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December 1, 2011

Best of Bags Guide

By Robyn Pollman
All Images © Robyn Pollman, buttonsandbowsphotography.com

Epiphanie
*emera
ONA
Jill-e
Jo Totes
Kelly Moore Bag
Dre Hartmann Camera Bags
THEIT

Give yourself a present this holiday season with one of these stylish, go-anywhere camera bags guaranteed to suit your taste and budget.

The rules for my bag-tests were simple.  I selected camera and electronic equipment I owned and used frequently both for personal and professional photography.  With the exception of iPad / e-reader sleeves and laptop pockets, I did not fill any exterior or interior pockets with additional items.  I only filled each bag’s interior compartment.  In order to create additional storage space (exactly how I would carry the bag and contents for personal use), I did not always use all of the removable protective padding included with each bag.

Everything shown photographed in the “what fits” image had to not only fit inside the bag, but also allow the zipper on the bag to close* – and each bag had to remain closed and stay closed when worn on my shoulder. 

*The Kelly Moore Posey, would not zipper shut with the gear shown inside.  However, it did close via the magnetic top-flaps when extended.

My test equipment included:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Lensbaby 2.0
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Apple 15” MacBook Pro
  • Speck SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
  • Abie Designs camera strap
  • Lomography Diana F+ Medium Format Camera
  • Holga 120SF Medium Format Camera

Epiphanie

Maile Wilson has been a professional photographer for fifteen years.  Maile designed Epiphanie bags to be practical enough to use during a photo session but versatile enough to bring to a ballet recital, concert, or a girls weekend out. Epiphanie bags are a stylish and functional way to transport your camera everywhere you go, without the need to wrap your camera in a hand towel, sweatshirt, or diaper before shoving it in your purse.

Clover – Shown in Grey and Camel

My favorite feature:  When I shoot studio sessions, I just toss my bag wherever it lands and get to work. This bag is large enough to hold all my gear and then some, it’s sturdy enough to take the abuse I dish out, and pretty enough to go out shopping with me afterwards.

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Exterior is made of water-resistant, high quality synthetic leather. Interior is crafted with extra padding for maximum equipment protection.  Velcro panels can be adjusted and moved to any position for maximum customization and flexibility. Also includes removable padded cross-body strap for extra support. Bag features two exterior pockets, one with zipper. Clover has a zipper top closure, with one zippered interior pocket.

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple 15” MacBook Pro
  • Speck SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 18 x 6.25 x 13” – $184.99

Lyric – Shown in Plum and Mustard

My favorite feature:  This is the perfect “hug your body” bag – with the cross-body strap you can easily wear Lyric while you shoot with your gear always at your fingertips.

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Exterior is made of water-resistant, high quality synthetic leather. Interior is crafted with extra padding for maximum equipment protection. Three Velcro panels can be adjusted and moved to any position for maximum customization & flexibility. Includes two removable straps, including a padded cross-body strap for extra support. Lyric has three exterior pockets (including one to accommodate iPad), and one interior pocket with zipper.

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Lensbaby 2.0
  • Apple iPad2
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 13 x 4 x 15” – $154.99

The Ginger - Shown in Slate Blue

My favorite feature: The bag is deceptively large – it could hold quite a bit without feeling like you were carrying all that much.

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Exterior is water-resistant, high quality synthetic leather. Interior crafted with extra padding for maximum equipments protection. Velcro panels can be adjusted and moved to any position for maximum customization & flexibility. Removable cross-body strap with padding for extra support, four exterior pockets with zippers, one netted pocket for easy access to batteries, memory cards, etc., and one interior pocket with zipper. 

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 14 x 8 x 10”. $164.99.

The Lola - Shown in Black

My favorite feature: The bag is sturdy and well-padded – so your gear is well-protected without advertising what your stylish handbag has inside.

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Exterior is water-resistant, high quality synthetic leather. Interior crafted with extra padding for maximum equipment protection. Velcro panels can be adjusted and moved to any position for maximum customization and flexibility. Removable cross-body strap with padding for extra support, two exterior pockets, and one interior pocket with zipper. 

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 14 x 8 x 12”. $164.99.

