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A review by Marianne Gilhuus.
For the first time ever I have a camera bag that does not make me look like a photo geek! (Or, to be honest, for the first time in my life I have a real camera bag, with room for more than just one camera)!
It is a beautiful leather bag (available in several beautiful different colours), which can be used/worn at any occasion. A great bag for combining shopping or having a coffee with friends, and photo shooting. And as the bag won’t give away that you are carrying a camera, it is ideal for a female street photographer!
For me it is a small drawback that the strap is too short to carry it across my chest. However, that is what makes it look more like a purse than a camera bag. I did not think much about the missing strap whilst photographing, but when doing longer photo walks it got quite tiring on the shoulder (not being able to ”distribute” the wight across my back). It does help, though, that the zipper can be opened from both sides of the bag, making it possible to alternate the carrying between the shoulders. One thing I love about this bag is its ability to stand on the ground without falling over, having four ”legs” underneath. It makes it easy to place beside me, being on the train or in a cafè
The bag has inner padding, and three removable dividers making it easy to adjust. For me it has the ideal amount of space: I have room for my camera Nikon D90 with a 18-105 mm lens attached, and an extra nikkor 50 mm, my wallet and my keys (i love the extra small pocket). And still there is room if I want to bring a flash or my Canon G7. As I have just moved to Melbourne, where the weather is changing all the time, it is perfect to have additional space for a scarf, an umbrella or even a small rain coat! For those with the need of room for several lenses and flashes etc, this bag might be a bit too small, though. Extra pockets on the outside of the bag are ideal for an iPhone or your lens cover, filters, batteries or memory cards. The back pocket has room for more, but filling it up might be felt against your body whilst carrying the bag. For me, though, being a stranger in the city, this was the perfect place for a map of Melbourne!
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