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    Stylish Camera Bag?

    Is there such a thing? Soon to be first time dad and recently got a sweet new camera but hate most of the reasonably priced camera bag options.

    Anyone have suggestions?
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    #2
    What style you looking for? Backpack? Shoulder? Sling? They also sell just the inserts so you can buy any bag you want and slip in the camera insert:



    http://www.onabags.com/
    http://www.epiphaniebags.com/EPIPHAN...MEN_s/1837.htm
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Sh...4/N/4075788795
    Last edited by JGL; February 12, 2013, 02:42 PM.

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      #3
      Best bet is to buy a foamed insert (plenty on Amazon and eBay) and use it in a regular shoulder bag.

      I've done it for years. Your gear is protected and you don't necessarily look like you're carrying a camera bag for all the muggers, pick pocketers, etc., of the world to see.

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        #4
        Not sure what the budget is- but I looked at this pretty hard over the past couple of months- looking for something for my DSLR, a couple lenses, flash, and ancillary items- plus a way to strap a monopod to it as well. I found Timbuck2 messenger bags - build your own and they have inserts like what Johdus mentioned. A lot of people seem to praise them. Really cool bags and strangely where I work now seems like everybody has one so I've seen them up close and they are indeed pretty cool. Plus, they're made in the USA. Could you carry it in a suit? I see people doing it and it looks good- not like you just walked off campus. But... the build your own are not cheap- I priced mine out (a medium bag) around $230 (I think) and that had the camera insert. On what type of bag- Lesson learned for me- I have the canon backpack - it's pretty nice for $40 bucks but after traveling to London and Paris this past summer I found the backpack style didn't work well. I held all the stuff but it wasn't accessible if I wanted to change lenses and the way it opens does not make for easy entry while you're wearing it.

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          #5
          Thanks guys. I like the idea of an insert. I have a grain leather Jack Spade bag that I think might work really nicely with an insert. Will look into all the options mentioned.
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            #6
            Not sure how "stylish" this is, but this bag fits my DSLR plus an extra small lens or flash, is reasonably styled, and does not look like a camera bag. http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Ba...=ME2001-T01G50

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              #7
              Billingham makes bags that are sort of Filson-y:
              http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...795+4291585855
              Not cheap though.

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                #8
                Originally posted by JonB View Post
                Not sure how "stylish" this is, but this bag fits my DSLR plus an extra small lens or flash, is reasonably styled, and does not look like a camera bag. http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Ba...=ME2001-T01G50
                Came here to recommend a Crumpler bag but I see you beat me to it. Looking at their website now though, I think a combination of the fact that their bags are flashier than they used to be and that my style has evolved means I wouldn't recommend them anymore.

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                  #9
                  Domke- his bag is the classic camera bag. Not cheap either at $145. Probably would last your lifetime. Might be able to find cheaper variations on ebay or Amazon.

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                    #10
                    I use an amazon insert (camera paddy large, I believe) in a green canvas messenger-style bag for a dslr and 3 lenses. Looks good enough to me, and doesn't look like a camera bag.

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                      #11
                      I would go for utility and just get a camera bag that's supposed to a camera bag like Lowepro. The only caveat is that it's obvious you have a nice camera which can be a downside when trying to protect your gear, not from bumps but from thieves. I say this having lost a backpack with $5000 in gear that made me exit photography altogether.

                      Congrats on the kid! I know how that feels! Shameless plug: http://nicholascrawford.com/2010/01/...baby-registry/

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                        #12
                        I'd go after utility and comfort over style, but that's just me. Not knowing what your kit consists of, it's impossible to recommend a bag. What camera do you have? Lenses? Lighting? Do you like to carry your laptop/ipad with you? Is this a day bag or something to hold your entire kit? Etc, etc.

                        I, personally, have a Dakine Sequence bag with a removable camera block that I use when I need to carry my entire kit for weddings, concert shoots, and that sort of thing. It holds a Canon 5D2, 30D, 17-40 F4L, 50 f1.4, 70-200 f2.8, 2 flashes, pocket wizards, gels, batteries, cards, hoods, etc, etc. I could also fit an iPad in it and there is a top compartment for memory card readers, snack bars, and misc items. The bag has treated me well for the last 7 years.

                        This is a newer version of it, but its pretty similar.
                        http://www.amazon.com/Dakine-DAKINE-.../dp/B0055D9L8Y

                        If this is the kind of bag you're after, I would also highly recommend F-Stop bags. They are also great and come in multiple sizes to fit your kit.

                        If you're looking for a day bag or something smaller, others have already recommend Billingham. They're extremely nice, but also very pricey. Crumpler makes halfway decent bags as does Domke. My day bag is a Domke F-5XA and I love it. It's really the bag that goes with me on trips. It's extremely small, but that's what I like to carry. Easily holds my Leica M9 with a few additional lenses or my M9 and M2/x100 with space for spare batteries, filters, memory cards, and a few rolls of film.
                        http://www.amazon.com/Domke-700-51B-.../dp/B000PHOK04

                        If you want something slightly larger check out the F-5XB from Domke.
                        http://www.amazon.com/Domke-F-5XB-Sh.../dp/B0009PATZ2

                        The canvas these bags are made of is ridiculously good and will likely last you a lifetime. Mine's gone with me to a few countries and still looks practically new. It is also unobtrusive and doesn't scream 'CAMERA BAG! STEAL ME!' like some other ones do. In my opinion, that is one of the things you should think about when looking for a bag. Last thing you want is for your kit to get snatched.
                        Last edited by mdwsta4; February 14, 2013, 07:56 PM.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by nicholascrawford View Post
                          Congrats on the kid! I know how that feels! Shameless plug: http://nicholascrawford.com/2010/01/...baby-registry/
                          Nice read. Final baby shower is this weekend and we actually followed your guide relatively well considering that we hadn't read it previously. Definitely a few things I took note of though.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by nicholascrawford View Post
                            I would go for utility and just get a camera bag that's supposed to a camera bag like Lowepro. The only caveat is that it's obvious you have a nice camera which can be a downside when trying to protect your gear, not from bumps but from thieves. I say this having lost a backpack with $5000 in gear that made me exit photography altogether.

                            Congrats on the kid! I know how that feels! Shameless plug: http://nicholascrawford.com/2010/01/...baby-registry/
                            Nice article! we have a few of the things you have on your list. I love the keyfit (same one you have) its ridiculously light manueverable; even my wife has no qualms with pulling it out of the suv.
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                              #15
                              Think Tank Photo. I'm a working photog, and over the last few years I've switched my whole camera bag lineup to their products. The Retrospective series (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/catego...ospective.aspx) are the best shoulder bags I've ever used, and absolutely blow other brands away in every category. They're comfortable, they're incredibly well made, they're stylish and discrete, and the design is unmatched. (They do things like putting the small pockets on the inside of the bag so they're facing you when you're wearing it.) They're not cheap, but they're more than worth the premium you pay for them. TTP also has some sort of magical design process that I swear makes the bag seem smaller on the outside than on the inside. My Retrospective 30 is about the same external size as the Timbuk2 Seven Million Dollar Home I used to use, but it holds way more stuff and is much more comfortable to wear. If you want something that looks a bit more like a normal businessy laptop bag, they have some other lines, including the new SubUrban Disguise bags, which are impressively cheap for what you get.

                              If you want something fancier, people really like Billingham, and the ever-popular Saddleback Leather has a camera bag out, I think. Domkes are cool too, but the TTP Retro bags are basically what a Domke would be if seriously redesigned for modern photo gear.

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