Why I Love My Camera Bag


Hi guys! Hope you’re having a great week. Thank you all so much for participating in the LG double oven giveaway this weekend. The winner is being verified and will be posted shortly!

This is my camera bag. It’s a sturdy little backpack, and it’s what I use to carry all my gear around. It’s not cute — more like industrial! — but boy do I love this bag. It’s big enough to hold my camera, several lenses, a tripod, a laptop and iPad and all the accessories that go with each one. Whew. Yet it’s still small enough to fit under the seat of an airplane as my “personal item.” It’s by Case Logic and I bought it on Amazon.com.

Not a paid advertisement! Carry on.


Not only does it hold all my camera equipment, but it’s got a large compartment in the back that’s big enough to hold my iPad, laptop, and even a few magazines for take-off and landing. My iPad has an industrial case too. Ree’s shattering Apple products have scared me straight.


My laptop is 13″ x 9.5″ x 1.5″, in case you’re wondering. Kind of a chunker.


Next is this side compartment.


It’s got two mesh pockets that are currently housing my iGo green charger with a retractable usb cord for charging my phone on the go, my iPhone, and a few business cards.

Because when people see you hefting around a lens like the 24-70, they have questions.


On the other side it’s got strong Velcro straps for a tripod. Love the ease of the Velcro here. We sometimes take a tripod with us when we go hiking if we know there will be waterfalls, and this makes it easy to just strap it on and forget about it.


The front pocket could hold all sorts of things, but right now the only thing I’ve got in it is a usb card reader so I can download photos from my camera’s memory card when I’m away from home.


Here’s the main compartment. It’s quite deep! Underneath my external flash (at the top of the photo) is the charger for my laptop. My old XTi and 100mm macro lens are standing in for the camera compartment. They’re roughly the same size as my usual 7D and 24-70mm getup, which I’m using to take this photo.


These pockets hold my memory cards, extra batteries, and battery chargers for the camera and flash. Just in case.

This is all I normally travel with, but the main compartment of this bag could hold even more if needed. I made a dorky video so you could get a better look. I pack in everything pictured above plus two more lenses.

Things I forgot to mention in the video:

The handle on the top of the backpack is super strong and I’m not afraid to use it to hang my backpack on a hook — knowing full well that my entire life hangs in the balance.

I am a dork.

I should stick to photos.

And blogging.

That is all.

If you’re still here, thank you for watching — and still coming back! You’re a true friend.

For a complete listing of all my gear and everything I mentioned in this post, check out my Amazon Store, located in the right sidebar of my blog.

Have a great week!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 12, 2011 at 6:22 am

Ok so I JUST got back from a photography trip to Mexico City….like, 8 hrs ago. Leading up to this trip I have spent a small fortune on camera bags and websurfing for the ‘perfect bag’ but i never know what that is..til it’s in my hands. Another hundred bucks later with shipping. Ugh.

So far I have a few things I like but I have the 5D (brand new 3 weeks ago!) and the 24-70 and yes, my macbook, and a couple other lenses and it’s a ton to schlep thru the airport!

The backpack style AND to be able to put other stuff in it…would have helped me immensely!

Ironically when we were out shooting, Penny did not advocate ANY kinds of bags. Just wear your cam around your neck and shoot. But I still need something for the actual air travel piece of it.

Sorry to write a bible here but this is exciting to me as I’ve done elaborate posts on my cam bags, too :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 12, 2011 at 6:24 am

We have a similar bag and it is a God send! I don’t know how we traveled before without it. Ours houses my camera and lenses as well at the hubby’s uber pro video camera. I like the extra pockets on the side of yours so if ours ever goes belly up I’ll know what to look at next! (I say more videos! :-) )


Erin @ Brownie Bites July 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

I’m always a little camera shy at toting around the Big Lenses (and I make my living as a photographer!) so I love a bag that I can hide them in when I’m not going to/from a job. I use the Kelly Moore B-Hobo as my “camera purse” so I can keep a good camera with me without having to flash it all over creation . You’ve made really efficient use of all of the compartments in your bag!


