Thule’s Perspektiv range of camera bags

May 10 , 2013 by: Daniela Bowker Equipment, News


My weather-sealed rucksack met a rather unfortunate end last year. I’ve been on the look out for a replacement since but nothing has caught my eye. I’m wondering if maybe opting for one of these Thule bags could be an option?

There are six bags in the range: one messenger bag, two backpacks, two ‘toploader’ bags, and a case designed for action photographers. You know, the sort who scale mountains in the dark without wearing any shoes.

All of the Perspektiv range has been designed for photographers on the move; in addition to the requisite degree of padding that you’d expect from a camera bag there’s a slew of weather resistence inclusions, from sealed zips to weather-resistent pockets and hideaway rain covers, as well as nifty ideas like a removable pod system that lets you slide your camera gear or personal documents straight into a hotel safe.

The backpacks come daypack size and backpack size. The daypack is designed for a day out shooting; it’ll house a dSLR fitted with a wide-angle lens in addition to two other lenses including a 70-200mm as well as a flash. There are pockets for your sunglasses and space enough for a jacket, an organiser for memory cards and batteries, and high-visibility lining should make finding things that bit easier. It’s priced around $160.

The backpack is a whole lot bigger, but still meets carry-on luggage specifications. It has space for more lenses as well as a 15″ laptop. There’s customisable storage space for cords, cables, and accessories, as well as tripod and water bottle pockets. It’ll set you back $250.

The messenger bag will hold your camera and a zoom lens in addition to a 15″ laptop, as well as a selection of bits and pieces. It comes with the pod system and the high-visibility interior and there’s a weather-resistent zip to give you easy access to your hardware. Fancy that one? It’s around $140.

The toploader bags come in sizes large and medium. They’re intended to be more minimalist camera bags, meant for one camera and one lens (a 70-200mm lens will fit in the large bag), with a few stash pockets here and there. They’re priced at $130 and $100 respectively.

Last of all there’s the action sports camera case with a crush-proof camera compartment, a roll top, and a flip-down organisation compartment. All that crushing, rolling, and flipping is making me feel exhausted. That will cost you around $40.

If you want to look at Thule’s bags in a bit more detail head over to the website.

About Daniela

This post was written by Daniela Bowker, who has written 1397 articles for Photocritic

Daniela has written three books on photography, contributed to several others, and acted as the editorial consultant on many more.

Her newest book, Social Photography, is currently available as a digital download as well as in bookshops in the UK and US.

You might also want to check out her exploration of other-worldly photographic creations, Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible, and Photo School Fundamentals, for which she contributed the section on composition.


  • A link to the website and/or a link to the Perspektiv range would save your readers some fumbling and googling.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. It looks as if the link was garbled in the move from one site to the other. It’s there now.

  • Thank you for your description. I am looking for something like the daypack but want to see it somewhere first. But this is difficult. It sells online only. I have not found any store I could see it.

    • Hi Jan – I’ve had a quick word with the people at Thule and they’re recommending that you look at Mike’s Cameras in Colorado or B&H in NYC. Don’t forget that Amazon’s return policy is very favourable, too. I hope that helps.

      – Daniela

  • Hello Daniela,

    Have you heard anything about the availability of the Backpack? I have been searching and getting excited from reviews and descriptions such as yours, but I have been unable to find it anywhere. This is the perfect bag for me, but I don’t think I’ll track one down before my first international photo trip in a few weeks. Any info you have is greatly appreciated!


    • Hi Jay,

      I’ve no specific details, I’m afraid. However, I would recommend taking a look at Thule’s website.

      – Daniela

  • Could the camera unit in the DAYPACK fit
    a Sony A77 body with SAL18250 lens attached
    + a SAL75300 lens
    + a Sigma 150-500mm ?

    If possible, with the body (+lans attached) in a grab-out position using the side access of the bag.

    It’s difficult to find proper dimensions and/or pictures of the camera unit of this bag, hence the question.

    Thanks in advance!

    • I’m sorry. I’m afraid that I can’t help you here.

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