I have owned Crumbler’s Five Million Dollar Camera Bag for over four years now and it is my go to bag for day photography trips and smuggling diamonds past the TSA. I have owned over half a dozen Crumbler camera bags whether they have been backpacks or slings and I have enjoyed all of them.
The Five Million Dollar Home Bag is the one I have used the most and would recommend if you are like me and only switch between two lenses on a shoot. I fit my Nikon D800 with a lens attached, a smaller prime lens, a Gary Fong Lightsphere and a Nikon Speedlight SB-800. Not to mention an extra battery, release cable, a Polarizer filter and my Pelican Card Case. That’s a lot for a little bag that costs under $100.
The 2013+ versions have removed the pocket on the flap that closes but still has the dividers and the pocket on the inside which are very useful. Being that I have a number of Crumplers the dividers are interchangeable so I can change the interior of mine if I wanted, but I never have. The inside pocket is great to keep a filter, media cards, cleaning supplies or business cards, it is also a mesh pocket so you can see what is inside at a glance.
I have used this camera bag in rain and snow storms and not once has the equipment receive damage, the material is water resistant. If you wipe the water off your bag soon enough it won’t soak in, this is also why you cannot wash your bag if you get it dirty. Washing your Crumpler will ruin the water resistant material and make it a bounty towel. Just recently I did my first cleaning of the bag, because it has gotten dirty with all the outings. For cleaning I used a wash cloth with some soapy water.
After a few years with this bag I did notice some minor wear on the velcro, piece of it falls off and sticks to the inside material. The velcro still works and you can remove the pieces with a tweezer. Speaking of velcro, one of my favorite parts about the Five Million is there are flaps that can cover your velcro so you can open your bag in silent mode. That’s nice when you are close to an animal, shooting an event or you don’t want someone to hear you open your bag.
The other thing I love about my Five Million Crumpler is that is doesn’t look like a camera bag, that’s the main reason I bought it. Nothing worse then having signs that point to your equipment that says steal me. The down point is the interiors all have bright colors, it is easy to find your equipment that way but also brings people to your attention once your bag is opened.