When my husband and I were planning our trip to Turkey last year, I did not for a moment consider leaving my 5D camera at home. Yes, it was heavy. Yes, it was large. Yes, I had other options, such as my well-researched point-and-shoot (then 4 years old, but still takes great photos) or my entry-level dSLR.
But I love landscape photography. (Did you know this about me?) I wanted to take the best images I could, and if that meant lugging my full-frame camera all around Turkey, well then gosh-darnit-all, that’s what I was going to do!
I don’t regret it. In another post at another time, I’ll show you why.
What I did not enjoy, however, was the camera bag I was using. It was uncomfortable, unwieldy, and unsightly. Not to mention conspicuous – it pretty much screamed, ‘Hi! I’m a camera bag!’
Now we’re working on planning our next international vacation, and I am not taking that bag with me. I won’t do it and you can’t make me.
What am I doing instead? (You guys, I’m so excited I’m almost bouncing – or I would be if my couch didn’t morph into a veritable quicksand over the last few years). I am buying a Kelly Moore Bag! Specifically, the B-Hobo.
Aesthetically, it’s just my style – even if it weren’t a camera bag, I’d rock a purse that looked like this any day. But it is a camera bag, and since it’s so cute, it will be inconspicuous for travel. (Nope, no pricey equipment in here, would-be thieves!)
It looks like it’s spacious, but not enormous, so not too bulky to travel with comfortably. The compartments are adjustable with removable dividers, so I can configure it for whatever combo of lenses/miscellany I’m bringing.
It also has a zipper, which is essential. (My camera on a plane in a bag without a zipper? Let alone for walking around a large metropolis? No thanks). It comes with a long strap, so I can wear it messenger-style. And maybe most importantly, it looks like it will be very accessible when I need it to be. No more fumbling with awkwardly placed zippers and compartments when I need to change lenses quickly.
All of the above features mean I will probably end up using it for shoots locally, too. So this purchase has nothing to do with my love of purses and my I-swear-I-can-stop-anytime habit of collecting them. And everything to do with pairing practicality with comfort AND style!
I can’t wait to try it out! Now if only I could decide on a color. Current contenders include black, grassy green, or mustard yellow. Part of me is drawn to the canary, too. Help?!
Photo Courtesy of Kelly Moore