The Monogrammed Mrs. July 12, 2011 at 6:46 am

What is an “I Go”?


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

The iGo green is a portable charger — you plug it into the wall, then plug your camera in it via the usb cord and it charges your phone. When it’s done charging, you can just throw the whole thing in your purse, charger, cord and all. Then if your battery dies in the middle of day, you you can plug your camera in it and it will charge it without the outlet. Love it!

Jenny in Wellington, NZ July 12, 2011 at 6:46 am

Wow. Ok – you do say it is quite heavy, but do you have any idea what it does weigh, and have you carried it on your back for long periods of time? Incidentally, you are not a dork and it was very cool getting to hear your voice :) more vids please – thought that one was very well done! Btw, you are very well organized and have lots to offer on organization… So more pse :) love your blog and been following you for years and never get tired of your offerings!! Cheers :)


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

The backpack itself is not all that heavy, but with all my gear it’s about 20 pounds. I carry it with me all over airports and Kevin carries it when we’re hiking. :)

Southern Gal July 12, 2011 at 6:48 am

You do a great job with the vlogs. I have a Case Logic sling, but I hate it since I can never figure out how to put it on right the first time! ;) I guess I’ll go check out the Amazon link because I’m really interested in what bag you use just to carry around your camera from day to day. I don’t travel much so I want something easy to grab and go. I love the bags that look like pocketbooks. Do you have any thoughts on those?


Debra Heschl Photography July 12, 2011 at 6:53 am

Thanks Amanda for sharing…:) I have a back pack as well & it is so wonderful to have! I also recommend it to anyone to get one! My only downfall with mine, my laptop does not fit b/c it is too big..lol However it does wonders for magazines & such!


Amber July 12, 2011 at 7:17 am

I have a case logic too. Just a small DSLR bag though, I don’t have a DSLR with multiple lenses though, I have an SX30IS, which looks like a small DSLR, but is a point & shoot. I love it, still dream of the DSLR, but maybe after I finish college and start making some money :). We’ll see. I love your case too, really holds a lot for a little bag!


Sandy_in_MD July 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

Drooling with envy here – that is one fabulous camera bag! Thanks for the info on it. I think I just found the first item on this year’s Christmas wish list.


Leah July 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

I love your videos! That is such a good bag. I NEED it in my life. I’m going to look on Amazon NOW! :)


Leah July 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

Awwww, they don’t sell it in the UK. I’m having my honeymoon in NY next year so I’ll just have to pick one up then :)


Analisa July 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

How heavy is it? Must be why you can keep trim after eating all those sweets you blog about :)


Jen July 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

I’ve been wanting a backpack camera bag for a while – I will have to check that type out. I need something to carry my 70-300 lens more securely, and if I have room for the iPad, that would be a bonus!


Traci July 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

I love this bag!!! It’s my camera bag of choice too!! I also have the matching mini bag for my point n-shoot. It is heavy for sure. I lugged it through the airports on my last trip With a laptop bag because my current laptop is a 17″ and does not fit. I will be downsizing the laptop so everything fits..


Trish July 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

This was great information. More importantly, I am looking for a new camera and the Amazon link you provided gave me some good insight into he Sony Cyber-shot camera.

Thank you.


CAROL STEBNER July 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

You are SO not a dork, Amanda. You did a great job on that video. You are always so sweet about explaining things so that those of us who are less knowledgeable about the subject can actually understand. You are very much appreciated!


Lori Allberry July 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

Amanda, you are TOO CUTE! You are not a dork, you are adorable! I get so excited to read your blog every day!
Thank You for the awesome work you do! :o)



Toni C July 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

Thank you Amanda for the perfect blog to send to my hubby! He’s not so great at listening to me saying ‘oh, I’d love to have something like that’ on the fly. Instead, I sent this to him and flat out said…this bag is AWESOME. Save this email so you know that I want one! And a tripod too. :-)

Thanks for your fantastic work and sharing it with the entire world!


