I maybe kind of have a thing for cute camera bags, if you haven't already noticed. I currently own seven camera bags, five of which are absolutely adorable. (The other two are more for utility, I use them when hiking or on a camping trip. I own this one and this one. Both of which are pretty great.) I get a lot of questions regarding my bags, which one is my favorite, what I'm able to keep in each, etc. Buying a nice camera bag can definitely be a tough decision so hopefully this post will help at least a little.
In this post I won't be covering any dimensions or anything like that. All that sort information can be found in the links provided for each bag. Instead I'll just be talking about what I like about the bag, how it's held up and what I normally carry inside. So without further ado...
Brooklyn from ONA. This is a beautiful real leather bag (smells so good!) Soon after I got it I wrote up a nice little review on it which you can find here for more information on what I can fit in it and what the inside looks like.

I've had the bag for just under a year and it's holding up very well. There are a few minor scratches on the bag but nothing I wouldn't simply attribute to regular wear and tear.
Yuki Satchel from asianicandy. (modcloth also sells the same bag) It's not sold as a camera bag but I found it's the absolute perfect size for this camera bag insert. This bag doesn't have any pockets on the outside and once you put in the cushy insert in there is some slight difficulty getting to the small inside pockets so you're not left with much room to place other things. It's not a bag I ever use for hauling lots of things, it's best just for a day out around town when I want to have my camera with me just in case.
Betsy from Jo Totes. This bag is most likely my favorite. I use it most often. It's with this bag I can most comfortably carry two cameras with lenses attached. I don't know how important that is to other people but there are sometimes when I want both film and digital and be able to switch between them quickly and this bag allows me to do so. Back in September of 2011 I wrote up a nice little review about the bag which you can find here for some peeks inside the bag and a better look at all the pockets.

I've had this bag for around 15 months or so and I'd say it's aging quite gracefully. The edges of my straps as well as the edges of the flaps and pockets are all white where the yellow has worn away. It's not really a big deal at all, it's just a slight cosmetic issue.
Gracie from Jo Totes. I love this bag! It holds a lot and in my opinion looks the least like a camera bag out of all the ones I own. It has lots of pockets (always a plus in my book!) and can easily hold two cameras as well any other small you need to keep with you on a daily basis (wallet, lip balm, keys, extra film, etc).

I haven't had the bag long enough to really comment on how it's holding up. Although the second time I wore it one of the magnetic snaps on the front pockets came off. It was easily fixed but now I do feel like I have to be very careful to avoid it happening again.
Millie from Jo Totes. This bag is perfect for holding one camera and one spare lens (or as I usually load it up - with my camera on one side and my wallet, lip balm and keys on the other side). It's perfect for when you don't need to haul a lot but want your camera with you.

I got this bag at the same time as Betsy and it's probably been used just as much. It seems to be wearing a bit better, I don't have any color loss anywhere. My one small complaint about it is that the closure flap is magnetic and the one side gathers tiny particles of stuff so my flap no longer stays closed.
If you have any more questions about any of the bags regarding my experience with them I'd be more than happy to answer. I hope this makes shopping for a camera bag a little easier.
xoxo


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  1. I am so desperate for a beautiful and useable camera bag. I recently bought a cambridge satchel in the hope I would git in a divider! But one just wont fit. The UK doesn't seem to get lovely camera bags.

    I really love the Yuki Satchel. Maybe one day I'll be patient enough to order one from outside of the UK. Boo.


    thanks for sharing !

    chloex

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  2. I have the Brooklyn bag from ONA too! I got it last spring and it's been my bestest friend ever since. I love the way that I can take all the inserts out and use it as a normal satchel too. The only thing I worry about is putting too much strain on the top handle when it's full of heavy camera gear, as I don't use the shoulder strap very much - how is yours holding up?

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    1. I use the handle often when I have the bag full and I haven't noticed any wear at all! It's holding up great!!

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    2. That's good to hear, thanks for letting me know!

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  3. They are all incredible,especially the green one. But...
    where's the yellow one,by jump from paper?

    Greetings from Brazil! :)

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    1. Oh, that's not a camera bag! It's not very wide at all.

