After I bought my camera and a couple of lenses, I was looking for a stylish, non-clunky way to carry around my gear and keep it safe (I may or may not have been carrying it in my purse…). I looked at so many camera bags that seemed either too technical, masculine, or not my style. When my friend Karis brought her Kamrette Lyra backpack to a workshop back in March, it was love at first sight.
I’ve received so many complements on this backpack – and not just from photographers. Seriously, random people on the street passing by or standing in line behind me have complemented the look of this bag! It’s a very soft vegan leather that looks and feels high-end. The color is consistent, the metals are high-quality, the texture is really nice, and overall it honestly just looks great.
The main compartment holds a considerable amount of camera gear. Kamrette’s website states that the max lens size the Lyra Camera Bag holds is 8 inches, and holds an average of 3-4 lenses + a camera body. I’ve comfortably fit my two (2) full-frame Nikon D750 camera bodies, and all four of my lenses. Like you’d expect from any camera bag, it’s got removable, adjustable Velcro inserts to customize for your gear.
The Lyra’s laptop compartment has a padded laptop sleeve with extra space for documents, or in my case, a 5-in-1 reflector. My 13-inch MacBook Pro fits with absolutely no problem.
All of the pockets!
The functionality of the Kamrette Lyra backpack makes it worth the $189 price tag. I’m on-the-go, constantly traveling, and I love that even after 5 months of nearly constant adventures, travel, and weddings, its got no visible wear. The bag easily slips onto a suitcase for travel, which is so convenient when your back needs a break!
The Lyra backpack holds SO. MUCH. GEAR.
Even when it’s fully loaded, it’s comfortable to wear for quite a while.
I shoot primarily with prime (fixed length) lenses, which means when I’m working with one camera body, I’m changing lenses somewhat frequently. It’s not that convenient to have your gear tied up in a backpack if you’re wanting to change lenses all the time. You’ve got to take the bag off, set it down somewhere flat, and unzip, change lens, etc. etc. It also makes me nervous to leave it on the ground unzipped, in fear that somewhat might unknowingly grab the handle and have everything come tumbling out.
Now that I shoot with two camera bodies simultaneously, I’m changing lenses less, and can wear the backpack over top of my cameras if needed.
My last fear is about it stretching over time. The leather is so soft that I fear my constant stuffing it to the brim will eventually cause it to stretch out. Only time will tell!
Girl. If you’re looking for a new camera backpack… just do it, you’ll love it!