Camera bags are boring. They are dull, geeky, yet functional. Well, they were until Australian manufacturer, Crumpler burst onto the scene, bringing its own particular brand of freaky madness and funky bags to photographers across the world. Don’t believe me? Well just check out the Crumpler
website and you’ll soon see what I mean. Crumpler make bags to suit today’s more fashion-conscious photographer and offer the big advantage of having a bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag. This enables you keep off the radar of potential thieves and other nasty people you may meet on your travels. Let’s take a quick look at what’s on offer:
Crumpler Company Gigolo 3500 - RRP £99
Internal Dimensions: 19x19x9cm
External Dimensions: 21x21x13.5cm
The Company Gigolo is a handbag, albeit a fairly expensive handbag that's designed to carry your camera around. It’s a cross between a soft and hard case, a little bit like a suitcase so it’s lightweight but has a high enough level of sturdiness to protect your kit. The quality of the Company Gigolo doesn’t feel quite as well made as its larger stable mates but it still offers a higher level of quality and style than most of its rivals in this size category. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise when you notice the price is around five times that of many of its direct rivals. The diminutive size only makes it suitable for a small-sized DSLR with lens attached and possibly one extra lens depending on the size. It’s ideal as a first camera bag when you buy a two lens, DSLR starter kit but demand a higher level of style and quality than usual.
The Crumpler Company Gigolo 3500 is availble from Warehouse Express from £24.99 here:
Crumpler Company Gigolo 3500 - Anthracite
Crumpler Company Gigolo 3500 - Mahogany
Crumpler Company Gigolo 3500 - Black
Crumpler Company Gigolo 3500 - Pewter Brown
Crumpler Jimmy Bo 500 - RRP £49
Internal Dimensions: 23x17x11cm & 23x7.5x11cm
External Dimensions: 29x24x14cm
Who wouldn’t want a camera bag that looks remarkably similar to a codpiece? The Jimmy Bo 500 is ideal for when you only want to take your DSLR with a larger lens, such as a superzoom, out for the day without having to lump a larger bag around with you too. Depending on the size of your lens, you can could also sneak a smaller lens at the bottom of the bag in case you like to carry a wide-angle or fast prime in addition to a longer telephoto lens. The Jimmy Bo can be worn over the shoulder as you would expect but also has an unexpected function – it can worn around the waist and even comes with a strap to fit around your leg so you can feel like a soldier with a drop-leg holster. As strange as it sounds, the system works well when you need to move fast.
The Crumpler Jimmy Bo 500 is availble from Warehouse Express from £24.99 here:
Crumpler Jimmy Bo 500 - Black
Crumpler Jimmy Bo 500 - Brown
Crumpler Jimmy Bo 500 - White
Crumpler Jimmy Bo 500 - Red
Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo - RRP £79
Internal Dimensions: 28x15x19cm
External Dimensions: 35x44x19cm
In case you aren’t familiar with the term, a Muffin Top is the roll of fat that sticks out the top of a tight pair of trousers, but we’re stuck at the link with this bag. As the second part of the name suggests, the bottom half of the bag has a padded insert for a DSLR with lens attached and then two other lenses as well while the top half of the bag is for the rest of your kit while you travel. There’s a section inside the main compartment for a 15in laptop as well but it’s also very useful for carrying magazines to read while you travel. Like most Crumpler photo bags, you can remove the padded inserts, unzip the divider and voila! You have a full depth backpack instead of a camera bag. These sort of half and half bags are ideal for those who travel a lot and want some photographic kit with them but don’t want to have to carry yet another bag to store their lunch, maps or a warm jumper. This is one of the simpler bags without a lot of external pockets and really is a great travelling companion.
The Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo is available from Warehouse Express at £68.95 here:
Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo - Black/Mustard
Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo - Red/Silver
Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo - Olive/Orange
Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo - Expresso/Sand
Crumpler Messenger Boy Full Photo - RRP £159
Internal Dimensions: 36x41x14cm
External Dimensions: 38x44x19cm
The tapered shape of the Crumpler Messenger Boy is one of its appealing qualities but it’s also a slight encumbrance in terms of being able to fit kit in. Unlike a regular rectangular bag, you can only place large items in the bottom of the bag rather than being to space them out throughout the rucksack. The padded laptop slot also takes up a fair amount of the depth, further reducing the overall room for loading the bag up with camera kit. On the plus side though, there’s a mesh cover which zips up over your kit to prevent it slopping around during travelling. The second major difference from a regular backpack is the Messenger Boy opens from the back, behind the shoulder straps, which can take a little getting used to at the beginning. The Messenger Boy is suitable for a pro-size DSLR with a couple of pro lenses but simply doesn’t have the same amount of space for holding kit as rival bags.
The Crumpler Messenger Boy Full Photo is availble from Warehouse Express from £79.24 here:
Crumpler Messenger Boy Full Photo - Khaki Backpack
Crumpler Messenger Boy Full Photo - Orange Backpack
Crumpler Messenger Boy Full Photo - Navy Backpack
Crumpler Messenger Boy Full Photo - Black Backpack
Crumpler New Delhi 510 - £149
Internal Dimensions: 30x19x14cm
External Dimensions: 38x31x22cm
Just as with the rest of the range, Crumpler’s reporter-style bags don’t look like camera bags either. This little beauty is extremely versatile in that you can rip the padded camera insert out very neatly should you want to use the bag for anything else. The New Delhi is a veritable Alladin’s cave of pockets and slots. The trouble is that it can be a struggle to get your kit in and out of them when you want to. Inside the main compartment, you can easily get a regular DSLR with lens attached as well as three or four lenses and a flashgun too. Plus there’s even a slot for your netbook or 13in laptop too. The strap is made from heavy duty webbing that needs a fair amount of wearing in before you get it to hang from your shoulder just right without looking like it has rigor mortis or just generally being awkward. The New Delhi is a great solution for those photographers who use a few lenses and like to be able to change between them quickly.
The Crumpler New Delhi 510 is availble from Warehouse Express for £119.99 here:
Crumpler New Delhi 510 - Pewter/Red
Crumpler New Delhi 510 - Rust/Silver
Crumpler New Delhi 510 - Oatmeal/Orange
Crumpler New Delhi 510 - Black/Khaki
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