New Camera Bags
I have a long and complicated relationship with camera bags.
None of the ones I have bought have worked out very well for me. Because I tried to find one solution that fits the mall, before I gave up.
Then I decided to solve it. Usually I don’t need a camera bag, because I either just bring the camera using the strap, or in some other bag like my laptop bag; because I only bring one camera with the lens on it. But there are times when I would like to have something, either because I want to bring more than one camera or a camera plus a lens, and there are times when I want to bring “everything”.
One of my constraints was that I wanted the bags to be good, but not expensive, because I wanted to feel free to add more bags if I found situations where I needed something else. And I would not feel comfortable doing that if I went into ONA land.
The first situation: two cameras or one camera plus an extra lens; and some stuff, like notebook, rolls of film, batteries etc. I decided to go with a “Lowpro Nova 170 AW II”. I can fit two camera bodies in it, plus some extra stuff I might need or want while shooting. Or one camera plus an extra lens or two. It is the camera bag I’m going to use if I’m going to a family thing or going somewhere during the weekend and might want to shoot digital and analog.
But I also wanted a travel bag. You know, the kind where I can fit all my photo stuff, and some stuff I might want while traveling, like water bottles, some clothes etc. I went with a backpack instead of a bag because when you reach a certain size they are more elegant than bags. I went with another Lowpro bag “Hatchback BP 250 AW II”. I can fit all of my stuff in it, and a couple of extra lenses when or if I get them.
I’m very happy with this setup. Because there is enough room for both the camera stuff and the non camera stuff in each of them. And they are picket the two typical camera bag scenarios I have.