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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?