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6.04.2012

Camera Bags: Epiphanie vs. Kelly Moore

I've been on the quest for the perfect camera bag for awhile... and wow, it has been a journey! I thought I'd do a little breakdown of two of the bags I tried, because I know how hard it is to guess what is going to work for you and your camera when you're looking online. Two of the bigger online women's bag companies right now are Kelly Moore and Epiphanie.  I'll start off by saying that I think they are both great companies who produce great bags! I am super happy with the quality of both bags.

I ordered the Posey 2 bag from Kelly Moore first. I wanted a bag that was just big enough for my equipment, and I didn't want my stuff floating around in there. I was convinced that the Posey 2 would be just right.

Well... it was a bit on the small side. It fits my old Nikon D90 with kit lens and 50mm 1.8 lens perfectly, but was a bit of a squeeze for my Nikon D700. I highly recommend this bag if you have a smaller camera body.

The things I loved about this bag in particular: the color... beautiful warm grey. The organization pocket... it's pretty awesome. There are lots of pockets and zippers on this bag, and even some kind of hidden pockets, which can be a great thing.

I also love the beautiful purple interior color that all the Kelly Moore girl bags have. It's a fun surprise, especially if you choose a more conservative outer color like I did. I love the zippers. They have a very satisfying sound to them, and feel very sturdy. The KM bags are also less bulky than the Epiphanie bags, which can be a good thing if you are wearing them around and want them to lay closer to your body.



I decided I needed something a bit bigger, so after hours of research and reading every review I could find I finally settled on the Epiphanie Stella bag in Slate Blue. I thought the dimensions sounded good, I liked how it looked, and I liked all the outside divider pockets. I'll start off by saying that I LOVE it! Whew! I was so worried that it wouldn't be the perfect thing again.

It looks different colors in every light (as evidenced by my completely unedited photos below). My sis-in-law saw it twice and was surprised the second time because she could have sworn that it was grey the first time she saw it. It looks grey in some lights, sometimes blue, and sometimes purple. I love it, and don't mind that it's ever-changing. I guess I am too, so it suits me. :)

It's wider than the Kelly Moore bags, which means it doesn't lay as flat against the body, but I like the way the camera is situated in it better. The Epiphanie is definitely more padded and protective (and the shoulder strap is also more padded). It took me awhile to figure out how to configure the dividers inside, but I think I figured out a pretty great way to arrange everything. I have my Nikon D700, 85mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, lens hoods, and some extra space for my notebook, phone, CF cards, lens cleaner, keys, gum, chapstick, etc. I like that it is shorter and wider... more open... so it's easy to see all my gear at once when I unzip it. I don't have to dig down in a bag. That said, if I got caught in a rainstorm, it isn't as protective as the KM, because even when fully zipped, it still has holes at the side.

So, in a nutshell: both bags are great... it just depends on your preference... what style you like, if you prefer more sleek and less padding and function, or more protection and function, but more bulk. Let me know if you have any questions! I hope my research and experience can help someone else make the decision. :)

UPDATE as of July 20, 2012: I absolutely ADORE my Ephiphanie Stella bag... I get compliments constantly on it, I love carrying it around on shoots, and I haven't found one thing I don't love about it. It doesn't feel overly bulky, as I feared, and looks good on my shoulder. It is easy to set down on the ground right by me while I'm shooting (doesn't tip over), and it's even okay to keep on my shoulder AS I'm shooting if the conditions aren't good to set it down. I love how my camera fits in the bag, and it's so easy to access everything I need. The size is perfect... I could put a few more things in there if I needed to, but my equipment isn't swimming around in there. It's comfortable on my shoulder, and I still, after a month and a half, can't stop looking at it. I was slightly disappointed when I ordered, because they had discontinued using the brightly colored interior fabric, but I got over that disappointment quickly. The whole bag looks great, inside and out... have I mentioned yet that I love it?? :) 



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9 comments:

  1. OOOOOH, BAG ENVY going on here! LOVE both of them! {droooool} And the purple inside the first one is GORGEOUS!! I desperately need a new bag, instead of a clunky camera case! ugh. You have such great taste! Thanks for doing such great leg work on getting the best bag--hoping I Have the chance to use this advice in the next several months!

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  2. I am so glad I came across your post! I have a nikon d90 and was wondering if it would fit in the posey. I know you said it fit in the bag, but did you feel it was too tight?

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  3. I am so glad I came across your post! I have a nikon d90 and was wondering if it would fit in the posey. I know you said it fit in the bag, but did you feel it was too tight?

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  4. Rachel, I really thought it was GREAT for the D90! I didn't feel like it was too tight at all. I would highly recommend it for the D90. I could even fit my D700 in there okay, but it was a bit tight for that one. Good luck with your purchase... I know it is so hard to know which bag is going to work best without actually seeing them in real life first.

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  5. Thanks for you post!!! I am torn between getting the Lola or the Stella!!! I have a Nikon D60 and I have 3 lens (largest being the 70 - 300mm) so I want something to fit them in if needed....do you think Stella would hold this?? Thanks again for your great review!!

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  6. I've had a Ginger Epiphanie bag for about 5 months and I think it's almost perfect except I wish it opened slightly more. When I asked about this on their FB page, they recommended this bag. Thanks for the review, I am glad I found it!

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  7. How wide is the bag after fitting all of your gear in it? The website says 8" but it looks like it is wider than that.

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  8. hannamac, 8" is pretty accurate. I just measured. :)

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  9. Hi there! Stumbled across your page by searching for the Kelly Moore Posey bag. It has been discontinued (boooooo) and I'm desperately looking for someone who might have one in decent shape they no longer need and want to sell me. Taking a trip to NY and need a smaller less obvious bag to tote around with me. If you still have yours and no longer want it please send me an email forevermrsanderson@gmail.com. Thanks! -Lindsey

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