Deb V July 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

I think I really need this bag. I have tried a few different camera cases and have not found one I really like. Right now I have a gift card to Amazon and have been carefully weighing my purchase options!! I think I’ve found it! Thanks for the info! <3


Jan July 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

Love this! But how is your back holding up w/ALL that gear in one place?


ron July 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

Now that’s a tough looking bag.Maybe I could use that on my bike when we go for an overnighter.Also I think the video was precious.I feel like I just met you in person.Please make more!


Diane July 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

I love the video!! It is great to associate your voice with your face!! The bag is awesome…I’m going on a cruise this summer and I am going to buy this bag to take with me! Thank you Amanda!


Rosemary S. July 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

Love your video – I wish I could be as “dorky” as you are! :) You’re just too cute.

Thanks for the review…..I have a 17″ laptop as well – and I guess it won’t fit that. Thanks Traci – that was the one question I had!

I still might look at it anyway…….I do have a back-pack camera bag – that fits into the “OK” category – but, I’ve often wished it had a hook/strap of some sort for my tripod ……… Anyway – thanks again for the review – and it’s nice to hear your voice!



Urban Wife July 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

So nice to see how all the pros do things! Um…you said it was heavy but exactly how much does all this weigh and does it become too heavy for extended periods of time?


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

The backpack itself is not all that heavy, but with all my gear, including the laptop, ipad, extra lenses and accessories, it’s about 20 lbs. If I were hiking or something like that obviously my laptop and other things wouldn’t be in there weighing it down! :)

Diana July 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

This bag is definitely going on my wish list! Thank you for letting us know about it. OH and you did great on the video!



Tarayn July 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

Thanks for the nifty video and ideas for travel! I just got an iPad and would love to know your take on covers! Any thoughts?


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This is the one I have. I nearly fainted at the price, but I wanted something super sturdy for traveling since I knew it’d be at the bottom of my camera bag, underneath the weight of my camera. So far it’s been a good investment! :)

sprittibee July 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

You are SO not a dork. Shut Up. I mean that in the nicest way. I’m now jealous of your bag. I have a Canon Bag – also from Amazon. I like my bag – but it doesn’t really have laptop space… and my laptop is one of those huge screens and heavy!!!! :) Maybe next time I’m in the market….


Teri Waterford July 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

thanks amanda! you are awesome! would you mind telling what kind of camera you have as well as lenses? i’ve learned so much from you!!! :)


Engela Edwards July 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

We’re still here, and watching — and still coming back!
And we feel like friends. Thanks. I love your photos, and your candor. I came to your site originaly for the home improvement paint color ideas. Loved the dogs, and shared them with my teen. We’re from Texas and when we went to San Diego actually drove 50 miles out of the way to go to the cupcake place your recommended. Thanks.


Susie July 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

You are SO cute, you make me laugh out loud! (I had to spell it out!) Great bag. I want one. Can I have it?


Carrie July 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

I have the same bag! Hubby got it for me for Christmas last year. I do hang mine on a hook in the closet so my kiddos don’t find a way to kill the contents :)


Paula Clifford July 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

Love it! And everything you do on your blog. You’ve inspired an ‘old woman’ to think outside her box.

Question on another topic…do you have a special camera strap you use? The standard one that came with my Canon 60D is extremely uncomfortable. What do you use? I’m intrigued by the Black Rapid RS-7. Any thoughts?


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Aww, thanks Paula. :) I just use the strap it came with and this cover.

