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#1 HenrikP

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:32

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Hi all.

I am in search of an everyday bag, a bag that can contain an M or a Q, with integrity, but at the same time include glasses, wallet, keys, papire and maybe a 13inch computer, usually I use a Think Tank My 2 Brain, but I don’t like to put a camera down into it. Which means I'm bringing two bags, it is not very convenient.

Anyone have a good suggestion?

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 19:28

Have you considered just buying a camera bag insert and then sticking that into your favourite bag or rucksack?  

 

I use a single camera and lens setup and I find this is the best way to carry it.  The insert goes into an ordinary rucksack, so I have plenty of space for my other stuff, and because I have a cover on my insert, my camera is fully protected.  

 

Amazon has a good selection.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 19:44

As a camera thief by passion, I prefer people who use to have a carrying bag from far seeable containg valuable goods!

So choose a real precious one.

For me only the cheapest most worn bags, I never had problems with snatched away ones...

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 23:42

Have you considered just buying a camera bag insert and then sticking that into your favourite bag or rucksack?

I use a single camera and lens setup and I find this is the best way to carry it. The insert goes into an ordinary rucksack, so I have plenty of space for my other stuff, and because I have a cover on my insert, my camera is fully protected.

Amazon has a good selection.


I'm not a backpack type, unless I am out hiking. ;)


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 05:50

Search Amazon for "camera bag insert" and find a bunch of cheap inserts that will do a good job. Then stick that in your favorite anything bag.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 20:05

I use an ONA Prince Street, that fits an M9 with a lens mounted (plus a couple lenses if needed), everyday accessories, and a 13" MacBook Pro. It is doing the job, and I use it a lot. I could do with a slightly slimmer bag. It might be worth looking at...


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Posted 15 October 2017 - 08:05

I use an ONA Prince Street, that fits an M9 with a lens mounted (plus a couple lenses if needed), everyday accessories, and a 13" MacBook Pro. It is doing the job, and I use it a lot. I could do with a slightly slimmer bag. It might be worth looking at...


Nice, on the website it states only 11” but if you say so, it look like a nice bag


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Posted 15 October 2017 - 12:29

Nice, on the website it states only 11” but if you say so, it look like a nice bag


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Indeed. It is a bit tight, but mine (an older generation 13" Retina) fits. I guess the new generation 13" Retina (with touch bar or not) fits better as it is narrower, and that an older generation with CD drive would not fit (thicker and a bit wider if I remember correctly). If you have the chance, I advise to try in the store with your laptop.



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Posted 15 October 2017 - 16:13

I have good suggestion, but it is is not about bag. 

 

You don't need two cameras for every day...



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Posted 15 October 2017 - 19:28

Beside my Billingham L2 and Hadley Pro I have a Fjällräven Tote Bag ( can also be used as a back pack) with no name insert from Enjoyyourcamera. It is a very unobtrusiv and flexible solution! I use the tote bag also for shopping and travelling parallel to one of the two Billinghams.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:36

I have good suggestion, but it is is not about bag.

You don't need two cameras for every day...

some time I do, and some time I don’t :)


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 16:34

As a camera thief by passion, I prefer people who use to have a carrying bag from far seeable containg valuable goods!

So choose a real precious one.

For me only the cheapest most worn bags, I never had problems with snatched away ones...

 

B)

Thomas

 

 

I do it exactly like this. I have a very old, very dirty Freitag bag with a beautiful red Artisan and Artist red inlay. It fits an M9, Ricoh GR, wallet or sunglasses or extra lens and a couple of batteries an a lens cloth. No thief might think that I carry valuable cameras in it.

 

By the way this is my first message in the forum! Greetings from Cologne! 


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 17:28

I do it exactly like this. I have a very old, very dirty Freitag bag with a beautiful red Artisan and Artist red inlay. It fits an M9, Ricoh GR, wallet or sunglasses or extra lens and a couple of batteries an a lens cloth. No thief might think that I carry valuable cameras in it.

By the way this is my first message in the forum! Greetings from Cologne!


Welcome :)


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 22:56

I like inserts too. I have used Tenba's BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) inserts of different sizes over the years. They're great in my opinion. I use the smallest one in my Timbuk2 work messenger bag at the moment.

https://www.tenba.co...era-insert.aspx

 

For bags, it is hard to go wrong with a Billingham Hadley Pro. If the computer is slim (like the latest MB Pro) it will fit. A black or darker color is quite discrete and they age beautifully.


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 06:47

Plus one for a normal bag with a padded insert or padding.  After a number of bags including the Thinktank Urban Disguise (too boxy) the Billingham Hadley Pro (gorgeous but stupidly annoying to access) and a range of others, my preference is for the Crumpler Dry Red Boarding Bag.  With a Billingham padded divider strip in the bottom, it has structure and protection on the bottom and can carry a M9 with a couple of lenses along with a couple of compact cameras, sunglasses, wallet and whatnot.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:27

 

For bags, it is hard to go wrong with a Billingham Hadley Pro. If the computer is slim (like the latest MB Pro) it will fit. A black or darker color is quite discrete and they age beautifully.

I really, really wanted to like my Hadley Pro because it is beautiful, sturdy, and cost a chunk of money.  But it just didn't go with my preferred method of working, nor did it feel that comfortable on my shoulder. 

 

I carry at least two cameras, one compact and one larger, usually a rangefinder or mirrorless camera.  The compact goes in the front of my bag and I want to be able to access it instantly at any time.  And if I'm out, I like to be able to stow the larger camera at a moments notice, like the first touch of rain or seeing some unsavoury people ahead.

 

The Hadley Pro design makes this difficult.  The front pockets are buttoned, and are covered by the main flap, so keeping a compact camera secure in the front pocket means snapping a button shut.  And keeping the main compartment secure means having to seal the buckle straps, which adds another layer of stuff to get through before being able to unsnap a front pocket.  And to stash a larger camera inside, I have to unsnap the buckle straps, pull across the flap, drop in the camera, pull the flap back into place and seal it up again.  Whereas with a zippered bag, there is no flap to get in the way, nor am I fiddling with two buckle straps.

 

If you want to carry the bag by the handle, it must be properly cinched up or the bag - and potentially contents - flop around.

 

And for some reason, even with the shoulder pad, the strap seems to dig into my shoulder.  Maybe it's because it's not that wide, and the weight isn't spread across a larger area.  The padded insert means that the bag doesn't mould to the contours of your body, either.  I've tried taking out the insert but this just makes the bag floppy and lack any kind of structure.  It's so aggravating. 

 

Not to mention the first world problem of mistaken baggage: I had my Hadley Pro in a camera shop that specialized in Leica gear.  Two other customers also carried Hadley Pros, and they put them on a chair.  It suddenly occurred to me that if I put mine near them, they might accidentally take it.  I'd have to customize it somehow with ribbons or tassels or big colourful luggage tags, just to make it obvious that it wasn't theirs.

 

I still have the Hadley Pro and I use it on very rare occasions, mainly to convince myself that I didn't waste my money.


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