The Paris - Shown in Purple

My favorite feature: With the amount of electronics and camera equipment this bag can hold, it would be a perfect carry-on.

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Exterior is water-resistant, high quality synthetic leather. Interior crafted with extra padding for maximum equipment protection. Velcro panels can be adjusted and moved to any position for maximum customization and flexibility. Removable cross-body strap with padding for extra support, one exterior pocket, and one interior pocket with zipper. 

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple 15” MacBook Pro
  • Speck SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 18 x 6 x 11”. $184.99.

The Stella - Shown in Pink

My favorite feature: Even when loaded, it was very easy to get gear in and out – and also zipper closed.

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Exterior is water-resistant, high quality synthetic leather. Interior crafted with extra padding for maximum equipment protection. Velcro panels can be adjusted and moved to any position for maximum customization & flexibility. Removable cross-body strap with padding for extra support, five exterior pockets with zippers, and one interior pocket with zipper. 

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Lensbaby 2.0
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 14 x 8 x 8”. $164.99.

*emera

Designer Nathiya Prahnadi learned how to use a camera to do product shots for her jewelry business, Pineapple Seed. After being fed up with stashing her camera in her purse, and unable to find a bag that didn’t look like a box, she used her background in product development and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) degree to make her own camera bag. *emera bags are well-designed and constructed to be user friendly with contents easily accessible.

Circle Print Tote

My favorite feature: The coated canvas won’t spot or stain if you need to set your bag down – it’s truly resistant to weather and the elements.

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An ideal merger of function and style, this is the Circle Print canvas designed to store and protect your professional photo gear. Worry not about your prized DSLR, your pricey lenses and sensitive power supply stuff.

  • Water-resistant PU coated canvas with soft leather straps and trim
  • Zipper top for security
  • Quick-access outside pockets for phone, keys, ID badge and emergency mints
  • Generous interior zip pocket for very important accessories
  • Large interior compartment for iPad, magazines, and file folders
  • Modular Velcro dividers create seven padded, customizable compartments
  • Durable canvas interior lining
  • Small metal feet help protect the bottom of the bag

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 15 x 11 x 6” – $169.00

Green Messenger

My favorite feature: Good things come in small packages and this messenger lets you pack the essentials safely without breaking your back (or the bank).

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There are times when you don’t need to carry a standard sized bag. A short trip, for example - or if you’re just toting a small camera, an iPad and a little lunch. Enter the Messenger, economic in stature yet generous in stash-ability. It has four flexible padded compartments and a deep inside zip pocket. Wear it across the body courier-style to keep your hands free.

  • Water-resistant PU coated canvas with soft leather straps and trim
  • Comfy shoulder pad on the strap
  • Top flap whips closed and stays closed thanks to magnetic buttons
  • Flap has zipper pocket roomy enough for a small notebook
  • Wide back pocket – ideal for your phone
  • Interior zip pocket for passport, tickets, and snacks
  • Modular Velcro dividers for flexible organizing
  • Durable canvas interior lining
  • Small metal feet help protect the bottom of the bag

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Abie Designs camera strap
  • Lomography Diana F+ Medium Format Camera

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Measures: 10.5 x 9 x 4.5” – $129.00

ONA

Tracy Foster launched ONA with a simple vision: to offer style-conscious photographers and photography enthusiasts camera bags and accessories that complement their life and style. Each ONA camera bag is handcrafted from premium materials and designed to blend the functionality of traditional camera bags with contemporary styling. ONA camera bags are produced in limited quantities to ensure that an unparalleled level of attention is paid to every detail.

The Union Street – Shown in Smoke

My favorite feature: These bags live up to their philosophy and have style in abundance – the design is beautiful and the attention to detail is impeccable. (My husband wants one and he doesn’t even own a DSLR!)

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The Union Street is a sleek alternative to the ubiquitous, boxy camera bag we know all too well. Made with fine cotton canvas that’s been infused with wax to enhance its strength and durability, the bag is designed to hold everything you need for a day on the go. The interior is lined with soft protective padding and includes 5 removable, customizable dividers plus a removable divider for your laptop.

