I'm a bit of a pack rat. I like my vehicle of transportation to carry the things I need whether it's a camera, jacket, or a sandwich. So I started my search for a sturdy saddlebag that could carry these items and fit my safety gear. I sifted through over 30 saddle bags. I also checked out backpacks and handle bar bags, but let's face it: It's super uncomfortable having a bag on your back and it feels weird not being able to fully control your bike because of a handle bar bag. Detailed below are my favorite large saddle bags.
Real talk though: I really wanted a bag to fit my mirrorless camera. For a bag like this, I needed to make sure it was sturdy, secure, and spacious. Also, I needed to make sure it would work on a carbon seat post, so it couldn't be abrasive.
Best Pick: Topeak Wedge Dry Bag - Large
I like this bag because it's (1) sturdy and (2) easy to get things out of. I didn't necessarily need the bag to be waterproof - it was just an added bonus. I really like that it has straps to securely fasten the bag to the seat post. The bag fits my camera & has room for safety equipment. It doesn't come cheap, but no other bag made my items feel as secure. Keep in mind, it is a ridiculously huge bag, but hey, you're the tool carrying your camera in it, so do you really care
Lower Cost: Bontrager Large Pro
This is a less expensive option. The only problem is that it opens like a hamburger & it's really hard to get things out of it. It's not as sturdy as the Topeak, but if you use bike tubes as padding, it will keep your stuff in place. I also like Bontrager because of their stellar 30 day guarantee. If you hate what you bought, you have 30 days to return it - no questions asked. It's a company that values their customers. No, they're not paying me to say that.
If you a baller: Dill Pickle Gear
I really like the bags from Dill Pickle Gear. The bags are hand made and specifically constructed to hold a camera. They're quite spacious, so you can hold a lot of stuff. I spoke to the owner of the company and she indicated that the bags work for carbon forks. If I were to upgrade to a bigger bag, I would definitely pick up one of these.
Fair warning: Make sure you pad your camera down with tubes to keep it in place when you fill your pack. The safest thing for your camera is to not take it on rides at all, but if you feel compelled, these are the best options I've found. Let me know if you have any other suggestions.