3ANNIES camera bag review

You guys, I have a confession to make: I’m in love with a bag.  No, for reals.  I am.  And for good reason.  I have found the most perfect camera bag that exists on the market today.  It’s the Audrey-Lu from 3ANNIES.  I own the gun metal grey color, but it comes in a wide variety of fun and bright hues.

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Jeff snapped a quick photo of me holding it while we were out and about in Phoenix recently. (And yes, I really was on the phone).

The bag is gorgeous.  What set my heart on the Audrey-Lu is that, unlike competing bags, this one is crafted from high quality leather, nothing faux about it.  You can smell the richness of it the moment the bag arrives, protected in a cute dust cover.  Annie bag4 (1 of 1)Oh, but that’s just the tippy top of the iceberg, friends.  I practically tore through the packaging to get to my prized bag.  From the moment I picked it up, I was impressed with the quality.  The bag is fairly heavy, as one would expect a leather bag to be.

Annie bag3 (1 of 1) anniebag1-0949The quality shows in the details.  Just look at this beautiful stitching.

anniebaggray2-1145It also features solid buckles–no worry about these babies giving way.  anniebaggray1-1153

The exterior of the bag features two handy pockets: one zippered back pocket (suitable for carrying an iPad), and one small side pocket on each end (I use those for my phone).

Annie bag2 (1 of 1)Inside, there is a removable padded compartment with velcro adjustable dividers.  The padding is more than adequate to protect against reasonable bumps and tumbles.

anniebaggray1-1132Without the removable compartment, the bag is super spacious.  It would make a great carry-on.

anniebaggray1-1133But with the compartment, there is plenty of room for a camera (the Canon rebel is pictured, but I typically carry my Mark III and a couple of lenses).

anniebaggray1-1143Even with all of the equipment inside, it’s still easy to access everything, including the side pocket where I keep chapstick, gum, extra batteries and CF cards, etc.

anniebaggray1-1147When it’s time to get up and go, you can carry the bag using the two convenient handles…

anniebaggray1-1151 or attach the longer strap for cross-body carrying.

anniebaggray3-1146Sigh.  Isn’t it just beautiful?!  I happen to think so.

There is but one downside (okay, maybe two) I have come up with after over a month of using the bag: it is heavy.  When all of my camera equipment + my wallet and phone are inside, the bag is very heavy to carry.  It causes my shoulder to hurt within fifteen minutes.  But…I would expect a leather bag to be heavy.  And, to me, the weight is an acceptable tradeoff for the quality.  The second thing that might give a potential consumer pause is the price.  This is a camera bag of the highest quality and the price reflects that.  You know what they say: you get what you pay for.

Disclosure: I paid cash money for my 3ANNIES bag (or, you know, credit card money, whatever).  I was not asked to do a review, but wanted to share my opinion because I just love the product so very much.

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