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Old May 30, 2018, 2:03 PM   #1
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Default Finally a camera bag that is exactly what I want

My requirements for my camera bag are simple.
1. It must hold a full frame camera while mounted to a 70-200 2.8f lens.
2. It must be comfortable for a big guy like me to wear.
3. It must hold at least 1 additional lens, flash and other gear that I might need.

My solution?

I have a large backpack that I love. So i bought large blocks of styrofoam, cut them to the size i needed, covered them with packing tape and made a camera bag that works for me

The first photo is the red taped styrofoam lying in the backpack completely unzipped with camera and lens in place. #2 The bag is almost zipped up and you're looking at it from above. #3 is the holder for my second lens. #4 The bag is zipped up. #5 A side view of the entire bag.
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Old May 30, 2018, 3:26 PM   #2
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Nice rings.
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
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Old May 31, 2018, 3:13 AM   #3
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My wife was my assistant on the photo. Those are her hands. I will pass along your compliments!
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Old Jun 7, 2018, 3:57 PM   #4
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Now that's good thinking (outside the square). We are so used to buying everything and leaving it up to the manufacturers to "do it for us" that we forget we still have creativity on "our" side. Sometimes, all we have to do is apply it. I like to carry around 'everything' in the one bag (well at least I like to try to) - camera, Nikon D750 with grip and 24-120mm lens,, Godox flash,, chargers for both,, 20,000ma battery powerpack,, all sorts of cables,, manuals for both, sensor blower, etc etc. The bag is a good Lowepro bag, well made, but just isn't comfortably big enough. I prefer a bag as opposed to an over the shoulder pack but maybe soon I'm going to have to re-think things as over the years it's just bulging way too much and weighs a ton, and each time I zip it closed, I expect a stitch to tear or the zip to break, because it is bulging at the seams. Thank heavens I spent the extra dollars on this bag and never bought any of the cheaper alternatives.
I guess I am going to consider a shoulder pack - SOON...!!!

Good thinking on your part FaithfulPastor...

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Old Jun 12, 2018, 2:55 PM   #5
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So you're saying your camera bag is in the same shape as George Costanza's wallet on Seinfeld?


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