What type of camera bag do you have?

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Posted 1/18/2013 by Brenda D in General Photography
 

Brenda D
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Posted: 1/18/2013 4:24:42 PM
I am looking for a new camera bag.

I have
a sling bag by lowpro - not big enough and cumbersome when I go somewhere like the school.
a Roots backpack okay for travelling but still cumbersome
individual lowpro bags that hold my camera with a regular lens or a zoom lens.

I am wanting something more stylish that will hold my DSLR, flash and a couple lenses. Something I can take anywhere and does not look like a camera bag.

What do you have that you love or what would you love that you don't have?

Thanks

Brenda

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Posted: 1/18/2013 6:44:10 PM
Sorry, don't think my comments will be of much help to you. I have a Lowepro back pack (the flip side 400). I
can't say that it is terribly stylish but it holds my camera, and several decent sized lenses, as well as my battery charger, an extra battery, extra cards, my wallet, a few granola bars, etc.

It is really comfortable even when fully loaded. Doesn't sound at all like what you are looking for but just thought I'd mention it in case someone else is looking for something different.
Oh, also, while travelling this summer and going through security getting on and off ships and planes my sternum strap somehow got torn off my bag. When I got home a call to the local Lowepro distributor got a replacement strap off to me which arrived in about a week...free of charge.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:00:40 AM
I have several bags but I'm really enjoying my Lowepro Passport Sling. It's perfect for a camera and a few small to medium lenses plus a light jacket, batteries, memory, wallet etc. It's also lightweight. I carried it around in Europe last summer and it was perfect.

If I need a bigger setup, I take a bigger bag but for moving around in the city, it is perfect. I bought it on sale for $39.99 which was a great deal.
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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:29:12 AM
My most used bag is the Porteen Gear bag off etsy - does not look like a camera bag, wear it cross body and fun looking.

If I am doing alot of walking/shooting then I have a sling bag from Case Logic.
If I am hiking and going light, I use my fanny pack back from Loewpro.
If I am storing my stuff I use a backpack bag that I hate to wear so I just use it for mass storage.
And then there are 2-3 more sitting in a box that never worked for me.




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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:32:39 PM
I have the case that came in a package with my Nikon DSLR that's worked out pretty well until recently. Just got a Kelly Moore hobo bag with a gift certificate I got for Christmas and LOVING it so far. It has 2 strap lengths-1 to make it more of a shoulder bag and 1 to carry it like a messenger bag. Most of the Kelly Moore bags can definitely double as a purse and don't look like camera bags. I got the hobo bag because if we're traveling or going out somewhere I wanted something that wasn't going to look like a camera case.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:57:46 PM
Uh, I have 5 bags

I use my Epiphanie Lola the most. I use my Lowepro sling in the city, I have a small size bag that actually looks like a thermal lunch tote(got it through photojojo.com and forgot the brand) when I am taking just my camera with no extras, I have a Shootsac tote that I have yet to use (I couldn't turn down the introductory bargain price) and I have a lowepro backpack that I will probably never use again because I blew out both of shoulders carrying it around Tanzania 2 summers ago. And I have an original shootsac for lenses.

I think I have heard people say that the Kelly Moore bags are more affordable than Epiphanie. Some like the styles better too.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:54:05 PM
I have an Epiphanie Lola bag in teal and just got a thirty-one camera bag last month.

The thirty one bag is cute and a decent size, but not padded enough.

I don't use the Lola bag very much anymore. I wish it was just a bit smaller.

My DH got this sling bag for Christmas:
Amazon: Case Logic camera bag

It's not very stylish, though

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:33:41 PM
I want to tell my story
I bought a lowespro black reg shoulder bag(pretty big) and I love it!!! It hold 6 lenses camera and all the extras flash battery charger etc...
I saw the cheeky Lime bag and made a joke a few years ago and emailed the bag to my mom and said I want this for my birthday.. she typed back yea right and I knew it was a joke she just doesn't send that much..
well for my Birthday with NO idea at all I opened the Cheeky Lime bag.. I love the bag and its pretty and I go abck to it sometimes but it is smaller than what I actually need so I change back and forth depending on where I am going... I like variety

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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:16:32 PM
Thanks everyone for your information.

This gives me names of bag companies to go and check out.

Now my quest begins... of cource I am from Canada so probably will not find any of these to see in person.

Brenda

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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:06:44 PM
I'm in Canada too. Unless its on etsy, most bags can be found in places like Henry's camera store or a local shop. Where do you live?
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:55:10 AM
Does Canada have a cord camera? I have always wanted to visit Canada... Someday I hope

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:34:19 AM
I have the Epiphanie Ginger bag. I researched various companies and reviews of bags before I decided on this one. Fits DSLR with lens, can fit another two lenses or lens/flash and extra items such as phone, compact camera, or instant camera. Plenty of pockets for batteries, cards, etc. The thing that swayed me towards this bag was the depth and the width of opening - pretty easy to pull camera in and out. And you can wear it as a cross body bag or should bag. The leather is very sturdy, sturdy straps and its still classy, nice looking. Follow them on twitter and wait for a discount code!






