Saturday, March 27, 2010

Review: Kelly Moore Bag

We've had some meetings in the past months and one of the things we wanted to start doing here at Photo Lovecat is review things being sold that are aimed at photographers. This is going to include workshops, books, DVDs, products and more. Is there an item you want the skinny on? Let us know in the comments!

The first item I'm reviewing is the Kelly Moore Bag. I chose it basically because I had just got it when we started discussing reviewing products for PLC and I have put it through its paces in the past month so I feel that I've used it enough to give it a full review.

Kelly Moore Bag Review

I love my Shootsac. No, you don’t understand me. I REALLY love my Shootsac. I don’t even want to confess to the amount of covers I have, but let’s just say that it’s a hefty number. However, the one thing I do not love about my Shootsac is that I don’t have the ability to put my camera in it. Sometimes, you just don’t want a camera hanging from your neck. In comes the Kelly Moore Bag, which offers lens holding and camera holding in one stylish bag. I bought one after seeing someone else’s and getting Moore Envy.

Here’s my thoughts on the bag. Remember, this is just MY thoughts for MY use of the bag.

Use of the bag:

I think that it is important to know what I bought this bag FOR when reviewing the product. It helps you have an idea in mind of what I’m reviewing it on.

* Use for travel for non-professional trips. I fly in/out of a small airport and my Think Tank International always has to be checked, ALWAYS. I have a backpack but that sucker gets heavy. This would be used for those trips that are just for fun.

* Use to take to parties, holidays and family events where I know I’ll eventually have to bring my camera out but I don’t want to have it out in the open for kids to grab and use.

* Use for portrait sessions where I don’t use as many lenses as I do during a wedding shoot.

* Flash bag for weddings (right now I use a Coach tote bag and would like to have dividers).


+ VERY stylish, offers the ability to be a camera bag & purse.

+ Love all of the color options.

+ Ability to hold camera bodies.

+ Dividers come out (they are velcro) to make more room.

+ Many pockets for small camera gear, accessories, keys etc.

+ Strap is adjustable, allowing you to strap across the body if need be.

+ Allows you to covertly carry gear without screaming I have thousands of dollars of equipment in here!

+ Love that there is a zippered pocket to keep things super secure (cf cards, keys etc).


- Nikon 70-200 VR sits too high to allow the bag to close properly allowing the content of the bag to be seen by anyone that gives a curious look your way, kills the “covert camera bag” thing.

- The lenses do sit inside the compartments, but still move around a lot. I wish that they were able to be snuggled a bit tighter.

- Cannot move the dividers, just take them in/out.

- Needs a padded shoulder pad.

- Not sure what the super tiny pockets on the side would hold other than business cards.

- Magnetic closures don’t seem to hold well. The ones on the front seem to pop open pretty easily.

Final Thoughts:

During the test period with this bag I traveled to/from/around Las Vegas and also used it for a portrait shoot. While the bag was exactly what I wanted for the portrait shoot, the bag doesn't work for what I want and need it for during travel. The bottom line is I want a bag that looks good and also can carry my gear covertly and since the snaps don't close on top, my gear is still open to be seen. Another issue with the top not closing is that when I have to put the bag in the overhead compartment when flying, I have to worry about my gear sliding out. The simple solution would be to just not carry my 70-200 when using this bag but it's my go-to lens so that's not a solution for me. I plan on selling my bag.

If I were a Canon shooter (or didn't love my Nikon 70-200 so much) I would probably be completely sold on this bag as I really do love the design. I can't say enough how beautiful it is and how much I love the detailing on it. However, it doesn't do what I need it to do and at that price ($200+) it's really too expensive of a bag to keep for eye candy! If you are a Canon shooter, I am jealous that you can use this bag for everything I want it for!

While at WPPI I did talk with Kelly about what the future plans are for the bag. She said that she did realize that there is an issue with the Nikon 70-200 and she went off the specs on the Nikon website when designing the bag and taking the end cap off should help (it doesn’t and I think that may be for the 70-200 VRII). She is already designing a new bag with room for the Nikon 70-200 and the top will have a zipper in lieu of the snaps. She also plans on releasing a mens version. So, if you're Nikon gal like me, you may want to wait on buying but if you are a Canon shooter, feel free to buy away!

Corey Ann is a wedding & lifestyle photographer from North Canton, OH. She is a mix of everything - fashionista, travel guru, deal hound and geek rolled into one. She's had a website online since 1997 and a blog since 1999. When not plotting world domination or her next trip, she can be found reading one of the 100+ books she reads a year. Follow her on Twitter.