  • Handcrafted with premium Waxwear
  • Leather detail and base
  • Classic tuck-lock closure
  • Antique brass hardware
  • Adjustable shoulder strap

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple 15” MacBook Pro
  • Speck SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 16.5 x 11 x 5" – $279.00

Jill-e

Jill-e Designs has been designing bags for the last five years, realizing that the power of function and fashion can be captured in one bag. Jill-e was created to answer the need for every photography lover looking for the perfect bag to carry their gear safely and securely with a little bit of flair to match their creative style. Jill-e designs their collections using only the finest materials including top grade leather, durable, dependable hardware and stylish details.

Jill-e is the leading manufacturer of fashionable, high performance carry bags with built-in protection…not only for cameras, but also for all of today's delicate electronic devices essential to an on-the-go lifestyle.

Bone and Red Medium Classic Collection

My favorite feature: As a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and someone who’s heart bleeds crimson and cream, this bag is definitely Sooner-approved. I bought it for my personal collection right after it made its debut. It is large enough to use for sessions, small enough to carry as a combination camera / handbag, and the matching accessories pouch is great for flash cards and batteries.

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Top grade, weather-resistant leather and fashion colors will turn heads your way. 

  • Padded exterior walls protect your equipment and essentials
  • Dual zipper top entry for one-handed access to contents
  • Convenient back pocket converts for trolley pass-through
  • Adjustable dividers for interior flexibility and customization
  • Dual carrying handles and removable padded, adjustable shoulder strap
  • Matching zipper-pouch to hold personal items
  • External storage pockets and internal netted pocket

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap
  • Jill-e Zipper Pouch

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Measures: 14 x 8 x 9.5" – $239.99

Laptop Valise E-GO Collection

My favorite feature: For a medium-to-large camera bag, this retains the feel of a smaller carry-all with twice the storage. The bag is not rigid so it fits snugly against your body.

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For all your daily essential needs. A comfortable way to carry your laptop and camera around town or pack as a carry-on for your next on-location shoot.

  • Stylish and weather-resistant with durable leather trim
  • Padded compartment for computer, tablet, or e-reader
  • Top zipper closure to secure electronics and personal belongings
  • Pockets on all outer panels and inside zippered pocket for personal items
  • Interior compartments for smart phone, passport and essentials
  • Pouches specific for pens, cards and glasses
  • Key keeper and convenient ID tag
  • Comfortable handles with 8.5" drop

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple 15” MacBook Pro
  • Speck SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
  • Abie Designs camera strap
  • Holga 120SF Medium Format Camera

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Measures: 15.5 x 6 x 12.5” – $169.00

Everywear Gadget Bag

My favorite feature: I love the matching protective sleeve included for tablets. It protects the device and provides more storage space than a candy-shell cover would allow.

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The new Everywear Gadget Bag has the dimensions of a typical purse and is equipped with dual 9.5” drop leather carrying handles. Inside it features pro-quality padding and dividers – plus photo accessories and personal items. There’s also a protective sleeve pocket to secure a tablet, e-reader or similar device.

  • Stylish, high-quality, weather-resistant nylon exterior
  • Durable top-grain leather accent trim
  • Quality top zipper guards entry, makes access to your belongings easy
  • Padded exterior walls to protect your gear
  • Multiple internal and external pockets for lifestyle essentials
  • Task-specific and hideaway pouches for pens, glasses, personal items

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 12 x 7 x 10" – $99.99

Jo Totes

April Johansen created Jo Totes to provide ladylike bags for women to safely carry their cameras and a lens or two on a daily basis, at photo shoots, and while traveling. Bags are designed to protect and organize while providing customizable style.

Betsy – Shown in Chocolate

My favorite feature: I’ve never seen a messenger bag that utilizes the storage space in the flap – the hidden zipper pocket on the front flap is simply brilliant and frees up so much more interior space.

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With a slim design, numerous pockets, and choice of either cross-body or shoulder strap, Betsy works great for both photo shoots and day trips.

  • Exterior material: soft, top quality faux leather
  • Interior fabric: cotton
  • Protective foam sewn into lining on all four sides and bottom of bag
  • Three adjustable interior pads
  • Removable shoulder strap and shoulder pad
  • Removable and adjustable cross-body strap
  • Main compartment closes with a zipper
  • Exterior features zippered front flap with hidden pocket; large zippered back pocket; two front pockets with hidden magnetic closure

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 11 x 15.5 x 4" – $109.00

Rose – Shown in Pewter

My favorite feature: This truly looks like a chic, feminine handbag – it would be a perfect cross-over for a morning of shooting and an afternoon out, without first heading home to change bags.

