A short review of my crumpler “Five Million Dollar Home” camera bag; I was looking for a shoulder camera bag a few months ago. Well, my own requirement was a bit fussy. I didn’t want a camera bag that looked like a camera bag!! (how does that sound?). I wanted a shoulder bag that it is not too big and not too small. And it would have to fit well for my Canon 450D body, its accessories and probably has a room for another lens. I did google and look at many brands manufactured a camera bag such as Lowepro, Tamrac, Kata or even local brands. But it seemed like none of them answered my ridiculous criteria, not looks like a camera bag – what I meant is that it should be stylish, not such a traditional camera bag design.
Until I recalled that ‘LeoLaksi‘ used to review a camera backpack branded Crumpler, so I searched to find its website and checked out thier products. There is one family of shoulder camera bag named “Million Dollar Home” which has several dimensions in order to serve all kinds of capacity required. When I saw its design, I was like..yes! this is what a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag that I was looking for. I was fancy to the 5 Million Dollar Home as its size seemed to be suitable to my equipements.
I found a bit problem to getting the bag. There does not have the Crumpler shop or counter in Thailand. The nearest location is in Singapore. So, I had to ask one of my good friends to buy it for me from there. I was at the fifty-fifty satisfication to getting the bag as I didn’t had a chance to look at a real bag and carefully consider in details.
Finally, I got it a month ago (well, it was just in time before my trip to Laos). When I firstly saw it in a real one, I must say that I was satisfied by its design indeed. For me, it looks awesome. You wouldn’t even think its a camera bag by just looking at it.
Front side with shoulder strap and carry handle
Look at inside
Front side pocket
* All photographs taken by iPhone.
Overview: The bag has met all my requirements so far. It has two release flaps to turn the inside of the bag into 3 compartments. I can put a lens on one end, then my DSLR camera sits face down with a lens at the middle comparment and other accessories such as a charger, a small blower and all cables in the last compartment. On the front there is a pocket where I can keep my point and shoot camera, USB card reader and iPod camera connector. In the top, I can throw in the SD memory cards or even my wallet into a zipper mesh pocket.
It is only one negative thing for me about this bag. It is the velcro release flap which is really noisy when I open the bag. Someone may like it as it is good to keep your camera saftly and not easily fall out. But it is really annoyed me and because I like to keep it quietly and unnoticeable when I grab my camera for any shots.