Hi everyone! I've been staring longingly at the Tom Bihn bags for a while, and I think it's about time to take the plunge, particularly since I'd like something sexier than a backpack to carry my laptop around in.
The dimensions for the 13" Ristretto seem to be quite a lot larger than a 13" MacBook Air - even the 11" Ristretto looks like it would have ample space inside it, when comparing the dimensions of each. Is this space for padding, perhaps? I'm used to carrying my laptop in unpadded bags, mostly to avoid bulk, and I'd still rather skip it and save a couple of inches on the bag dimensions. Is there an easy way to extract the padding from the 11" Ristretto and slide in a 13" MBA, or is it all fixed in place?
I notice in photographs that most people seem to fill the main compartment with everything else they carry, rather than the front compartment. Is there something about the seams that makes the front compartment harder to fill with stuff, or is it maybe not as secure? I carry a mirrorless camera around (an NEX-5 - again, generally without padding) that I'd love to have some easy and quick way to get to without having to fumble around in the depths of the bag (or have it share a compartment with too much other stuff); would the front compartment work for a camera that's about 4.5" wide, 2.5" high and protrudes about 4" with a lens attached? Is there any TB magic that can help with making an easy-access camera pouch inside a Ristretto (that isn't build for huge SLR-scale cameras)?
Thanks for any advice anyone has to share!