It’s been about a month since Eric from ILE sent me one of his new Photo Bag Mini models to test out. Usually, when I’m shooting photos on the go while riding, I’ll just throw the camera around my shoulder and pedal around with it fully exposed. There are plenty of occasions where that might not be a great idea, or maybe you want to carry a flash, some CF cards and other small accessories with you. In those cases, the Photo Bag Mini is perfect.
Or, as I’ve found in recent weeks, it’s great for toting my Hasselblad and a few film backs. Check out more of my thoughts on the ILE Photo Bag Mini below. Click on the above photo to launch the gallery, or here to open in a new tab.
The bag is perfect for a DSLR with a prime lens and a battery grip. I’ve even fit my 5DMkii with a battery grip and my Canon 24-70 f2.8 L simply by removing the divider padding. Since that’s a big lens, the interior space is completely maxed out. But all of my prime lenses fit with extra room. If you don’t use a battery grip, you’ve got even more space.
The shoulder-sling design makes it easy to access without getting off your bike. Undo the stabilizer strap, hen simply unclip the bag, open the velcro and access your camera. There’s a zippered pouch on the top that’s perfect for keys, your phone, wallet, CF / SD cards and whatever else you need to carry, as well as a pouch on the front that has become quite useful for carrying film backs for my Hasselblad. It actually fits the Polaroid back perfectly.
On one side is a strap for a U-lock or a small tripod and, the other, a pocket for batteries or what have you.
While the ILE Photo Bag Mini isn’t a cargo-capacity camera bag, it’s perfect for those times you just want to walk, or ride around with your camera. Priced at $120 and available in three stock colorways, the ILE Photo Bag Mini is in stock at ILE.