Heather :) :) :) July 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

wow, that backpack is amazing. it really does hold a LOT of stuff :) :) That’s great that it fits underneath the airplace seat. I couldn’t bear having to check any of that into luggage. I just use a Kodak EasyShare C182 right now. Someday I’d like to graduate to a big girl camera :) :) The video was interesting. You did a great job of showing what that backpack can do…plus, I was really curious about all the equipment and lenses, too :) :) Have a great week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)


teresa July 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

Amanda~you are FOR SURE making full use of that bag!
And you are so far from a dork it’s not even FUNNY! ;o)
Where did you order your business cards…would love to know!
Happy Day and Hugs from Bainbridge!


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hey girl! Bailey Doehler designed them for me, and I think I ordered them from the site she recommended. :)

Peppermint Mocha Mama July 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

I have to say, I was honestly curious what type of bag you used – it’s interesting to see that you went industrial instead of chic. I honestly had you pegged for a Jo Totes kind of bag but to know that someone who is as fabulously stylish as you are opts for an industrial backpack, well it’s just refreshing.

Thanks for the video on how you pack it all up – that was really interesting and I have a better idea of what I need and how things will work for me.


Robin S July 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

Amanda, just so you know, if you’re concerned about damage on your iPhone and iPad you have a few options for physical damage (which is not covered by AppleCare.) Some credit cards, like AmEx and some Visa cards, have a buyer protection plan that cover it, so check those out first. Otherwise, make sure your device is backed up to your computer (I back my iPhone up every day and my iPad every few days) and go to your local Apple store (if you have one) even if you bought the device elsewhere. If it’s the back of your iPhone 4 that’s shattered it costs about $29 to get it replaced, otherwise it’s $199 to replace the entire phone and it won’t affect the data plan with your carrier the way buying a new phone would. iPad displays don’t get replaced, they just replace the entire thing and the cost depends on the model you have, but it’s considerably cheaper than buying a new one.

I’d still recommend protecting your devices so that you don’t need a replacement to begin with, though!


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

You are so pretty! :) And GREAT bag!


Cheryl Ann {The Happy Chick} July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

Love your video! You could do lots more. Did you have two video cameras set up? One above and one in front? I have followed your blog for a long time and watched as it (and you) have gotten better and better at it….I am a step behind but I hope to need a camera bag one day soon. Thanks for a GREAT article….and Best Blessings!


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Yes, the second camera was hanging from the boob light over the table with a Gorillapod :)

Renee July 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

Amanda, thank you for sharing. That bag is amazing. I need one! We have found that we have to carry multiple bags when traveling.

p.s. Your video was great!


Cristina July 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

That is an AMAZING backpack! I totally want one!


Nicollette West July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I’m gutted! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for but they’re not available in the UK :( Great Video Amanda, love your Southern accent – so cute!


Kathleen July 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I just put this camera bag on my Amazon wish list. This is a fabulous post. Thank you so much for all your great info!!! :)


Olivia July 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thanks for sharing! I am actually in the process of shopping for a new camera bag, and one looks perfect :)

“I am still learning”


Misty July 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I love the bag but I would truely love to know where you got those pictures in the background????? I am sure they are some of yours but they would be great for my new kicthen in the house we are building.


kaylene July 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

you’re so organized! this is a great idea for our trip to panama city beach in august…i don’t have a giant lens on my camera, just the one that came with my nikon d3000 but my current bag that’s only JUST big enough for the camera and lens (detached) has gotta go!


Lorie July 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Very cool. I wish I had a need for a bag like that. Maybe one day!

And you are cute in the video, not a dork at all!


Jessica July 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Love the input – that bag is great. :)

On another note, I was noticing you have a laptop and an ipad and was wondering what your thoughts on the ipad are. I have been contemplating adding one to my equipment but was a little turned off when someone told me there was no usb port. I was thinking of using it mainly for blogging and internet, but not sure I would like not being able to upload photos while blogging from it. Anyway, your thoughts would be great.

Thanks so much – LOVE your blog!


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Love my iPad! It doesn’t have a USB port but it does connect to your computer so you can transfer files to it through iTunes.

