When I “graduated” from my point and shoot camera to a full DSLR (starting with a Nikon D60 and moving up to a Nikon D90), the first thing I wanted was a good camera bag. Of course, it needed to protect my new investment, but I also wanted it to be stylish and function. The camera bags in camera and electronic stores serve the first function well, but are boring, black, and boxy. I headed out in search of a stylish leather camera bag, and eventually found my answer at SHUTTERbag.
The bag pictured above is the Safari bag in Khaki. It’s also available in purple, but I wanted something pretty neutral. The Safari measures 9.5 inches (24cm) tall, 15.5 inches (40cm) long, and 5.5 inches (13cm) deep at the base. It’s fairly large, but doesn’t feel like a suitcase, like other camera bags I’ve carried.
The nice thing about the Safari is that it also includes a separate, padded spot for your laptop (up to 15 inches) or your iPad. Since I’m generally traveling with both my camera and my MacBook Air, it’s really the perfect size for me. The interior also offers pockets for your lenses, and has a separate pouch on the top for any filters you are carrying along with you.
The Safari comes with both handstraps and a cross-body strap. I use both, depending on the bulkiness of the coat I’m wearing. It also has lots of separate pockets for personal items. I usually toss my iPhone in that front zipped pocket, so I always know where it is. There are lots of other little pockets too, which is great so you don’t have to put objects like your keys in with your camera and lenses.
The Safari is stylish enough to carry as a handbag, and also works well as a carry-on bag. To learn more, visit the SHUTTERbag website.
Note – I purchased this bag on my own and did not receive a sample or discount.
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