Those who know me know that I love photography and that I drag my trusted camera around with me always. To protect it I usually put it into a bog-standard black camera protection bag but there are two things I don’t like about those bags: the fact they are usually pretty ugly and also that they scream ‘expensive camera’ to potential thieves. There are actually not many camera bags that look pretty and don’t obviously look like camera bags, so when I was given the opportunity to review the Jill-E medium suede camera bag I was blown away both in terms of style and practicality. And to make things even better, they are offering a free bag to the winner of our 2014 New Year give away (details of how to enter below…).
To test the Jill-E medium camera bag I took it on my recent weekend trip to Germany. I was flying with hand luggage only and managed to fit in my DSLR camera, some travel-sized toiletries, my laptop, travel documents, Christmas presents, iPhone, chargers and enough clothing to get me through the whole weekend. At first I was worried I wouldn’t be able to fit everything in, but I was surprised by how spacious the bag is. It also has a lot of additional front, back, and side pockets which are perfect for smaller items such as purses, passports, mobile phones etc. In fact, for those Dr Who fans out there, it had all the ‘bigger on the inside than on the outside’ properties of a Tardis!
I also took the bag with me to a photo-shoot in the German countryside and was pleasantly surprised by how well I could organize my kit (and as a German, organization is very, very important to me). The bag comes with padded dividers that can be fixed to the inside of the bag with velcro. This enables you to separate your gear and also protect it. You can use as many or as few dividers as you wish, depending on how much camera equipment you are lucky enough to own. I took my DSLR camera with a 55m lens, a flower hood, a telezoom lens, a macro lens, a wide-angle lens, and a flash with me. I also took some filters, a spare memory card and battery with me which fitted nicely into the little mesh pockets inside the lid.
The Jill-E camera bag is both beautifully designed and highly practical due to its weather resistant suede exterior. The outside walls are also padded to protect the contents. The bag has dual handles if you just want to carry it in your hands or a padded shoulder strap. I preferred the shoulder strap as I occasionally found the dual handles got in the way when I wanted to reach in to grab a different lens. Apart from that I found the bag perfect for a weekend trip as it had plenty of room for all my things and protected my photo equipment at the same time. It is also great for people who are keen photographers with plenty of gear, but who don’t necessarily want the world to know they are carrying a lot of expensive equipment as it looks just like a normal bag.
Our exclusive New Year give-away
The lovely people at the Jill-E bags kindly agreed to give away one brown medium Jill-E suede camera bag worth USD169 to a lucky reader. For a chance to win this gorgeous bag simply leave a comment below. You can double, triple, or quadruple your chances of winning if you like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or share this post on Twitter. I will close the giveaway one week from today and will contact the lucky winner who will be chosen at random via Punchtab. I hope you found this Jill-E medium camera bag review useful, and to those who enter the competition…best of luck!
Disclaimer: I was provided with the Jill-E photo bag in return for a review. I was not asked to write a favourable review and as always all opinions are my own.