Sunday July 21st 2019

Crumpler 3 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag

crumplerI purchased the Crumpler 3 Million Dollar Home bag for my Nikon D40. When I purchased the bag I was in a rush to get something to protect my brand new camera before I was leaving for a trip. In retrospect the 3 Million Dollar Home was probably not the right choice for me. It just barely fits the Nikon D40 and has no extra room for accessories. One of the reasons I chose the bag was that it was on sale for a decent bit less than the suggested MSRP.

Construction and Design

The bag is about 8 inches tall and ranges from 5 inches wide at the bottom to 8 inches wide at the top. It is about 4 inches deep. The bag’s main compartment is lined with felt. In addition to the large main compartment there is a small front pocket which is good for a lens filter or extra battery. It would not hold much more than that though. In the front flap there is a small mesh pocket which could hold a cleaning cloth or extra memory card. The bag is designed so that a SLR/DSLR would slide into the bag when the lens facing down. My Nikon D40 fits very securely in the bag because of the tapered design, there really is no room for it to wiggle around and damage itself.

To close the bag you velcro the front flap down and snap shut the plastic closure. I don’t feel the bag is completely secure since it does not have a zipper closure. The sides of the top flap are open a little bit so water or dirt/dust could enter the bags through these gaps. You could also conceivably lose small accessories if the bag was tipped upside down.

I am very impressed with the quality of the Crumpler bag. It is made from 1000-denier nylon, which is a very sturdy fabric. The stitching is also very solid. I’ve had the bag for a few months and it has come with me on two trips as well as various day outings and it shows no signs of wear. I am also impressed with the padding that surrounds the camera. The material is quite thick and I feel like it does a pretty good job of absorbing light bumps. The nylon outside is not waterproof, but it is thick enough to absorb a decent amount of water from a passing shower.

Ease of Use

The 3 Million Dollar Home is an over the shoulder bag. It has a 1.5″ wide, adjustable length, nylon shoulder strap. I do not care for this strap and find that it easily gets twisted and tangled with itself. It also becomes troublesome if the strap of my camera does not get folded into the bag and I end up with two straps wrapping around themselves. The strap does not have any padding for your shoulder but since the bag is so small it is unlikely it will get heavy enough to need padding.

The bag is definitely designed to be a standalone bag and not a case. This was my mistake, as I was looking for something that would protect my camera while carrying it in my backpack. With the out of control strap and textured nylon shell it is not easy to slide this bag into and out of a backpack.

A big selling point of this bag is that it does not look like a camera bag. This may be appealing to someone who is traveling with expensive camera equipment. Unless you are familiar with the Crumpler logo – which is prominently displayed on the front – you would not know this is a camera bag. In fact, you might mistake it for a woman’s purse or perhaps a murse (man-purse).

Conclusion

Crumpler is a great brand and there is no doubt they make high quality products. Personally, I am not sure about the usefulness of the 3 Million Dollar Home. It holds my D40 so snugly I feel like it is made for this size SLR camera but it does not come with any extra room for accessories. I would imagine anyone carrying around a “big camera” would want additional pockets for carrying extra lenses, batteries, chargers and other items. This bag just does not have the room for any extras and it is not very comfortable to carry. I will be looking for a bag that is better suited to my needs in the near future.

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