all my weekend plus camera bag review

there's a mouthful of a post title
 if you follow me on Instagram 
you've likely seen a lot of this weekend
 in little square photos

 you are excused
 from the opening portion
 of this photo filled post

 of course 

then you'd miss the good BIG camera shots

come on back 
for the camera bag review 

moving along

Amtrak'd it to Philly 
Reena met me
we drove to Maryland
 to Kate's 
(if you click here and here you'll see more better pix of the weekend)

we sat outside
 with George 
playing toss the toy 
while we decided where to go for lunch

Bayard House on the water in Chesapeake City

we shared this amazing mango torte

Reena and Kate

took the obligatory shoot one another shot 

we, well actually Kate 
'ran' into this black snake
but you'd have thought it was a cobra
 the way the store owners reacted

we wandered in/out of antique-y shops

leaving Chesapeake City 
we drove to a horse farm 
nearby along 
the shady leafy lanes

 and got to meet these adorable foals

in the evening
 we had dinner with The Professor
in Bryn Mawr

 that's Kate's Viejo Estilo 
you should have heard her order it
she sounded like she was a native Tequilian

we went to 
Chestnut Hill
 after brunch at 

is my favorite photo 
of the weekend
 it was taken by Reena's daughter Alex,

 thank you Alex!

Still with me?

I've been searching for a camera bag since I got my Nikon D90
 I've never wanted a camera bag
 that is an actual camera bag
that would also hold my personal crap 
of which there is a lot 
metrocard case
camera connecter cable
spare battery
iPad photo adaptor
iPad photo adaptor cable
iPhone charger and its cable

so you see I needed something 

I started out using a tote bag with pockets 
 it had no padding
 I worried about bumping into something 
a valid worry for a klutz like me

I bought two Crumpler holster type camera bags 
the first fit the D90 and its kit lens
when I got the 28-300 lens it needed a bigger bag
that worked
 but it didnt hold all those extras
I bought a Marc Jacobs Messenger bag
it was almost perfect
it had no padding 
I shattered an expensive UV filter

back to looking for the perfect bag

I was snooping around Helene's blog 
where I read about
Lowpro's Passport Sling

B&H Photo 
as well as many other outlets sell

B&H has a great return policy 
so I bought it there and test drove it this weekend

here's what I discovered

all of this

3 miscellaneous zipper bags of the aforementioned stuff plus
kleenex, wallet, keys, my big lens, my macro lens, and connecter cable

fits nicely in here

there are 3 nice outside pockets
the pocket I put my wallet in can hold a bottle of water

the lens sits inside a nicely padded removeable thing
I am sure there's a real name for it

all in all a good bag at a very good price
I think I'll keep it


 have you seen

thanks for wading through all this
I should say no one paid me for this review
no one gave me anything
all these words are mine
who else is so verboise?


  1. The camera bag dilemma. Thanks for this -- I am always on the look-out for the perfect purse/camera bag combo. It's impossible, but you may have found the solution.

    The food, the drinks, the trip ... all look wonderful! Love the horses.

  2. I feel certain that Bosco and George must be cousins!

  3. A lovely weekend! I enjoyed your words and your photos! Isn't George the most photogenic dog ever?

  4. Fabulous shots here, Daryl! I love love love the one of the foals. Your camera bag is perfect for you. I love Ephiphanie, though. Either the GinGer or the Lyric ~

  5. Sigh ... all over too soon! What a great time we had ... shooting, talking, laughing, shooting, talking, laughing! What fun!
    AND, loved that camera back and as you know, mine will be arriving tomorrow!!!

  6. Oh, like I told Kate, I wish I lived closer to visit. Glad you guys had such a great time. The photos are awesome. Carla

  7. Youo have the best times with friends!

    Glad to hear you found the perfect camera bag. Even though I have a lot (and I mean a LOT) of handbags (purses to you) I am still looking for the perfect one. ;)

  8. Daryl, so pleased that you had a good weekend. What a wonderful place to explore!
    I had a great one too. The weather was decent. Travelled to Seattle with my daughters (adult) and went to see the Seattle Mariners get beat by the LA Angles! Then a late lunch/early supper at the Crab Pot. Oh my, soooo good!
    I have a LowPro sling bag. It's a nice bag. I don't use it all the time but it's handy when I need it!

  9. Sounds like a very nice weekend. My favorite photo is the horse shot. It has so much personality. Happy Memorial Day!

  10. Great post & photos! And great bag review BUT, when you mentioned Ephiphanie, the addiction started....I'm lovin the BELLE, the Stella, AND the GinGer. Then I remembered I have 2 Jill-e bags. Stop the insanity! I think I need to have a yard sale...LOL.

  11. Gorgeous dog, pictures, food and weekend!

  12. Wonderful info re padded camera/other stuff bags, I've bookmarked this page.
    Looks like you had a great weekend, and "native Tequilian" cracked me up.

  13. Wow,you do the gym so you can shlep all that! great shots of the wknd. I know there are more your going to trickle out this week. I wait .. so patient.

  14. Love all the photos. The leafy lane, the flag, the shots you guys take of each other with camera...all of them! Enjoy hearing about your adventures and hopefully you've found a bag that sounds like it will suffice!

    Happy you all were happy :)

  15. Yum on the mango torte, my daughter's dog has the same toy...and your camera bag looks great. I have an Amero-bag or whatever they're called, that I sometimes use as a camera bag. Similar, but not as 'departmentalized'.

  16. Loved being able to tag along with you three on here and Reena's blog - so much fun!! Thanks for sharing it with us! And thanks for the tip on the bag. Love it! Yes, I've seen (and drooled over) the Lyric, but unless I win a drawing, my camera will never see it, alas.

  17. As always, such lovely photos and delightful verse. It sounds like you had a terrific weekend. (I love the horse photos too!)

  18. It was so much fun to see the wonderful time you were having, via Instagram!
    I am smiling as I read this because I cannot tell you how many camera bags I went through before I settled on one.
    It seems like it should be a simple thing, but indeed it is not.

  19. I adore the Lyric. If I ever get an Epiphanie that would be the one...

    So glad you had a great - and dry! - time :).

  20. I LOVE the photo that Alex took

    and George is always adorable as are the horses
    plus there's food and cocktails

    you got it covered babe

  21. Wonderful read Daryl, what a great weekend, lots of delish food and great fun. I like the Epipanie Lyric bag a lot, in bright yellow of course! The bag I carry all my 'necessities' in is not officially a camera bag, but it does a great job, even though I get mocked a lot for it's! what's a girl (?) to do!!

  22. that's ironic about the camera bag. i bought that very one recently and for the same reasons you mention. i actually loved the configuration and the space and versatility but i found i could not tolerate the way it distributed the weight on my neck (i have issues due to damage from multiple traumas). i was disappointed that my neck wouldn't allow me to keep the bag. i am now looking at the crumpler haven which would let me put the camera in that pouch and toss it into a backpack.

  23. This was such a fun post! Adore the shots of George and the horses and of course the one taken by Reena's daughter was my very fav! Fun times for sure. ~Lili

  24. I'm so envious. Kate and Reena are great, of course. But you got to meet GEORGE!

  25. I thoroughly enjoyed your visit with Reena and Kate vicariously through your IG photos:)...well except for the snake. It really was a snaky day! I do remember thinking how wonderful the weather was for you though.

    Thanks for the camera bag review...I really will check it out. I have a Kelly More hobo bag which I think looks gook but it doesn't hold enough and is kind of heavy. I am ready to give up the good looks:)