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Review: Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home

 
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Jul 09, 2009 18:19 |  #16

Overall I’m extremely happy with the bag; it doesn’t store as much as the Domke, isn’t quite as low-key and I seriously doubt it’s anywhere near as eminently machine-washable as the Domke but for my current needs it’s bang-on. I don’t use it that often in the configuration shown here but this is the configuration I use which takes up the most room in the bag so I figured that it was the most useful to show… if the 24-70 fits then my more-used 17-40 is obviously quite happy sitting there mounted. It’s very comfortable wearing and quite compact – looks small even on my small 5’8”/60kg frame.

I very much like the design touches that make the bag easier to live with every day – the Velcro –covering tabs/ears are a very good idea and the bag is quite easy to work out of. Versatile, which is a big part of what I was looking for. I do wish the plastic clips were slightly further out of their little hidey-holes on the front flap as at times I find it a little hard to unclasp them in a hurry but I think that’s something I’ll get used to with time.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, comfortable bag that’s not too expensive and should last quite a long time definitely give this one a look. It fits a surprising amount of stuff and is definitely lighter than you’d expect. I also find that it’s quite reasonably priced… particularly when you look at the cost of the Crumpler backpacks, heh :p

I also did a bunch of photos comparing the Domke F-3x and the 6MDH… will post that in a separate thread.

Comments, criticism and suggestions welcomed!


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Jul 09, 2009 18:45 |  #17

Excellent review! I picked up the brown/blue version of the 6MDH and I'd have to say your review is pretty spot on. You've highlighted the same stuff I love/hate about this bag.

Thanks!


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Jul 09, 2009 18:51 |  #18

Wow! Fantastic review! You really hit the nail on the head with your product photos. Very nice job!

I'm sure this will serve POTN members well for years to come.

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Jul 09, 2009 19:30 |  #19

You should link or copy and paste key photos to my thread. Nice review of the 6MDH.


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Jul 09, 2009 19:45 as a reply to  @ _aravena's post |  #20

Nice review. I like some of the updates on the 6MDH. When I put similar gear in my old style 6MDH its stuffed to the gills too. Crumpler has a high price but boy there bags scream quality build.




  
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Jul 12, 2009 11:13 |  #21

Great review -- thanks!


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Jul 12, 2009 14:29 |  #22

Fantastic review, I'm thinking of picking up one of these bags, and this has been tremendously helpful.


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Jul 16, 2009 09:25 |  #23

Great review! Helped me finally pull the trigger on one...

Had one question, do you just use the 2 large dividers for your configuration? (as it is in your photos)


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Jul 16, 2009 09:32 |  #24

I'm thinking of picking one of these up. I have a 7MDH, but it's my lug everything everywhere bag. I want something for those lighter trips.


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Jul 16, 2009 10:36 |  #25

Great review. I also have the 6MDH and love it. I can carry my 5dmk2 with 24-70 attached with hood + 70-200 f/4L IS + 16-35 + more. If you like this bag, you will also like the Lowepro Classified 160AW. I will be posting a review of it soon, but it's roughly the same size, slightly narrower, but taller. It will fit your body with the 70-200 attached and the 24-70 on one side + another short lens stacked on-top of it. There's also room for a flash and even for my 10.1 inch netbook. I use both my bags depending on what I need.


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Jul 16, 2009 11:45 as a reply to  @ sf_loft's post |  #26

Absolutely spot-on review! I went through a very similar decision making process to yours, and the 6MDH met my requirements for the same reasons as you.

I can comfortably pack:
1D3 w/ Sigma 24-60 2.8 attached, hood not reversed
70-200 2.8 non IS hood reversed
430EX II, with any two of the three following on top:
35 f/2, 16 fisheye, 2x Kenko TC

Then I've got my Circular Polarizer and step-up ring in the front pouch.

I love that I can carry almost my entire setup and it just looks like a messenger bag. Yeah, it's huge and bloated, and I've actually had people on the street laugh at me. But the fact that they're laughing means they have no idea the value of gear I'm carrying - that's good in my book for walkabout photography.


One other thing I totally love about this bag is that, if I fully extend the straps for the two front-flap clips, my monopod clips neatly into both clips and just comes along for the ride. It's great to have that along too and not have to carry it by hand. And since it's parallel to the bottom of the bag, it actually helps it stand upright when you put it down, instead of sticking off to the side and unbalancing everything.


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Jul 16, 2009 13:54 |  #27

wow, so much bag porn on one bag in this topic. lol


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Jul 17, 2009 06:15 |  #28

deletedpenguin wrote in post #8253675 (external link)
Excellent review! I picked up the brown/blue version of the 6MDH and I'd have to say your review is pretty spot on. You've highlighted the same stuff I love/hate about this bag.
Thanks!

bps wrote in post #8253696 (external link)
Wow! Fantastic review! You really hit the nail on the head with your product photos. Very nice job!
I'm sure this will serve POTN members well for years to come.
Bryan

_aravena wrote in post #8253841 (external link)
Nice review of the 6MDH.

Kuma wrote in post #8253905 (external link)
Nice review. I like some of the updates on the 6MDH. When I put similar gear in my old style 6MDH its stuffed to the gills too. Crumpler has a high price but boy there bags scream quality build.

tigerotor77w wrote in post #8267114 (external link)
Great review -- thanks!

yanr wrote in post #8267917 (external link)
Fantastic review, I'm thinking of picking up one of these bags, and this has been tremendously helpful.

cheers guys, glad to see it's of use to people :)

nate1280 wrote in post #8290217 (external link)
Great review! Helped me finally pull the trigger on one...

Had one question, do you just use the 2 large dividers for your configuration? (as it is in your photos)

If you take a close look here:

Jim G wrote in post #8253546 (external link)
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.

I've just whipped up a dodgy cutaway view of what I mean here:

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2606/3729367782_e301d5a4cd.jpg

I have one of the long thin ones over whatever sits where the 135L is in these photos (580EX, 17-40 etc.). I have one long thin divider left-over and two smaller versions of the larger ones.

sf_loft wrote in post #8290609 (external link)
Great review. I also have the 6MDH and love it. I can carry my 5dmk2 with 24-70 attached with hood + 70-200 f/4L IS + 16-35 + more. If you like this bag, you will also like the Lowepro Classified 160AW. I will be posting a review of it soon, but it's roughly the same size, slightly narrower, but taller. It will fit your body with the 70-200 attached and the 24-70 on one side + another short lens stacked on-top of it. There's also room for a flash and even for my 10.1 inch netbook. I use both my bags depending on what I need.

Interesting - the Lowepro Classified 160AW was the other bag which I was strongly considering compared to this one... the deciding factor was the lack of photos and info of the Classified around and the fact that there wasn't one available locally - I would have had to buy blind over the internet and hope for the best. I really did like the look of that bag but I'm 100% happy with the Crumpler so I can't say I mind that I went that way :) One advantage of the Crumpler packing slightly less than the Classified is that I generally don't need more in one bag on me at any given time and the less unnecessary stuff I can pack the less weight I tote around :p

mitsu13gman wrote in post #8290966 (external link)
Absolutely spot-on review! I went through a very similar decision making process to yours, and the 6MDH met my requirements for the same reasons as you.

I can comfortably pack:
1D3 w/ Sigma 24-60 2.8 attached, hood not reversed
70-200 2.8 non IS hood reversed
430EX II, with any two of the three following on top:
35 f/2, 16 fisheye, 2x Kenko TC

Then I've got my Circular Polarizer and step-up ring in the front pouch.

I love that I can carry almost my entire setup and it just looks like a messenger bag. Yeah, it's huge and bloated, and I've actually had people on the street laugh at me. But the fact that they're laughing means they have no idea the value of gear I'm carrying - that's good in my book for walkabout photography.


One other thing I totally love about this bag is that, if I fully extend the straps for the two front-flap clips, my monopod clips neatly into both clips and just comes along for the ride. It's great to have that along too and not have to carry it by hand. And since it's parallel to the bottom of the bag, it actually helps it stand upright when you put it down, instead of sticking off to the side and unbalancing everything.


Mike

Interesting with the monopod... may well give that a shot when I need the monopod :) Thanks :)

c2thew wrote in post #8291587 (external link)
wow, so much bag porn on one bag in this topic. lol

heh :p Glad you enjoyed it ;)


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Jul 17, 2009 08:43 |  #29

Jim, thanks for that cutaway image; not sure how I missed that line where you described the dividers, guess I didn't read it as well as I had thought I did, my bad.


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Jul 17, 2009 22:14 |  #30

Couple of quick shots of the bag on me:

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2519/3730424725_925405890b_o.jpg

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2438/3731219706_c6dccf071f_o.jpg

I'm 5'8/173cm and weigh 60kg so I'm fairly small... the bag doesn't look huge on me at all, as you can see.

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