Brooke July 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I have just gotten a dslr and I am such a beginner, but I have really enjoyed looking at your photos and seeing what you do with your camera. Hopefully one day I can move beyond full auto mode. :) I am looking for a bag so that was great. Thanks!


Mel Tardy July 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Okay, so incredibly helpful. I finally got my first “big girl” camera (not a compact point-n-shoot) and am just learning all the ins and outs about it. Such a beginner. Thanks for all the info!!


Natalie W. July 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hello! Haven’t commented on your blog before (I don’t think) but I love it!!! Have been following (and using one of our free fonts for my blog)! I recently upgraded to a DSLR for my blog, and this is just such a cool post! Thank you so much for taking the time to share, and make the video! Love it! I also agree with the poster that said it’s refreshing to see someone as stylish as you carry an industrial backpack. For the serious girls!!! Haha. :-)


Sara j July 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

That is a great post! Ever since I happened upon your blog/site you have been a constant inspiration! I will have to look into a bag like that, my case got the straps melted. It is not pretty and it’s a pain to haul around!
What do you do to clean your lenses?


Tammy July 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi Amanda….I love the bag so much. Cannot believe all it holds and it only weighs 20 lbs. Also, I would love to know where you got the pictures in the background????? I am sure they are some of yours – you take the most amazing pictures. They would be great for my new kitchen in the house we are starting to build next month when my husband retires the military. Thanks Amanda!!


Amanda July 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Thank you Tammy! They are photos I took forever ago, before I even starting blogging I think! :)

Tammy July 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Would you ever consider selling those prints……please!!

Misty July 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

Yes Amanda I second that about you considering to sell the prints of those photos in the background. I would love to have a set in my new home as well!

heather July 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

You are not a dork! It was nice to hear what you sound like! Nice bag as well! LOTS of space, which is always needed in the bag area. Thanks for sharing!


Dee July 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Amanda, thanks so much for listening to your blog followers! I asked on a recent post if you would blog about your camera bag and I appreciate immensely the attention to detail and time you invested in this request. It was extremely helpful, particularly the video. The photos rather influenced me but the video was the clincher. You did a superb job. Thanks again for listening.


Dee July 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm

PS – and.I too love and want copies of those 3 prints on that wall. I think you should sell us copies. :-))))). Hmmmmmnnnnmmm, maybe othervreaders would like to purchase some of your luscious food prints???? Amanda???? Paging Amanda? What say you??? :-)



Tammy July 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I second Dee…….Please!!!


Lisa July 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Love your vlogs! I’m thinking about taking up photography (very amateur of course) could you recommend a beginner camera?? :) I always look forward to your posts!


Andie July 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This bag reminds me of my backpack. I’m in love with it, and I wouldn’t go anywhere without it!! Best purchase I ever made.


Christy T. July 13, 2011 at 1:11 am

Ooh, I will definitely need to add this to my Amazon Wishlist. As always, you are so helpful!


Stuart July 13, 2011 at 2:21 am

Amanda, do you by any chance have a model name or number for the bag as I can’t find it on the caselogic website.



Amanda July 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

Hi Stuart, if you click on the Amazon link right underneath the first image in the post, it will take you to the backpack I have. Hope this helps!

Tammy Hassebrock July 13, 2011 at 4:33 am

Well, I thought we loved our backpack until I saw this one. Our camera sits on the bottom zipped up portion with a regular separate backpack on top. That’s great for baseball games and we can store snacks on top and our camera isn’t bothered. BUT, I really love this one. Of course I haven’t acquired that many lenses yet, so mine would be a bit empty, but I will have to check out all the other gadgets. Love hearing your voice!! You did a great job!


Maria July 13, 2011 at 5:49 am

nice, i like it. makes a good companion for bicycle riding and it appears not to be very long on the back.