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  4. THANK YOU for this! I've put a nice camera bag at the top of my birthday wish list (in May...planning for the win!) and it's great to know a bit of the differences between some brands, and models within the brand.
    One question, would any of these bags be suitable to also haul a laptop? I travel back and forth to Toronto every few weekends, and am always so paranoid about any of my nice stuff being banged around in the overhead compartment :S. The Brooklyn and Yuki look fairly wide??

    --Erin

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    1. Erin, I'm not sure. I've never tried to put my laptop in any of them. It sounds familiar to me that Jo Totes might sell one that fits a laptop but I'm not sure any of these would fit one.

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  5. Amazing bags! I love how they look like purses. Now, I just need a camera...

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  6. Thank you so much for this post! I've been searching for a good camera bag for a while, ever since I bought an insert that ended up being too big for any of my bags. I definitely just added the Betsy from Jo Totes to my amazon wishlist!

    ♥Brooke
    http://youreinbrookelynn.blogspot.com/

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  7. I really love these bags. They are super cute + I like how you use them for many reasons.

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  8. This is such a useful post! Thank you!

    Becky
    xx

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  9. All of those bags are so dreamy! I really need a camera bag, I think I'm going to look into getting one from Jo Totes! Great post! xx

    http://thehonestfox.blogspot.com

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  10. I need to get myself a nice camera bag asap! It's next on my list of things to do. Yours look lovely :)

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  11. Great advice! I got a camera for christmas, but haven't gotten around to buying a bag for it yet. It would probably encourage me to carry it around more. The first bag is my favourite, it's so cute :) xx

    www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

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  12. Thanks for the great review! I've always loved your camera bags and wished that I could get one that actually LOOKED GOOD (mine are all the Lowepro sort that hold up but are...dull looking). I'll definitely invest in one of those awesome Jo Totes bags!

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  13. Great to know where to look for it! I really love to have on, and I´ll, as soon I afford it!

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  14. I just want all of them! Love the colors!


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  15. The Brooklyn bag looks so great! I never knew Millie was a camera bag, would have never guessed!

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  16. That's a lovely collection!
    It's so hard to find a camera bag that's perfect for every occasion. I had to buy a couple too. And I bought the most wonderful red satchel type bag a while back<3 I actually have yet to try it out, but I admire it every day!

    blueeyednightowl.blogspot.com/

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  17. what a great bag collection :) how do you store them? i think accessories storage is so hard!

    Barnicles

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    1. I keep them on the bottom rack of my clothing rack. They all fit in side by side perfectly. It works out great.

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  18. Buy or make? I love the Brooklyn by ONA bag I've been eyeing it for quite some time now. But my question is: Is it worth the high price tag or should I just buy any ole satchel and throw in an insert?

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    1. It is an absolutely GORGEOUS bag. It's made from real leather and the craftsmanship is incredible. It's sturdy and my camera feels safe. It's so tough to say if something is worth such a steep price tag but this might be one of the situations where it actually is.

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  19. This is a great post. After reading this article, I looked around on the internet for a cute camera bag for 1.5 hours instead of doing hw. Haha thanks

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  20. this is really helpful. i was in a camera store the other day looking for a bag but it was a nightmare! i couldn't get anything to fit right and everything was geared towards uber professionals— which i will proudly admit i am not. these are a lot more my style. i LOVE the millie bag but the jo totes nautical one is also calling my name— eep!

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  21. I loved this post! So helpful!
    I completely agree about the Millie Jo's tote.. I got it around a year ago and I have the same issue with the magnetic clasp.. it collects dirt particles so easily.

    Great post, as always kaylah! :)

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  22. I always have such a hard time finding room to store all of my bags..where do you keep your bags when you're not using them? I think it would be great if you included organization tips on your blog. You have so many neat items, and I'm always surprised you have room for it all! Your organization seems impeccable!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  23. The Betsy bag is gorgeous! Maybe one of these days I'll save for it!

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  24. I really really need to get around to buying a camera bag. My camera gets so much abuse from me! I love the Brooklyn one, it looks so pretty, but Betsy looks lovely too - anything that comes in mustard yellow is a good thing!

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  25. Big Lebowski print is super cool. Happy Friday!

    Danielle
    craft-deee.blogspot.com/‎

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  26. OMG these bags are gorgeous. I want them all!

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  27. those are awesome bags. wish mine were half as awesome...

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  28. I've been searching for a camera bag for such a long time now, this post has been a great help! Big fan of that cheeky Brooklyn bag x
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