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When I first started getting serious about photography, I had the absolute worst camera bag in the world. It was a small camera bag that didn’t fit all of my gear, which meant that I always had to choose which lenses I thought I would need before I went shooting.
Now, I see that a lot of camera bags have the opposite problem. So many of them are trying to be everything you need and they’re really missing the mark. A lot of times I don’t need to bring multiple cameras and multiple lenses, so these huge, heavy camera bags tend to get in my way.
If you find yourself having this problem a lot of the time, or if you only shoot with one camera body on a regular basis, then you likely need a cheap, lightweight camera bag that will hold what you do need.
And if this is you, I’ve got the perfect lightweight camera bag (and strap) for you.
A lightweight camera bag isn’t going to do you a ton of good if you don’t have a good leather camera strap already.
The MoneyMaker Solo is perfect for the photographer who only carries one camera body on them.
For starters, it will last you a lifetime and since it is a Holdfast camera strap, that’s a guarantee. If it ever malfunctions or stops working, you can get it replaced for free.
That means that this is a one time purchase. For $175, it’s the cheapest camera strap that will last for decades.
It’s also very comfortable. Unlike some leather camera straps which don’t feature a wide enough shoulder strap, the MoneyMaker Solo comes with a wide shoulder pad to keep you comfortable while also keeping your camera in place.
It is made of leather and stainless steel, so you don’t need to worry about getting caught out in the rain.
The MoneyMaker Solo also comes with a Belt Anchor. One side of this anchor gets put through a belt loop in your jeans while the other gets put through the Sailboat clip on the MoneyMaker. It ensures that your camera isn’t bouncing around while you’re out adventuring and trying to get to your next photoshoot location.
Finally, the MoneyMaker Solo is fashionable. It has a classic look because the makers want you to know you’ll be able to use it forever. You can get it in a variety of colors, like burgundy, chestnut, and tan.
Explorer Lens Quiver
A lightweight camera bag also won’t be much good to you if it doesn’t allow you to bring all of your lenses. That’s why I recommend that you pair your MoneyMaker Solo with an Explorer Lens Quiver.
The Explorer Lens Quiver is a lens bag that was designed like an arrow quiver, so it features a ton of open pockets without zippers or velcro which allow you immediate access to your lenses and other gear.
This lightweight camera bag attaches to the back of your traditional MoneyMaker (or the side of your MoneyMaker Solo) so that the weight of it is evenly distributed across your torso. This also ensures that you can reach around and grab whichever lens you need at a moment’s notice.
If, however, you catch yourself without your MoneyMaker Solo, you can also wear this lightweight camera bag as a traditional shoulder satchel.
This bag is made out of canvas and also comes in a bunch of different colors, like denim, forest green, and navy.
You can pick up The Explorer Lens Quiver for $260.
Solo to Quiver Adjustable Straps
I know that I mentioned pairing this lightweight camera bag with your traditional MoneyMaker (it was built to do so without any additional materials). However, if you want to attach it to your MoneyMaker Solo, you’ll need to also purchase some Solo to Quiver Adjustable Straps.
These straps are made out of the same material that your MoneyMaker Solo is. They’re designed to attach to your D-rings on your MoneyMaker Solo so that the Quiver bag hangs right on your side.
The straps are fully adjustable so that you can decide where your Quiver bag is placed. This allows even the shortest and tallest of photographers to get full use out of this system.
The Solo to Quiver Adjustable Straps come in all of the same colors as the MoneyMaker Solo does, so that you can make sure it doesn’t look out of place.
The Solo to Quiver Adjustable Straps will cost you $50.