photo by Liz Ham
Lately I have been getting lots of questions from readers about what bag I use to carry my camera (and still stay style-ish). Unfortunately I do not have a great answer for you as I don’t use a camera bag, I usually just stick it into whatever handbag I’m carrying that day. I guess that’s another perk of carrying a big bag as my camera fits into it with room to spare. Sure, it makes it heavy, but on the days that I feel like taking my camera out with me, that’s my best solution (other than wearing it around my neck of course). I have basically given up on finding a true camera bag that is remotely stylish, so I am constantly looking at handbags to see if they can function as my camera bag. For the wedding we just shot, I used my Foley & Corinna City Tote, which is awesome because it’s big and I could sling it over my body (and it’s totally cute and could function as my regular purse as well) but that was just for carrying my lenses. I still don’t have a great solution for carrying my camera around.
Since my husband and I now have a combined total of 3 dSLR’s and quite a few lenses, we use a Crumpler bag for when we travel. We love it! It totally keeps our cameras safe and secure and is a lot easier to carry them all together rather than each one on it’s own. They have bags that can just carry one so you could look into those. Although they aren’t so pretty, sometimes function just wins.
I’ve promised everyone that has written me that I would let them know when I came up with a good solution, so will post if I find it. If anyone has a recommendation, let me know!
Update: I know I will get lots of comments about the Shootsac so wanted to put it out there as an option. It’s not what I’m looking for, as I want a bag that will just hold my camera, not any additional lenses. The Shootsac is for carrying your additional lenses and you wear your camera on your neck. When I bring my camera out on just a normal day, I only use one lens, I never change it. For example, all my New York pictures were shot with my 50mm f/1.2L lens. It makes much more sense as a wedding photographer to use the Shootsac as you are changing your lenses so much. That’s the difference that I’m looking for, an everyday vs. an event photography camera bag. It just seems that nobody makes a nice everyday camera bag that can double as a handbag as well. I swear I’m just going to start designing my own! 🙂
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