It’s in the Bag!

For some reason  I was noticing all the bags that I have for my cameras…and I thought…..why not write about them?  Each are different and have their pros and cons.  So….which bag is for you?  Bear in mind that these are based merely on my own personal experiences and you may have differing opinions.  Have a different opinion?  Know of another great camera bag?  Leave a comment!  🙂

I’m going to start with my “looks bag.”  I’m referring to my Cheeky Lime shoulder bag.  I received this bag last year as a Christmas present.  I LOVE this bag because it doesn’t look like a typical camera bag.  It is feminine and attractive, which can be hard to find in a camera bag.  I also like that it is an over-the-shoulder bag.  I think it makes it a lot easier to dig for what I need than a regular backpack does.  This bag also holds a decent amount of items, with lots of small pockets to place things such as memory cards, batteries, etc.

However, I do have a big gripe about this bag.  It seems to be poorly constructed.  I’ve had this bag for just under a year, I have only used it a handful of times….and it is already falling apart.  I have other bags that I’ve had much longer and used many more times that are still in perfect condition.

PROS

-Beautiful/unique bag style choices

-Many pockets

-Reasonable price for a camera bag

-Padded with movable velcro dividers

– Pretty Spacious

CONS

-Not very well constructed

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS BAG?  

This is a great bag for people who are looking for something “pretty.”  It isn’t a good bag to use on a regular basis.

Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag – See the large tear? This is only after just under a year of ownership and few uses. Kind of a bummer, because it really is an attractive bag.
Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag
Cheeky Lime bag

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The next bag I have is a Tamrac backpack.  I have had this bag for at least 3-4 years now.  This is my go-to bag when I am doing a photo shoot in which I will be utilizing multiple lenses.  This bag is rather large (but not so bad that it gets in the way) and has tons of space.  Tamrac makes great quality bags and this one is no exception.  I used this bag a couple of years ago when I photographed the Dew Tour in Ocean City, MD.  I ran around with it on the beach for a few days, multiple hours each time-  and it remains in perfect condition.  I still have some sand in it though!  😉

P.S.- I also have a smaller version of this bag.  It has also been great for my needs and remains in perfect condition after many uses!

PROS

-Lots of space for lenses and small items

-Padded with movable velcro dividers

-Spacious

-Durable

CONS

-None

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS BAG?  

This bag is rugged and beneficial to anyone photographing often – even in the great outdoors.  Also great for someone who needs more than one lens on a shoot.

Tamrac Camera Bag
Tamrac Camera Bag
Tamrac Camera Bag
Tamrac Camera Bag
Tamrac Camera Bag
Tamrac Camera Bag

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The last bag we will be looking at is a Lowepro CompuDaypack.  Of all of them, this is the bag I have had the longest.  My first second SLR was a Nikon D200, and this bag came with it.  This bag is still holding strong after about 6 years of ownership.  I actually use this one when I take trips out-of-state and want to bring my camera.  I consider this my “carry-on” bag when I am taking a flight.  It fits my camera body, a couple of lenses, some smaller items, and my laptop.

PROS

-Roomy pocket for smaller items

-Padded with movable velcro dividers in bottom portion of bag

-Fits a laptop/ipad

-Durable

CONS

-Not a lot of room for lenses/flash/etc.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS BAG?  

Those who don’t need many lenses and have to bring thin electronics such as a laptop and/or ipad.  Great bag for travel – it fits as a carry-on!

Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
Lowepro bag
This is where your laptop can fit.
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My name is Jennifer and I am an artist/photographer/designer/traveler.

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