Something I always take around with me is my camera. I love capturing moments, and you can never predict when the perfect photo opportunity may arise. Although I love having my camera on hand, it comes with two major issues…
#1: DSLR’s (and the gear that comes with one) are big, bulky, and heavy, which makes them a bit inconvenient to carry around. They’re also not cheap, so I need to make sure my gear is protected.
#2: There are no cute bag options. I don’t want to look like a tourist with the typical camera bag, a handbag isn’t gonna be able to fit/support/protect my camera, and I don’t want to carry around a diaper bag just to house my precious DSLR.
Fortunately for us ladies, the awesome crew at Elijah and Co. came up with a solution to our predicament. Meet Amber’s Cambag…
Amber’s Cambag currently comes in three colors: red, black, and plum (the one I received to review). It’s made of a smooth, water-resistant nylon and comes with a detachable leather strap and shoulder pad. The entire bag is padded, and also includes 3 removable, padded dividers. I think the gold-tone hardware is so beautiful, and I like that the bag comes with a number of compartments. There’s two zippered pockets on the side, one on the back, and one on the inner flap of the bag. Don’t let the pretty exterior fool you, this bag can do work!
Since Elijah and Co. did such a great job covering the product photos on the Elijah and Co. website, I thought I’d go a different route by showing you how I personally use the bag.
For typical outings, I like to have my Canon XSI attached to my 35mm f/2 lens, external flash and diffuser, wallet, phone, and other knick knacks (LensPEN, lipbalm, mustache bandaids, mini Moleskine notebook and pen… the list goes on and on). All of these things fit perfectly with plenty of room to spare.
If I know I’m going on a shoot, I like to have all of my gear with me. That includes all three of my lenses (35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.8, 18-55mm kit lens), as well as extra batteries for my camera and external flash.
As you can see, the bag is still quite roomy with all of my gear! Here I have my external flash, my 50mm stacked on top of my 35mm, and my camera attached to the 18-55mm. I like using the longer compartment to keep my wallet, but you can also use it to store your tablet if that’s something you like to carry with you. I took out the third divider because I felt like it wasn’t needed at this time. The bag is also pretty tall, so for those of you who have longer lenses, it shouldn’t be a problem.
I like that the side compartments come with a pocket. It’s great for keeping band-aids or batteries from mixing with all of my other things!
Even though this bag carries a lot, it’s very comfortable to wear. The wide shoulder strap distributes the weight so that I don’t feel a strain on my shoulders. The bag is also very lightweight, so it doesn’t add much to the overall weight of the contents. I’m notorious with my friends for hating to lug heavy things around (one of the reasons why I haven’t gotten a battery grip yet), but they won’t be hearing anything from me with this bag!
I really like how simple, yet clean cut the bag is. I’m sure anyone can pull of this bag–no matter what their style. I also love that it’s disguised as pretty handbag, and not a tourist-y camera bag!
Now for the super exciting part… Elijah and Co. has kindly provided me with a promo code to share with you guys–just in time for the holidays! Enter in 15off at checkout for 15AUD off your order. This promo only runs until December 20, so don’t sleep on it!
What do you think of Amber’s Cambag? Are you feeling any of the colors, or is there a color you wish they came out with?
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