A&P Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home

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  1. Jonny Chimpo

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    First off, yes, they are shitty pics. Whatever, It's a borrowed POS point and shoot.

    I decided that I needed a new bag since I switched to the Domke Super Satchel last year I've been pretty disappointed with it. The Domke was pretty poorly designed and poorly suited to a camera system, which is not at all what I expect from Domke. I would make a great messenger bag, but it kind of sucks for photo work. Anyway, I looked around at the different shoulder satchel bags and I kept coming back to Crumpler bags and it boiled down to either the 7 Million Dollar Home or the Brazillion Dollar Home.

    The Brazilion Dollar Home is absolutely GINORMOUS. The think holds a two body camera system with multiple lenses, 24 CF card slots, 3 slots for flashes AND a 17" MacBook. It has a price tag to match as well: $285. Ok, fuck that, I don't want a hernia or an extra mortgage just to lug my camera gear.

    On a side note, this is my travel bag, my normal bag is a Tenba 899 shoulder bag which works well for location work (big, roomy, easy to get gear in/out of) BUT it sucks ass to carry the thing. It's like a refrigerator box with a shoulder strap. Ouch.

    So, back to the story...

    I stopped by my favorite camera shop today (Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ) to take a look at the 7 Million Dollar Home. I almost didn't buy it because it looked way small, and also because the ones on the floor were bright red and baby blue. :barf:

    Fortunately, they had a black one in stock for $128 so I pulled the trigger.
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    I was still thinking it looked damn small and there was no way it would hold what I want it to when I travel but much to my surprise it swallowed a LOT more than I expected. It managed to hold:

    Canon 40D with BG-E2
    17-40 f/4L with hood
    28-70 f/2.8L
    135 f/2L with hood
    70-200 f/2.8L with hood (hood also used on the 28-70)
    580EX
    580EX II
    8 CF cards
    4 extra sets of AA batteries
    77mm CPL
    notepad
    pens
    blower brush
    Sto-fen diffuser

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    There's a bit of space left over (not much) but I might be able to pack my 50 f/1.8 mk I and off camera shoe cord inside as well. There's a slim pocket on the front of the bag for small accessories which is big enough to hold one of the new netbook PC's such as an Eee PC 901 and might hold a netbook up to 10".

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    It's got ample padding and protection and all of the dividers are easily movable without leaving any velcro exposed to irritate you whe you're reaching into the bag. I also like that the interior of the bag is a light color so it's easy to see what's inside.

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    It's the first Crumpler bag I've purchased and overall I'm really impressed. It's extremely well built, it has a subtle design that doesn't scream "STEAL ME, I HAVE A CAMERA INSIDE!!!!" the strap seems comfortable and it swallows an enormous amount of gear for its size while still providing quite a bit of padding and protection. Another plus is that it has ample velcro and a clip for the top flap to provide plenty of security.

    Pretty impressive, and the price tag seems very reasonable. The only major drawbacks are that there aren't any exterior pockets for cell phones, gum, keys, or whatever (pretty big deal for me) and there are pretty significant gaps around the top flap where rain/dirt could easily get in the bag (also a pretty big deal). Neither of these are deal breakers though and anyone with a smaller camera system will have plenty of room in the bag.

    Verdict: Recommended. :bigthumb:
     
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    geez a 17" macbook why not a 14"
     
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    wat?
     
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    Mad cool, son :coold:

    I have a Dreadful Embarrassment that I used as a school bag and it's massive.
     
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    17 just sounds massive and less portable :o
     
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    I wouldn't be caught dead wearing something like that.
     
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    congrats. :ugh:
     
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    Good thing I don't have one then. I was just saying what the BDH is spec'd to carry. :dunno:
     
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    That's alot of stuff it can hold. I'm just not loving the looks of it :hs:


    Nice though :h5:
     
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    I'm sure it suits you well :mamoru:

    It's just not my style.
     
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    This might be more your speed then:

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    If a plain black messenger style bag isn't working for you, obviously you want something a little more...."personalized" :rofl::rofl:
     
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    Not so much. I'd rather use my backpack that can hold just as much, and, it doesn't look like something some faggot in San Fransisco wears. :rofl:
     
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    Good for you. Backpacks suck ass for practicality when you have to stop and take it off every time you need something. Good thing you're more interested in a fashion show than shooting. :ugh2:
     
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    It's been working pretty well for me so far and I've had no complaints. I guess some people can't look good and taken quality photos.:mamoru:

    I'm also thinking about picking up a Tenba Shootout when I run out of room.
     
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    :werd: i love my backpack for the sheer amount of shit it will hold, but it fucking sucks for functionality. i've been thinking about getting a shoulder bag for those times when i don't need to haul chargers and my laptop around with everything. this looks like it would be about perfect, maybe even a bit bigger than i need. :o
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    fiy $128 is the regular price.. hasn't changed since I got mine more than 2 years ago.

    but yeah I love mine as well. :bowdown:
     
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    I know $128 is the regular price, I didn't claim it wasn't. :dunno:

    Just thought it was a reasonable price for that bag.
     
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    I like it.

    I'm more of a backpack guy too, as I mainly use my bag for transport and not for short term storage, but I can see the draw to a messenger bag.

    Having a bag on only one shoulder for long periods of time sucks ass though, and since my main commute consists of a 10 city block walk and a half hour, usually standing room only train ride, a backpack is MUCH more comfortable for me.

    My Dakine Sequence holds a *little* more stuff, is safe, secure and waterproof, and has the removable camera block for when I need to just bring the gear, so it suits my needs a bit better.

    But I do like the crumpler stuff. I really wanted one of their backpacks until I found the Sequence...

    Nice buy!
     
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    OT A&P is so hostile. :rofl:
     
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    Backpacks are better if you are taking gear long distances and then shooting, but they are still hugely inconvenient. Although why there hasn't been a backpack with a removable shoulder insert (ala boda bag) is absolutely beyond me. :hs:
     
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    That's how we roll, dickhead. :fawk:
     
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    damn you i'm jealous of your lenses
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    chill out, dogg.

    and yeah, it is a reasonable price.. especially when you look at how much more it is for a brazillion.
     
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    I had to run out of the store because I was damn tempted to get the 24-105 f/4L IS to replace the 28-70. :hs:
     
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    I know, right? I can't believe they don't make another messenger type bag in between the 7MDH and the BDH.
     

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