Mindy July 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

Amanda: I was going to go and buy the same bag, but when I went to view it via your amazon link, the bag pictured at amazon looks different. The one you have has a plain front, and the one amazon shows has “bungie type cords” in the front. Where can we find one exactly like the one in your first picture?


Amanda July 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hmm, I am not sure Mindy. When I click on the link right underneath the first image in the post, it takes me to the backpack I have. Hope this helps! :)

Mindy July 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

You are right. The link above does. But, if you click at the bottom of this page where is says “your amazon store,” it takes us to a whole other backpack.

Amanda July 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Uh oh, I am not seeing that one. The one in my Amazon Store is the one I have, at least when I click on it, Amazon tells me I have already purchased it, lol! You are right, the Case Logic backpack is mine :) Hope this helps!

Jenny Flake July 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

Love love love the back pack, I have eyed that every trip we’ve gone on! Love the video too, you are a natural on tv girl!!


Cookin' Canuck July 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

I am in the market for a camera bag and this one looks just like what I need. Great post, Amanda (not dorky at all – or I’m just really dorky for liking this)!


theurbanbaker July 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

I have a camera bag almost identical sans the place for the computer. I have been in the market for a new bag and I am going to put this on my wish list. Thanks for the fun read!


Maria July 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

I need to get one of these bags! And you are not a dork:)


Georgia Pellegrini July 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

This bag looks so great, especially for serious traveling!


Lori @ RecipeGirl July 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

You’re so cute :) I need that camera bag now!


Debbie Pearson July 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

Love the camera bag! I need to get one for my new camera Santa is going to bring me this christmas. :)


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Love this review and thanks for posting it Amanda! I’ve been in the market for a camera bag and was looking for something that I can forgo using my handbag. Security checks are pain these days, and I don’t want to carry any more than I should :)


Lucy Lean July 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I always use my handbag for my camera – probably a big faux pas!


Whitney July 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

So, on a totally unrelated note, I really am digging the photos in the background. Where did you find those? Or are they some of your own great work?


Whitney July 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

OK, nevermind I see someone else asked. They are great!

marla July 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Amanda, this post is amazing. Now that I am on the road ALL the time I need all of these items. Thankfully I all ready have a lot of the camera equipment. Must get the back pack & the charger. Now. Gotta run ;) xxoo


Brooke @ Food Woolf July 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I NEED this bag. Seriously. Thank you for making me realize the specifics of my needs can actually be found in a bag just like this. It’s going to make traveling so much easier. Now to save my pennies…..


Katie Babicz July 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Wow! That bag is AWESOME! I have the LowePro SlingShot 202AW (which is also great) but it gets tricky fitting all my gear in it sometimes. I love the side compartments on your bag! That would make things so much more convenient. I also have the same issue when traveling with a separate laptop bag – its nice that yours fits everything together. (I know what I’ll be purchasing next!) Thanks for sharing this great find!!


pam July 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I keep coming back to this post. I do like this bag. I have a nice Lowepro bag right that I take everywhere. I got it last minute before a trip. If I had seen yours I might have gone for it first. I like the bright interior and space. But I really like the ipad & magazine space. I love to download my pictures to my ipad but they are never together in my current bag. I may have to break down for another bag!

found your blog a couple of weeks ago on pinterest. glad I did!


Talula July 14, 2011 at 12:59 am

I personally own a Lowepro versapack 200AW which I find very versatile, especially for travel. It is divided into 2 sections, I put my netbook or ipad in the top section plus a jacket and misc items. The bottom section is heavily padded and reserved for my camera and 1 to 2 small lenses. The dividers that come with it can be easily configured so that one can easily decide which side of the backpack you want to access the camera. The dividers can be removed so that the backpack can be rolled up for storage.

Also recently purchased the Lowepro passport sling. More suitable for everyday use, it doesn’t scream camera bag. Plus the big is expandable.

Even though I love these 2 camera bags, I have fallen in love with yet another camera bag, i.e. epiphanie Lola bag. Not bought it yet but I know I’ll one day.


