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Crumpler messenger bag “Western Lawn” as camera bag

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Western lawn

Western lawn

Sometimes when you go out to take photos you want to go the minimalist route when it’s necessary to carry a camera bag.  Sometimes that means a bag that’s lightweight without any padding or padded dividers.  I found that the “Western Lawn” makes for a very good camera bag.  It’s lightweight with one cavernous main compartment and five smaller divider pockets, two of which can hold an extra body or lenses.  The main compartment easily holds a DSLR with a 70-200 zoom.   The other three pockets are also large although they are not large enough for most DSLR lenses. But they easily hold your wallet, small books, keys etc.

Exterior in several colors

Exterior in several colors

The “Western Lawn” can be slung over your shoulder or rotated to the front to allow access to your equipment. And the shoulder strap is comfortable although I would recommend that you buy the optional shoulder pad.

If you’re really concerned about padding, there is an optional padded camera “bucket” that fits in the main compartment.

Two cameras with lens and accessories

Two cameras with lens and accessories

The only downside is the lack of a fastex buckle to secure the flap.  There are two velcro patches (and in typical Crumpler fashion, they are noisy when you open the flap).

Finally since the “Western Lawn” doesn’t scream out camera bag, it is not conspicious.  I like it.

One large compartment, two medium pockets and three others

One large compartment, two medium pockets and three others

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Written by leolaksi

December 30, 2008 at 6:36 am

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