

If you love vintage items, an antique camera bag made from canvas can be a great choice. These bags have a timeless appeal and often feature unique designs.

Camera Vintage Bag

A camera vintage bag has a retro style that never goes out of fashion. Perfect for photographers who appreciate a classic look.

How to Clean a Canvas Camera Bag

Keeping your canvas camera bag clean is important to ensure it lasts a long time. Here’s a simple guide on how to do it:

  1. Empty the Bag: Take everything out of your bag. Make sure there are no small items left inside.
  2. Shake Off Dirt: Shake the bag to remove loose dirt and debris.
  3. Spot Clean: Use a damp cloth to wipe away stains. For tougher stains, you can use a mild soap. Gently rub the stained area with the cloth.
  4. Avoid Soaking: Don’t soak the bag in water. Canvas can shrink and lose its shape if it gets too wet.
  5. Dry Properly: Let the bag air dry. Avoid direct sunlight and heat sources since they can damage waxed canvas material
  6. Waxed Canvas: If you have a waxed canvas camera bag, avoid using soap as it can remove the wax. Instead, use a damp cloth to wipe it clean and reapply wax if necessary.

Is Waxed Canvas Bad for a Camera Bag?

You might wonder if waxed canvas is bad for a camera bag. The answer is no; in fact, it's quite the opposite. Waxed canvas is great for camera bags because it offers extra protection. Here’s why:


Waxed canvas repels water, keeping your camera and gear dry in light rain or wet conditions. This makes it ideal for outdoor photographers.


The wax coating adds an extra layer of durability to the canvas. It helps protect the bag from wear and tear, extending its lifespan.

Easy to Maintain

Waxed canvas is easy to maintain. If the wax wears off, you can reapply it to restore its water-resistant properties. Just make sure to use a wax that’s suitable for canvas.

The Best Canvas Camera Bags

Now, let's discuss some of my favorite canvas camera bags. I've tried quite a few, and these are the ones I recommend:

1. Sunny 16 Voyager Canvas Camera Bag

This has become our best-selling waxed canvas camera backpack. The sleek vintage camera bag, antique brass hardware and waxed canvas material. Not to mention, this is by far the most comfortable backpack to wear!

Incredibly spacious and features a USB port to charge your devices on the go. Not to mention, it has a massive front pocket and offers free shipping domestically in the United States.

2. Domke F-2 Original Bag

This is a classic. The Domke F-2 is sturdy, spacious, and stylish. It has a vintage look that I love. The bag is well-padded, offering great protection for your camera.

3. ONA The Brixton

ONA’s The Brixton is another favorite. We like the ONA bag because of the high-quality waxed canvas and leather. Just keep in mind that these are far more expensive than other bags.

4. National Geographic Africa Medium Rucksack

This bag is perfect for adventure photographers. It has a rugged design and plenty of space for your camera and accessories. The canvas material is durable and can handle rough conditions.

5. Billingham Hadley Pro

Billingham is known for their quality bags, and the Hadley Pro is no exception. Stylish, durable, and offers excellent protection. The bag is also water-resistant, making it perfect for all-weather use.

6. Vanguard Havana 41 Backpack

The Vanguard Havana 41 is a great canvas camera backpack. Comfortable to carry and has plenty of room for your gear. The bag also has a sleek design, making it suitable for both professional and casual use.

How to Choose the Right Canvas Camera Bag

Choosing the right canvas camera bag depends on your needs and preferences. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect one:

Consider the Size

Think about how much gear you need to carry. If you have a lot of equipment, go for a larger bag like a canvas camera rucksack or backpack. For minimal gear, a smaller shoulder bag might be enough.

Check the Padding

Make sure the bag has enough padding to protect your camera and lenses. Look for bags with adjustable dividers to customize the interior space.

Look at the Straps

Comfortable straps are important, especially if you plan to carry the bag for long periods. Look for padded shoulder straps and back panels.

Think About Style

Choose a bag that matches your style. Whether you prefer a vintage look or a modern design, there’s a canvas camera bag out there for you.