Skye July 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

Amanda you are so cute! I love your blog!


Tracy July 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Such a great backpack (wish I had one of these) and you are too cute!! :-)


Kristin Murdock July 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Amanda you are too funny! I loved the video! I have been toying with the idea of doing more videos and this may have been just the encouragement I needed to give it a go. :) Hope you and Kevin have a lovely weekend!


Sarah Cone July 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Im so glad I read your post. I don’t have an SLR camera yet, however hope to save up for one within the next year. I am dying to buy one, even if it’s a used one. With 3 little ones running around I need a faster camera and interchangeable lenses. I just cna’t get the pictures I want. This camera bag would be perfect for me, it looks small enough but can hold a lot, even a laptop!!


afshan ahmed July 18, 2011 at 3:32 am

Dear Amanda,
love your blog……was wondering if you could do a tutorial on choosing an slr….Ive owned an xti for couple of years now and wanna upgrade..could you do a tutorial where you could tell us what to look for in an slr…there are soo many out there ,im really confused !!
please also share why you chose 7D for yourself ???


Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker July 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

OMG, I neeeeeeeed this bag! Thanks so much for the review and for taking the time to make that video – it totally sold me on the bag!


Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker July 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Following up to say I ordered this and got it yesterday, and I *LOVE* it!! Such a great bag, fits everything I could ever need.

Bridget =) July 26, 2011 at 7:02 am

Thanks for a great review – I ordered one and hope to see it delivered in the next day or so!!!! =)


Meg July 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

Amanda, do you have any (affordable) lenses that you would recommend for a Canon DSLR? We have a Canon Rebel Xsi, and are looking to invest in our next lens. We have the kit lens and a 50mm so far. I’d either like a good multi-purpose lens or a zoom lens.



Amanda July 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Hi Meg! If you check my Amazon store there’s a link to the first lens I ever bought (it says which one in the description), and also all my other favorite lenses, and why I love them. :) Hope this helps!

Leslie July 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks Amanda! Your video was perfect and you described the backpack with so much detail. I just ordered one from your store for my husband as a birthday gift! Thanks again this is just what he needed! Love, love, love your blog!!!


akgeezee August 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I ordered this bag directly from this post. I wanted you to know that I have had it a week and I so appreciate your effort to share this info. We travel a lot and live out of suitcases much of the time and the camera, computer combo was getting to be a REAL need. So glad to have found this now as I was going to “make do” with a bag that was $160. Oh, been following you for a couple years now and you did a great job on the video.


Nicollette West August 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Hi Amanda,
I’ve been trying to get hold of one of these bags in the UK since your post & I finally have one on it’s way from Amazon(UK). I can’t wait to receive it! Great review. Just on question, when you are out & about, say in New York City, how do you carry your camera around? Do you use this back pack or have a smaller bag that you use? or do you just carry your camera? I carry mine as much as I can but I’m terrified of my Nikon 24-70mm getting a knock. Thanks in advance :-)


Mindy Stell September 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

Hi Amanda!
Just wanted to say thanks for the Camera Bag review. I was so needing a new one and am very excited that I can fit most of my lenses inside it as well as my laptop and I-Pad. Just wanted to thank you for the great review! I love it!


Abbie January 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thank you for such an awesome review and video tour. I just purchased it, (through your Amazon link so hopefully you’ll get the commision). It is exactly what I was looking for and I couldn’t find reviews on other cases that specified that it fit as a carry on for flying. A must for me! Thank you so much!


lan June 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

Thanks for posting this, I remember reading it last year and thinking someday I’ll need to buy a backpack for my camera. We’re going to Hawaii this summer so I”m ready to invest now and searched for your blop post to find the right link. Is this still your favorite packpack or have you upgraded to a different one?


Martha March 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I really love your photography info. I especially love the video about your backpack. I have people make fund of my camera backpack but when you invest big money in your equipment you want to protect it.


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