Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home Review
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!