Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chic DSLR Camera Bags, Pt. 4: My Kelly Moore B-Hobo

Among the funnest aspects of traveling through Asia this winter is getting to capture all my foodie experiences through the lens of my new dslr.  My neophyte photography skills may be wonkie, but what makes me feel less like a bumbling idiot of a tourist and more like the  chic visual raconteur I aspire to be is my Kelly Moore B-Hobo bag.

As you might remember, I researched dslr carrying bags quite extensively.  I needed something that would be stylish, roomy, and comfortable, and something that preferably wouldn't scream "camera inside! steal me!"  The B-Hobo bag ended up being perfect.

The bag is well-constructed.  The tough, water-resistant leather exterior has two front pockets (good for extra memory cards) and a back pocket (nicely situated for carrying maps or cash close to your body).  There are also small pockets on the sides of the bag; I keep my iPhone in one and my lens cap in the other.  

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The zippered main body features a padded interior with three resizeable compartments.  The dividers are attached to the inside of the bag with velcro, so it's easy to reposition them to accommodate a larger camera body or to keep an expensive lens tightly ensconced.  On a regular day, I carry my camera in the center compartment, and I store a second lens and extra battery in the right compartment and my wallet and small cosmetic bag in the left compartment.  And when I'm traveling, I store my Slik mini-pro III tripod in the left compartment instead.

No wooden reindeers were harmed in the creation of this photo.

Most importantly, even with all that gear, the bag is still fairly comfortable when worn cross-body messenger style.  (The bag also comes with a short strap so you can wear it like a shoulder bag if desired.)  And as camera bags go, it's pretty sassy: not only is the gray a nice neutral, the distressed leather finish means you don't have to baby the exterior.  

My only complaint is that the cross-body strap digs a bit into my shoulder.  There's a shoulder pad, but the strap buckle happens to hit right at my shoulder, and the pad isn't able to fit over the buckle.  This probably wouldn't happen to anyone who is a taller than I am, as they would be able to wear a longer strap.

All in all, I'm really happy with my purchase.  The B-Hobo bag has made it possible to take my camera with me everywhere.  And at the end of the day, the only way I am going to improve on my photography is with lots and lots of practice, right?!

Do you travel with your dslr?  What's your bag of choice?


lavenderpug December 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

my sister is still trying to decide which one to get (of the choices that i gave her, mainly gleaned from all your awesome research)--i will be sure to pass this on to help her make her decision!

Katie December 28, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

I'm glad to hear a review on the bag you chose!!! I am still trying to make a decision; it is so so freaking hard to choose one!

KK December 29, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

LOVE the bag you picked. Tres chic, per usual! Super jealous of your travels and more importantly, your eats. Have fun!

Azure December 29, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

I have the small red leather Jill-e bag and the Acme bowling bag. The Jill-e bag is very spacious; I can fit my camera, 3 lenses, wallet and cell phone inside. I carry it over my shoulder if I don't have to walk a lot(say for a school performance). I use the detachable shoulder strap for walking events (say visiting a botanical garden). The leather and color is very beautiful; I've received several complements on my "purse." It is heavy with all my equipment in it, so for events where I don't expect to have to change my lens, I use the Acme bag. It only fits my camera and phone. I can't get my wallet in there so I usually just take my id, cc and cash. I'm thinking of getting yet *another* bag that is inbetween the two -- fits only the camera, but also can hold my wallet. I think I'm addicted to camera bags!

Mrs. Hot Cocoa December 29, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

@ lavenderpug: I highly recommend the Kelly Moore line - lots of cute options. She'll love them.

@ Katie: I know! It took me forever, and I was so overwhelmed.

@ KK: ;-) The eats were amazing.

@ Azure: I just saw the Acme bowling bag in person, and it's so cute! It definitely looks like a chic and interesting bag, not a camera bag.

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