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The vintage-inspired Rose handbag features a rosette, pleated sides and front panel, and zippered pockets for your odds and ends. The vintage detail includes a durable and smooth-gliding metal zipper.

Rose makes a great day bag with protective padding for carrying your camera and an extra lens, along with your purse items, while out and about.

  • Exterior material: lambskin pattern, water-resistant, top quality faux leather
  • Interior fabric: cotton
  • 1/2" foam sewn into lining on all four sides and bottom of bag
  • Five adjustable 1/2" foam pads (two with soft Velcro panels for horizontal placement)
  • Removable and adjustable cross-body strap
  • Optional-use magnetic closures on top for times when your bag is less full, or for quick-access in lieu of using zipper
  • 8" drop from shoulder
  • Exterior: pleated sides; large zippered back pocket; pleated front panel
  • Interior pockets: two open pockets; one zippered pocket
  • Four metal feet to protect the bottom of the bag

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap
  • wallet

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Measures: 16 3/4 x 11 x 6" – $89.00

The Millie - Shown in Pewter

My favorite feature: The bag snaps shut on the bottom of the bag rather than the side, so if your gear shifts even slightly outward, it won’t pop the snap open.

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Smaller bag for the days you don't want to carry all your gear, but still want your camera handy. The exterior is a lambskin pattern pleated front.  Bag is made of water-resistant, top quality faux leather in pewter, with black-brushed nylon interior. 1/2" foam is sewn into the lining of all four sides and the bottom of the bag for extra protection.  Includes two adjustable pads made from 1/2" foam, an adjustable cross-body strap, removable shoulder pad, large zippered back pocket, and an additional large zippered pocket under front flap. 

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • HTC Evo Shift 4G phone
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 9 3/4 x 11 x 4". $87.00.

Kelly Moore Bag

Five years ago, Kelly Moore started sketching and dreaming about having a handbag/lens bag line. As a photographer and a woman, she was always left wanting more when it came to options for a stylish, functional bag to carry equipment during photo sessions. Kelly sat down and made a wish list of everything that she wanted in a great bag, and now that wishlist has come to life!

2 Sues – Shown in Raspberry

My favorite feature: Collapsible top construction and rigid bottom construction allows the bag to hug your body while also protecting the gear inside.

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The 2 Sues bag by Kelly Moore doesn’t have a front and back, hence the name. Both sides are considered the front. Bag includes two padded, removable, adjustable dividers and one padded, removable, adjustable iPad divider. The exterior walls and bottom of the bag are padded. 2 Sues comes with a shoulder pad and removable 10” shoulder straps, plus a removable long messenger strap that extends to up to 56".

  • Made of water resistant, man-made materials
  • Antique brass hardware
  • Side buckles
  • Wallet-style zip-pocket on one front for flash cards and credit cards

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 14 x 5.5 x 13” – $199.00

B-Hobo – Shown in Grassy Green

My favorite feature: The bag is deceptively large without feeling like it and held much more than I expected it to – a fashionable camera bag that doesn’t scream “take my Nikon, please”!

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The Kelly Moore Hobo has two 4.5x5” front zipper pockets, two 4.5x3.5” side pockets, and one back 9x5” zipper pocket. The front has a small flap with hidden magnetic closure and zipper top.

  • Made of water-resistant man-made material
  • Two padded, removable, adjustable Velcro dividers create up to three sections inside for gear
  • Exterior walls and bottom of the bag are padded
  • Two straps and shoulder pad are included - one for wearing over the shoulder, and one for wearing cross-body (up to 56")
  • Bag stands on its own
  • Pearl silver hardware

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 15 x 4 x 10.5" – $169.00

The Kelly Boy – Shown in Brown

My favorite feature: This is my go-to bag for outdoor park and beach sessions due to its size and shape – the bag stands on its own, the contents are easily accessible, and the magnetic flap allows for a quick open/close.

