Camera bags have fallen into the pit of nylon despair.
I recently made the financial plunge of the DSLR, a previously owned Canon Rebel XSI. Even though I got a good deal on the camera (purchased from my brother), my total is quickly creeping upwards as I get all my other camera essentials. Now I have a 50 mm lens, filters, and a wireless shutter release, but I still need a bag!
A camera bag is not easy to find! Much like my previous search for a laptop bag that was as stylish as it was functional and affordable, I've been doing a lot of searching and not much finding.
Most camera bags out there choose function over form and are some type of heavy duty nylon in colors that range from black to brown to army green. If you want to spend a bit more, you can get something in a similarly unflattering shape in black leather.
So far, I've found one company, Acme Made, which offers two different styles of camera bags that I would actually want to carry. The first is a bright red patent bowling style bag. It's as shiny as Snow White's poison apple and has bright white piping and drop handles. I love the bag, however the lack of a shoulder strap is a deal breaker for me. When out shooting, I want to be able to sling the bag across by shoulder and have my arms unencumbered. (Acme Made, why not consider a detachable shoulder strap?)
Their other option is the Lunch Box bag, smaller than the bowling bag, and with a sholuder strap. It features a damask-like print and comes in black and silver, or white and black.
I'm disappointed that was all I could find, so does anyone know of any other stylish camera bag options?
Even without the bag, I still really like the camera - I've missed using an SLR, my film back Minolta has been unused since I stopped being able to process my own film and prints. It's good to be focusing on photography again! In the past week and a half that I've had the camera, this is my favorite photo: