New Camera Bag

When I read Diane of White on Rice Couple’s post about her camera bag, I was pretty sure I was going to have to buy the bag she bought.  I looked and looked and looked for something I thought that would be better, but in the end, I didn’t find anything that I thought would be better.

And this is the bag I bought, the Temple Swiss Bread Bag

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?  Thanks, Diane, for the great bag tip-off!

Truth be told, I am actually taking a trip and need to have a very incognito camera bag.   Something that doesn’t draw any attention to the fact that inside that bag I am carrying thousands of dollars worth of gear.  So no big black bags that look like a computer laptop case or a camera case. I don’t want to look like a tourist.  And I don’t want a bag that’s too bigJust big enough was my goal.

I also wanted bag that was functional. Something that allows me to easily access my camera at a second’s notice.  I don’t want to miss a shot fumbling for my camera with a bag that’s not functional.

The Temple Swiss Bread Bag is what seems perfect for my needs.

Nice roomy interior.  But overall, the bag itself isn’t too big.

Being that I am carrying a pricey DSLR + Lens in this bag, I also wanted to protect my investment.  The Temple Bag is a soft canvas and offers no impact protection at all.

For protection, I purchased this removable DSLR Camera Insert

This insert can be tucked into virtually any bag thereby rendering almost any bag a camera bag!  For $20 bucks.  Sweet!

Now, it’s not ridiculously thick and it won’t stop a bullet and if you dropped the whole thing, who knows if the camera would survive.  But would a camera survive a drop in another bag?  I don’t want to find out! But this insert offers an adequate amount of protection and peace of mind for me.

Here’s my final setup

The black insert barely fits into the green bag but that’s fine.  I want it snug and wasn’t looking for anything overly roomy.   I can fit my DSLR with lens attached in it and that’s all I needed.  And my favorite lens is a big honker!

I’m actually really proud of the glove-like fit and that this actually worked out!  From sight-unseen, internet-only orders.  I can’t even buy tshirts on the internet and have them fit, but I guess the Camera Bag Gods were smiling down on me and wanted this to all work out.

One of the things I love about my new Temple Swiss Bread Bag is the message and story behind them, and what a conscious company Temple is.

“Bread bags or ration bags are small to medium sized bags issued to soldiers to carry their rations. Often times, such as in the case of Swiss WWII German design, they will have straps for attaching to belts and/or bikes. We found a limited supply of these bags and have deconstructed them and re-used all the components to transform them into a very useful little side bag with a brand new lining sewn in.

With 4 small pockets it’s the perfect bag for a book, phone, wallet and your sunglasses.”

Individually numbered bags and they’re soliciting stories:

“I hope this Temple Bag inspires you to embark on a brave and meaningful journey.  I would love to hear about it and share it with the world.”  <—That’s really profound given the reason I bought this bag. 

More on that, soon.

I also love the detail work on the bag and leather that’s been around since the WWII era.

And it has that “old” smell to prove that yes, it really is old. 

Re-purposed leather, or re-purposed anything, rather than buying new is something I try to do; and want to try to do more of. Reduce-reuse-recycle.  <— All three are important.

I still love my other camera bag I had custom made by a woman on Etsy, but I also needed a different set-up.

Both of my camera bags have purpose and meaning.

I also recently review this Moop bag which I am really digging.

I tried putting the black DSLR camera insert into the Moop bag but the fit wasn’t great and it just didn’t work well. 

Normally I carry a pink Chanel so carrying a re-purposed bag in khaki green is a 180 degree turn, but I guess I’m just a dichotomy.

And also a huge lover of bags and purses of any kind!

From my last post, What I’m: , it was fun to hear the What’s that you’ve been doing or having.

And now for the Winner of the Summer Tea Time Giveaway:

Krista June 24, 2011 at 8:30 am

Mighty Leaf is my absolute FAVOURITE brand of tea! Vanilla Bean is always in my cupboard! :)

Krista, email me your shipping address!


After all that talk of bags, I just want to eat chocolate.  Because chocolate and bag and purse shopping go hand-in-hand, right?

Vegan Fudge

a 10 minute no-bake recipe, gluten/soy/treenut-free.  But not free from taste!


1. What’s your favorite bag you’ve ever had and why?

Mine is my pink Chanel because when I bought it, it was one of those things that I felt like I was a real adult and I “had arrived”.

When I was a little girl, I always told my mom that I’d have a Chanel bag one day.  She smiled and nodded and humored me; I’m sure thinking, yeah right. But in my early 20s, I did buy that Chanel bag I’d always dreamed I would.  And I love it and it was a great investment.  I plan to pass it down to Skylar when she’s older.  Recycling and reusing, right?

2. If you do have a DSLR, what bag do you use to carry your camera in?

I have a feeling, over the course of my lifetime, I will own many different bag for different needs.

3. Weekend plans?

I’ve got time outside, some runs and yoga, time with the family and time at a tasting festival on my agenda!

Enjoy your weekend!

51 comments on “New Camera Bag”

  1. The rest of my weekend plans are to RELAX. I got so much done today and yesterday, and now I just want to sit on my couch and read. It is so beautiful outside that I should be riding my bike or something, but I am just drained of all energy right now. And also enjoying the quiet. :)

  2. Oh my gosh it’s a GREAT bag :) My camera bag is pretty bland in comparison. It’s just a black camera bag (maybe even the same brand as my camera?) that I got at costco XD

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  4. What an awesome bag! So cute and I love the recycled materials. My roommate just made me a fantastic bag out of tie dyed fabric, it’s perfect! Just the right style, TIE DYE, and handmade just for me. And I do have a DSLR, a Nikon D40 that I got used for a great price, but I carry it in a camera bag. It makes me feel a little silly to carry it around like that!

  5. You’re just too cute.
    Love the bag but want one without leather at all!
    Favorite bags….English Retreads I think.
    Weekend, eat bad food & feel guilty??
    Hm…..drink good wine & feel guilty?
    Hm…watch bad tv & feel guilty.
    Apparently whatever I do, the plan is to feel guilty :)

  6. Great new camera bag! I HATE my camera bag. The hubby picked it out, and it is beastly. I need a new one!!!!

  7. Ohmygosh you read my mind girl! I just bought my first big girl camera ever yesterday and was trying to explain the idea of the camera insert in a messenger-style bag to my husband… he was scratching his head and saying “I think you’re crazy. that doesnt sound real” and now I have a pretty visual via your bloggy to show him =) thank you darling!

    and congrats on the gorgeous bag!

  8. look i’m not in spam! hollerr!!!!


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