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The Kelly Boy Bag isn’t just for boys! (I happen to own one myself.) The bag features one large front zipper pocket, two additional front zipper pockets, two side pockets and a large 16” open back pocket with hidden magnetic closure. The messenger flap has a hidden magnetic closure to keep everything inside secure, and can hold up to a 15” laptop or iPad / e-reader.

  • Made of water-resistant man-made material
  • Three padded, removable, adjustable Velcro dividers offer up to four sections inside
  • Removable laptop divider
  • Exterior walls and bottom of the bag are padded
  • Adjustable strap (up to 56") with shoulder pad
  • Silver hardware

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap
  • Holga 120SF Medium Format Camera

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Measures: 16 x 11.5 x 4.5" – $199.00

The JuJu – Shown in Muted Teal

My favorite feature: This bag would work great as travel + camera bag – it held a camera body with grip, speedlight, three lenses, an iPad, and a 15” laptop – and still had room for a few more personal items.

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The JuJu is a tank, yet still remains feminine and “pretty”. The front has a 6x6" pocket with flap and two 3x6" open pockets. Two 6x6” pockets with flaps grace the sides. And the back includes an 11" zipper pocket.

  • Made of water-resistant man-made materials
  • Two over-the-shoulder straps or one removable messenger strap (up to 60”) and shoulder pad
  • Five padded, removable, adjustable dividers
  • Exterior walls and bottom of bag are padded
  • Pearl finished silver hardware

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Apple 15” MacBook Pro
  • Speck SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 11.5 x 16 x 8" – $249.99

The Mimi – Shown in Black

My favorite feature: Although I only used the iPad pocket, after packing the bag with gear, I still felt like it had enough additional storage space remaining to fill with just as many personal items.

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The Mimi has two 5.5x5.5" zipper pockets on the front and a 9.5x6" zipper pocket on the back, plus an additional 11.5x9" open pocket for an iPod or e-reader.

  • Made of water-resistant man-made materials
  • Five padded, removable, adjustable dividers
  • Exterior walls and bottom of the bag are padded
  • Two over the shoulder 6.5” straps and one removable long messenger strap with shoulder pad (up to 56")
  • Gun metal hardware

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Abie Designs camera strap
  • wallet

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Measures: 13.5 x 7.5 x 9" – $199.00

The Posey – Shown in Almost Black

My favorite feature: What this bag lacks in size, it makes up for in function – the front zip and snap pocket saves valuable interior space usually reserved for flash card holders and wallets.

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The Posey is the convertible of camera bags – take it for a spin with the top up or down! The front features a 7.5” zipper pocket, an 8" pocket with flap, and a 7.5x7.5" compact flash and credit card holder.  The back of the bag has a 13" Open Pocket that will fit an iPad or e-reader. Posey’s top closes by zipper with an additional magnetic closure.

  • Made of water resistant, man-made material
  • Adjustable messenger strap with shoulder pad (up to 56")
  • Silver hardware
  • Two padded, removable, adjustable dividers
  • Exterior walls and bottom of the bag are padded

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Apple iPad2
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures (flaps up): 15 x 13 x 3"
Measures (flaps down): 9 x 13 x 3" – $159.00

The Libby – Shown in Orange

My favorite feature: I love the bold color of this bag! Gone are the days of black or brown canvas. This bag has interior storage down to the equator and brightens up the dullest of winter days.

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The Libby sports two 6.5x7.5" zipper pockets and one 10.5" zipper pocket on the front, two 6.5x8.5" open pockets on the sides, and one 11" zipper pocket large enough to hold an iPad or e-reader on the back. Libby will hold up to a 17” laptop.

  • Made of water resistant, man-made materials
  • Five padded, removable, adjustable dividers
  • One laptop divider
  • Antiqued brass hardware
  • Two 11” over the shoulder straps and removable long messenger strap with shoulder pad (up to 56”)
  • Exterior walls and bottom of the bag are padded

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Apple 15” MacBook Pro
  • Speck SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 16 x 6.5 x 13.5" – $249.00

Dre Hartmann Camera Bags

The Monaco Satchel - Shown in Navy Blue with White Leather

My favorite feature: The color - it’s absolutely striking and a combo you don’t often see in camera/handbags. The ring-lock mechanism on the straps is also quite unique.

