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    Introduction:
    I was really attracted to the design of the Crumpler bags which looked like messenger bags instead of the traditional gear bag. Crumpler’s main selling point the appearance of their bags which reduces the chance of theft.

    So I offloaded my aging Tamrac and went on to search for a replacement. In the end, I got myself the Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home which was adequately large enough to house my Nikon 70-200mm AFS VR with my D100 and vertical grip attached. The slightly smaller option which was the Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home didn’t make the cut in terms of capacity although it is identical to the 7 Million Dollar Home in terms of design.



    The 7 Million Dollar home comes with a whole set of Velcro dividers, which enables you to configure how you want your gear to be arranged. The possibilities are endless, really.



    The Space Between:
    The main cavity of the bag is where all the good stuff goes in. The inner dimensions of the 7 Million Dollar home measures 38x28x18cm with a volume of 15 liters. This probably doesn’t mean much to some people, so look at the images to get an idea of what can be done with this bag.



    The Crumpler website states that you can fit a digital SLR with vertical grip w/ kit lens attached, about 3 lenses, external flash unit and additional odds and ends. I find this to be a pretty accurate description of the bag’s capacity.

    The top of the camera bag has a fishnet insert which can house some additional accessories like cable releases, memory cards or instruction manuals. It’s pretty large too.

    The front part of the bag also has space to slot in slightly thicker objects, like (a Bible) a book or maybe a small bag of chips. There’s also a fishnet zipper compartment in there to house smaller and flatter objects.



    The carrying strap of the bag is wide and comfortable. It’s adjustable, so you can change the length of the strap. The strap comes with a sliding pad which makes the load a lot more bearable. It’s also helps keep the strap from sliding around too much.



    Loading up:
    I was however a little disappointed that my 70-200mm could only be loaded in vertically only if the camera body wasn’t mounted (see pic). The same goes for my 300mm f/4 AFS which is about the same size.



    When mounted on a F100 body as shown, the camera body sticks out of the bag’s cavity. You can close the camera bag, and snap on the lock, but I would only recommend this arrangement as a short term solution as it’s awkward and not very secure.

    The other option would be to remove all the dividers and place the lens and body combination in a horizontal position (see pic). You’ll get some access space on the sides, but it’s not large enough to fit another lens in. Maybe an additional flash unit. But you’re wasting a lot of space above the body. This may be a good solution if you only intend to bring the 70-200mm and F100 w/ grip.

    Conclusion:
    The Crumpler 7 Million Dollar home is a pretty well built bag. Only time will tell whether the bag is up to the rigors of regular use, but it does look promising. It’s the biggest of the Million Dollar Home series but it’s not awkwardly large. Slinging it over is comfortable and access to the main compartments are fairly easy.

    But once again, the main selling point of this bag is that it doesn’t scream “Camera Bag” which one, lowers the chances of you falling prey to a snatch thief, and two allows you to bring your stuff into places where cameras aren’t allowed…..provided they don’t search the contents of your bag of course.

    I highly recommend it.



    ©Michael Ng 2005

    The full review can be read here: http://www.pbase.com/mikench/crumpler

    This review was also featured on Paul Rance's Cambags.com at: www.cambags.com
    Last edited by mikench; 18-02-2006 at 11:53 PM.

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    hmm..nice

    how bout the price??? (typical malasian ma...)

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    Originally posted by macrogerm@Oct 8 2005, 02:19 PM
    hmm..nice

    how bout the price??? (typical malasian ma...)
    7 Million Dollar

    no home :lol:
    I'm full time gear head, yes i am... :D

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    The price here in the US is USD$130.

    But it's cheaper on Ebay. I got mine for US$101.50 shipped.
    Could be cheaper in Singapore since I heard that Crumpler is huge there.

    It's on the pricey side.....but worth it.

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    Originally posted by mikench@Oct 8 2005, 03:25 PM
    The price here in the US is USD$130.

    But it's cheaper on Ebay. I got mine for US$101.50 shipped.
    Could be cheaper in Singapore since I heard that Crumpler is huge there.

    It's on the pricey side.....but worth it.
    Cathay Photo has stopped importing and selling crumpler.

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    i've been looking for this forever~~~ KLCC's crumpler doesn't have it
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    Originally posted by clementc@Oct 8 2005, 03:55 PM
    Cathay Photo has stopped importing and selling crumpler.
    Now they sell China made Domke lookalike from Nikon???... :lol: :lol:

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    Originally posted by georgewongtzewen@Oct 8 2005, 04:16 PM
    i've been looking for this forever~~~ KLCC's crumpler doesn't have it
    i just bought this but red colour from KLCC crumpler - RM369

    seems like malaysia is cheaper than US but singapore still the cheapest.

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    they have it already GREAT! Gonna go and get it muahaha!~
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    I second Mike there. Coming from a Tamrac bag too, I find this very usable due to its low profile and spacefriendliness. One thing that strikes me at first is the build quality - top notch.

    Btw, the bag is available at KLCC's. And yes, it's shy of RM370. Good value and comparable to Lowepro prices.

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    Yeah! ur right, I got mine last week, green color RM369. Even nowadays, I always dream the backpack Whickey & Cox. The price RM650 Wow!!!! but worth it la.

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    Do Crumpler have that same sling series for camera+notebooks?

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    There was one called Next Venue I believe...but it's been discontinued. Or was that the December Quarter. Check the Crumpler website.

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    Originally posted by clementc@Oct 8 2005, 03:55 PM
    Cathay Photo has stopped importing and selling crumpler.
    There are two Crumpler outlets in Singapore. One in Wheelock Place and the other is in Paragon along Orchard Street.

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    love the crumpler website

    crumpler site

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    I checked already. Only the backpack series can carry laptops. The sling series cant T_T

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    Originally posted by macrogerm@Oct 9 2005, 08:13 PM
    love the crumpler website

    crumpler site
    Watch out for the "middle finger" which pops out for out of stock items.

    Not a very "under-12" friendly site.


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    Looks like lotsa shutterbugs are "moving" into Crumpler bags. Been using Company Embarrasment for 6 months now. Apart from that...have a laptop bag as well as a slingbag....hehehehe

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    Originally posted by mikench@Oct 9 2005, 11:12 PM
    Watch out for the "middle finger" which pops out for out of stock items.

    Not a very "under-12" friendly site.

    The website makes me pening for a while....very out of the box punia design

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    Originally posted by philipcs@Oct 8 2005, 04:22 PM
    i just bought this but red colour from KLCC crumpler - RM369

    seems like malaysia is cheaper than US but singapore still the cheapest.
    Maybe because it's made in Vietnam, right around the corner?

    I bought the Company Embarassment a couple months ago for about the same price. It fits most of my MF kit...I can safely carry my RB67 with mounted lens & back + one other lens, meter, and two other backs in it. I can stuff a 3rd lens in there if I want to tourture my shoulder further and risk some smashed kit

    I posted my thoughts on it here.
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