April 20, 2012

The Crumpler. The perfect travel bag.

Well... for me, at least.

Call me dense, but it's only just that I've noticed that my bright red crumpler has been doing quite a bit of travelling. For quite a few trips now, it's faithfully accompanied me - crazy road trips in the UK and US, and to Bali, most recently.

Since getting a DSLR at the end of 2009 (wow, it's been that long?), I've always made it a point to bring it along on trips when I expect to take loads of photos. (Short catching up/shopping/eating trips don't count.) After all, what's the point of having a fab camera if you're not going to bring it with you when you're running around creating memories, right?

My crumpler came with my camera, but you can easily get a crumpler bag from uhh.. Crumpler. It's not cheap, but in my opinion, well worth it. Let me tell you why.

1. I can store HEAPS of stuff in it. It's practically my cam + handbag. Apart from my DSLR camera + external flash, it stores my wallet, travel documents, mobile phone, wet wipes, tissue, lipstick case, meds case (I'm prone to migraine and sinus), pens, card holder (as I've been using it for work too these days), blotters, powder, extra cam battery, phone cable and keys.

2. The material used for the lining of the crumpler is "super strong, lightweight, durable and resistant to fraying, tearing and ripping". That's definitely a good thing when you're travelling. And oh, it's water-resistant too.

3. It comes with a shoulder pad which makes carrying the bag a little more comfortable. The strap is adjustable too, so you can easily make it work for you.

4. Because it's originally a cam bag, the entire bag is well padded, and there are enough compartments for me to store everything. The handy side pockets are fab to just slip in the mobile phone!

5. Mine's compact enough to store under the airplane seat, which I feel is a plus for me. I like to keep my essentials at arm's reach.

It's not the trendiest bag around, but the more I think about it, the more I just absolutely adore my Crumpler. It's hardy, practical and it just works. If you're wondering whether or not to lug your DSLR around when you're travelling (because it's big and can be quite heavy), I say lug it.

For me, the photos I manage to capture always makes the lugging worth it.

Seal snoozing at Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Sunset at Grand Canyon, US.

Baby monkeys play at Uluwatu, Bali.

Sunset at Uluwatu.

Crumpler lemmings, anyone?


Fay. H. said...

wow... I'm amazed you can store so much in it!

My father has a crumpler too but since he and his buddies are all pro & etc with the camera, their bags is always FILLED with camera, lens, etc.

You've opened up a new window for me to think about!

Anonymous said...

Can you believe I climbed the Great Wall of China with my Crumpler messenger style bag (similar to yours)? I love their bags and they are very good quality. These days I prefer using a Samsonite backpack because I can stuff my camera equipment and laptop / ipad in. I was contemplating getting the Crumpler backpack but didn't in the end because it was really heavy.

Syen said...

Fay.H. : Yeah.. depending on how much of my camera gear I want to bring. But since getting my 15-85mm lens, it's pretty much the only lens I need when I travel. Plus the external flash. So the rest of the bag is free for non-cam stuff! =P

lyn: If I'm travelling with the hubs, usually I carry the cam bag, and he'll carry a backpack. So it works out great for both of us. Hehe.

Kahani said...

Ooh awesome photos! especially love the baby monkeys shot. =D

toughcookie said...

you just made me want one!!

Syen said...

Kahani: Thanks! =)

toughcookie: Hehehe... that was unintentional.

Foong Jin said...

I don't have a Crumpler lemming as much as I have a DSLR lemming! Lovely pics!! :D

Syen said...

Foong Jin: Which DSLR are you eyeing? Oh yes, I remember that lemming. And thanks! =)

Anuschka Handbags said...

Hi Syen,i am using Nikon.I bought that a few months ago and it has can xoom up to 24.

Andrea from Blue Light LLC said...

I'm amazed you can store so much in it! You've opened up a new window for me to think about! And you just made me want one!

Iya from Kingdom Talents said...

Cool... I'm impressed you can put so much in it! Thought it is just for the dslr and anything put in there just wont do the trick of proper storage or used a bag for other stuff.