Thursday, 14 May 2015

The cutest camera bag?

Now don't get me wrong, I love my DSLR. For outfit photos - or portraits, as the non-blogging world probably calls them ;) - it's my best friend; it can give sharp images in low light and beautiful blurred backgrounds with the right lens. But something all DSLRs have in common is they're MASSIVE. And they're heavy. And to get great photos in a variety of situations you need more than one lens. And they're pretty delicate really so you don't want to knock them around too much. When you combine all of these factors you end up at one conclusion: you need a fairly large, strong and nicely protective bag if you want to take it with you anywhere. For some reason, most companies who produce these bags see the objective of providing something that is large and padded and - aha! Obviously something that needs to be this functional does not need to be attractive! Let's put some mesh and canvas on there and... I know... let's make it black. Always black. Maybe with a bit of grey - and hey, some of the designs could have random streaks of neon colour that no one wants. Because this is what a camera bag should look like - u-g-l-y.

Am I being harsh? I don't think so - have you ever tried to buy a camera bag? I think camera bag manufacturers assume that 1) all DSLR owners are male and 2) all DSLR users because they're male don't like nice things and 3) no one cares about what a camera bag looks like anyway, male or female, it's just a camera bag. And maybe most of the camera-owning population doesn't care once they've got a camera that amazing. But, you can guess where this is going, I care! I've been trying to find a bag I actually want to wear that still offers all the functionality of the usual ugly beast bags and finally, I've found one! And because I know a lot of fellow bloggers who have great cameras read my blog, I thought it only fair to share it. All the gushing that follows about this bag is completely genuine - this was a birthday present. The bag itself is from Jo Totes.

I absolutely adore it. Firstly, it's mint green. We know how I feel about this - I'm buying all the mint green this year.

Jo Totes Abby mint green camera bag review

Yes, that is a removable cross-body strap you spy, along with a removable shoulder pad. And yes, the flap has a zip pocket. I don't know why, but why not?

Jo Totes Abby mint green camera bag review

In fact, there's zips and compartments all over this bag. It's just so darn useful. And yet, pretty. You can see some of the inner adjustable sections for the camera and spare parts here, but more on that in a moment.

Jo Totes Abby mint green camera bag review

Ah yes, more zips. In fact, there's another zip inside that open bit you can see. I was scratching my head about why I needed three small zipped compartments and then managed to use all of them on a day out. Currently, one's housing a lens filter, and another is a great place for my phone. 

Jo Totes Abby mint green camera bag review

Obviously, this big empty compartment is where my camera goes. It took me a few tries to get the padded 'walls' in the right place, but the great thing is you get three and they're completely adjustable. I've got a spare lens next door and my remote on the small section on the left. And yes, another zip pocket. I put my keys in this one.

Jo Totes Abby mint green camera bag review

Yes, that's another strap - it has a shoulder strap as well as a fully adjustable cross-body strap. Isn't that thoughtful of it? I wanted to show you how large it is compared to me, a human carrying it, and yes it's not small... but I am, so it probably looks bigger than it would on most people. But really, I've got bigger bags. The shape and the adjustable strap means it's comfortable to carry and not too bulky.

And most of all, it's not black, there's no mesh and I'm quite happy to carry this around all over the place. I'm not sure B will be quite as quick to volunteer to carry my camera for me in future though :)

So I think I've nailed it with finding the best camera bag ever... but what do you think?


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29 comments:

  1. Super cute! I hate ugly camera bags. This looks like an adorable purse! I like all those pockets. I was going to say, it becomes your purse/wallet if you shoot weddings etc. like I do so those zipped pockets are great for wallets, phones, keys, etc!

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    1. Yep, it was amazing how handy they were, considering I didn't think I'd even use half of them! When you don't want to put that much in with your actual camera so you don't scratch it etc, it's very useful :)

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  2. That was exactly what I thought the minute I stepped out the camera shop with my brand new camera, and that expensive and HIDEOUS camera bag! All of my previous film camera bags where so vintagy, but the DSLR ones are just very ugly.
    Yours looks super cute, lovely and practical- such a great find.
    "A cute camera bag" was on my wishlist for a long time, and I just could not find one which is pretty and also is of high quality (which is important in that case).
    After a quick look at the shop's website I can see that they ship internationally and it is made out of vegan leather- I'm definitely going to ask one of those for my birthday! I'm so happy :)

    ~Maria☼
    (from A Golden Picnic)

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    1. Yeah I don't think the bag manufacturers have quite cottoned onto how big the market for nice DSLR bags could be! There really aren't very many brands doing what Jo Totes does. Really glad I could be helpful with this review and that you agree that this bag is the best ;) I can confirm it's very good quality, I can see it lasting a long time...

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  3. Fantastic camera bag! I'm yet to meet anyone that actually likes the nasty black nylon mesh catastrophe that most cameras hide in, too ashamed to be seen near it!

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    1. And yet they're 99% of what you can buy... why?!

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  4. Oh I love this, shame I can't afford one, I am just using a regular old handbag at the moment, not great. Stlye and function is hard to find!

    Kariss x

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    1. I couldn't either, but that's what birthdays are for... ;)

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  5. Yup, this is the most charming camera bag you'll ever see! It's so pretty, yet practical, and what's not to love about the colour? It's really such a good buy, well done. I usually just plop my camera in a jiffy bag in my main handbag, though I do have a separate leather camera case I picked up from a charity shop for £1, which I use when I need to just sling the camera in the boot or something. But it's black.

    That's such a cute selfie in the mirror x

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    1. I have been shoving mine into a mesh monstrosity and then insisting my other half carries it as I don't want it to be seen near my person ;) They're always black!! And thank you on the selfie comment - this was at the beginning of a STINKING cold I had right after my birthday, hence I was quite pleased you couldn't see that much of my face. xx

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  6. This is beyond cute! Love, love, love! Not only the shape and handles, but that serene, candy store perfect shade of mint. I've been daydreaming about getting a pretty/cute camera back for over a decade now, so I can definitely relate to everything you said here regarding ordinary bags being unattractive and the yearning for one that wasn't. You've succeeded on that front with this pale green stunner big time!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. hello,ciao CICi
      Yes,You're right,the usual black color is boring...while this mint green colour is fabolous,like it!
      well,B should be happy,very happy to carry for You this stylish and chic bag!
      greetings

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    2. Yes, the colour is perfect! There's just so painfully few manufacturers catering to the desire for pretty camera bags, I don't understand it! Surely thousands of women (and stylish men) have DSLRs!

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  7. Wow! That is the coolest camera case i've ever seen! I totally agree with you on the dull boring black ones only being available. So happy to see there are actually some option out there :) really thorough and useful review, thanks heaps!

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    1. There's some options... not many, but they're out there if you spend hours in google like I did ;) glad to be helpful!

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  8. That is actually really cute! It looks like a well thought out bag, with all the different adjustable compartments and zippered pockets, not to mention the various straps for different kinds of carrying and the pretty color. I had to put my DSLR dreams on hold for a bit, but daydreaming about accessories for it seems like a nice way to pass the time. ;)

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    1. Ah that's a shame, but they're so expensive I'm not surprised! I really was blogging for quite a while before I even allowed myself to dream about one and then it took a fair amount of savings and Christmas gift money to make it happen. And to be honest I don't drop £75 on a bag that often, but this one was so adorable it seemed like a good spend of some birthday money!

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  9. OMG. I wish I had known about this before I got my partner to buy me a new camera bag...and yep, it was one of those big ugly ones. It's okay though - I get him to carry it when we're out so it doesn't ruin my outfit :P You are very lucky, it really is the perfect camera bag!

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    1. That was totally my tactic before... and will probably continue to be as it might be pretty but my camera itself is still darn heavy ;)

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  10. Love this bag...the pastel shade is so beautiful!! Great pick honey..need to find something like this soon :)

    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com

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    1. Hope you do - although shame there aren't more affordable versions out there yet!

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  11. Yup, Mister always has to carry around the black monstrosity! But I'm also downsizing from a DSLR to a mirrorless, and I'm looking forwards to being able to take my camera out and about more. Thank you so much for pointing this company out Cici, I am more than ready to upgrade to a cute camera like this one!

    Seriously, the color and that mini shoulder strap are too perfect!! I love it! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. I don't think I even know what a mirrorless is, but it sounds exciting! I've been toying with the idea of getting a compact for the days I don't want to lug the DSLR around, but the photos are just so good with it I know I'll always end up taking it! xx

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  12. Super cute bag! I hope more manufacturers will jump on board with making cute camera bags because you are so right-- most are of the basic black, mesh, obviously a camera bag, variety and are not very exciting or cute.

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    1. Completely agree - I don't understand why it's taken so long... is the market really that niche?!

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  13. 100% you nailed it. this is definitely the cutest and prettiest camera bag ever! I love the color :)

    Jessica
    pyreflies.org

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  14. Oh my God, it's perfect! I was on a holiday in Paris, and I kept looking for a bag large enough for my camera (other than my all black Nikon camera bag) and bought a lovely bag from & Other Stories, but of course it's not a real camera bag. I wish I'd known about these before! I'll have to invest in this kind of a pretty camera bag. Preferably mint green. ;)

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    1. I nearly went the 'not a real camera bag' route but I was too worried about not having the right kind of padding etc on the inside. However, you can buy inserts for bags that turn them into a camera bag - I suggest you take a look at that :)

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