Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home – Camera Bag Review

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I’ve been using the Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home since 2006, so it’s due time for a review. I haven’t used any other bags, so I can’t make any comparisons, but I can speak from extensive experience. Here we go…

Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home

Intro

When I bought my first DSLR in 2006, I figured I needed a good bag to protect and carry it, thus I shelled out the premium price for a Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home. However, after a year’s worth of use, my gear outgrew the bag. Luckily a friend had the 6 Million Dollar Home, and wanted something smaller, so we swapped and I paid the difference. I’ve used this bag for everything from full-time on the job for a newspaper, to month long vacations, weekend trips, and even non-photography purposes. I’ll start by saying that it’s a versatile bag.

Julie of the A-Team - a big bag on a small girl

Construction and Material

The Crumpler bag is built like a tank, made of tough, denim like material, with thick partitions. In the 5 years that I’ve had it, used it, and abused it…there’s not one rip, tear, or other sign of shoddy craftmanship. A few encounters with very sharp objects have left small scars, but nothing critical. Crumpler apparently knows how to build bags that last. The only negative thing I can say about the material is that it stains. Perhaps that’s due to the colors of my bag, but even a long cycle in the washing machine couldn’t remove them. Probably best that you wash with frequency and address stains immediately.

Packed to the gills with gear

Components and Storage

As with all Crumpler bags, you get a variety (6) of detachable velcro pieces that allow you to configure the main pouch as you wish. There is a removable shoulder strap, which I find to be an obstruction, and it’s more comfortable without it. The top cover/flap is closed by both velcro and a buckle (the new bags have two buckles). Inside of that flap is a mesh zippered pocket, which is perfect for things such as your wallet, phone, keys, and more. It might be a bit of a hassle to get to, but your valuables will be extremely safe here. On the outside, connected to the main pouch is a smaller “folder” style pouch with an additional velcro mesh pocket. I find this perfect for CF/SD cards, and other flat things such as paper, letters, postcards, etc. This also remains hidden when the top flap is down. Finally, there are two straps on each side of the bag, which can be used to hang removable lens pouches and other things. Just outside of the main pouch on either side, on the inside of these straps, is another small pouch, which I find perfect for batteries, tissues, or even an umbrella.

Front "folder" style pouch


Detachable Velcro Pieces


Top Cover Pouch

Gear Capacity

Make no mistake, this is not a backpack and was not intended to carry such large loads. That being said, it can fit more than you can image. Ideally, I’d be carrying a camera body with wide angle lens and a prime in this bag for maximum comfort and space. At it’s extreme, it can handle much more. I maxed it out with the following: 1 camera body + battery grip / Sigma 18-200 OS + Canon 430EX + Canon S90 / Canon 10-22 + Sigma 30mm + Canon 50mm / personal items. The only way you can fit all this gear in orderly is to use the velcro pieces to create separate spaces. See the images below for what I could fit into the bag…

Maxed out with Camera Gear...

...AND everything else.

In the field

I find this bag to be very user friendly. First of all, as a sling bag, you have easy access to your gear, one plus over a backpack. It holds enough gear for a variety of situations. If you’re going on a major photoshoot carrying large professional lenses, of course you’ll want something larger. Working for a newspaper, I was never keen on carrying much weight around all day every day. I found this bag was the perfect solution, enabling me to carry enough gear to cover almost any situation. Although it’s not waterproof as there are no seals, I’d say this bag is more or less water resistant. On more than one occasion, I’ve found it sitting in a puddle of water, yet the contents inside were untouched. It can also handle light rain rather well, and indeed I’ve even dashed quickly through heavy rain with it with no problem. I also like the fact that this bag doesn’t exactly look a camera bag – a deterrent to potential camera thieves.

The perfect umbrella holster

The Final Word

If you’re considering a Crumpler bag such as this one, just go for it. I’ve been 99% happy with this bag for 5 years, and I’d wager it has at least another 5 years worth of life left in it. It’s longevity and user-friendliness is more than worth the cost. And best of all, I kind of look like the Crumpler icon, so it’s a perfect fit :)

More

Here’s a great review with tons of photos by LightRules on PBase.

Check out Crumpler’s camera bag selection for more styles of bags.

Jesse Warren is a Crumpler toting photographer in Shenzhen, China, where he also works for Aputure.

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