Forget What's In the Bag, What IS the Bag?

by | 2 comments

Camera gear is a touchy subject.

Google “Nikon vs Canon” and you get over 52,000,000 results.

So I'm not going to even attempt to lay out the dozens of bag options, give a long list of features to compare and analyze until you're blue in the face.

If you're like me and addicted to reading product comments, head on over to Amazon.  Come back when you're done — in an hour or two.

In this post I'm simply going to tell you what I am currently using, why I like it, and what I'm saving up to buy.

My Old Bag – the Lowepro 200 AW

The Lowepro 200 AW is a swing bag – and was the biggest of the Lowepro swing bags at the time I bought it, a few years ago. Looks like there is a larger 300 now.

The main reason I chose the swing bag was the fact that it is extremely mobile, like a backpack. But, unlike a backpack, the sling bag is much more accessible.

The images on the Amazon product page show how the bag swings from your back to your front without you having to take it off.  Then the zipper and the pockets are perfectly designed so that nothing spills onto the floor from 4 ft in the air when you open it up.

During a wedding shoot, the action is happening very fast. I need to move quickly, with all my gear, and be able to grab whatever I need (lens, flash, batteries, etc.) without having to say to the bride, “hold on a sec.”

I haven't seen anything beat the sling bag for mobility and accessibility.

It also happens to carry exactly the gear that I bring to my weddings:

  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon 18-200mm
  • Nikon 50mm
  • Lens Baby
  • SB-600 Flash
  • Batteries, SD Cards, and Business Cards

I travel pretty light, and I know I'll need to buy a new, bigger bag when I upgrade my body and glass.

But for now, the Lowepro 200 swing bag works really really well for me.

So What Do I Wish I Had?

Options.

A Crumpler would be really nice….so, you know, I can look young and hip.  Those black camera bags can be pretty dorky.

But I also know I'll need to go with something larger and more robust to keep my future 2.8's safe.  :)

How about you?

What bag do you use?  What bag do you wish you had?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

SmugMug Website Examples – Submit and Vote on Your Favorites

If you're new to SmugMug, be sure to use this link to save 20% on your first year with SmugMug. The following is a list of beautifully designed SmugMug sites created and used by real photographers. Use this list to get inspiration and ideas for your...

Don't Worry About Pat Flynn

Sometimes I wander over to Pat's site - Smart Passive Income. That Income Report tracker in the top right corner stares back at me. That is NOT how much Pat made in a year. That's how much Pat made in DECEMBER 2017. One month of net profit. *mouth drops to the floor*...

5 Money Tips for the Self Employed Side Hustle

There are two conflicting rules to live by when it comes to making money for yourself and starting your own business. One rule is to make sure you have everything "in place" before you try to earn your first dollar. Do you have a business plan? Have you...

Create a Gorgeous Video Slideshow with Photos, Text, and Music – A Step-by-Step Tutorial

In this post, I'm going to show you the step-by-step instructions for creating high quality, emotionally captivating slideshow video using photos, text, and music. It'll be just like a recipe. I'm going to show you everything from start to finish. Can you show me what...

How to Create a Gorgeous Photography Website with SmugMug in 90 Minutes – A Complete Step-By-Step Tutorial

20% Off SmugMug Coupon* If you are interested in getting started today with SmugMug use the link below to save 20% off ANY of their packages. That will save you money on an already affordable product. You’ll love it! SmugMug - 20%...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This