31 December 2010

My Porteen Gear Camera Bag Is Here!



I could not wait to use my new D90, but I was worried about taking it outside with no proper camera bag to protect it.  I had originally wanted to get the Lowepro Passport Sling, but upon checking it out at the shop, decided that it was not for me.

I’d wanted something a bit roomier, but not bulky.  I’d wanted space not just for my camera, but for my personal stuff as well, so that I wouldn’t have to be carrying two separate bags.  I’d wanted a bag that would have sufficient padding for my camera gear (I love how that sounded!), yet one that wouldn’t look like those black bulky nylon camera bags that they sell in the camera shops.

In the meantime, I had been stuffing my big handbag with a towel whenever I’d bring out my D90.

I did some online research to see what options I had.  A few bags caught my eye on Etsy, but they just didn’t feel right.  Some looked really pretty, but weren’t that practical.  I didn’t want faux leather.  I wanted stylish, but not too girly.  I learned of Porteen Gear from a post on Govivi.com, followed her links, and promptly fell in love.  And spent literally hours going back and forth between the different bags on Porteen Gear’s Etsy shop.  And spent yet some more time going through all the comments her buyers have left for her.

Wouldn’t you drool over this, too?
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What I love about the Porteen Gear bags, primarily, is that they are designed by a photographer (an award-winning one at that!) –someone in the know, as opposed to just any bag designer.  I love that every single feedback left on her Etsy shop is positive.  Not merely positive –many actually rave about the craftsmanship, the high-quality materials, and how the bags looked even better than what we see online!  Many wrote of how easy and pleasant it was to deal with Robyn, what efficient service she provides.

I love the look of her bags –functional, just a tad edgy. I love that I could custom-order my own bag.  I got to pick the leather, the canvas, the interior fabric, the accent fabric, the color of the bag and the strap.  My bag looks something similar to this (I haven’t had a chance to take a photo of it yet):
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I’d placed my order on Dec 2nd and knew that my bag would not be ready until 2-3 weeks’ time, because of the Christmas rush.  I’d accepted that I most probably would not receive it until after Christmas, factoring in shipping time over the holidays.  Yet every day from when I’d finally placed the order, I would log on to the Porteen Gear Etsy shop and just ogle the bags, dreaming of when I’d get mine.  Every day, I’d check the feedback section and noted that more and more buyers have received their bags and absolutely loved them.  That got me hopeful.  And excited.
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My bag arrived on Christmas Eve, beautifully packaged!  Chris could tell you that I was literally hopping up and down when he walked through the door.  I was beside myself.  And just like all the comments that I’d read on the shop’s feedback section, I. absolutely. love. my. bag.  I agree totally with everybody that dealing with Robyn was such a pleasure –easy, no fuss, very professional.

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For those of you who are in the market for a camera bag, do check out Porteen Gear.
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And while you are at it, you might find yourself tempted
to get one of her camera wrist straps, too.  
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I got one and I can say that like the bag, the wrist strap
is of really good quality and great craftsmanship.
I am SO tempted to order another bag even though I don’t need one!

All photos in this post are from Porteen Gear and from the Porteen Gear Etsy shop.

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