UPDATES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST!
Of all the posts I’ve written, the one that gets the most hits [almost daily] is when I talked about my new Crumpler camera bag. Apparently there are a lot of people in search of finding more trendy camera bags. And they end up at le blog. Yay!
I was so stoked when I got my Crumpler cross-body camera bag and it travels with me quite often. I do wish that I got a bag a bit larger than the 4 Million Dollar Home because I have a hard time fitting in all my personal goodies. Unlike men, us women tend to carry more personal items [that our husbands/boyfriends/children benefit from]. But I manage. Mainly because I’ve told myself I do not need another camera bag in my arsenal. Yet.
But since so many other people, most likely women, who are looking for bags that not only offer their camera protection but something a little different than a black box of foam, I thought I’d do a little homework.
Now I haven’t included images of the mentioned bags because I didn’t want to infringe on any copyright laws. But please click on the links to see what they have to offer. Some are just more trendy but still unisex. Others look like purses [which it is so cool what they're doing with these]. And if I’ve missed anything on the big ole interwebz, I’m sorry. I’m not very good at Google.
Crumpler – I’m a fan of my 4 Million Dollar Home. It’s a tight fit for my Rebel XT body and two lens but it works. Girlfriends who have looked into Crumplers since I got mine have opted for the Five Million Dollar Home and are quite satisfied. But most of their bags are good for women or men.
Acme Made – Trendy indeed. They’re bowler camera bag holds a dSLR snuggly but provides a cute look that not many people are going to have. It’s super cute.
jill-e designs – Offering a number of different sizes of camera bags, jill-e incorporates functionality and style. Though these bags are not overly feminine, they do resemble handbags and offer extra pockets. Which is a plus in my book. With several styles to choose from, jill-e has canvas, nylon and leather bags.
Shootsac – Shootsac has a very usable bag that offers something other manufacturers don’t: the option to personalize it. Jessica Claire gives customers a choice of fabrics to make their shootsac their own. With the lightweight fabric used to make her bags and the easy accessibility, this is a one-of-kind camera bag.
*emera – Super stylish and super classy – these bags look like anything but a camera bag. This, my friends, is a camera purse. The wide shoulder strap offers support but the inside looks like any other photog caddy filled with modular velcro dividers.
Jo Totes – Now these large totes were designed with women in mind. With colorful outsides and fun patterns inside, these bags do not look like camera bags at all. But they still offer the protection you want for your camera. With a side of style. The best part is a cross-body strap easily attaches to the tote for the days you don’t feel like carrying a shoulder bag.
Kelly Moore – Offering both stylish bags for men and women, Kelly Moore’s bags are beautiful. Exciting styles and colors, padded interior for your camera and extra pockets. I dig extra pockets. I love both the strapped and hobo bag – very cute for women who don’t want to look like they have a camera in their possession.
Epiphanie – My personal new favorite. Very girly but very handy. Can be carried as a tote or across the body. Currently, four styles are available but each fits a different personality. My favorite part about this bag is the interior. Yeah yeah, it’s padded for the kahuna, but the fabrics are light, making it easier to find your camera stuffs. I like it. A lot. But I do not have one in my closet-o-camera-bags. Yet.
Fossil – I just came across these! Thanks to Zappos and perusing the site for a new fun handbag, I had to click over to see what Fossil had to offer. Looks legit. And completely cute to boot.
THEIT – With a quilted exterior, antique brass hardware and tassels, this is more than a camera purse – this is a fashion camera purse. The satchel bag comes with an option to wear it in the crook of your elbow or on your should with the strap. Very different and very posh from other bags I’ve stumbled across.
UPDATE: Almost a year later, I FINALLY purchased a new home for my dSLR camera. And it is a camera purse! I dedicated a post to it - you have to click over to find out which one I got. :)