My new photography hobby necessitated me getting a camera bag for my beloved dSLR camera, and fast, otherwise I was either never going to take my camera out the door (and miss a lot of shots), or take it out and risk damaging it as it flopped around in my handbag or was tossed around in my car. Not happening. So the hunt for the perfect camera bag was on.
I chose the Girls Day Out camera bag from SHUTTER|bag in grey. The options were limited (green or grey at time of publishing), and the grey has a sort of green tinge to it, so I had doubts, but it’s neutral enough to go with my overall wardrobe. The Girls Day Out camera bag is a large bag designed for moms on the go, with a middle compartment for your camera gear, two side compartments for diaper supplies, an iPad, etc, and two outer pockets with magnet closures on one side, and a smaller zippered pocket on the other.
SHUTTER|bag Girls Day Out Camera Bag: The Good
1. It’s leather After spending almost $200 on a Kelly Moore non-leather bag (the b-Hobo), I appreciate this even more, because not only was the KM camera bag a disaster (less attractive in person, stiff material and smallish opening made pulling out my camera difficult, and the outside pockets were teeny, rigid, and useless), but seriously overpriced for what it was. I sold that bag on eBay.
2. It’s roomy There is plenty of room in the middle camera compartment for my D700 and any other things I’d like to put in there, like a wallet and sunglasses, but I wouldn’t really use it for other camera supplies (see “The Bad” below). The two outside pockets are fabulously big- I can fit my keys and iPhone with Otterbox Defender in one and still have room.
3. It’s attractive I expected a lot of compliments on it, but it’s pretty big with the camera inside and so far all I’ve heard are comments on my “luggage” 🙂 but the truth is, it’s a great looking bag that I happen to overload.
SHUTTER|bag Girls Day Out Camera Bag: The Bad
1. The padding in the camera compartment is minimal The adjustable dividers are padded, and that is it. I wouldn’t put any camera gear on either end of the camera compartment because there is no padding there at all, and not much to speak of on top or bottom. The Girls Day Out camera bag is for your day out with your kids, not for professional use at all, because you won’t be happy if you drop this bag and it lands on its side with an expensive lens or flash inside.
2. Few pockets The two side compartments do not have any pockets inside, which would have been appreciated. A single zippered pocket or two open pockets, anything to help organize a few more tidbits for the busy mom with lots to carry about, would have made this bag almost perfect.
In the end, I really like the Girls Day Out by ShutterBag for the momtographer. It’s beautiful, roomy, and good quality, but a bit pricey and limited in color options. I wouldn’t recommend it for professional use because of the insufficient protection, but I’m a hobbyist so it suits my needs for now (and I make sure to keep my camera in the very center with dividers on either side).