In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.]

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

First, the bag. I’ve been on the hunt for a solid camera bag for a while now. I have the official Canon Backpack, which works great for storing all my gear — but when I’m planning a day of shooting where I’ll only need my DSLR body, 2-3 lenses and a few spare batteries/memory cards, I don’t want to be carting a 30 lb. pack all over town. I needed something light, simple and durable. Enter the Lifetime Leather Convertible Messenger bag from Duluth Trading Co.

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

I was first introduced to Duluth at this year’s Haven Conference in Atlanta. They had a booth stocked with leather goods and all kinds of workwear ranging from soft flannels to sturdy winter coats. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and immediately inquired about whether they had anything suitable for toting around my DSLR and accessories. The bags they had weren’t specifically made for cameras, but as I explored their line (ie. touched, sniffed and drooled on absolutely everything while innocent Duluth reps looked on in helpless horror) I came across the Convertible Messenger and realized that not only would it get the photography job done, but it would double perfectly as an everyday bag. Multipurpose wins the day!

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

I can fit everything in there! I’ve got my camera body (with strap), 3 lenses, spare batteries, wallet, phone and notebook; and that’s just the main compartment! In the other pockets I have gum, business cards, my phone charger, a little makeup bag and a bottle of perfume.

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

Now for my gear! I’m only covering what I bring with me on a typical shooting day. This isn’t the whole of my collection, just what I use most often and always carry in the event that a photographic emergency takes place — which happens a lot.

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II // This camera is phenomenal. It’s fast, full-frame, outstanding in low light (6400 ISO), takes pro-quality video and has a ton of other functions that I haven’t even tapped into yet. I upgraded to the Mark II from the original 5D (which I also loved), and the improvements are definitely worth the jump. The video capabilities alone make the Mark II a must-have for any 5D series lover. It’s definitely one of the spendier DSLRs on the market, so if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, go for the 60D. It’s a crop-body, but takes great photos and video, and works with all the lenses I use on the 5DII.

2. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 // This is my favorite macro lens. It takes gorgeous close-up shots and I can get a sharp focus within inches of the subject. This is my default lens for capturing details with shallow depth of field.

3. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 // My favorite portrait lens. This is my go to for mid-range shots like faces, food and decor vignettes. It produces beautiful bokeh and is phenomenal in low light with an aperture opening up to 1.4.

4. Canon EF 35mm f/2 // This is the best all purpose (wide-angle), most affordable, most compact and lightweight lens I’ve used so far. If you had to pick only one to start your kit with, I would recommend this. It’s great in tight spaces and you can get very close to your subject while still capturing a lot of the scene without noticeable barrel distortion. If I’m heading out for some light shooting, this is the only lens I bring with me. I use it for everything.

5. Giottos Rocket Air Blaster // This is great to have on hand in case you get any dirt or dust on your lenses or inside the camera. You should never blow with your mouth into the camera or wipe down the sensor, so I’ve found this little thing to be extremely useful. A few squeezes and everything’s clean!

6. Tamrac Leather Padded Quick Release Camera Strap // All Canon DSLR bodies come with their own strap, but I’ve found them to be pretty uncomfortable and inconvenient. This Tamrac strap is great because the leather pad protects your shoulder really well and the clips on each end are designed to release without having to completely undo the attachment strips. This has been a real lifesaver comfort-wise, especially when I’m hauling a heavy lens and an extra battery pack.

I also carry at least 1 extra battery and a backup memory card. Ready for anything!

My dream kit (the one I’m saving up for): the Canon 5D Mark III with a 35mm 1.4L, a 50mm 1.2L, spare batteries and a few extra 16GB memory cards.

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

As functional as this thing is, it’s just stinkin’ cute — and since the fun part for me is always styling, I got my lovely friend Kay to model (she seriously belongs in a J.Crew catalog!), and I’m going to show my 3 favorite ways to sport this bag.

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

1. Crossbody // I am so in love with the “convertible” aspect of this messenger, and I’d say this is the most practical way to carry it when I need quick access to my camera and lenses.

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

2. Elbow // My favorite way to wear this bag when I’m using it as a purse. I convert it to backpack mode and just sling the straps over my elbow. Easy and comfortable!

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

3. Backpack // I love wearing the backpack when I’m wandering. The main strap adjusts on both ends for a perfect fit, and it sits very comfortably on the shoulders.