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The Monaco Satchel has detachable leather top handles and an optional cross body strap for added comfort when traveling with heavier gear. There are 2 small pockets on each side of the bag, a larger zipper pocket on the rear side of the bag, and a small, deep zipper pocket on the inside of the bag. The Monaco is made of 100% luggage quality weight cotton canvas with genuine leather details.

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 15.5 x 6.5 x 17.5” with top handles and 11” high without top handles. $200.00.

The Cameron Hobo

My favorite feature: The body is not rigid and easily hugs your body when carried.

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The Cameron bag has detachable, padded velcro dividers, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a large outer pocket on the rear side. The Cameron is constructed of 100% luggage quality weight cotton canvas with genuine leather details. 

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 15.5 x 6 x 17.5” with top handles and 8” high without top handles. $200.00.

THEIT

The Bossi Bag - Shown in Gravel

My favorite feature: Because the padded insert and dividers are fully removable the bag can be easily converted from a camera bag to a purse, and back again!

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The Bossi Bag has convenient dual carrying handles and a detachable cross body gold chain strap. The customizable padded dividers protect your gear and the fully padded insert is removable. Bag is water resistant with antique brass hardware and interior / exterior zip-pockets. The Bossi Bag has metal feet for protection and a zipper top closure.

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Held:

  • Nikon D700 body with grip
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • Nikon SB-800
  • Apple iPad2
  • Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
  • Abie Designs camera strap

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Measures: 14 x 9 x 6”. $159.00.

 

 

December 2, 2011

Perfect Layers Is A Workflow Game Changer

By Stan Sholik

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Perfect Layers from onOne Software is destined to be as much of a workflow game-changer for photographers at all levels as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has turned out to be. Installed as a stand-alone application or as a plug-in for Lightroom or Apple Aperture, Perfect Layers provides much of the layer and masking functionality for which Photoshop or Photoshop Elements was needed in the past.

I count myself among the many photographers who resisted using Lightroom when it was first released, and now I find myself using Lightroom for most of my editing and raw conversion. I have come to regret the times I must leave Lightroom and open Photoshop in order to blend in a better sky in a landscape photo or swap a head in a group shot. With Perfect Layers, these changes and many more are possible within Lightroom and Aperture, and within Perfect Layers itself when you open it as a stand-alone application.

While Perfect Layers performs many layer and masking functions, it is not a total replacement for Photoshop. Perfect Layers can’t create text layers, vector masks, layer styles (darn, no drop shadow), adjustment layers, paths, alpha channels, Smart Objects, layer groups or clipping paths. And if you created a file in Photoshop with any of these attributes and tried to open it in Perfect Layers, Perfect Layers opens a flattened copy of the file. Otherwise, Perfect Layers opens layered PSD files. It also saves the layers you create while using Perfect Layers in the native Photoshop PSD file format that you can open in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or again in Perfect Layers.

For photographers who don’t own or have sworn off of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you can use all of the capabilities of Perfect Layers as a stand-alone app or through Lightroom or Aperture, and save the finished image as a flattened TIFF or JPEG file rather than a PSD. You will lose all of the layer information of course.

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Creating toned images with a texture overlay from a color capture only takes a couple of minutes in Perfect Layers. I selected a color image and created a virtual copy in Lightroom. I converted the virtual copy to a contrasty monochrome image in Lightroom and exported it to Perfect Layers. Then I added a color fill layer for toning and imported a texture. After adjusting both to my liking I saved the image back to Lightroom. In Lightroom I added a vignette and exported the image. ©Stan Sholik

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December 9, 2011

Damon Tucci's Essential Techniques for Location Lighting, Part 2

By Damon Tucci
All images ©Damon Tucci

Want to achieve a beautifully lit image in any conditions? Master three lighting techniques and you can make it gorgeous anywhere.

In today’s fast-paced world of photography, you have to produce on demand, no matter what the conditions may be. This is especially true for wedding photographers. You can’t change the date of the shoot, so you must be able adapt to ever-changing lighting and weather conditions.

But whether you’re a portrait or wedding photographer, time is money; the more efficiently you can use your surroundings and enhance the light, the more effectively you can deliver above average consistent results. We practice and perfect our capture and lighting strategies so that we can tackle any assignment. We know them backward and forward so that we can implement them seamlessly.

