Last updated: August 20, 2021

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Welcome to our big tripod bag test 2021. Here we present all the tripod bags we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best tripod bag for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a tripod bag.




Summary

  • Tripod bags help you carry your steadycam from one place to another. This can often be useful if you have a particularly heavy Steadicam.
  • There are classic tripod bags, tripod bag backpacks and tripod bag cases. Some models even have wheels.
  • In classic tripod bags you usually only have room for the tripod and smaller accessories. Photo backpacks or cases can usually also hold your camera and lenses.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a tripod bag

Tripod bags make carrying the hovering tripod easier. There are bags in different sizes and different types. (stevepb / pixabay)

Are there tripod bags for mini tripods?

Yes, you can buy a tripod bag for your mini tripod. The manufacturer Berlebach, for example, offers various tripod bags especially for small and light tripods like these.

Did you know that some tripods are so small that they don't even need their own bag?

These are called gorilla tripods. They are usually no more than 20-30 centimetres high and can therefore easily be stowed in your bag or camera backpack

Are there tripod bags with wheels?

Some tripod bags have wheels at the bottom so you can roll your Steadicam instead of carrying it. Most camera cases have wheels on the bottom.

The big advantage of having wheels on your tripod bag is that you can pull the tripod (including the camera) behind you like luggage. This is good for your back. Especially if the hovering tripod weighs a lot and you might even have extra weights with you that you want to attach to your equipment, this can go to your spine and also to your arms. The problem is solved with wheels.

Tripod bags with wheels are very practical for large and heavy Steadicams. In addition, they are easy on your back.

Decision: What types of tripod bags are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of tripod bags:

  • Classic tripod bags
  • Tripod backpacks
  • Tripod cases

There are different ways to store your tripod and make it suitable for travel or transport. To help you find out which type of tripod bag suits you best, we will give you a brief overview of the differences between the bags. For this purpose, we will briefly introduce the above-mentioned models with their respective advantages and disadvantages.

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How does a classic tripod bag work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A classic tripod bag offers space and protection for your tripod. Most of the time, a shoulder strap is attached to the bag so that you can carry it comfortably over your shoulder.

Advantages
  • Provides space and protection for the tripod
  • Small and compact
Disadvantages
  • Usually only space for one tripod

Classic tripod bags are ideal if you already have bags for your other accessories and are only looking for a place to store your tripod. They offer space and protection for your tripod and are relatively small and compact.

If you need storage space for your camera and other accessories, one disadvantage is that conventional tripod bags usually only have room for one tripod.

How does a tripod backpack work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A tripod backpack can be carried like a normal backpack, although it can be somewhat larger than conventional satchels. They usually offer additional storage space for camera accessories due to their size.

Advantages
  • Additional space for camera and accessories
  • Can be carried like a backpack
Disadvantages
  • Can quickly become very heavy with a lot of accessories

Tripod backpacks are suitable for you if you are looking for a practical bag for your tripod. The advantage of this type of bag is that it can be carried like a satchel, which is particularly easy on the back. Since a tripod backpack is larger than a classic tripod bag, you can store not only your tripod but also other accessories and your camera.

However, you should be aware that since this type of tripod bag offers a lot of space for the rest of your equipment, the backpack can quickly become relatively heavy.

How does a tripod case work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A tripod case, unlike the other types of tripod bags, is not carried but pulled or rolled. Photo cases offer the most space and stability for your camera equipment.

Advantages
  • Additional space for camera and accessories
  • Can be rolled
  • Practical for heavy loads
  • Very stable
Disadvantages
  • Relatively large and bulky
  • Most expensive option

When it comes to spaciousness, tripod cases score the most points. Because of their size, there is room for even more accessories than in tripod backpacks. Like conventional cases, tripod cases can also be rolled and thus offer you a practical transport option for heavy loads. They are also the most stable and robust alternative due to the material.

If you have little space or are looking for something more delicate, a photo case is not the best option as it is relatively large. You also need to bear in mind that a tripod case is also an investment, as they are the most expensive type of tripod bag.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate tripod bags

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate tripod bags. This will make it much easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, you should consider these features when buying:

  • Type
  • Colour/Material
  • Size/load
  • Occasion

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Type

Basically, you can choose between three different types of tripod bags. There are the following alternatives to choose from when you are looking for a tripod bag for your tripod:

  • The classic tripod bag
  • The photo backpack
  • The camera case

The conventional tripod bag is simply a bag for your hovering tripod. The bag usually only holds your tripod and nothing else - you should bear this in mind when buying a classic tripod bag.

The photo backpack is actually a backpack in which you can transport your Steadicam. It has enough space to carry your camera plus lens and other accessories. Another big advantage is that you can shift all the weight you carry around with the Steadicam better with a backpack. This is especially good for your spine if your tripod is quite heavy and you also have your camera in your luggage.

The camera case is like a suitcase that you can carry or roll around. Again, you have room not only for your steadycam, but also for your camera, lens and any other accessories you might want to take with you. The camera case is very practical if you have a hovering tripod that weighs a lot.

It's worth considering what you need a tripod bag for and what you want to carry. This will help you choose the right type of tripod bag.

All three types of tripod bags can also be used for classic monopods or tripods. So they are not only practical for your floating tripod.

Here is a brief summary of the most important points:

Classic tripod bag

  • usually only for the hovering tripod
  • good for elongated Steadicams
  • can also be used for classic tripods

Photo backpack

  • like a backpack
  • Space for camera, accessories and your tripod
  • practical for heavy loads
  • good for your back
  • can also be used for classic tripods

Camera case

  • like a suitcase
  • you can usually roll it
  • Space for camera, accessories and your hovering tripod
  • practical for heavy loads
  • good for your back
  • can also be used for classic tripods

Colour / Material

When choosing a colour, your only concern should be which one you like best. Most tripod bags are black, grey, dark blue or a dark green. The material of tripod bags is mostly nylon.

What you should pay special attention to when choosing the material is whether it is tear-resistant, protects against rain and whether it will not tear even with heavy tripods.

Size / load capacity

You can buy tripod bags in different sizes. There are tripod bags for 50 centimetre tripods, but also for 60, 70, 80, 90 or even 120 centimetre floating tripods. You should also consider the load capacity of the tripod bag before buying. In particular, you should think about how much your tripod weighs (with / without camera and accessories) and whether the bag of your choice can bear this load.

Regarding the size of the tripod bags, we can recommend that classic bags are better suited for light and elongated steadycam models. Photo backpacks and camera cases, on the other hand, are better suited to wide hovering tripods, which may also be a little heavier.

Occasion

Depending on the occasion or use for which you need to transport your Steadicam from one place to another, a different type of tripod bag is best suited.

Did you know that it is very important to pack the tripod the right way round in the bag?

It sounds logical at first, but this will help you to prevent your tripod from breaking quickly. Although tripods are very stable, the screws on the tripod heads can easily break off. Especially if you take your tripod out of the bag carelessly and the tripod literally falls head first out of the bag onto the asphalt.

Classic tripod bags are best if you are travelling short distances with your Steadicam, you don't have to pack your camera in the bag and the tripod itself is rather light. Photo backpacks or even camera cases are better for long journeys, as these bags are not so heavy to carry. They are also more suitable if you know in advance that your camera(s) / lens(es) / accessories will also fit in the tripod bag.

Facts worth knowing about tripod bags

What material is a tripod bag made of?

Most tripod bags are made of nylon, are tear-resistant and have padding. We recommend that you also check whether the material of your tripod bag has a rain cover to protect your steadycam sufficiently. This is often practical for outdoor use. Most tripod bags made of nylon should be rainproof.

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