Review: Vanguard The Heralder 33 Camera Bag

This year is the most traveling I have ever done and am on the road on average of every other week. For the past two years, my go-to bag has been the Vanguard UpRise 38 which is one of the best carry-on bags you can get. The problem is that when I wanted to take my DSLR, a few lenses, as well as my laptop, tablet, chargers, and everything else I take, the UpRise 38 just came up short. When the new line of Heralder bags was announced, I knew I had to get one. Since I have a tendency to over-pack, I decided to not get the biggest model and went with the Heralder 33 which is the mid-size model. How did it stack up against the UpRise 38? Continue reading to find out.


The Heralder 33 may be the middle-of-the-pack model of the Heralder bag series but it is still a good sized bag with lots of storage. I have been a huge fan of Vanguard products because of their high quality and great value. Of all of the equipment that I use on a day to day business, my Vanguard products have never had any kind of failure.

There are lots of fine details such as heavily stitched zipper tags, included rain cover, and the magnetic flap that keeps the top zipper from opening accidentily.

All of the material is top-notch qualiy with nice edging material that should keep fraying from occuring.

One of the stand-out features of the Vanguard bags is the bright orange interior that makes it easy to find dropped components such as lens caps, memory cards, etc. There are plenty of zippered pockets and space for memory cards.

The entire inside section with the movable partitions is completely removable to use as a standard messenger bag. The Heralder 33 is tall enough that I can put in a full size DSLR with a 70-200 lens attached.

Normally the Heralder 33 is used as my location lighting bag because I can put four speedlites, wireless triggers, swivel mounts, batteries, and still have plenty of space left.

When I am traveling and want to take a DSLR, some speedlites, a couple of lenses, as well as my tablet and laptop, the Heralder 33 comes with a padded laptop case. I then stick my tablet in between the removable laptop case and the inner wall of the bag, making for a very secure and padded area.

The Heralder 33 retails for $169.99 may sound pricey for someone shopping around for a cheap bag but I can assure you that you will get your money’s worth out of it. I have tried cheap bags and they just don’t hold up to regular use. A Vanguard is an investment in your gear that will last you many years. I have said many times, the two things you shouldn’t skimp on are your tripod and your camera bags.


Over the years there have been plenty of products here that have received positive reviews but very few of them make it into the “daily use” category. If you have seen me at any event in the past two years you will see me with a Vanguard bag. Vanguard doesn’t pay me to use their products or to give them good reviews, they are simply great products that cost less than most of their competitors. For quality, functionality, and value, its hard to be Vanguard products.

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Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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