You know that I'm a camera addict don't you? Addicted to carrying a camera around with me everywhere! I love my Nikon DSLR and prefer to use it over any other camera, but it's so awkward carrying it because it's quite large, as are most DSLR (compared to point and shoots) and all my camera bags, and I have a few, are dark and quite masculine really!!
I've been looking for ages for a camera bag that I can carry most of the time, looks good enough to use as a handbag, doesn't scream 'look at me I'm carrying expensive camera equipment', fits my purse (wallet) and all those bits that we ladies have to carry and is comfortable on the shoulders.....!!!
I know there are a couple of places online that I can buy lovely camera bags for women, all are in the U.S. and quite expensive when you add in postage, insurance and the fluctuating exchange rate..!! Only one out of the three I liked is handmade, the other two started out that way and are now relatively mass produced, as in made off site by a manufacturer, made from fake leather, very good fake leather but still that's what it is! . The handmade one is for sale on Etsy and is lovely but has quite a long waiting list and is very expensive, gorgeous but not ideal. Paying well over US$250, going on a waiting list, then waiting for it to arrive is really off putting!
So I decided that being a bit of a bag lady AND a camera addict the only thing to do was to make one...............
..so here's the first in what I hope will be a range of three or four camera bags for women.
..inside view. There are removable sections all padded with half inch foam and wool batting. It holds my Nikon D70s with lens and strap attached, my Nikkor 70-300mm lens, lens hood and various filters and extensions..
I've put little pockets on the inside for memory cards and to pop the lens cover in when you're using the camera (I'm forever putting them in jeans pockets or worse still on top of a rock or wall!!) There is a pocket for notebooks and stuff that I always seem to carry around, a couple of slim pockets for a spare pen or two and plenty of room for tissues, purse and whatever!!
You can see how much room is inside and the dividers can be taken out if you just wanted to use it as a straight out handbag..
I've put feet on the bottom so it sits when you put it down, the fabric is upholstery fabric and cord so its strong and can be lightly sponged.
... and the handle is strong but very well padded and long enough to go across your chest. It can be shortened too to just carry over your shoulder.
I'm not trying to sell you one, although you wouldn't know it would you ? :o)
I'm just looking for some feedback and honest opinions. Do you think it's a feasible idea? If you use a DSLR would you be interested in a camera bag that was also a bit fashionable and that didn't advertise that you had an expensive camera in there? Would you be interested in a bag that you can use everyday, that you could carry when you're meeting friends for coffee and that doesn't look as if you're off to do a DJ fashion shoot...?
I've been working on this for ages on and off, it's taken a while to work out the size, how to do the padding so that it's not bulky, how to do the handle/s for comfort and practicality. I had to be able to take my camera out and 'shoot' (yes, that's what I've called it) with the bag on my shoulder.
I didn't set out to create a camera bag for professional photographers to put all their gear in. I set out to create something that we female photographers, both pro and amateur, bloggers and snap happy mums, sisters and grandmothers could carry around our cameras, a couple of spare lenses, filters and memory cards without feeling that we are carrying around a suitcase......!!!
I have another style nearly finished, I'm hoping to show you that by the weekend. I'm also hoping that this rain will have cleared by then so I can go outside and 'shoot' some photo's in good light to show you how the whole bag looks.
So, would you mind very much giving me your thoughts, ideas and your usual wonderful friendly support..!