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Review: Crumpler Million Dollar Homes (5MDH, 6MDH & 7MDH)

 
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Jun 15, 2012 22:06 |  #46

Great post and this will surely become the crumpler hangout for a long time. Well done.

I'm a crumpler fan. I've owned and sold a 5mdh twice in a year. I own a 4mdh now, best bag for me to host one body and lens.

Since discovery of the timbuk2 bags, I have to ask, why is the crumpler lineup so friggin popular? It's a simple bag with no frills.

In the timbuk2 snoop messenger bags:

XS holds around the same as a 5mdh, however the snoop can hold a tablet or maps/papers in a dedicated sleeve. You can remove the camera insert out and use it as a messenger. The strap is better BC of the lock mechanism.

SMALL holds around the same as a 6mdh, however the snoop can hold a tablet or maps/papers in a dedicated sleeve. You can take the camera insert out and use it as a messenger. The strap is better BC of the lock mechanism. You also get tripod straps on the bottom of the snoop and several more interior pockets. And it has a waist strap, which is critical for this much weight.

Then there is the medium, which is obviously.... Well u get it.

Seems to me that the tumbuk2 is offering more benefits, versatility, while being slimmer and less boxy.


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Jun 15, 2012 22:28 |  #47

Thanks. I would actually like to update the pictures, but I no longer have multiple flashes. I could at least use my paper...

I haven't tried the Timbuk2's. They look interesting, but as I recall, they are more money than the Crumplers.


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Jun 15, 2012 22:33 |  #48

More money but you're getting two bags for the price of one expensive one.


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Jan 26, 2013 13:05 |  #49

Great reviews - I was on the fence for a very long time about the 5MDH with my 5D II. I purchased a Lowepro Bag, which was very nice, but just too big. Due to your review, I had the courage to return the Lowepro and order the Crumpler 5MDH. Absolutely love it, got the khaki with orange inside.

Thank you for taking the time to educate us all on these bag :-)


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Jan 26, 2013 15:08 |  #50

https://photography-on-the.net …php?p=4008139#p​ost4008139


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Jan 28, 2013 17:24 |  #51

michgirl wrote in post #15536504 (external link)
Great reviews - I was on the fence for a very long time about the 5MDH with my 5D II. I purchased a Lowepro Bag, which was very nice, but just too big. Due to your review, I had the courage to return the Lowepro and order the Crumpler 5MDH. Absolutely love it, got the khaki with orange inside.

Thank you for taking the time to educate us all on these bag :-)

Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you found the post helpful!


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Feb 25, 2013 11:11 |  #52

Great review. With that said though, I've decided on the Timbuk2 The Snoop (Small) in place of the 6MDH. In general, I agree wholeheartedly with DJ R in that you get much more for your money with the Snoop over the MDH. I also like to carry my Nexus 7 with me, so having a place for it is pretty sweet in The Snoop.

But as for specifics, the main reasons I went with the Timbuk2 are:

Multipurpose
As stated above, I can use the bag to carry my camera gear or I can take out the camera insert (with my gear still in place and protected) and use the bag for other impromptu use (think vacation).

Full Closure
Both bags obviously have velcro and straps to snap the lid in place. However, you don't get a 100% sealed closure to protect the inside from falling out. I travel a lot, and with 2 toddlers running around, the last thing I need to worry about is stuff falling out of my camera bag (think security scanner and overheads in the plane). The difference here is that the Snoop's bag insert can be zipped up to secure the contents completely.

Tripod Ties
The older MDH bags don't have tripod ties at all. The newer 6/7 MDH do. However, the ties are on the lid which in my opinion is pretty stupid considering it renders opening the bag on the fly useless with a tripod hanging on there. I much prefer the botton attachments like with the Snoop where I don't need to worry about the tripod. Just as well, the newer MDH have thinner/cheaper inserts/dividers, so you get the tripod straps in place of better internal dividers/padding.

As for price, both are equivalent.
As for build quality, both are equivalent.

So it just comes down to preference and needs.

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Feb 27, 2013 14:22 as a reply to  @ spielnicht's post |  #53

Just a note of thanks for an excellent and informative thread.

helped me a great deal in making a decision.




  
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Feb 27, 2013 14:27 |  #54

Thanks for letting me know. Nice to hear the information in here was helpful.


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Jun 25, 2013 07:30 |  #55

Great review, I have the 6MDH and the only thing that I have found that bothers me...the velcro is coming apart, and all of the little fibers of the velcro are starting to stick to the inside of the bag, they are everywhere.


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Jun 25, 2013 07:47 |  #56

Interesting. Honestly mine are not heavily used, so this is good information. Hopefully not a widespread problem.


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Jun 25, 2013 07:50 |  #57

randy98mtu wrote in post #16062882 (external link)
Interesting. Honestly mine are not heavily used, so this is good information. Hopefully not a widespread problem.

I use mine a lot, it is my most used bag out of the collection I have, great, easy access...but those little fibers are driving me nuts...I think there is one stuck inside my brand new 17-40L...:cry:


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