I preface every review with the same disclosure. I am not a professional. I do not shoot test charts. I do not try every lens with every camera. All opinions are my own, and are only based upon my own experiences with the gear. I haven’t had a ton of gear, or all of the expensive gear. I won’t list every specification or test for every specification. My review is not meant for professionals – if you are a professional, you shouldn’t need a review from an amateur. The information below is simply my own observations while doing normal photography, and is for other car enthusiasts and amateurs like myself.
I recently decided that I wanted to get a messenger bag for some of my shooting. This was mainly to be able to carry a couple of extra lenses and flashes with me while shooting – it makes it easier to change lenses also. I decided to pick up three of Crumpler’s “Million Dollar Home” line-up. They came highly recommended by many other Nikon shooters.
The 5 MDH
The 5 MDH is the smallest Crumpler messenger bag that I was interested in, and got it first. This is the newer style bag that has the velcro covers to keep it silent, and the dual buckle clips for the front flaps. It is brown with orange accents on the outside, and the interior is a medium blue with two moveable/removeable dividers that hook in with velcro. It can handle my D600 with the 24-120mm f/4 VR mounted, and can carry a flash and another small lens, like the 50mm with it.
You can find out more about the 5MDH on the Crumpler website at: http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Bags/Camera-Bags/5-Million-Dollar-Home.html?LanguageCode=EN&SKU=MD5002-U04P50
it is available at Adorama for $100 : http://www.adorama.com/CL5MDHBR.html
The 6 MDH
The 6 MDH is slightly larger and deeper than the 5 MDH and is of the previous design. It is olive green on the outside, and the interior is a lime green with six moveable/removeable dividers that hook in with velcro, and can be configured multipkle ways. The lime green interior makes it easy to spot your equipment in low light as well. Additionally, it has an extra pouch in front of the main area to put more gear in. It can carry the D600 with the 24-120mm f/4 VR atttached, plus a couple of SB-800s, plus a couple more lenses, and still has room to spare.
You can find out more about the 6MDH on the Crumpler website at : http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Bags/Camera-Bags/6-Million-Dollar-Home.html?LanguageCode=EN&SKU=MD6002-X01P60
The newest version is available at Adorama for $140 : http://www.adorama.com/CL6MDHBK.html
The 7 MDH
The 7 MDH is a lot larger than the 6 MDH, and with more internal dividers, but otherwise the same. It is large enough to hold my D600 with the 80-200mm F/2.8 AF-S attached, and can hold a lot of lenses and flashes. It is large enough that you can overload it and make it too heavy for a messenger bag, but it does have a pad for the shoulder strap that helps keep the strap from cutting into your shoulder. I can’t see using a messenger bag larger than this one, and will likely only use it when I need to carry my 80-200mm. It is also olive green on the outside with lime green interior.
You can find out more about the 6MDH on the Crumpler website at : http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Bags/Camera-Bags/7-Million-Dollar-Home.html?LanguageCode=EN&SKU=MD7002-X01P70
The newest version is available at Adorama for $150 : http://www.adorama.com/CL7MDHBON.html
All of the bags work well, but I noticed that they do not have as much padding as my Lowepro bags. These are bags to use when you don’t want to look like you have a camera bag with you, and when you know exactly what equipment you plan to bring with you. I plan to keep the 5 MDH and the 7 MDH, and a friend of mine plans to get the 6 MDH from me.