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inneyeseakay Dec 7, 2006 4:11 PM

Okay guys (and girls), I am in search of a camera bag that will fit my needs. I prefer the shoulder type (not backpack), but am open to ideas/suggestions. My gear currently consists of my Pentax istDL, Pentax 18-55mm, Sigma 100-300mm, Sigma 28-105mm, Chinon 50mm Prime, and two flashes. I would like a bag that would fit all of this securely, but I don't want to spend a fortune. What do you use? What do you recommend? What do you advise to stay away from? Feel free to post pics of your equipment and bag for visual reference.

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:32 PM

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OK, I made one myself after looking at a LowPro. This one cost me around 25 USD and a few hours of fun. A "Ladies beauty box" from the warehouse, a camping matress and some contact glue. Im very happy with it, it fits my "everyday equipment" as if it was made for it (which it is).

#1 with second floor off

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:33 PM

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#2 with second floor put in place

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:35 PM

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And a travelbag made of a hard shell carry-on bag, plywood and foam plastics

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:36 PM

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Tied down with a wooden top

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:39 PM

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Ready to go!

Actually, I use the travelbag mainly for storage, but it's handy when travelling by car and when I drag the big lens around in places like a zoo. The shoulderbag has become part of my body, I hardly take it off when I go to bed.


inneyeseakay Dec 7, 2006 4:47 PM

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Those are awesome... I might try developing something like that because I can't seem to findwhat I would really like. I am looking for a breifcase shaped bag, kinda like a laptop bag, where I can lay verything out... I'm not a big fan of stacked, but I really like what you have done with both of those. You might jsut be the imspiration I need.

How study is the foam you used? On the top layer, does it hold the camera there? With the bag I have now, if there's an open compartment, the foam isn't sturdy enough to hold the camera and allows it to float.

The bag below is something likewhat I would like to start with...

bluwing Dec 7, 2006 6:46 PM


I have had a couple of bags. This is the one that I finally liked and got. And best of all it won't bank the bank to buy it. Look here:


philneast Dec 7, 2006 6:48 PM

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Kjell, absolutely brilliant!

Camping mattresses are very firm, they are designe for minimum compression when an adult lies on them.

So in Kjell's creation there is unlikely to be any major distortion of the foam shapes alowing the camera to move significantly.

The key with any foam in a camera bag is to get it properly fitted around your equipment, as Kjell has done.

inneyeseakay Dec 7, 2006 8:16 PM

Where can I get one of these camping mattresses and how much do they run? Are they cheap? Can I pick them up at a local walmart? I think I will go about trying to make one.

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