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Review: Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home

 
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Jul 09, 2009 18:12 |  #1

Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home Review


Background:

I was looking for a bag to replace my Boda Bag and Domke F-3x with – each for different reasons. I had tried the Boda bag and found that I don’t really need a lens-only bag all that frequently and was looking for something which I could fit a couple of lenses in that had fairly easy access but would also fit a body for when I didn’t want to tote the body around.

The Domke I was looking at replacing because… *deep breath* I bought a 70-200 2.8 IS and have found that that lens is more useful for certain gigs than my previously-used 135L. I find that the lenses are quite complimentary but at times the versatility of the zoom means that I want that in my bag rather than the prime and the 70-200 2.8 IS doesn’t fit happily into one of the Domke’s lens pouches unless you remove the hood… and then there’s nowhere to store the hood that I’m happy with.

I also wanted something I could quickly chuck over my back for a pushbike ride down to the beach for a sunset or such and I wanted something with some rigidity to stop my resin GNDs from being damaged by shifting gear.

I have had previous Crumpler experience in the form of a Whickey and Cox and I have been quite happy with their build quality, longevity and ease of use so it was natural for me to look at their lineup when looking for a new bag.

I like bags that are somewhat low-key; I looked at Think Tank and found that most looked like laptop bags, which I dislike. The Domke F-2/F-4AF didn’t quite fit the dimensions I wanted and didn’t really fit the “rigid” criteria. I used to own a Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400AW which would have worked as far as dimensions go but that bag is huge in overall size and heavy... and not particularly discreet. I find that I really prefer light bags; the past 7 years of nursing have done my back a number and that extra kilogram off my shoulder can make a world of difference.

And so I found the Crumpler X Million Dollar Home range… I had initially discounted them because I suspected they would weigh a lot given their notable amount of padding but as it turns out I was very wrong about that.

I found one for $155 – black with fluorescent green interior, 2009 model (older model is notably different) at a Crumpler store in Queensland.

Onto the review!


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Jul 09, 2009 18:13 |  #2

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The bag empty. Pretty clean looking, could happily pass as a professional bag.

Strap:

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The strap is a design I like, similar to what my Lowepro bag had – the strap pad is tacky and will stick to your shoulder but you can swing/slide the strap through it to shift the bag around as you desire. I like it.

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The pad is easy to take on and off if you decide to shift the strap length and find that the plastic piece you use to do that with doesn’t fit through the pad… or just have a habit of taking it on and off. The green accent inside isn’t all that noticeable once it’s folded if you’re worried the green will clash with your shirt ;)


The bag weighs in at under 1kg; the needle is precisely sitting on 2lb.

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Surprisingly >20% lighter than the Domke it’s replacing! For a bag with ample padding compared to no padding that comes as quite a surprise to me.

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Jul 09, 2009 18:14 |  #4

The clips on the outside are made of smooth plastic and are fairly easy to release:

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There are material loops on both sides of the bag to attach whatever you like to; Crumpler and Lowepro are two manufacturers of note who make handy attachable compartments/bags.

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Jul 09, 2009 18:14 |  #5

Just to give you some idea of the size of the loops here’s a standard EF lens cap:

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The rear loop is a little wider and taller than the front one.

The top handle is nicely sized and is pretty flush with the top of the bag yet still easy to get your hand under – being flush is good as I have yet to have it catch on anything.

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Jul 09, 2009 18:15 |  #6

No change to the material of the base, the cordura just wraps around.

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Not an issue as far as I can see; mine’s been dragged over rocks, hauled through sand and generally used in the few weeks I’ve had it and it shows no signs of use so far. Anything you can see on there is just dust.

My Whickey and Cox showed some scuffs after about three years of heavy use – I was very well pleased with the amount of wear it showed (or didn’t show, as the case was).

Now onto the inside of the front flap where the Velcro sections are:

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Jul 09, 2009 18:15 |  #7

Each Velcro part has a matching tab behind it which you can pull out to cover the Velcro, leaving the bag attached by the clips alone. This is extremely good for when you want silent (or quieter) access – very important for me as I frequently shoot gigs where I have to remain as quiet as possible.

Here you can see one tab out and one tab in – left is out covering the Velcro, right is normal.

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Jul 09, 2009 18:16 |  #8

Here’s a closer shot where you should be able to see the slot it slides into behind the Velcro on the outside.

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I don’t find them particularly easy to get out in a hurry so for those few times where I don’t want the Velcro hidden I leave them sticking out – it’s usually for a motorbike or pushbike ride where I want the extra adhesion to stop anything flying out.

Leaving them out and using the Velcro gives the bag ears like so:

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Another with the ears out:

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Can’t say it bothers me as it’s only for those times. I would imagine that the material would free up a little with more use and make it easier to get the tabs in and out… either that or you just need to have nails, which I mostly lack. :p

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The bag open:

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Fluorescent green and black. Mmm-mmm. It actually doesn’t look bad at all in person. More… quirky than ghastly and won’t make you look like an idiot if you’re a working pro.

Top flap has a zippered compartment:

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Cap again for scale.

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Closeup of the interior – I’m only using three of the provided dividers, two for the main compartment and one long thin one to allow me to pad whatever I stick down the left side. There are two smaller versions of the two large ones here (velcro both sides and a floppy top) and one long thin one left.

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Front compartment:

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Reasonably sized. Held in place by Velcro which you can see on the bag body and under my thumb.

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Another inner pocket held together by Velcro within that:

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And now for the gear that fits:


Firstly, just a 1D III + 24-70L mounted and a 70-200 2.8 IS, both with hoods reversed.

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Fits perfectly… what you can’t see, though, is that there is plenty of room to spare.


Here it is with a good amount more stuff packed in.

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24-70L mounted and 70-200 2.8 IS in same positions but I’ve added a Lee GND system along with a 135L – also with hood reversed – underneath to the right of the image. A 580EX II fits just as happily in there.

My kit for a gig consists of a 24-70, 70-200 2.8 IS and 580EX II so that’s pretty well perfect for a light gig bag.

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Front of bag packed up to the gills:

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Side:

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Nothing showing, nothing can fall out. I like.

Incidentally, there are additional little pockets inbetween the green you see on the side there and the black edge of the bag – suitable for notebooks and the like, I suppose. I don’t use them.

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Frontal shot of the bag all packed showing how high everything sits:

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Quite satisfactory.

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