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  • suden
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    Originally posted by HappyJ View Post
    Check Courierware's Camera Bag if you like messenger style camera bags.
    Thanks for the suggestion...I've actually looked at their bags and almost ordered one...but now that Tom has officially announced that camera inserts are in the works, I'm going to wait and see what's available. I'm hoping these might be out by summer? Any guesses yet...Darcy?

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  • HappyJ
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    Originally posted by suden View Post
    I own five camera bags...a Billingham Hadley Pro, two smallish sized Domke bags (can't think of the exact model's at the moment), an Aritist and Artisan Oskars day bag, and a ShootSac and believe it or not, they all serve a purpose...well almost, I'll probably be Ebaying one or two before it's over with. Now that I'm traveling more, I'm looking for a suitable carry on bag to house my MacBook Air, Canon 5D w/two lenses, as well as my Leica M8 Rangefinder with two lenses. This quest would be easier if I was more of a backpack fan, but alas, I'm not so messenger style it is.

    I would just love to see Tom come out with camera bag options simply because out of all of these that I just mentioned, none can fully compare to the quality of Tom's IMHO, except possibly the Billingham...which is a very well made bag, but I really prefer a more relaxed look to my bags.

    The search never ends!
    Check Courierware's Camera Bag if you like messenger style camera bags.

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  • suden
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    I own five camera bags...a Billingham Hadley Pro, two smallish sized Domke bags (can't think of the exact model's at the moment), an Aritist and Artisan Oskars day bag, and a ShootSac and believe it or not, they all serve a purpose...well almost, I'll probably be Ebaying one or two before it's over with. Now that I'm traveling more, I'm looking for a suitable carry on bag to house my MacBook Air, Canon 5D w/two lenses, as well as my Leica M8 Rangefinder with two lenses. This quest would be easier if I was more of a backpack fan, but alas, I'm not so messenger style it is.

    I would just love to see Tom come out with camera bag options simply because out of all of these that I just mentioned, none can fully compare to the quality of Tom's IMHO, except possibly the Billingham...which is a very well made bag, but I really prefer a more relaxed look to my bags.

    The search never ends!
    Last edited by suden; 08-30-2008, 04:32 AM.

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    There are so many camera bags out there. Kata, Domke,Lowe,Tamrac,Lightware, and now... Petrol.
    There are areas where gaps exist, but they're not in camera bags.

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    Man. I don't lust after still camera gear- having sold off so much of it in my 'transition' of 1990. But having managed to come-back, using a point and shoot for 5 years, I feel it's time to properly commit to something befitting the images I make. Not an ego-trip or anything- just need it to make my work easier.
    Here's what a Coolpix 5000 can do... http://www.gearninja.com

    Originally posted by Ken View Post
    I am assuming that you mean that you need it because you want it? It broke my piggy bank, and I am still wading through the 400+ page manual, but I am enjoying it so far. I will say that it is quite heavy. It handles well, but it is does not easily "disappear" like my D40 did when I am out for the day. But allis not lost for you, Nikon is supposed to be making an announcement this Monday, and I bet that they will have something else for you to add to your lust list.

    --Ken

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  • Ken
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    Originally posted by bigo View Post
    TO: KEN
    which domke bag are you referring to?
    Bigo
    Pardon the delayed response. I have several Domke bags, but my current favorite as a working bag is the F-2.

    --Ken

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  • waywest
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    padded insert basics

    Great to see that others also like the idea of a modular photo insert!
    Photo inserts have to do two things: protect the gear in transit and be easy to pull out/put in stuff when you're actively using the camera. A walking contradiction to be sure.

    To me, the most useful insert would be one that let me just drop the camera into the bag nose down, so that it's easy to pull out/tuck in the camera as I work/walk. It'd need to be 5-6" wide (that's body side to outside face) to handle nose-down SLRs. Anything that assumes the body doesn't have a lens attached becomes a storage system, instead of a walk-and-shoot system.

    Obviously the insert's dividers need to be padded and easily reconfigured to handle varying gear (e.g. audio, video). Option of half-height dividers would be nice for handling a camera-with-lens setup: narrow at the bottom for the lens, wider at top for the body. Seems like configuration of these dividers needs be independent of the insert itself, which attaches to bag using Brain Cell clip system.

    The insert's top either has to be open or use a cover you can easily tuck down inside the "host" bag when you're working (ala the Ristretto). If the host bag's a shoulder bag and has a cover flap of its own or the top of the bag sits 1-2" higher than the top of the insert, then the insert itself doesn't need its own top. Or at least doesn't need to be padded much, which fits with the notion of just using a thinner cover that can be shut or tucked open. One advantage of a cover is that would-be thieves don't see the gear when you open the bag to get other stuff. Another is that you could unclip the whole insert and set it aside without spilling your stuff.

