Want a New Camera Bag That’s Cheap Yet Durable? Check Army Surplus


Are you in need of a new camera bag, but you’re on a budget and still want something durable? An army surplus store may be your answer.

I’ve been wanting a new camera bag for a while but there’s so many options out there. I was previously using a Lowepro Passport Sling III, which I like, but I wanted something more compact.

Then I found this bag at an army surplus store online. It’s a Finnish Army gas mask bag.


It was a little under $14 shipped from a store called Keep Shooting.


The bag easily holds my 70-200mm and has small pouches that I can put my SD cards and batteries in. It’s a great little walk-around bag.


To protect my lenses, I have pouches that I keep them in when they’re not being used.

Two of the benefits to a bag like this is that military issued gear is typically extremely durable and it also doesn’t scream “steal me!” like a bag from Ona or a recognizable brand like Lowepro or ThinkTank.

So if you’re in the market for a cheap, durable, and inconspicuous camera bag, check out one of the many army surplus stores out there: you might just find the perfect bag for your needs.

About the author: Dave Bischoff is a documentary photographer. You can find more of his work on Instagram at @dave.bischoff.