5 Million Dollar Home is Too Small For Me

Last year, I bought the 5 Million Dollar Home instead of my initial plan that is The Keystone cos the boutique in KLCC has no stock of them. And ever since then, I have been calling them every fortnightly checking on the stock. Many moons had passed and I am getting more anxious about the buying.

Santa did not promise me a Keystone but he sure brings me a good kantau (deal). I bought the bag for only RM400.00 instead of RM569.00 from a MMU (Multimedia University) student where my Sister is lecturing. According to the seller, he used them twice only. And yes, they look so new! I don’t mind at all even if they are considered as second hand.

Before I continue, we are talking about Crumpler bags, ok? I know, the name is a bit confusing πŸ˜‰ .


Logo on the Front – their trademark, stickman


Logo on the back. The brown area is a bit caved in so they act a bit like a massager.


Front view & Back view

Seriously, the bag is very bulky and heavy. But when you put them over your shoulder, they felt very light and the back of the bag was designed to snug fitly to your back. Compared to a sling back, the weight from the backpack was distributed evenly. No more sore shoulders that way.

Since they are bulky, personally I think the bag is good to be used during flight transit and not as your daily outing unless for an assignment or outdoor photoshoot where you need to bring along all your lenses.


This camera bag double up as a laptop carrier too.

The laptop compartment is detachable if you do not require them. But nowadays, which photographer don’t carry along a laptop for image transfer during a long holiday trip unless you have something like 30gig of memory card. For me, I would use this compartment to store my baby’s diaper. *wakakaka!!!*

Coming to the main part of the bag. The netting that protect the camera equipments. For those who is not familiar with Crumpler product, all their dividers are made from velcro and is fully adjustable.

During one the outdoor photoshoot with my sifu, he thinks that it has no harm to carry the external flash without using the cover to save storage space as I was really squeezing my gadgets in my 5 Millon Dollar Home. Now with ample space in The Keystone, I do not have to worry about the space again. Even after placing the kit lens and 50mm, I still have extra space for maybe the battery kit (asif! $$$) or the battery & camera charger, tissue papers, etc…

The only space I don’t quite like is the side pocket. You have to really squeeze your hand into the pocket to take out things cos they are too tight. Initially I thought they are just a dummy zipper. Well, the only thing I can think of is to keep some sanitary pad. *kekekeke*

Even though this is the smallest backpack (camera bag) among all the Crumpler range, I still find them too big and bulky for my usage. Not that I have so many lenses, mind you. But I can fully utilised them like chuck in my purse, handphone, kids stuff, etc. You know what model I will recommend if you have very little gadget like me? Take a look at Lowepro Flipside 300. They are two third of The Keystone. The thing that put me off is… they are Lowepro. Haha! And another main reason is the colour – black. However, I have no regret with the purchase considering I am paying quite a good price at RM400.00 πŸ˜‰

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  1. FamilyFirst said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 11:07 am

    Wah .. lucky i only started baking and not photography .. else budget koyak man!

  2. aj7 said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 11:57 am

    wah….million dollar home upgraded some more… 8)

  3. zazu said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

    nice bag.. i use a kata(k) to store my gear.. i like its big mouth he he.

  4. Binky said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

    I like the colors, and it has so much storage space. Crumpler is expensive… I could only afford a cheap Tamrac..

    The Queen says: Come on! With your USD, you can buy two Crumpler with Tamrac price in Malaysia.

  5. San said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    You don’t find it troublesome having to lay down the bag before u can get ur gear out?

    The Queen says: Oh, no need to lay down the bag wat except for the laptop. The netting will prevent the gears from falling down but of course you need to play with the gravity la. Just tilt a little when you unzip the netting.

  6. chooi peng said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

    agreed to San, no troublesome mer?
    but still feel like buying… LOL

    The Queen says: Before this, I used a normal backpack. Threw everything in it. I have so much trouble when looking for my purse or when the mobile starts to ring. Or sometimes when I took out the camera, the mobile phone will entangled with the camera strap and caused my phone to drop on the floor. But with the camera bag, everything was organized nicely in the compartment. Just like a bento box. hahaha!

  7. duckie said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    wah…. 400 linggit for a bag…..

    anyway, itu 5juta dollar rumah ada mau jual ka?

    The Queen says: Back pack is always more expensive than sling bag. I will let go the 5 juta if I upgrade to 6 juta dollar rumah.

  8. Charmaine said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

    Wow, I did not realise Crumpler so expensive in KL. Incidentally, I just bought one of their bags today too, a Headaitch (Large) for work, A$100.00. The 5 million dollar home in Sydney is A$115.00. I love their range. The store at The Strand Arcade, Sydney also sells Crumpler Toilet Paper for A$3 a roll.

    The Queen says: Actually Crumpler price in Malaysia is cheaper. Let say your 5 Mil is A$115 x 2.4 (exchange rate) = RM276. I bought my 5mil at RM259 only. But of course dollar to dollar we are always loosing to AUD and SGD. *sigh…. WAh, a roll of toilet paper for A$3! $$$

  9. laundryamah said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

    fuiyoh! nice bag!! but i reckon the orange shud be on the outside n the grey inside… πŸ™‚

  10. huisia said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

    nice bag…hehe..i got myself 6mil too, new model with 2 locks at very good bargain, hkd630.

  11. Selena said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

    waaaaa…… some ppl’s hubbies give their missus a lot of pocket money horr πŸ˜‰

    The Queen says: My hard earned money la!

  12. Mommy to Chumsy said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

    ooooo….you are so rich. when is your housewarming eh? heehheheehhe.

    i didn’t know a bag for the canggih camera cost so much πŸ˜€

  13. jazzmint said,

    January 9, 2009 @ 7:49 am

    wow super huge!!

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