Three lighting techniques should be part of any modern photographer’s repertoire: the use of available lightoff-camera flash, and video light techniques.

Available light techniques revolve around working in open shade and using a reflector to accentuate and shape the light on the mask of the face. I use Radio Poppers and Nikon SB800 flashes for my off-camera flash and employ the camera’s high-speed sync capabilities to transform any average scene into a very dramatic one. Video lights enable us to capture images in modern hotels and subtly light the subject’s face without overpowering the background. This method is very fast and what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG).

In these two examples, you can easily see how good dim hotel lighting can look when you add a video light.

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I was covering a wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, and I was very attracted to the lighting fixtures in this restaurant. By borrowing the videographer's light, I was able to get my shot in three mintues.

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I could not get the light right in her face, so I asked her to look down at her flowers, thus creating a cool full-length image that shows off her dress and provides an establishing shot of the wedding venue. I used a Nikon D700 with a 24-70mm lens at 38mm, and the exposure is 1/60 second at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

I chose the setting below to capture an image for a different hotel.

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I had an assistant hold a Lowell id-light off camera, up and to the left, to light the mask of her face.

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I used the Nikon D700 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, this time at 24mm, exposing for 1/60 second at f/2.8, ISO 800.

Look for more examples of Damon Tucci's location lighting in the February Wedding Issue of Professional Photographer magazine.

Damon Tucci has been a professional photographer in Central Florida for the past 20 years and has photographed over 2,500 weddings. His award-winning work has been published in Professional Photographer, Rangefinder, Studio Photography and Design, InStyle Weddings, People, Brides and a host of other publications.

Come learn from Damon Tucci at Imaging USA, January 15-17

In My Head: Tapping into the Photographer Mindset
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Want to create beautiful images anywhere, anytime? Who doesn’t? Join celebrity wedding and portrait photographer Damon Tucci to learn a methodology and mindset for producing exceptional images on demand. He will delve deep into the psyche of the photo creation process to show you how simple it can be … if you have the acute understanding of timing and technique that he’ll share! You’ll also learn about modern posing and lighting techniques, including off-camera speed lights, available lighting, strobe and video. Come learn Damon’s tried-and-true formula (and reap the benefits).

December 20, 2011

Care and Repair for Your Equipment

What can you do when your camera fails? Pro manufacturers offer member services for repairs and loans.

By Theano Nikitas

Few professions are more equipment-dependent than photography. Yet regardless of how well you maintain your gear, things can go wrong. In addition to back-up equipment, you should carry the number of the nearest photo rental service. If you’re a professional photographer, there are some other solutions not only for emergencies, but for year-round peace of mind.

We spoke with three of the major camera manufacturers about their programs and services for full-time professionals. It might the perfect time to check them out. If you are a PPA member who has opted in to receive the $15,000 of equipment insurance from PhotoCare, that policy would serve as a secondary policy to these plans and could be used to assist with additional expenses related to covered losses.

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Image courtesy of Canon Professional Services

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The recently revamped Canon Professional Services (CPS) is a three-tier program, beginning with a no-cost entry level. The program is now based on a point system that, according to CPS, is more pro-centered than the earlier program. Each piece of professional gear is assigned a number of CPS points, which cumulatively determine the photographer’s tier of coverage. Qualifying gear includes a long list of camera bodies, lenses, camcorders, flash, wireless transmitters, battery grips and the new PIXMA Pro 1 printer. Most of the EOS line of camera bodies qualify, from the EOS-1Ds Mark III (10 points) through and models such as the 60D (4 points) and older bodies. Lenses and extenders range from 2 to 16 points, with accessories like wireless transmitters at 1 to 2 points each. You’ll find the list of qualifying equipment on the CPS website, along with a list of products that qualify for repair.

Free membership at the Silver level requires 10 CPS points. Benefits include a CPS website profile and program info, CPS ID card and PIN, event support, 24/7 phone support via exclusive member hotline, and repair turnaround of three to five days.

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About December 2011

This page contains all entries posted to Professional Photographer Magazine Web Exclusives in December 2011. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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