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  • grumpy3b
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    TO drag up this older thread I would add that I think there is room for a nice day use "grab and go" style bag for DSLRs. I see a variation on the Buzz as the ideal design. Lowepro has something along these lines with their Slingshot but apparently, as commented by another user here on the TB forums, the Slingshot is not near as comfy as the Buzz.

    I would love to have a bag like the Buzz which can accommodate something as large as say a Canon 40D/Nikon D300/Sony a700 sorta camera with a medium zoom on it as well as one extra lens, say something along the lines of a Canon EX 10-20mm or Sigma 10-20mm, or even another small to medium sized lens in a lens case. Then have a compartment to store support items like a battery, a couple back-up memory cards and a few other bits 'n pieces.

    I just like the form factor and functionality of a sling pack like the Buzz taken into the area of a day hike pack for a camera. To me the Buzz would be a logical starting point even if all you began with was the shoulder strap (pure genius btw...)

    Oh, the ability to tote around something like a TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate PC would be just the cherry on top...especially since the newer DSLRs are allowing real-time feeding of your shots to your device so you can modify settings on a larger display. I know, yet another gadget I am adding but, why not, what is the point of life w/o gadgets and goodies?

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  • falconea
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    What we're doing is putting the camera into a LowePro Nova 2 with either a huge extra pouch for a large wide-angle lens (LowePro 1W) or a couple of smaller pouches on the side for extra lenses and flashes, then dropping the whole lot in the bottom of a Brain Bag. It fits perfectly, and the Size 5 Brain Cell sits above it (in the other section of the Brain Bag).

    There's still heaps of room for other stuff, and it's still carry-on size.

    This isn't really a day use solution, but it is a solution to air travel with camera and laptop when limited to only one carry-on - and this is the hard part to achieve!

    Audrey

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  • Meryddian
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    That's why I really like my Ego... obviously it looks more like it's a laptop bag, but it's roomy enough that I can rummage around in it a bit, and slip my camera in and out, change lenses, etc.

    Like I said, my worst habit is that I tend to throw things loose into my bag, so I want something that creates a small sleeve inside. The main reason I don't use a camera bag is that I hate having a bag that screams "Hey, look - (possibly) expensive camera here!"

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  • pretzelb
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    I had another thought on the topic of bag structure.

    Another reason I like the idea of a bag with padded walls that supports it's form is that it allows me to open the bag and operate everything off the ground while the bag hangs off me. Most DSLR photographers are probably more patient than me and will take the bag off, unload, and set up the shot. I find that I end up walking around and then finding a shot, taking it, then wanting to walk to my next destination. My process is fairly quick so I want the camera (and lenses) to be quickly accessible. There are "sling bags" that can accomplish this but they don't give you the ability to see your entire bag at once, just the quick access part. With my current bag, I can see everything in the bag and even change lenses inside the bag. The big bonus is that I don't have to take the bag off or put it on the ground which is great when you're hiking.

    Just a thought.

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    how long before they come up with a Domke wrap that's got some padding to it ?
    Originally posted by jehingr View Post
    A couple of years ago, Zephyrnoid pointed me to the Domke wrap to solve a problem I was having with Firewire drives in my Empire Builder. It is still an awesome solution to my original problem. The only problem is I think I've become addicted to the Domke wraps now. I actively look for things that are just a little bit odd sized or whatever - just so that I can wrap them up.

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  • jehingr
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    A couple of years ago, Zephyrnoid pointed me to the Domke wrap to solve a problem I was having with Firewire drives in my Empire Builder. It is still an awesome solution to my original problem. The only problem is I think I've become addicted to the Domke wraps now. I actively look for things that are just a little bit odd sized or whatever - just so that I can wrap them up.

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    You have to hand it to Domke for coming up with a totally timeless and form fitting solution that's JUST right for certain objects. I have 6 of these and my fav is the Headphone wrap that gets me at my MDRV6's fast and packs them away without cord tangles etc. Slap a velcro patch on 'em and bingo- instant removable labeling. Now you'll get me singing the praises of the Velcro invention ! LOL

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  • Meryddian
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    I like the idea of wraps. When you have an oddly-shaped camera (that is, larger lens attached), it becomes difficult to find a bag that fits "right". I like to be able to just pull out my camera and be ready to go.

    Currently, I'm using my Ego and my camera is often loose inside... bad me. I'd love to see a sleeve that would attach to one of the laptop hooks, which would take up about 1/3 of the interior, with a solid bottom, a flap halfway down, and a zip-close top - it'd be big enough to hold the camera safely in the top, but the bottom half of the sleeve (under the flap) would easily hold spare batteries, extra lens, memory cards, whatever.

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  • pretzelb
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    I wish my local camera store carried either the inserts or the wraps so I could try them. I bought some pouches at the local store and regret it because they are kind of a pain. I will probably order some wraps or inserts at some point and give them a try.