  1. Oh I'm so glad she's redesigning it for the Nikon 70-200! I can't close one of the snaps, but it doesn't really bother me.

  2. Hey Corey Ann-
    Thanks for the review! I wanted to comment on a few of the things you discussed. I hope this is ok! If not, feel free to not publish this comment :)

    - Tiny side pockets: These were made specifically for a cell phone. They fit a blackberry or an I phone nicely. As you mentioned, they can also fit business cards.

    - Zipper top: I was considering adding a zipper to this bag, but when I received the sample, I really hated it with the zipper. It made the bag too cumbersome for getting in and out of, so I'm leaving it the way it is because I love the way it shoots!

    - New Bags: For those of you who don't like the snaps, I have 2 new styles coming out soon. One has a flap to close the bag, and the other has a zipper! They both fit all Nikon lenses!

    - Shoulder Pads: They will be here soon as well!

    - Snaps staying closed: I personally don't have any issues with the snaps staying closed, but I suspect if you fill the bag too full, it might not want to stay shut.

    -Travel: When I travel, I keep the bag under the seat in front of me, and it fits perfectly, and since the bag is sturdy, I've never had any trouble with it falling over or anything falling out.

    Ok, I guess that's all for now! If anyone has any questions about the bag, feel free to comment, and I'll try to answer!

    Kelly Moore Clark

  3. I own a Kelly Moore bag and absolutely love it! I shoot Nikon and have a 70-200 2.8 and if I place it in a middle section, it fits perfectly. I only have a problem with it snapping open if I have too much stuff in it! The side pockets are perfect for my phone on one side and my keys on the other. I seriously love this bag!

    I posted a blog about it at

  4. I see in Kelly Moore's comment that she says:

    "Shoulder Pads: They will be here soon as well!".

    Why don't bags that are designed to carry relatively heavy camera equipment come with comfortable shoulder straps/pads to begin with? Why are they added on later as an extra accessory? This has been boggling my brain ever since I first considered buying a Shootsac (but did not).

    Just wondering what you guys think.

  5. Hi Corey Ann-
    I'm a fan of the blog and noticed you mentioned you would like ideas for products to review. Along with my love photography, I also work for a photo book printer. Is there an "official" way for me to contact you about reviews or is this really it? Thanks for all the good articles.

  6. I love the video on the website, and love the post here. I have a concern, and I was hoping I could get it answered!

    I shoot weddings with 2 cameras, both with vertical battery grips. I'm looking for the perfect bag that is both stylish for a wedding, easy to cary, AND will fit 2-3 lenses with my Canon professional camera (w/ the battery grip). From the video, it doesn't look like the vertical grip will fit inside the bag. Is that correct?

    In addition, who are the competitors? Does anyone use another bag besides the ShootSac (which I do love as well!) and a Kelly Moore?


  7. I bought a Kelly Moore Bag last year and took it to NY for a shoot. The straps hurt my shoulders. I came home from a 5 hour shoot with chest pains due to the straps hanging across my shoulders.

    Like Corey Ann mentioned, it doesn't close well unless you place the 70-200 in the middle. The dividers are great though.

    I hate the fact that people can peek through my kelly moore bag. Specially when I'm in a crowd, like the subway, or at an event.

    The magnetic buttons - they make me feel uncomfortable with the thought that I have to be careful that they're not scratching any of my gears. It doesn't close fully too when I have a little more to carry in it.

    I bought it for it's looks, the dividers, and the pockets. I wanted lots of pockets!

    It's a gorgeous looking bag. It's Fashion meets Function. But I would gladly trade or sell it for an emera bag anyday.

  8. I ordered one of her bags. I found it too large and the leather felt bad, fake I'm guessing. I also found customer service lacking, especially in what looks like a small, intimate business.

  9. I wanted the kelly moore bag, would someone please comment on the material? I am a BCBG and Coach type of girl... not sure if the Kelly Moore bags are made of good material. please advice.

  10. I wonder if magnetic buttons would affect CF cards? Great review - very fair. I love impartial reviews much more than sponsored! Great job Corey Ann

  11. Very interesting review. I wish I had read this before I ordered my "Classic" Kelly Moore bag, especially since I debated between it and the *Emera bag. I too am not a fan of the magnetic closure, but from the video it seems to be pretty secure, especially if you don't overstuff it. I'm very pleased with its appearance. I have been lugging around my gear in the backpack so I feel way more feminine with this bag. I think I'm going to keep it even though this artcle makes me wonder if I made the right choice. I'll have to update you once I've used it.

  12. The material is a big no no no! I have just bought a "Classic", the skin is easy to be scratched (not intended) and break, in just 2 days use, really disappointing.I am going to get refund!


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