I seriously started writing this blog post a few months ago (that is when I first opened up my pretty box and ooohed over the bag.) But, then decided to hold off from writing so I could “break it in” and give you a full report on my findings. First, I want to thank you (photographers) for your patience who wrote me asking what I thought of the bag and not receiving a full response back. Your wait is not in vain because here it is, with pretty pictures and all. So, let’s start back in March when I received my bag. Maile, designer of the Epiphanie Camera Bags, has definitely thought this through and she is a girl after my own heart when it comes to personal “wowing”. The packaging all the way down to the hand signed note had me at HELLO. My first impression when I pulled the bag out of it’s cute dust cover was, “This is HUGE!” and then “Holy Cow, I can fit everything in this!” then back to “Oh, man maybe it’s too big?” But after a few weeks of the bag on the job I came to the conclusion, “It’s perfect for what I want to use it for,” … and I’ll come back to that.
Like most of us women photographers we have used everything under the sun to carry our lens and junk around with us. When I first started shooting (10 years ago) we didn’t have fancy-stylish shoot bags. What did I use? A diaper bag! Yup. And I would wrap my lenses in diaper clothes and halved receiving blankets for protection. As the years progressed I tried the new bags that hit the market and found one that I love using for weddings (another post, another time) but never one for portrait work and travel, until now.
Now Clover is a fairly large camera bag (18 x 6.25 x 13 inches) in the line of Epiphanie bags and back to my conclusion of why it works for me, let me tell you what I carry in it to a portrait session: Nikon D700 (50 1.4 mm attached), Nikkor 70-200 2.8, Nikkor 24-70 mm 2.8, Nikkor Speedlight 900, iPad or laptop, a wallet of compact flash cards, extra batteries, cleaning cloth, gum, wallet, lollipops, car keys and business cards. All in this bag.
Now, the pictures below, I shot while on a family day trip and I had put in my Nikon 700 (50 mm attached) and Nikon 7000 (85 mm attached) with my Nikkor 24-70 mm 2.8, iPad and all the little extras. This is why I LOVE Clover.
Support: The shoulder pad piece on the cross body strap is a great feature and I feel that it is comfortable with the weight of the contents. The braided handles surprisingly are also very comfortable, over the shoulder or hand holding.
Equipment Protection: One of the MAJOR reasons I had chosen an Epiphanie Bag is because of the adjustable Velcro panels. Hooray! I love making my lens and equipment all snug and supported and the inner bottom and sides are lined with the same premium padding to protect your gear all around.
Durability: Minimal normal wearing has occurred on my shoulder rest piece. The exterior is made of synthetic leather and is water resistant. A couple of times over the course of these few months I found a black streak here and then on the outside of the bag due to pulling it in and out of the car and a warm damp cloth always cleaned it up nicely.
If your still questioning, “Mariea, why don’t you use it for weddings?” Because I don’t like anything else on me except my camera during weddings and I really don’t believe the Clover was made for wedding photography. Now, if you are set on a fashionable Epiphanie Camera bag for weddings then I would recommend, Ginger. It’s smaller and hangs on the hip easier.
I hope you found my review helpful. If you have comments and/or questions I would love to hear from you. Just post in the section below. Happy Clicking.