I have always had a great dislike for camera bags; their stiff, dull blackness, and their inability to be useful in day-to-day life. I often avoided them, to the point of wrapping my camera in a hat and shoving it in whichever bag I was using that day. Not good. This changed when I inherited my granddad’s camera bag, a well-worn, well-travelled faux leather piece that held everything I needed it to, looked nice, and didn’t scream “camera bag”. Problem solved.
A couple of months ago my camera was stolen (part of the reason for the recent lack of posts here, the wound has been too raw), my whole kit was gone, including my beloved bag. While working out how to replace my equipment I realised I had no idea where to find another bag I’d be happy with.
My first few searches left me feeling doomed. I was even considering using a baby bag as a substitute.. lots of space and doesn’t look like a camera bag, right? But then I began to find things I liked, particularly on the wonderful Etsy.
Here is my shortlist:
First is the basic, non-camera-bag-looking Domke bag. It’s cheaper than most of the others I’m drooling over, and would do the trick I think. But it doesn’t have me jumping up and down in glee.
Let’s leave the dull behind and move on to the Etsy selection. These are all in US dollars, and I’d have to take shipping into account, but look how pretty they are!
This one’s by Janine King Designs. I like its simplicity, but I have my doubts about it being big enough for what I need.
Then there’s the Snugglens bag by GypsyRose Handbags. This particular design is too bright for my liking, but the fun thing about these bags is that each one is made per your order. You can choose from 239 fabric prints for the outside of your bag, and 219 colours for the inside. You can’t get much more custom than that. They’re also generously sized and well padded, with lots of pockets. I’m tempted.
I’m torn between which is my favourite of the following two.
This is a gorgeous bag by Porteen Gear. All these bags are made as they’re ordered, and are customised just like those by GypsyRose. I think they’re all exquisite. (check out her adorable small bags while you’re at it. I want one!)
And finally there’s this one by Martilena. It might be my favourite for tonight (I can’t keep my mind made up for long) due to its quiet elegance. Its slightly larger size gives it an edge over the beautiful Porteen Gear bags. I think it would be lovely to carry around, and wouldn’t draw a lot of attention to the camera inside.
Or perhaps I’ll decide to make my own…
Obviously I’m waiting for a new camera before buying anything, so until then the hunt remains on!
Please tell me if you know of anything I should look at! Bonus points for anything based in the UK, I don’t think I’ve found a single pretty camera bag here so far.