Gee, the title of this post couldn’t be much more obvious, could it? Unforunately, I’m on a little bit too much cold medication to think up a fun and creative title. Oh well…it gets the job done, right?
ANYWAY…I have had my Kelly Moore B Hobo bag for about three months now and I’ve had the chance to use it in a bunch of different situations. I know there are already almost a million reviews of these bags, but I still thought it would be fun to talk about mine because. Just because. That’s right.
I originally bought my Kelly Moore bag because I wanted a bag that I could shoot with but could also function as a purse that wouldn’t say “Oh hey thief, come steal my expensive camera gear please”. I chose the B Hobo bag because it seemed like it would also be one of the best options for a shooting bag as well. Since many ladies camera bags are on the pricer end I thought I could more easily justify the cost if I used it for more than one purpose. I also justified the cost by telling myself that it was a quality leather bag that I would love forever. Unfortunately, when I got the bag I discovered that they are in fact, NOT leather. I probably could have learned this by reading the information on the site, so that’s really no fault of the bag or the company. That’s my b, homes. But it was definitely a little disappointing to have spent what I consider a good chunk of change of a pleather bag. I guess the upside to the pleather factor is that if something is spilled on the bag or if it gets really wet it won’t be damaged the way leather would. Let’s face it, being that I am shooting in all types of conditions with this bag, more than likely something is going to get on it.
Okay now for the good stuff….I love the fact that the bag has removable velcro-ed dividers. I can change up how the space is divided in the bag based on what I want to carry. The bag is also surprisingly very big. Though it is narrow enough to lay flat on my waist/back when I’m shooting, it also holds a really good amount of stuff. When I carry it on a wedding I most likely have the 70-200, 24.14, and a 50 inside the bag while I’m carrying my camera and shooting. The easily configurable velcro dividers mean I can switch it up when I want to take the bag on an engagement session or on a day trip somewhere. If I’m going out for the day, I sometimes put my camera body in the middle, maybe an extra lens on one side, and then a bottle of water on the other for good measure.
There is a long divider inside of the bag as well. On a wedding day I will carry the client’s file inside that pocket in case I need to access the timeline or any other pertinent information. This long divider is also where I keep additional batteries and extra hair ties, pens, etc.
There are also two front pockets where I keep my memory cards. One pocket is for unused, empty cards and the other is for cards I’ve filled up.
I don’t use the back pocket very much, but this would probably be a good pocket for gum, tylenol, etc.
The side pockets are awesome!! I keep my iPhone in one of the side pockets so I can grab it without having to dig in my bag. I’ve read a few other reviews where people said they couldn’t fit their phone in the side pocket, but I have a very slim case on my iPhone so that may be why my phone fits. Actually, it does fit very snugly, so if you have an OtterBox or a more protective case on your phone it may not fit.
I also really love the B Hobo because it has a flap. So instead of zipping it up as I walk around on a shoot, I can just thrown the flap over the top. Because all that time I’d spend zipping and unzipping is just so….inefficient!
Another thing I really liked about the bag was the fact that it comes with two interchangable straps. One is a longer strap you can use to carry it while you’re shooting, or use it more like a messenger bag. The other is a shorter strap that turns it into a legitimate purse. Also, I don’t know if you care about this or not, but the bag will stand up on its own if you set it on the ground. That’s an awesome perk for me! I don’t have to worry about it toppling over and dumping my gear all over the ground.
I don’t really have any complaints about my Kelly Moore bag other than the previously mentioned fact that it was not leather as I originally thought. It has held up well over the past few months and it serves all of the purposes I meant it to. I could see hobbyists and non pros getting a good use out of a bag like this too! It would be great for travel and really anytime you want to take your DSLR but also be a little more discreet. I also wanted to add that though I won’t be using my KM bag for this purpose for quite a while, I think it could be a great diaper bag for a mom who wants a more modern bag to carry.