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    Icon users - have you used it as a camera bag?

    Has anyone used the Icon as a camera bag with a padded insert? I知 still looking for a good way to carry my camera (m43) with one or two additional lenses in everyday life. My MCB works, but it痴 not really quick to access with the flap. I imagine the zipper would be easier... I知 not a huge fan of the look of the colored zippers on the Icon, but I could see myself carrying the stealthy all black version I think.

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    Yes! I have a Sidekick that I use for an EDC when I want to carry my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera, because it fits wonderfully on its end and is easy to reach. I wanted an Icon for travel days or gear-heavy days so that I could fit more camera stuff or shove a jacket in to keep my hands free.

    My mirrorless camera floats around in the bottom of the Icon, with space on both sides. I feel more prone to bumping the Icon against things or setting it down too hard, so I am more likely to use my neoprene camera wrap when using the Icon as a camera bag. I have no issues getting my camera in and out of the zippered openings.
    I also borrowed my mom's Canon DSLR set up, and had no problems putting the camera body with kit lens in the Icon with a 90mm macro lens. I was wishing for soft lens pouches or a camera bag divider to prevent the camera gear banging around together in the bottom of the bag, but I had no issues reaching what I wanted when I wanted it.

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    Thanks - that sounds good! I think I’ll give the black one a try. Smilie I do have some padded insert/pouches I can use for transportation. I think the size should be good, my MCB works out well size wise with the additional EDC stuff...

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    I have an Icon and I'm looking at the new Fuji x100v camera. I think a Tenba BYOB 7 or 9 might work inside of the Icon but not 100% sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClicketySnap View Post
    Yes! I have a Sidekick that I use for an EDC when I want to carry my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera, because it fits wonderfully on its end and is easy to reach. I wanted an Icon for travel days or gear-heavy days so that I could fit more camera stuff or shove a jacket in to keep my hands free.

    My mirrorless camera floats around in the bottom of the Icon, with space on both sides. I feel more prone to bumping the Icon against things or setting it down too hard, so I am more likely to use my neoprene camera wrap when using the Icon as a camera bag. I have no issues getting my camera in and out of the zippered openings.
    I also borrowed my mom's Canon DSLR set up, and had no problems putting the camera body with kit lens in the Icon with a 90mm macro lens. I was wishing for soft lens pouches or a camera bag divider to prevent the camera gear banging around together in the bottom of the bag, but I had no issues reaching what I wanted when I wanted it.
    Does your Sony A6000 bulge out of the Sidekick? I don't have a Sidekick (yet) but planning on a camera similar to the A6000. I do have an Icon though.
    Family, Guitar, Design, Travel....get after it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff A View Post
    I have an Icon and I'm looking at the new Fuji x100v camera. I think a Tenba BYOB 7 or 9 might work inside of the Icon but not 100% sure.
    I have the Tenba BYOB 7 (and a few other pouches). It fits into the MCB, but takes up more room than I like, so I usually just use some drawstring pouches for the camera/lens in the MCB. It would be great if the Tenba would fit into the Icon! The Icon is quite a bit deeper from the measurements, so it might work better.

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    I have an Ape camera case and it provides padding and structure inside my DLBC which I use as camera bag. The outside pockets are handy for water bottle and wallet and won’t occupy same space as camera.

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    I am a retired industrial photographer. I struggled with a dozen different kinds of repurposed bags for decades till I finally convinced my boss to buy real tools designed to carry professional camera gear. Padded straps, protective linings, distributed weight, good ergonomics, ready and easy quick access to my tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogiesan View Post
    I am a retired industrial photographer. I struggled with a dozen different kinds of repurposed bags for decades till I finally convinced my boss to buy real tools designed to carry professional camera gear. Padded straps, protective linings, distributed weight, good ergonomics, ready and easy quick access to my tools.
    As a very amateur photographer, I am happy to use a combination of TB bags, for example Makers Bag or Daylight Briefcase or Daylight Backpack and combination of Tenba BYOB inserts, for my photography. But it would be a great new area if TB were to develop a dedicated camera bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogiesan View Post
    I am a retired industrial photographer. I struggled with a dozen different kinds of repurposed bags for decades till I finally convinced my boss to buy real tools designed to carry professional camera gear. Padded straps, protective linings, distributed weight, good ergonomics, ready and easy quick access to my tools.
    Makes sense if you need to carry camera gear for the job... For me photography is just a hobby. I want to carry my camera in addition to my EDC stuff, and I haven’t found a camera bag yet that also worked well for non camera stuff. Also, most camera bags are just too big for my purpose, I usually only carry a small m43 camera with a prime lens, maybe a second lens in addition but that’s it. Plus camera bags always look like camera bags which I don’t like...

    I would love a TB sling bag though with side access so that you could access a camera from above with the bag in front! That would be a bag I’d instantly buy. I once had a Lowepro camera sling when I still had my bigger Canon gear which was awesome to use for photography, but useless as a normal bag.

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    Please check out my post in Accessories & Organization, as it relates to this thread about an Icon and camera insert. Thanks!

    https://forums.tombihn.com/accessori...anization.html
    Family, Guitar, Design, Travel....get after it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff A View Post
    Please check out my post in Accessories & Organization, as it relates to this thread about an Icon and camera insert. Thanks!

    https://forums.tombihn.com/accessori...anization.html
    Thanks, looks awesome! Can't wait until I get mine to try it out. Smilie

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    Finally got my stealth Icon today and at first glance it looks good and like it should work well with the camera insert. I'll come back to post some pics once I've tested it out and have a setup.

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    So, still no pictures, but I wanted to come back to this with an update. I have to say the Icon leaves me with mixed feelings. I致e carried my camera with it which I really liked, but I知 not in love with it as a regular EDC bag. I instantly fell in love with my MCB, it痴 not been the same with the Icon. A few reasons why:
    • I知 not into the zippers. I find it takes me too long to zip the compartments open or closed.
    • I seem to want to adjust strap length more than I thought I would.
    • I致e read reviews that the Icon conforms better to the body, I found the opposite to be true. Maybe I put too much into it.
    • I miss a good place to carry a large and tall bottle which I can do in the MCB.


    I知 undecided what I知 going to do with the bag. I like the looks of the stealth Icon and I think it looks less casual than the Caf bags. But I fear I won稚 use it enough with my lovely Caf bags next to it.

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    It is really helpful. Thank you so much for this contribution.....

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