    As for the bottom, maybe it could work like the Brain Cell where the contents hang in the sling and never touch the bottom of bag/ground. Again, that makes bulky padding more optional. The one piece of gear that makes this no-bottom-pad notion dicey is a long 200-300mm telephoto since, when attached to a camera, the whole setup winds up 11-15" long/deep. There you absolutely need padding for the nose of the lens--assuming it's sitting vertically.

    But lots of the newer zooms for digital cameras are only 8-10" deep, which leaves plenty of remaining depth in bags like the Imago/ID/Super Ego for the Brain Cell sling approach. In most situations, if you're using a big lens you're not walking around but are stationed in one place. So rather than have the long telephoto issue bloat up the whole system, maybe you create a deep cube (or sideways cube) that attaches to main insert for those few times/pieces of gear that need that protection. Besides, when I backpack, there are plenty of dedicated, lowepro-style photo cases to choose from.

    It's really the walking around/living normal life situations for which I'm keen to find a bag/insert that works.

    hope that helps,
    waywest

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  • BJ Nemeth
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    I'm intrigued by the idea of a Tom Bihn camera bag/insert, but obviously would need a clear idea of what it was before determining how likely I am to buy it.

    Having said that, I have *not* been happy with any of my camera options so far. I'm about to invest in a thin neoprene body glove for my digital SLR, so I can ditch the bulkier camera case that I use now. The camera will still be packed in either my Aeronaut with my clothes (I hope so), or my Brain Bag/Smart Alec (depending on which one I use for a trip).

    For the record, I need my camera for work. But when I pack, it just seems like the bulkiest, heaviest piece of equipment, and that annoys me. (My MacBook slips gracefully into my vertical Brain Cell and effectively disappears.) I don't know what Tom Bihn could do for cameras, but I'd *LOVE* to find out!

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  • fitzDaug
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    I'd also like to put my name in for a Tom Bihn photo bag and/or inserts.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by waywest View Post
    I think the reason so many of us keep begging Tom Bihn for such a product is that you folks seem to understand our desire for an _understated_ bag that doesn't scream cameras/steal me.
    I hear you! All of you may convince Tom to finally design a camera bag (or, more likely, an insert.)

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  • waywest
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    rugged, understated, modular photobag suggestion

    There are lots and lots of photo camera bags out there, so I know Tom Bihn has to find an appropriate niche and not invent the wheel again.

    Seems to me that the way to go would be to put the clip system in the ID/Super Ego/Empire Builder into a bag the size of the Imago. And then offer a set of clip-in inserts constructed like the Brain Cells that included closed-foam velcro-configurable dividers. That way each of us could configure the thing for whatever camera/gear we have--and that it would be of use to lots of folks beyond just camera folks.

    I think the reason so many of us keep begging Tom Bihn for such a product is that you folks seem to understand our desire for an _understated_ bag that doesn't scream cameras/steal me. So many photo bag makers are too focused on broadcasting their brand, which unfortunately makes them targets for thieves. I've looked and looked for something I can carry around everyday in the same way I use my brain cell to tote my MacBook every day. When I need more than the MacBook, I put the brain cell in my ID bag. Would love the same no-fuss flexibility for my Nikon D-80.

    The gist of my suggestion: true protection in an understated modular system that makes it easy to have a camera on you all the time (the key to good shots). Here's hoping this gets Tom thinking about how he could _extend_ some existing products without getting slaughtered by the brand-name photo bag makers.

    cheers

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  • bigo
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    TO: KEN
    which domke bag are you referring to?
    Bigo

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  • Ken
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    Originally posted by ozone View Post
    First time poster, but I've used Tom Bihn for over 8 years now. In fact, my Brain Bag has the original snaps for the Brain Cells, not the clips!

    But I digress... has anybody converted a messenger bag to hold photo equipment? I'm also using a D300 (nice!). I'm thinking the ID bag, with some inserts or wraps or something...
    My experience with the Imago and the ID is that they are good bags to carry equipment, but they are not easy bags to work out of like a Domke. The ID may be a bit better because of its size and top zipper, but I have not tried an insert with it.

    --Ken

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  • ozone
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    First time poster, but I've used Tom Bihn for over 8 years now. In fact, my Brain Bag has the original snaps for the Brain Cells, not the clips!

    But I digress... has anybody converted a messenger bag to hold photo equipment? I'm also using a D300 (nice!). I'm thinking the ID bag, with some inserts or wraps or something...

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  • Ken
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    Originally posted by Zephyrnoid View Post
    I need that CAMERA!
    I am assuming that you mean that you need it because you want it? It broke my piggy bank, and I am still wading through the 400+ page manual, but I am enjoying it so far. I will say that it is quite heavy. It handles well, but it is does not easily "disappear" like my D40 did when I am out for the day. But allis not lost for you, Nikon is supposed to be making an announcement this Monday, and I bet that they will have something else for you to add to your lust list.

    --Ken

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