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  • Patrick
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    Originally posted by thalweg View Post
    Just an idea. How about foam inserts by other manufacturers inside a Tom Bihn bag.

    A few manufacturers that come to mind include Tenaba, Domke, and Billingham. Here are a few links to what I am thinking of:

    http://www.tenba.com/pc-957-12-photo...nger-bags.aspx

    http://www.tiffen.com/results.html?s...e+Camera+Bags&

    http://www.billingham.co.uk/prodbuy.asp?id=85

    I'm sure that there are a lot more options out there. The advantage is that you could be very incognito with a stylish Bihn bag and you wouldn't have to wait for Tom to design a camera bag. Cheers! -Alan
    Wow, those look very useful.

    Is anyone currently using foam insert in one of their Bihn bags? Pictures? xD

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    Yes exactly my strategy! I actually also LOVE 'Domke wraps' that close with velcro (see below). I find that for most of my loose gear, the TB organizer pouches with my round tags added are amazingly efficient. Tenba is an old fav of mine. I also use tupperware with great results!

    More than camera bags, we really need for Tom to come up with a cool Photo/Video vest maybe. I love my 511Tactical vest but it's not ideal for Video shoots etc etc.


    Originally posted by thalweg View Post
    Just an idea. How about foam inserts by other manufacturers inside a Tom Bihn bag.

    A few manufacturers that come to mind include Tenaba, Domke, and Billingham. Here are a few links to what I am thinking of:

    http://www.tenba.com/pc-957-12-photo...nger-bags.aspx

    http://www.tiffen.com/results.html?s...e+Camera+Bags&

    http://www.billingham.co.uk/prodbuy.asp?id=85

    I'm sure that there are a lot more options out there. The advantage is that you could be very incognito with a stylish Bihn bag and you wouldn't have to wait for Tom to design a camera bag. Cheers! -Alan
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    Last edited by Zephyrnoid; 01-02-2008, 07:05 AM.

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    Yes exactly my strategy! I actually also LOVE 'wraps' that close with velcro. Another of my tricks is to use smaller camera bags for sub-containment and basically nest things into gradually bigger bags. I just received a MASSIVE bag from 511Tactical that is basically a rolling soft-trunk. So I pile subunits into it. I find that more most of my loose gear, the TB organizer pouches with my round tags added are amazingly efficient. Tenba is an old fav of mine.
    More than camera bags, we really need for someone like tom to come up with a cool Photo/Video vest maybe. I love my 511Tactical vest but it's not ideal for Video shoots etc etc. I need to do an internship with Tom maybe .


    Originally posted by thalweg View Post
    Just an idea. How about foam inserts by other manufacturers inside a Tom Bihn bag.

    A few manufacturers that come to mind include Tenaba, Domke, and Billingham. Here are a few links to what I am thinking of:

    http://www.tenba.com/pc-957-12-photo...nger-bags.aspx

    http://www.tiffen.com/results.html?s...e+Camera+Bags&

    http://www.billingham.co.uk/prodbuy.asp?id=85

    I'm sure that there are a lot more options out there. The advantage is that you could be very incognito with a stylish Bihn bag and you wouldn't have to wait for Tom to design a camera bag. Cheers! -Alan

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  • thalweg
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    How about using inserts by others in TB bags

    Just an idea. How about foam inserts by other manufacturers inside a Tom Bihn bag.

    A few manufacturers that come to mind include Tenaba, Domke, and Billingham. Here are a few links to what I am thinking of:

    http://www.tenba.com/pc-957-12-photo...nger-bags.aspx

    http://www.tiffen.com/results.html?s...e+Camera+Bags&

    http://www.billingham.co.uk/prodbuy.asp?id=85

    I'm sure that there are a lot more options out there. The advantage is that you could be very incognito with a stylish Bihn bag and you wouldn't have to wait for Tom to design a camera bag. Cheers! -Alan

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  • pretzelb
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    WHile I agree that the camera bag market is already saturated if not over saturated, I'm not sure that is a reason to stay out. The same could be said for just about every product that TB also makes. But I do agree with you that TB may not want to try and design a specialized bag for much of the reasons mentioned. That's why I'm more leaning towards a generic approach where the bag could do more than just cameras. As I said, the key is outer protection so something like the Imago isn't really good unless the material for the laptop cells is used. More and more I'm becoming a fan of the Red Oxx Gator bag for an all around camera bag.

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    I think that consensus says that TomBihn inner modules that are photo-gear specific make the most sense as there are MANY excellent camera bag makers and bags out there already.
    Keep in mind that the Tom Bihn core competency is laptop friendly bags.
    A case in point is that when I'm in Photographer or Videographer mode, I shift my gear around between bags depending on my assignment.
    I use the Aeronaut and Super Ego as hybrid camera + other gear bags.
    When I'm in fullphoto mode, I drag out the camera bags I have and insert submodules as needed. I've actually done this to my audio and lighting gear as well.
    I see little point in yet another camera bag competing in a crowded market of SMEs
    Tom may feel differently though

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