On Camera Bags

A while back I decided to upgrade my camera bag – my old one had served me well and had traveled around the world with me, but it was starting to show its age and also it was a bit of a tight fit for all my gear.

The larger Lowepro sling camera bag
The larger version of my old camera bag

So the first thing I looked at was, naturally, just the next larger model of the same bag. This would still be the sling-style bag I prefer, just with slightly more room (and, as a bonus, a mounting point for a tripod on the side of the bag).

However, size is hard to judge from pictures on the Internet, so I decided to have a look at bags in person – heading into NYC to visit B&H photo (such a fun place to visit!).

While I was there I happened to look at a few other bags, taking into consideration size vs weight, storage options, etc. And as it happened, I noticed a different sling-style bag – one that was more of a backpack shape. It lacked the extensive padding & huge pockets of the bigger bag I had originally come to see, but it had some attractive features – mainly an added pocket for my laptop, which would come in very handy when I was traveling.

Mindshift sling style camera bag
The “backpack” style bag that caught my attention

Unable to make up my mind, I ended up getting both bags – figuring that at the least I’d have options in the future to take whichever bag best suited my needs at the time. I also thought that I’d primarily use the bigger bag, with the backpack-shape bag reserved for when I needed to travel light and not take all my gear with me.

However, as it turned out, I’ve actually only used the bag I’d originally picked out – the larger version of my old bag – just once, while the backpack-shape bag has come with me almost everywhere (and I’ve also somehow managed to fit all my gear into it, so I’m not missing out on anything).

Part of this is just the simple fact that the backpack-shape bag is, by virtue of the material & less padding, a lot lighter. It’s also a bit easier to access while I’m out – I can reach all my lenses with its one big pocket, whereas with the bigger bag I’d have to undo 2 clips and unzip the main compartment all the way (due to the way the dividers & padding are arranged).

The inside of the Lowepro sling bag
The bigger bag has these dividers – which provide good padding, but make it hard to access some items in the bag quickly.
Lowepro sling bag fully open
To get at all of the sections in the larger bag, you have to open it up all the way. This can be awkward to do while the bag is slung over your shoulder.

Additionally, it also has a holder for a tripod either on the side or strapped across the back – and that side holder can also double as a water bottle holder, which is very handy on hikes and photowalks. The straps across the back can also hold other things besides a tripod, such as a light jacket – which has come in handy on several occasions.

So, in the end, the bag I thought I’d only use occasionally has become my primary use bag – while the bag I thought was a perfect upgrade sits unused. I’m very glad I went into the store and actually looked at bags instead of just picking one out based on specs and pictures online!

Desktop Madness: Vol. 107

A few more wallpapers from the anime series “Yuru Camp” (or “Laid-Back Camp”).

Here’s a few more wallpapers from the series “Yuru Camp” (or “Laid-Back Camp”) because honestly I can’t get enough of this show – it is just so enjoyable and relaxing to watch (and the music is pretty catchy, too!).

Enjoy!

Desktop Madness Vol. 106

Never before has a single show made me want to go camping so much… but if you can’t go camping, at least we’ve got some nice wallpapers to make up for it!
I’m back again with the latest installment of Desktop Madness and this time the theme is: camping.

Specifically, images from the anime “Yuru Camp” (or as it’s sometimes translated, “Laid-Back Camp”) – which, if you’ve not seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

This show has a beautiful visual style with some adorable characters, and watching a few episodes will make you start thinking about maybe taking up camping yourself (even if you’re not normally into that sort of thing).

Enjoy!

 

Desktop Madness Vol. 105

Oh hey look, more RWBY wallpapers!
Shortly after my previous Desktop Madness post featuring RWBY wallpapers I stumbled across a bunch more, all done by an artist who goes by @mojojo27827860 on Twitter. They’ve done quite a lot of work – all of it very cute – so if you like their work, be sure to give them a follow to see more!

Desktop Madness Vol. 104

Amazingly beautiful backgrounds from the series “Steven Universe.”
Today’s edition of Desktop Madness features some of the gorgeous artwork from the series Steven Universe. Seriously, this show is just a joy to watch for the artwork alone – and there’s something oddly soothing about the backgrounds in particular.