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Mar 08, 2011 11:54 |  #1

I have been searching everywhere for the perfect stealth canvas bag. Loved the Crumplers but longed for a zipper and something for MUCH less cost. I wanted that worn canvas look, soft yet sturdy, so I decided to go to my local Army/Navy store and WOW... Plenty of opportunities for awesome bags. Inexpensive too!

Found this insert on Amazon for $28. It's called the DSLR Paddy by BB Bags; The zippered heavy canvas bag from the army/navy store cost about about $20. It was a perfect fit. Holds 7d with 50mm on, and room for at least 3 more lenses. Big outside zippered pockets hold flash and misc gear. Side pockets for phone, wallet and keys too!

So, for about 1/3 the price of a Crumpler or similar, I have something really soft, very protective and comfortable to wear. No logos, total stealth. Very happy! It also has a slit pocket on the reverse that will carry my Ipad. The whole thing together is about the size of the 7 Million. Maybe even a bit smaller.

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Mar 08, 2011 12:19 |  #2

whoa, nice insert find!
http://www.amazon.com …d=1299608336&sr​=8-1-fkmr1 (external link)

I also have done this in the past with a tenba and domke insert. DIY FTW.


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Mar 08, 2011 15:28 |  #3

Looks good. Pack a garbage bag just in case it rains?


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Mar 08, 2011 20:23 |  #4

Nice. How are you managing with the insert lid inside your bag? The insert with the lid I tried got annoying really fast, so I switched to inserts from Tenba (Wedding insert) and Camaroo.


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Mar 08, 2011 20:59 |  #5

insert lid doesn't really bother me. In fact I kind of like it as it adds extra protection. Plus, I can leave it unzipped, put the bag flap down and have easy quick access but still a great bit of padding.




  
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Mar 08, 2011 21:15 as a reply to  @ adamwright's post |  #6

Really nice bag. I am going to have to check out my local army surplus store as well.


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Mar 08, 2011 22:08 |  #7

now this is a good thread, I just ordered the insert to put in one of my older bags that I have laying around in my closet, thanks for the idea. I've been meaning to get a good carry around bag and this just fixed that problem for almost nothing....

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THESE ARE THE LINKS FOR THE BAGS AND PADDY:
This is the original Rapid Dominance bag here: RidDom
***http://www.amazon.com …9&creativeASIN=​B001I15G4K (external link)
Only order from Gravity trading, look to the right and you'll see the option for GT ordering.
http://www.amazon.com …9&creativeASIN=​B001E0FP00 (external link)
Black version, 4th on over that says "color: olive" is the same bag in olive that most of us have been getting from the same source (gravity trading)

This is the GT rebranded version of the Rapid Dominance bag which is the same bag just with the GT logo on it:
http://www.amazon.com …9&creativeASIN=​B001HBN0NK (external link)
It's slightly cheaper just to get the one with the GT logo, lol. IDK why, but as posted earlier in the thread, it's the same bag.

Black version of the bag:
This is the current link:
*** GTĀ® Heavyweight Canvas Messenger Bag - Black (external link)
Older link:
http://www.amazon.com …9&creativeASIN=​B001E0FP00 (external link)
Direct from supplier (more expensive shipping):
http://www.gravitytrad​ing.com …s_Messenger_Bag​_Black.htm (external link)

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DSLR Camera Paddy, Make Your Own Camera Bag - Blue (external link)

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DSLR Camera Paddy, Make Your Own Camera Bag - Orange (external link)

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DSLR Camera Paddy, Make Your Own Camera Bag - Olive (external link)

or consider directly from the manufacturer for the paddy:
http://www.bbpbags.com​/camerapaddy.html (external link)


Shoulder strap pad, universal:
Domke 725-310 FA-031 U.S. Post Office Shoulder Pad (external link)
This pad is something that a lot of people might want to get even for their other bags. There has a been a lot of discussion in this thread about bags getting heavy and this seems to be a well used solution that a lot of people like. Just think about the fact that it's a certified product for postal works, it's got to carry some weight (pun intended)...

I had to make this post a little more visible so that people will see it and save themselves time when trying to find this information.

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Mar 08, 2011 22:41 |  #8

If you want to waterproof it, I took a can of paste wax to a canvas bag and rubbed it into the bag. Then I took a heat gun and melted it in. It became totally waterproof. It stunk for a couple of days but it didn't change the look of the bag.


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Mar 08, 2011 22:45 |  #9

mckinleypics wrote in post #11984926 (external link)
If you want to waterproof it, I took a can of paste wax to a canvas bag and rubbed it into the bag. Then I took a heat gun and melted it in. It became totally waterproof. It stunk for a couple of days but it didn't change the look of the bag.

canvas is extremely easy to waterproof. and it's always a smart idea to have a water barrier around your camera.

I've found that people will spill drinks towards your camera gear at any given opportunity, lol.


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Mar 09, 2011 03:43 |  #10

To waterproof why not just put the inner in a bin bag before putting it in the canvas bag. You won't even see it sandwiched between the two. If it really starts to chuck it down I'm sure there will be enough slack to just pull it over the top of the insert.....

Nice bag by the way


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Mar 09, 2011 18:47 |  #11

I've done this with multiple bags from old laptop bags to canvas bags from Target. I love doing it but my most recent exchange message is the the best for my gear till I get another lens back.


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Mar 10, 2011 10:28 |  #12

Do you think that padded bag big enough for a 17-40 f/4L, 24-105 f/4L, and a 100 2.8L Macro?


  
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Mar 12, 2011 16:46 as a reply to  @ cpforyou's post |  #13

adamwright,

Do you happen to have a product number for the bag? I went to my local surplus store and they didnt have a bag as nice as the one you have. I really want the same one you have but can not find it. I was thinking maybe with a number or name I could find one online and order it.


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Mar 12, 2011 17:51 |  #14

Myboostedgst wrote in post #12008133 (external link)
adamwright,

Do you happen to have a product number for the bag? I went to my local surplus store and they didnt have a bag as nice as the one you have. I really want the same one you have but can not find it. I was thinking maybe with a number or name I could find one online and order it.

I agree with this, I've been trying to find a bag similar to that one and can't seem to find one like it. I can't seem to find one that looks good like that one and has a zipper across the top of it.

If you could let us know the brand and model of it it would be great.


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Mar 13, 2011 01:22 |  #15

the bag that you have is the jack bauer bag. i want one too. with the insert, its a pretty sweet camera bag.

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