Finding the right camera bag is hard.
Right now, I don't even own one.
I must admit (shamefully) I try to use my own handbags when Doug isn't looking. This isn't good for our cameras and I know this, so I have been doing some research into camera bags while annoyingly hanging the camera around my neck (screaming to the world; I'm a photographer y'all gotta know it) It's not cool.
I think maybe if I corrected the title of this blog, it would be 'Kick ass Camera bags for women". I don't feel there is such a thing as the perfect camera bag, it is a myth.
I have heard the advice of buying the camera bag that you'll grow into, but I disagree. Doug went by this advice, and I feel like the bag he has is really ugly (he agrees) He is a man and he went for practicality over anything else. He's smart like that, but since he has me, he can now be practical and stylish (YAS it's possible).
Look at the photography you are doing now, the gear you have now, and yes, think about the gear you will have - but with the exception of considering the different photography that you might naturally go into.
One photographer = many possibilities. Everyone does different photography, and there are so many different types. Right now, I do portrait, wedding, family/baby/children, newborn, food and brand photography. I don't usually have to take a lot of gear to a shoot unless it's for food or brand, which I take Doug along for those shoots too, so he just uses his bag.
I have seen photographers that have bags and bags of gear, so one camera bag won't work for them.
I am a minimalist at heart, so it is hard to say, you may need to have more than one bag.
It's evident for us. When we do film and photography at a wedding, we need a fair bit of gear and the one camera bag, although you can fit everything into one larger bag, it's better to spread your gear out so it's more easily accessible for when you need it and you aren't hurting your shoulders. It's a smarter way to work if there are two photographers (like us) or if you have an assistant carrying your bags. Otherwise, you can find a safe spot to keep one of your bags while using the one you need.
Not to sound too feminist, but it seems like the photography world is male dominated by the amount of manly looking camera bags I have seen in my search for the perfect one for me!
I really struggled to find any at first.
But there were a few that I found. I have scoured the corners of the internet to find some really lovely feminine looking bags, ones that don't say 'I have thousands of dollars of gear in me!' like anything that has a brand across it (y'all know what brands do this)
I found thirteen bags that I thought were nice. Don't worry, I'm not sharing them all! I narrowed this down to just six. I thought that was really good.
I was able by process of elimination, narrow that down to choose between three.
Some of the things I considered were height vs depth, weight, affordability, how it sits on your shoulder/comfortability and finally, how it looks. Don't pretend like looks don't matter, they definitely do.
Although some of the options I had were in very pretty colours and a few to choose from, I had to go with what was most versatile. Black.
So here are the bags I have been looking at. You can help me by dropping a comment below. Should I buy the Chelsea or Savannah from Onabag or alternatively the Lola from Gattabag?
Once I have found a place in Australia to obtain one of the three and purchase it, I will do a post about it and show you what's in my camera bag.
Thanks for reading!
THE P A L M A
PRICE: $399AU Available from Digidirect in Australia
COLOUR: Comes in black and cognac
DEPTH: 5" (interior) 5.5" (ex)
HEIGHT: 7" (interior) 8" (ex)
LENGTH: 10.5" (interior) 11" (ex
FIT: Room for 1 Camera and up to 2 Lenses
LOOKS: I like the way it looks, but I'm not a huge fan of the handle on top, I think it ages it a little. I know it would be a really good function though if you want to take the shoulder strap off.
Why I like it:
THE C H E L S E A
PRICE $459AU Available from Digidirect in Australia
COLOUR: Black or Cognac
DEPTH: 6" (interior) 6.5" (ex)
HEIGHT: 10" (interior) 10.5" (ex)
LENGTH: 16" (interior) 16.5" (ex)
FIT: A camera with lens attached and 2 extra lenses. Normal bag contents.
LOOKS: This bag is classic and super trendy, I could imagine it adding style to any outfit.
Why I like it: It looks like an everyday handbag, with the added functionality of a camera bag. I think I would adore this bag, but it is on the pricier side. I have been thinking I need a bag for only my camera to separate my personal from professional, but this would be amazing for travel. I will buy in future if I decide not to get it now. It'll be my second camera bag for bigger items and more complex shoots.
THE C L A R E M O N T
PRICE: $240US $303AU
FIT: 1 Camera, 1 Lens & Flash
LOOKS: Beautifully curved and stylish gold hardware.
Why I like it: I really love the L&S tag attached, I'm such a sucker for details like that. I don't think this bag is big enough for what I need & it's also not available to me. But it's on sale, so check it out if you're interested.
THE S I E N A
PRICE: $179 US / $225 AU
WEIGHT: Not listed, my guess is close to 2lbs
COLOUR: Camel only
LOOKS: Vintage and almost a little industrious. It's slightly boxy. Very sturdy/secure looking.
Why I like it: I love that this one has a vintage look to it. It reminds me of a camera bag I purchased when I was 21 from an opshop. I think this bag is built to last.
THE S A V A N N A H
PRICE $219US $277AU
COLOUR: Black only
DEPTH: 3.5" (interior) 4.5" (ex)
HEIGHT: 6" (interior) 8" (ex)
LENGTH: 8.5" (interior) 9" (ex)
CONTENTS: 1 Camera, 1 Lens, SD cards and some every day items.
LOOKS: Does anyone else think this has a slightly 90s feel to it? It's sleek and chic, and it would look good with any outfit.
Why I like it: This style is probably the one I have been drawn to the most, I don't know if I should trust myself on that or not! I have thought about this bag the most. I do really love how it looks. I feel it could be slightly on the smaller side but for what I am looking at I think it'll be okay.
THE L O L A
PRICE: $149US $190AU
CONTENTS: 1 Camera, 1-2 extra lenses & phone. Some everyday items & SD cards.
LOOKS: It looks really feminine and pretty, and it has some beautiful colours available, but I think the black would be most versatile. Tassel and silver hardware.
Why I like it: The price! This is the most affordable out of all the bags I chose. I love the tassel at the front and that it's more roomier than the Savannah, but I am unsure on the strap, I think long term I may have to replace it.