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Mar 31 2015

A Great Small DSLR Backpack For Travel

Before we embarked on our most recent adventure through five countries in Southeast Asia, we had to carefully choose what gear we were going to bring. We decided to only travel with carry on luggage and began to research what to do with our camera and all its accessories during our travels.

We were sick of putting our small DSLR bag inside a larger backpack, so we decided what we needed was a small, durable camera backpack that could fit multiple lenses but still qualify as carry-on luggage. We have used Case Logic small DSLR cases and laptop cases in the past and found them reliable, so we decided to try out the Case Logic DSLR and iPad Backpack and put it through the Poplar Travels field test.


When I first tried on the camera backpack, I was instantly impressed with the fit. The DSLR and iPad backpack straps contour to my shoulders and the pack rests comfortably in the upper center of my back. The chest strap slides up and down so it fits comfortably on Evanne and myself. The straps are lightly padded, and since the pack is small, it is more than enough.

The design is surprisingly sturdy and even though the backpack is small, it can carry quite a bit of gear. The lower main compartment easily fits my 7D camera, the charger and an extra lens. There are small pockets for extra memory cards, and the compartment is accessible from the side as well as the front for easy, quick access. I can quickly slide off the right strap, swing the backpack under my arm, and pull out my camera at a moment’s notice.

The upper compartment fits my GoPro, mounts, passports, and two 12000 mAh battery packs. There is a small top pocket for money, a phone, business cards or any ID that you need to access easily. The back pocket fits my iPad Air with RuggedBook Folio Case, which is pretty bulky, and the side mesh pocket is large enough for a water bottle and sunglasses. There is even a retractable hidden rain cover that will protect the backpack and your camera from the elements.

The backpack is a great daypack but there were times when we wished there were straps on the side to attach a small tripod.

The sleek design and durable construction have an appealing aesthetic that make the backpack perfect for any adventure or even a luxury event. I tested the Case Logic DSLR and iPad backpack in the opulent halls of the Sofitel Legend Metropole, the beaches of Vietnam and Indonesia, the dusty countryside and temples of Cambodia, and the jungle of the Cameron Highlands. I was always confident that my camera was well-protected and that nothing would get banged around inside. I can say without a doubt that this is a great camera backpack for the discerning traveler.


Poplar Travels received this item for the purpose of review. Our opinion is always our own.

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Eric left Washington, D.C. to travel the world starting with Chiang Mai, Thailand. He enjoys peaty scotch, long walks on the beach (or up mountains) and most sports or activities with potential risk of injury or death.

  • Rodger

    Looks nice! Are the internal inserts adjustable? Brilliant photos, your blog is very visually stimulating!

    April 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm

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