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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:47:30 AM
I have a Kelly Moore camera bag/purse. I used it for three trips that I went on and found it a real pain to handle. I usually travel with two cameras and this last trip I left the Kelly Moore bag at home and found a camera bag to fit each of the cameras then I found a tote that wasn't too big but could hold both cameras and wallet etc and I found that really worked a lot better for me.

In May I'm off to Miami and cruise and this time I'm only taking the smaller camera which is a Canon Powershot and I'll leave the Rebel at home. I just got the Canon Powershot before I went to NY last October and to be honest it can do pretty much what the Rebel can and its smaller. Love my Rebel and there are times you want a DSLR but for these trips I go on smaller is better. So I think you just need to experiment find out what works best for you. I know there are times the Kelly Moore bag will work best and then there are times the individual bags will work best.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:48:30 AM
I'm from Canada too, and I got my Lowepro at Henry's. I did notice that there don't seem to be any Henry's stores west of Manitoba ( I'm in Ontario). I'm sure you could order on line or, go to your local stores, see what brands they carry then come back here and ask for opinions on those specific brands.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 3:07:45 PM
I have the big Porteen bag and I love it. Before that I used my Ginger Epiphanie bag and I loved it. The Porteen bag is very light when it is empty.

But I don't think I want to risk my beautiful Porteen bag when I go to Africa this summer so I will be looking for something different.


I have a lowepro backpack that I will probably never use again because I blew out both of shoulders carrying it around Tanzania 2 summers ago
Hey, Deb, maybe we can work something out?

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:28:27 PM
I got the smaller Porteen Gear bag for Christmas and I can't beleive how small it is. I can barely fit my camera/lens in there. I'm so disappointed. I have a J Jill bag that I really like but sometimes it gets too heavy. I was hoping the Porteen Gear bag would replace it for walking around with my camera but I'm not sure now what to do.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 6:36:25 AM
I am watching this thread. I was wondering about the 31 tote and I just saw a new tote this morning by LUG which may be just Canadian I don't know but I will check it out when it comes to stores.
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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:24:07 PM
I have a JoTotes bag - The Millie Bag.
Its a nice bag. Hold my camera and one lens.


Millie Link





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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:00:57 PM
I just got this one the other day and I really like it for a cuter (but not girly) camera bag. It holds my 60D with lens while still having room for my 70-200 or two other small lenses. Has lots of pockets for cards, extra battery, wallet, etc. Even has a pocket that fits an IPad. I like that it is not super wide either, I am very pleased with it.
For walking around a lot, hiking, Disney, etc I love my Lowepro Sport AW Sling. It is very comfortable to carry, has a waterproof cover and lots of room.

The only thing I am not totally in love with the Clik bag is the clip/fastener, it is not quick to open, but a minor issue compared to other bags I see or own.

CLIK bag

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:13:49 PM
Thanks again. I have looked at lots of the suggestions.

I liked the big Porteen bag - bit disappointed at the price and the additional cost of adding the inside bag.

Ginger Epiphanie also looks interesting.

Still looking (when I have time)

Brenda

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Posted: 1/31/2013 11:02:34 PM
I just bought 2 bags myself, to house my new camera. They are both backpack styles though, I am partial to them. I hate bags slipping off my shoulders.

If you have a favorite large purse/tote, you can purchase inserts and turn any bag into a camera bag. They are sold at camera shops as well as Amazon.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 5:11:51 AM
"nuther canuck here, my favorite bag is not a camera bag, but LOVED the looks. purchased it from Hammacher Schlemmer (U.S.)149.00 (No longer made) by the time it arrived to my front door with GST,PST,Duty and another'Special' tax it was $249.00.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:15:38 AM
I did not read every post on this and maybe if I did my question would be answered, but I skimmed it.. does anyone with the backpack style love it besides Kristina... I read your post
I do not use a backpack style, but wondered if it would be easier sometimes.. mine does not skip off my shoulder or anything and i hvae two that way, but I have noticed more carry backpacks..

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:23:22 PM
I love my sling bag, which is kind of a backpack, but much more comfortable for me to carry. I use the Lowepro Sport Sling and love it. It is my very favorite bag to carry.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:27:28 PM
I am actually recommending the Slingshot to my BF, cuz he likes a sling bag too. He has "inherited" my 30D and needs a bag to carry it around in. I, personally, do not like a bag that cuts across the front of my body like that. But again, this is a very personal opinion.

Glad to hear that you read my post. Whatever you go with, you can probably find it cheaper on eBay though. Just sayin'.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:27:58 PM
Robert - I love that backpack. Perfect for a man !!

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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:59:20 PM
Just lookng at Jo Totes Gracie Bag.

Anyone use a bag from Jo Totes?

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Posted: 2/20/2013 4:12:37 PM
Memories5, I have the Lowepro Flipside 300, and I do love it. I bought it when we went out west last summer, and I hiked everywhere with it. It's very comfortable, and it gave me plenty of room to carry the gear I needed.

I really liked the "Flipside" feature of this backpack for this trip. The backpack straps around your waist, so, if you need to get inside, you just slide it off your shoulders and twist it around to the front. The pack opens from the back, so it's like having a little table in front of you with all of your stuff readily accessible. This was especially nice when I was out where the only place to put something down would have been on the dusty ground.
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