I purchased the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar bag with my SLR camera and I am still using it today. It has been a fantastic camera bag. I knew I wanted to have a few lenses and accessories, but wasn’t interested in the large camera bags. This one fits the bill perfectly. My only complaint is that the price is a bit steep.
It is more of a “courier” style bag that hangs to the side so you can put it behind you or in front of you.
Disregarding the name, the bag does cost around $100 Canadian. This is quite a bit more than other bags of the equivalent size, but is definitely a better looking bag. That was my biggest annoyance when buying a bag. They are all so ugly and this was the only one that actually looked cool and not like a camera bag.
I had a few different criteria when I was looking for my first bag.
- I wanted to have 3 lenses (zoom, wide angle, and fixed 50mm).
- Have a few extra accessories (charger, memory car reader, USB cable, etc).
- The bag needed to be stylish, not one of those “I’m a photography geek” fanny packs or huge duffle bags.
- Be convenient to travel with.
- Feel reasonably secure when carrying it.
This bag has met all my requirements so far. It has two dividers to turn the inside of the bag into about 3 compartments. I have a lens on each end and then my camera sits face down with a lens attached in the middle. There is enough room on either side to put my SB-600 flash as well.
Here is a picture off the Crumpler site of a green bag on its side with a Nikon D200 in there.
On the front there is a pouch where I can fit my battery charger, lens cloth, lens cleaner, USB cord, USB memory card reader/writer, iPod camera connector, extra memory card, and that is about it.
In the top, there is a zipper mesh pouch that I keep my manual in and anything extra I want to take (a CD will fit inside there).
What Is In My Crumpler Bag Right Now
Updated January 22, 2008.
- Nikon D70s
- Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens (attached to the D70s)
- Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
- Sigma 10-20mm Wide Angle lens
- Nikon SB-600 flash
- Hoya macro filters
- Canon S410 Charger (my wife’s camera)
- iPod camera connector
- D70s charger
- USB cable
- Cleaning solution and cloth
- extra set of 4 AA batteries for the flash
Top Mess Pouch
- D70s lens mount cover
- Stand for SB-600 Flash
Personally, I love this bag. You can sling it over your shoulder and carry it on your front, so you you can keep a hand on it when in a busy market or on your lap on a bus or train. But if you trying to do something in front of you, you can easily slip it around your back so it’s out of the way.
It has velcro to keep the top cover down with the extra buckle to make sure it stays down. It lets you easily flip up the cover and grab your camera out. It would have been nice to have the cover flip the other way so it opens to you instead of away, but not a big deal.
Plus it looks awesome. You wouldn’t even think its a camera bag by just looking at it. Definitely is a lot more unsuspecting than the traditional camera bags. I know I knocked “fanny pack” earlier, but there are belt loops on it if you want to carry it like that. I think if it was fully loaded it wouldn’t be very well balanced for that though.
Now for a few draw backs. If you are going to have a lot of lenses and accessories, then this bag won’t be able to hold them all. Mine is stuffed and I’m just an amateur. Also, there could be more weather protection. There is a bit of a fabric “lip” on the inside that will help keep moisture and dirt out, but that is about all.
The price is steep for the size, but it definitely a “cool” bag to have.
If you are looking for a bag, check it out. Take your gear in and stuff it in the bag. If you are just starting out, this is a great bag for convenience and for day trips. I like to travel and I don’t plan on getting a lot more gear so I think I will be using it for a long time.