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?