Aside from the oversized items such as cameras, lenses and a tripod, there will always be a considerable number of smaller camera accessories in everyone’s photo kit. This includes everything from remote cables, filters, batteries and memory cards to cleaning kits, card readers and charging cables. Unless you enjoy being frustrated, all these things should be well organized in a camera accessory bag or pouch.
Of course, camera bag manufacturers know this and offer various camera accessory pouches to compliment their larger camera bags. If you look at what’s available, there’s a surprising amount of variability in the design and function of these small accessory bags and pouches. In this guide, I’m sharing my favourite camera accessory bags for various specific uses.
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Shimoda Accessory Pouch – Best For Camera Batteries
The Shimoda Accessory Pouch makes the perfect camera battery case. Inside the main compartment is a zippered pocket made from stretchy elasticated nylon. This means the pocket can hold much more than it initially appears, making it perfect for battery organization. When my batteries are fully charged, they go in the main compartment, but as they get used up, I put the dead ones in the zippered compartment, so there is never any confusion about what needs to go on the charger when I get home. Read my review for more details.
Shimoda Panel Wraps – Best For Small Items
Available in three different sizes, the Shimoda Panel Wraps are an ideal camera accessory bag for smaller items because the many zippered compartments will help you to separate things into logical groups. The clear pocket panels also quickly remind you what is where, which is useful for ensuring everything is packed for your shoot and finding things in a hurry when you need them. The three different sizes probably make this product the most versatile organizer in this guide. Read my review for more details.
Peak Design Tech Pouch – Best For Hard Drives, Card Readers and Cables
The Peak Design Tech Pouch is ideally designed to handle hard drives, card readers, computer-related cables, and dongles required by any travelling photographer. Out of all the products in this guide, it has the most internal organization, but the clever accordion design still manages to keep everything easily accessible. You can find more photos and details in my Tech Pouch review or watch the hands-on video below. At $59, it isn’t cheap, but it comes with that excellent Peak Design quality we know and love and has more features than any other option on this list.
Tech Pouch Hands-On Video
Peak Design Field Pouch V2 – Best For Also Carrying a Camera
The Field Pouch V2 from Peak Design is a small accessory pouch with a shoulder strap that sells for $49. The bag is large enough to hold small cameras such as the Fuji X100 or Sony RX100, or you can mount a camera externally by adding a Peak Design Capture camera clip. See our review for more details, or watch the hands-on video below.
Field Pouch Hands-On Video
MindShift Filter Hive – Best For Filters
The MindShift Filter Hive is easily the most fully-featured filter case on the market. It has slots for up to 6 screw-on filters and colour-coded slots for 6 square or rectangular filters. The internal filter sleeve can be removed for semi-permanent installation into your camera bag, or you can keep it in the pouch. It also has a zippered pocket, roof for a filter holder, a belt look and a strap to hang it on your tripod while you’re working. If you want to read more about this, check out the review.
Think Tank Secure Pixel Pocket Rocket – Best For Memory Cards
The Secure Pixel Pocket Rocket features three zippered pockets, each divided into two sections. This memory card wallet is a universal design that will hold everything from CFexpress cards to SD, CF, CFast and Micro SD. I find this extremely useful because I can carry one card wallet for use with my cameras and drones. The bright green colour is easily identifiable in my bag. This card holder is part of Think Tank’s range of card holders detailed in our review.
Think Tank Cable Management Bags – Best When You Need a Lot of Them
The Think Tank Cable Management bags come in three different sizes and they are ideal for situations where you want to use a large number of the same bags to organize your gear. What makes them ideal for this is the large clear windows that help you identify the contents, as well as the small-windowed pocket on the back that holds a nice large label. For example, you might use one to hold all your microphone cables, one to hold your GoPro mounts or one for your tripod plates. The largest of the three sizes is even capable of holding a pair of strobes. My own collection of these bags expands every year. I think I’m up to 12 now!
F-Stop Accessory Pouch – Best For Battery Chargers
The F-Stop Accessory Pouch M is the perfect design for holding your camera chargers while travelling. One side of the pouch has a set of small dividers that perfectly fit and protect standard camera chargers. In contrast, the other side has mesh pockets that contain the necessary power cables and travel plug adapters. Although it could hold all things, the size and shape of this pouch suggest that the designers had this in mind as a perfect charger case. You can read more about this in the F-Stop Accessory Pouch review.
CineBags AC Pouch
The CineBags AC Pouch is the perfect organizer for a camera assistant or photographer’s essential on-set tools. This is where you keep all those hex wrenches, screwdrivers and camera cleaning items that might be needed at a moment’s notice. I keep this do-anything tool kit in my pelican case at all times. For more details about this pouch, read my review.
CineBags Monitor Pack
Don’t let the name of this product fool you. Although the CineBags Monitor Pack is designed with on-camera monitor protection, it’s beneficial for all photo and video accessories. One-half of the case is heavily padded, while a zippered pouch makes up the second half. This is a great camera accessory bag for organizing things like microphones, lav mics, monitors or larger battery chargers. I have one that contains video-related accessories and a second one that organizes audio accessories. Read my full review of this bag for more details.
Gura Gear Et Cetera Cases
Gura Gear makes an excellent range of zippered camera accessory bags called the Et Cetera series. Three flat pouches for cables and two cubic cases that have more rigidity, making them perfect for battery chargers. Styled to match their Kiboko backpack and Chobe shoulder bags, these cases are extremely high quality.
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CRDPouches are a product from CRDbag. These camera accessory bags were conceived by a filmmaker who needed a better way to organize all his gear on film sets and in his Pelican Case. Compared to other zippered gear pouches, the CRDpouches have waterproof zippers, a built-in metal clip, a built-in Apple AirTag pocket and a space to add labels. The available larger sizes are also a standout feature for this lineup, giving you an option to organize larger items such as extension cords or camera rain covers. See our review for more details on sizing.