Crumpler 8 Million Dollar Home – But What’s In A Name?
So, I was going to start this article by talking about the name of this bag and the naming of Crumpler’s bags in general. The names are certainly interesting and conversation starters to say the least. But I will leave it at that and get on with talking about this particular bag.
Crumpler is a company that has become known for trendy and cool bags for many different markets. Â Crumpler has also been known for quality of build and durability. Late last year, Crumpler introduced the latest in its Million Dollar Home line called the “8 Million Dollar Home” to give a fashionable alternative to the typical, usually black, technical looking camera bag.
At $170 retail, this bag is not strictly just a camera bag, but fashionably carrying your camera gear is a task it seems to do quite well. As I first received this bag, I spent much time looking at it, flipping it around, studying the stitching, the internals, the straps.
What I realized first that this is a quality built product. I don’t care how rough you are on your gear bags, the 8 Million Dollar Home from Crumpler will stand up to your daily use as well or better than any bag I have ever used.Â The shoulder strap is well padded. The material is thick and durable. This bag is built to last.
Next I tried to figure out the functionality of the bag. Camera bags tend to come in all sizes and shapes these days from backpacks to fanny packs, from rollers to shoulders. Most all of them are black and pretty typical looking. No matter where you go, you walk in announcing that you are carrying a bag full of camera gear. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing, but not everyone wants to announce “photographer” with every entrance to a room. This is the next area that this bag is very well designed. Â It simply does not look like a camera bag. It looks more like a trendy saddle bag.
The model I have is gray on the outside and a bright, neon green on the inside, trimmed with red accents. The inside has a series of compartments that are fully configurable and there are plenty of extra dividers to allow you to make more than enough small compartments for your needs. With velcro on the ends of the soft divider panels, locking them into place is easy. I was able to get a 70-200mm and 2 other lenses in, plus my camera body with a lens on it, a flash, meter and lots of small accessories. For me, this was plenty of room to load what I needed for a weekend casual trip or a light business shoot on the road. And the bag was solid and protected enough to make me comfortable that my gear was safe.
One of the most unique features of the bag is the silent closure option. The 8 Million Dollar Home is secured on two corners by two large pieces of Velcro underneath the top of the large messenger flap that encloses your equipment. An interesting, thoughtful twist is that you can choose to un-tuck a cover, place it over the Velcro, and close the flap with two clasp enclosures allowing for a silent opening and closing without the rip and tear commotion caused by the large, Velcro fasteners. A nice option when you need to get to your gear without disturbing those around you.
Inside, the bright green padded compartments can be configured in a seemingly infinite number of ways to accommodate a variety of gear. You can even completely empty the inside of dividers and make it one large, open bag, if desired. There are also two large mesh compartments inside the flap and front compartment of the bag, one secured by a zipper and the other with a Velcro strap. There are also a couple of loops on the outside on either side to perhaps secure a small tripod.
Overall, the bag looks cool, is quite light, and well padded. It will fit a reasonable amount of equipment. It is fashionable and kind of fun to configure. It is not everyone’s answer to the “everything-bag”, but is not intended to be. I personally cannot think of a more comfortable way to tote my gear around for an afternoon of shooting.
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