Weather Protection

If you shoot outdoors a lot, consider a waxed canvas camera bag for added water resistance. Your gear will stay safe even during heavy rain.

Extra Pockets

Extra pockets are handy for storing accessories like memory cards, batteries, and personal items. Look for bags with multiple compartments for better organization.

Which canvas bag should you pick?

Canvas camera bags are a fantastic choice for photographers of all levels. They offer durability, style, and comfort, making them perfect for everyday use and travel. Whether you need a canvas camera backpack, waxed canvas camera bag or an antique camera bag.

Remember to keep your bag clean and maintain it properly to ensure it lasts a long time. Don’t worry about waxed canvas; it’s actually a great material for protecting your gear from the elements.

I hope this guide helps you find the perfect canvas camera bag for your needs.

  • Mark M., Verified Customer

    Very happy with this bag, It holds most of what I need for short daily photo shoots and is perfect as a carry on for traveling. Itn seems durtable and well made. I've only had it for one day but so far I am delighted

  • Grissom Y., Verified Customer

    This a great camera backpack I was very impressed so easy on the back holds everything u need this company makes A1 products people have already ask where I got this backpack I’ve had lowepro and Temba camera backpacks sunny 16 voyager beats them all so thank you

  • Greg C., Verified Customer

    I really like the backpack. Since I can adjust the dividers to fit any arrangement of gear, it is versatile beyond belief. Thank you!!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much space is inside the backpack?

This camera and lens backpack has enough space for two camera bodies, multiple (5+ lenses), drone, accessories, etc. There's a lot of room in this camera bag!

Are canvas camera bag dividers included in the backpack?

Yes! We include one free set of camera bag dividers inside every camera backpack. In addition to that, we've also included free tripod straps and a free USB cable to charge your electronics (just connect it to a power bank).

How thick is the padding on the shoulders and backside?

We've make the padding as thick as possible to maximize the comfort to the backpack when carrying. It's made from a breathable mesh material which makes it extremely comfortable to carry during longer hikes. Learn about the mesh padding.

Is the canvas camera backpack actually water-resistant?

Yep, the waxed canvas material is water-resistant so it can handle a good amount of water, heavy wind, etc. Just don't dunk your backpack in a river and you should be good. The black tarpaulin version features 1000D tarpaulin which is the highest quality waterproof material that will keep your camera equipment safe.

Where does the power source come from?

The backpack comes with a built-in USB cable that you can directly plug your power bank into from the interior of the bag.

Is this an anti-theft backpack?

The Voyager camera backpack is anti-theft due to many details that prioritize security when you're carrying your gear. This includes lockable zippers, back-panel opening, hidden laptop and tablet pocket and so much more. Watch the video to learn about the key anti-theft functionality in our backpack.

Is this waxed canvas camera bag carry-on compliant?

Yep! They fit perfectly under your seat (considered a personal. item) and in the overhead compartment (as a carry-on item).

Can it fit a 17" laptop?

It sure does! You can actually fit some 17" laptops — just double-check the dimensions first.

Are the chest straps included?

The sternum straps (aka chest straps) are included! You can easily adjust the positioning of the straps and cinch it in seconds. To learn about why chest straps are so important, watch the video.

What's the delivery time?

We ship our backpacks within 5-10 business days after you place an order and domestic shipments take between 3-5 days to arrive. If your order is placed before 1PM PT, we offer same-day dispatch. If you're international, this could take 7-12 business days.

Do you ship worldwide?

We sure do! We ship within 24-48 hours after an order has been placed. If your order isn't shipped within this time, we may be running on limited stock so it's best to get in touch with our team about it!

Do these waxed canvas camera bags have a warranty?

Yes it does — our backpacks are covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

What does pre-ordering mean?

If you do not see a "pre-order" label, then that means we're currently in stock! If you see a "pre-order" label on the variant that you selected, this means that they are out of stock and we're allowing customers to get first dibs so they receive it first once we're restocked.

When will I receive the pre-ordered bag?

If you ordered the canvas camera backpack with the "pre-order" label, then stay tuned for the tracking number in a separate email.


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