In My Camera Bag [Featuring Duluth Trading Co.] - offbeat + inspired

Basically, you need this bag in your life. Get it here in 1 of 2 gorgeous colors — I have the Brown!

Follow Duluth to stay informed about new products and great cold weather apparel and gear for the coming holiday season…

Duluth Trading Co. provided me with this bag to review, and all opinions expressed in this post are my own! I test products thoroughly before writing about them, and I’ll only recommend something if I truly love it!

Tell me all about your photography gear and your favorite bag(s) this season. I want details!

Outfit Credits

Sweater – J.Crew / Beaded Cotton Sweater (N/A), similar style “Jeweled Chandelier Sweatshirt”
Undershirt – J.Crew / “Painter Button Boatneck Tee” in White
Pants – J.Crew / “Toothpick Cord” in Dark Fatigue
Pumps – Nine West / “Gillyan” in Tortora Patent Leather
Leather Bracelet – Borderstate Made / “Triple Wrap Bridle Hook”

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  1. Basically…I need this in my life.

  2. amazing…
    Beautiful shots…

  3. Wow, that is one gorgeous bag! I am in love with it already! Plus it’s awesome that it can fit all your necessary camera gear!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Yes!! It’s so pretty and SO comfortable. The softest leather without being flimsy, and fits everything! A must-have for sure. 🙂

  4. That is an amazing bag!

  5. DYING over that bag. MAMA WANT

  6. Oh my god, I think this is my actual favorite camera bag I’ve ever seen. Damn my budget.

  7. tiffany! it was so lovely to find your blog after following you on instagram!
    what an amazing camera bag you have! i’ve just upgraded my camera gear {so exciting!} – and also bought a bag … {} which i’m loving!
    loving looking through your blog! x

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Abbie! Thanks so much for coming over from IG! I’m so glad you like the blog!! 🙂 That bag is GORGEOUS. Love it!! Keep coming back — we have new posts every week!

  8. This is PERFECT! I have been looking for a camera bag, and this one looks so awesome. I love that you can wear it over the shoulder OR as a backpack, seriously awesome. Thanks for the review!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      You’re welcome!! Yess, the versatility in how you can wear it is SO convenient. I love how comfortable and stylish it is! 🙂

  9. This is Awesome! I Need one like this. I do want the The Oil,Cloth one and Portafolio one!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been looking for a good camera bag for a while. Are all the items pretty secure in there? Do you have trouble with the lenses/camera clanking around?

    • I would like to know this too.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Hi!! There aren’t separate compartments for everything, so there will be some friction between your lenses, but nothing that would damage them! I typically carry my body + 2-3 lenses and everything fits nice and snug, so there’s not clanking but because of the lack of padding, I definitely wouldn’t throw the bag around. Overall, your equipment is completely safe in there. For some of the bigger lenses, I like to keep them inside the sleeves they came with for extra protection. I hope this helped!! 🙂

  11. This bag looks so perfect! I just might buy one. I always end up shoving lenses in my handbag and they do not fit. Did you distress the leather, or is your photo editing what makes the bag look so perfectly worn? The leather looks so pristine in the photos on Duluth’s site. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Say your post on instagram and now I want this bag! Can you fit a laptop in the inner compartment? I have a 13in macbook.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      I don’t think it would be big enough for a 13″ laptop, but it can definitely fit an iPad! 🙂

  13. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post
    seem to be running off the screen in Safari. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d
    post to let you know. The style and design look great though!
    Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Cheers

  14. So is the bag padded then to protect the camera/lenses??? Such a great Looking bag!

  15. Stumbled on this blog post in search for the perfect non-bulky/ugly camera bag for toting around the city. I will be traveling England next summer and I wanted to find something that doesn’t shout “tourist” Ha! And here I am. Love your blog and, of course, that bag! Totally a future purchase 🙂

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you found this post and love the bag! You should definitely snag it in time for your trip. It’s such a wonderful piece! 😀

  16. Rachel Sawyer says:

    I SO want my camera to fit into this bag but its dimensions are deeper than the 3 inch depth (5 high x 7 wide x 6 deep ) of the bag. BUT when I stare down into the shot of your bag, your stuff also looks wider than the specifications – but it seems to work. When I switch to a smaller lens, my camera depth will be less, but I want to be able to accomodate a bigger lens attached to the camera. Thoughts?

  17. Nerida DAVERN says:

    Hey Tiffany
    Thanks for sharing this bag, such a cool style!
    Also did you study photography at college/university? Your pictures are amazing!


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