I'm ashamed to say that this is my first BLOG post in awhile...in truth it's been sparse over the Summer because I've been busier and it just hasn't seemed to slow down much as compared to more recent years. We are about 3/4's of the way through wedding & engagement season and I've got four more on the calendar before the holidays heat up.
On this return trip home I found a box waiting for me with this snazzy bag inside, a gift from Fujifilm North America to it's roster of X-Photographers. Who doesn't like nice gifts...
When it comes to camera bags I've got mixed emotions. I've tried so many over the years and nothing has really worked out satisfactorily. I've even had designs on making my own bag to temper the frustration. When it boils down to it, there is no perfect bag and even my daily driver (Tamrac Sling) which is about 10 years old, barely cuts it. Speaking of cuts, it does that to my hands nearly each time I reach in to grab a camera or lens thanks to the stiff edges of the compartment velcro strips. The other bag, a Lowepro Fastback (even older) is about to get tossed. It's ok but taking it anywhere makes me look like a very (old) college student. I tolerate them both as the best of a bad situation.
Form & Function...the two most important aspects of industrial design seems lost on bag companies. The good looking bags tend to suck functionally, and the function forward bags look ugly. Personally I would rather the thing work well enough and I'm willing to sacrifice looks....and get teased for it accordingly.
I'm not sure which category this bag fits into but it's not bad at all. I assume it's geared for those photographers who have smaller form factor cameras and maybe need to take along a spare lens or two. On the surface that sounds like me but when you start to add in speedlights, tablets etc. your right back to having a heavy bag...so I had to view it strictly as a light use bag: One camera and two lenses max. In that limited application, it works and looks good.
A quick look at the bag online showed that you can customize the interior a bit, though it comes with that central divider shown here. It's nice and soft inside though so I'm not sure anything more is really necessary. I tend not to baby my gear.
Lot's of nice little touches too...like this "If Found" tag. I'm pretty sure that if I lose this bag the finder will NOT be calling Domke/Tiffen. I like their style though and you never know, the one in a million honest person just might call.
Nice little tag for identification/business cards...they do pay attention to detail.
There can be zero doubt that you take your appearance seriously with statements like this.
I think i'll use it as an event/social function bag. Usually I only bring one camera and lens, or my X70 compact. This will allow me a little flexibility to add some more key items without looking as though I'm "working" or travelling cross country by bus.
Alright...here is the best part.
They ship it with a can of wax, again...I assume it's because you take your appearance really seriously. Keep that bag looking snazzy!