Aide de Camp Handbags: Best Camera Travel Bags for Photographers

Aide de Camp Handbags: Best Camera Travel Bags for Photographers

As a travel blogger, I never leave for a trip without bringing my camera gear with me. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you would know that I’ve been using a backpack for storing those carry-on essentials; however… some time ago, I was in a dilemma: I realized that I rather wanted a handbag. More than the fact that it helps exude my femininity, I’ve discovered that I’m more comfortable with it (if not more efficient and fast).

Ever since then, I went on a hunt for a functional yet stylish handbag.

Functional ones? LOTS. But functional and also stylish? Not much. I was SO disappointed with the lack of choices that I had — until I discovered the company: Aide de Camp! From the moment that I set my eyes on their product line, I just knew right then and there that they were “the one”.
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Aide de Camp

ADC LogoMuch like me, Aide de Camp’s founder: Michele Ng, was once stumped of the fact that there was no well-styled camera bag on the market. So like any good entrepreneur, she put a solution to that problem by launching Aide de Camp’s first collection of handbags back in late 2013 in Singapore.

Ever since then, the brand gained a whirlwind of press exposure and success — for good reason: they have truly made amazing bags that are well-made and well-designed for on-the-go travelers like you and me.
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» Why I love Aide de Camp camera bags?

  • They are versatile. No matter the kind of lifestyle you lead or the kind of preferences that you keep, Aide de Camp’s product line will answer to your needs1 Even more so, most of their bags have multi-functional features too. And sure, the bags might have been originally designed for photographers; BUT since the camera-holder compartments can be taken out, any Aide de Camp bag can then be easily converted into a typical bag of sorts. Simply put: whatever your profession may be — a photographer, a mom, an artist, etc. — Aide de Camp has you covered.
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  • They are made premium materials. Camera gear are already bulky so a bag does not have to contest with that feature! Rest assured, Aide de Camp bags are made of lightweight materials that are sourced from all over the world: nylon from Korea, canvas from Europe, etc. Furthermore, the exteriors are made of water-resistant fabric for protection and comfortable straps for comfort.
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  • They are always evolving as they apply the feedback that they receive. Aide de Camp designs bags with YOU in mind. Truth be told, each and every single bag they have now are the result of all the feedback that they have received thus far. After all, the French phrase “aide de camp” translates to “camp assistant” so you are assured of the fact that the company exists to create smart bags that assist you in style, practicality, and more.
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  • They offer superb service. The brand always put a lot of time and attention into their products; so with that confidence, they offer their customers a 1-year warranty on all of their products! As for delivery, they offer worldwide shipping; so no worries on that aspect.

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Aide de Camp (ADC) Camera Travel Bags

You can see ALL of the existing styles of camera bags that they offer in this page. For my particular needs, I ended up picking their Valencia and Leyden styles.

» VALENCIA: My ideal carry-on travel tote

Camera Bag Valencia

AVAILABLE COLORS: Black and brown
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I love this Valencia bag because it’s the perfect substitute for my old camera backpack! Apart from the inside camera-bag insert (which can also function as a typical bag organizer), Valencia comes in two pieces which is a

The outer bag which is perfect as a carry-on bag has a trolley sleeve that will fit over your suitcase’s handles (for easier handling) — whereas the inner bag which is a bit smaller can be converted into a lightweight handbag (just attach the included carrying straps). If you ask me, it’s a great versatile tote that can be used on different parts of your trip or day.

Bag specifications:
– Water-restistant nylon exterior
– Genuine cow leather handles and trim
– Signature ADC pockets for better organization
– 14-karat champagne gold plated hardware
– 2 exterior pockets and 7 interior pockets
– Shoulder handle drop length: 9.5″
– Adjustable crossbody strap length: 34″ to 53″
– Dimensions of outer bag: 14″ (base) 19.5″ (top) W x 11.5″H x 8″D
– Dimensions of inner pouch: 13.5″W x 10″H x 6″D

Camera padding box specifications:
– Fits 1 camera body and 2-3 lenses
– Adjustable velcro dividers
– Removable and folds flat for storage
– Dimensions: 12″W x 5.5″H x 4.7″D

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» LEYDEN: My ideal camera purse for both work & play

DSLR Bag Leyden

AVAILABLE COLORS: Black and brown
LINK: [click]

Leyden is the best camera bag out there that is in the right size and style for sophistication. You can use it as a casual purse in the day as you stroll through a new city, and then use it as an elegant purse in the night as you attend an event.

This is my favorite for concealing the fact that I’m bringing along some bulky camera gear; otherwise, just take away the inner camera padding box and it will be yet another typical handbag. Don’t you just love how versatile it is?

Bag specifications:
– Water-restistant nylon exterior
– Genuine cow leather handles and trim
– Signature ADC pockets for better organization
– 14-karat champagne gold plated hardware
– 3 exterior pockets and 6 interior pockets
– Shoulder handle drop length: 9″
– Adjustable crossbody strap length: 34″ to 53″
– Dimensions: 14″W x 11″H x 6″D

Camera padding box specifications:
– Fits 1 camera body and 2-3 lenses
– Adjustable velcro dividers
– Removable and folds flat for storage
– Dimensions: 12″W x 5.5″H x 4.7″D

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Overall

Aide de Camp

It’s clear to see that Aide de Camp’s camera bags are an important part of your travel arsenal. I’ve been using them for a while now and they’re simply superb for all of my multifaceted needs.

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How about you?

  • What do you think of Aide de Camp?
  • Would you like to try own one of their camera bags? Why or why not?
  • Or do you already own one? How is it?

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8 comments

  1. These are awesome. I’m in the market for a new camera bag and have been looking for something more fashionable. These look like they could double as a great carryon bag too.

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    1. For sure, Aitza!

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  2. It does look like such a great camera bag. I don't have the kind of equipment to necessitate that kind of a bag. But when I do eventually get myself some better equipment I will definitely be looking at this bag.

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    1. Glad to hear that, David :D For sure this will come in handy.

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  3. The Valencia is really impressive but I really liked the look of the Leyden for my personal tastes. I can see why you chose the Valencia though, it seemed to have been well thought out and not missing a single detail. You can definitely travel in style with it for sure!

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    1. I love Valencia as a carry-on, that's why I chose it too! Leyden comes in as an everyday bag for me so they're a perfect combo ;)

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  4. I've been on the hunt for a new camera bag for a while now and this one hits all the right notes. It has a place for all of my essentials (including my Mac), is sturdy and water-proof, not to mention I love the colors it comes in. It's definitely on my short list of bags to buy! x

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    1. I'm happy to hear that it caught your attention too! I'm in love with these bags now :D

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