I’ve been on the lookout for a nice bag to store my DSLR in when I’m out and about or traveling for a while. In the last few weeks I’ve been horribly guilty of putting my camera in my bag with other stuff banging about against it, which is never good! I love my 600D but being a girl and carrying a DSLR isn’t always fun, most camera bags are really masculine and whilst you want to look stylish, you also want to protect your gear and not be silly about it. A good padded bag is essential to keep everything safe and whilst I have a bigger holdall type bag for my camera, lenses and charger, I don’t want to carry that on a day to day basis. I also think a less conspicuous bag is good for travel and safety. A ‘Canon’ branded bag is all well and good but it screams that a. You are a tourist and b. You are carrying £££ in equipment. Never good when you’re somewhere unfamiliar.
A lot of the leather DSLR bags on the market are made by smaller companies and although they are extremely well crafted, they are quite pricey. I was looking for an introductory level bag that would let me carry my camera around on my shoulder with the idea that if I liked it, I might upgrade once I knew I’d use it a lot. I scoured eBay and found a handful of companies in China that made them at reasonable prices and I settled on this one since I thought it would go with everything (I know, I know) and wouldn’t clash with whatever handbag I was carrying since I will often have my other stuff separately. I paid £11.82 for the bag and £6.43 in shipping charges adding up to a bargain £18.25 in total which I think is pretty good. The price will vary slightly on the exchange rate that day of course. I also didn’t experience any customs charges since the seller marked it as a gift and delivery took a couple of weeks, pretty standard for China on eBay.
The bag is suede effect and although it isn’t real leather/suede I don’t mind that since I’m vegetarian. It feels very robust and the stitching is well done, no glue used. The studs are securely fastened through the top of the bag, not glued and the padding is really good and not flimsy at all. The strap also feels really securely attached and the metal rings are sturdy with fastenings that rotate with the strap so it should stay securely fastened. The strap itself is adjustable and on the length I received it was perfect to go either across your body or on your shoulder. The padding inside is also customisable with a velcro insert that lets you adjust how big you want the compartments to be, this is pretty standard with camera bags but nice to see on a cheaper bag too.
In terms of sizing, I have tried to show in photos what you can fit in there in terms of lenses. Many bags that I looked at required you to take off your lens before you could fit everything in the bag but this isn’t the case here and it’s really roomy inside, fitting way more than I thought it would. These photos were taken with my 600D so for the purposes of these the camera inside is actually a Lumix G1 but I tested and the 600D fits perfectly inside the same space even with the 18-55mm kit lens attached. You can fit the camera with the kit lens on either on it’s back with the lens facing up (or down I guess!) or on it’s side whilst still having room for another lens in the separate compartment. The bag is pretty deep, surprisingly so, and I fit either the 18-55mm kit lens, the 18-55mm kit lens with the smaller Olympus 28mm/Canon50mm on top, or even a Pentax 80-200mm zoom in there as illustrated by the photos. There are also compartments in front of the padding and behind it that would be perfect to store accessories in. I’ll be storing my memory card holder and remote there and I’d even have room for my purse, keys and phone if I wanted to take just this bag!
In case you hadn’t got the picture already, I’m in love with it and can’t wait to take it out. If you’re interested, you can get them here - I’m glad I got the tan one to start out with but I have my eye on all the colours now!
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