I've been using a black purse as my camera bag for the last year. A purse from Wal Mart, with no padding, that cost me $15.... I wanted to take my camera to Alabama with me but because there wasn't any padding in the bag, it freaked me out to know it would be shoved on a plane so I ended up not taking my SLR at all. Sad day. That's when I realized I needed to invest in something.
So I looked at the Epiphanie bags, the Kelly Moore bags, and the ONA bags but nothing felt right. Yes, I talk about bags like I'm buying a house. Sorry, not sorry. But anywho, in my humble opinion, nothing that's not leather should cost more than $40 and nothing that's leather should cost more than about $175. Some of the ONA bags are leather and they're beautiful but I was not about to spend over $400 on a camera bag that's going to get thrown around and hopefully, one day, stuffed under the seat of a plane. In fact, I'd never spend $400 on any bag, ever. That's insanity.
But I knew I wanted something affordable, something that was leather, and something to hold my laptop and at least two or three lenses, but I didn't want anything so big that it looked like a suitcase or dislocated my shoulder. Well, I recently found this lovely bag that I'm about to share with you and I fell in love. I kept staring at the photos over the next few days and eventually I decided I needed to make the purchase. This Etsy seller (LeftoverStudio) is in India and he was so wonderful! He responded quickly to my questions and the best part is, this is a handmade bag and it's only $139! It just came in the mail last week and I couldn't wait to open it up!! I LOVE IT!! There are lots of his bags to choose from but this is the one in the link above. I decided to go with the large one because I wanted my laptop to fit and the normal sized one would only fit an iPad. Say hello to my new BFF. We hope to travel many places together.