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Review: Porteen Gear Large Camera Bag

 
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Oct 20, 2011 12:55 |  #1

So I have made tons of posts regarding my search for a bag that fits my needs while also not looking like a high school backpack.

I needed something that:

1) Could hold my camera and two lenses (70-200 IS II and 16-35)
2) Still have some room for misc, phone, filters, etc
3) Messenger style
4) Looked good either leather or waxed canvas.
5) Had enough padding to make me feel comfortable

In this search I looked at the Thinktank Retrospectives, some Domke bags and was very close to grabbing an Ona Union Street but nothing really seemed like the right fit for me.

I stumbled onto the Porteen gear bags that while they looked somewhat girly seemed to be up my alley. I did more research and the normal sized bag was just too small for my needs. But I found on the Etsy site that they were making a larger sized bag, read a review and went for it.

The best part is that while you can buy premade bags they also offer the ability to fully customize almost every aspect, colors, materials, etc.

I had a few back and forth emails with Robyn (the founder) about what would look good and how I would prefer to not have fabric on the outside, with full leather instead.

Here is the final spec sheet for my order

Accent Fabric: Ticker Strips
Leather: Distressed Brown
Strap Color: Brown
Waxed Canvas: Brown
Interior Color: Teal

Here is the bag closed with just a 70-200 in it

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Here is the inside with two padded "pockets" that are permanently attached, but can be collapsed and pushed back to the sides if you need either one large space or one smaller and one larger pocket.

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You can't see from that picture, but the base of the bag has just about the equal amount of padding as you see on the dividers, I feel much more confident than some of the other bags that seemed prett lacking for bottom padding.

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One more thing that should pointed out is that the leather pad on the strap is VERY soft and pretty tacky so it should stay put. You can also see that it when on the groun it holds its shape and doesnt cave in on itself so putting things back in should be easy.

Overall I think I am going to be pretty happy with this and will update this post with some more thoughts after I take it away this weekend.

Hope this helps and hit me up with any questions.

Edit: Just realized I left out some other important info - so there is a laptop slot you can see in the third picture as well as a pocket in the back that looks like it might get tight with anything more than an iPad if it is loaded up.

The 4th picture also shows the zip pocket in the front that also may be kind of tight if the bag is loaded up.

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Oct 21, 2011 15:14 |  #2

Very interesting ... looking over the web site (haven't been to the Etsy site yet), one could spend an eternity just selecting leathers and fabrics and other design choices. They could probably make it in less time than I would spend just deciding on the options! :D :lol:

Does it have a stiff layer under the padded bottom under your gear?

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Oct 21, 2011 15:17 |  #3

hfgarris wrote in post #13285863 (external link)
Very interesting ... looking over the web site (haven't been to the Etsy site yet), one could spend an eternity just selecting leathers and fabrics and other design choices. They could probably make it in less time than I would spend just deciding on the options! :D :lol:

Does it have a stiff layer under the padded bottom under your gear?

-howard

Hmm - not sure, let me check I think it may just be padding ad then the cavas bottom...

I agree on the choices, I sort of told her that I was A) a man and B) kind of what I was looking for and she helped steer me towards a few things.


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Oct 22, 2011 05:22 |  #4

thanks for the review

this seems to be what I was looking for.


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Oct 25, 2011 11:28 |  #5

hfgarris wrote in post #13285863 (external link)
Does it have a stiff layer under the padded bottom under your gear?

-howard

Looked this weekend and yes there is a stiff layer under the padding that is pretty rigid


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Oct 25, 2011 11:35 |  #6

tats wrote in post #13303923 (external link)
Looked this weekend and yes there is a stiff layer under the padding that is pretty rigid

Thanks ... That should give good protection when putting the bag down on the lenses.

Porteen Gear seems to offer just about anything your mind can think up for a totally custom bag! You won't see another just like it, anywhere. Very nice!

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Oct 25, 2011 21:36 as a reply to  @ hfgarris's post |  #7

This seems like a very good website to make my own bag!

Tats - how you finding the bag so far? Any problems with the shoulder strap? I was thinking of buying Crumpler (sturdiness), but for that pricing I can customise my own leather messenger bag! :cool:

Would you recommend a medium or large for - 5D Mark II - 35L - 580II flash?


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Oct 25, 2011 22:59 |  #8

Is it weather proof?




  
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Oct 26, 2011 13:44 |  #9

MonkeyBoxers wrote in post #13307021 (external link)
This seems like a very good website to make my own bag!

Tats - how you finding the bag so far? Any problems with the shoulder strap? I was thinking of buying Crumpler (sturdiness), but for that pricing I can customise my own leather messenger bag! :cool:

Would you recommend a medium or large for - 5D Mark II - 35L - 580II flash?

So in my larger bag, I usually have a 70-200 IS II and a 16-35 mounted to my 5D2. Those take up both of the padded pockets with room in the middle for filters, batteries, etc.

I think the large is the perfect size and to be honest it might betight once I get my Lee filter holder and filters, but Im pretty sure they wil all fit in the middle.

dylshi wrote in post #13307406 (external link)
Is it weather proof?

I am not sure and to be honest don't really plan on taking it out in bad weather. If you have a question shoot Robyn an email, I was getting minute to minute responses from her.


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Nov 21, 2011 09:58 |  #10

tats wrote in post #13310445 (external link)
So in my larger bag, I usually have a 70-200 IS II and a 16-35 mounted to my 5D2. Those take up both of the padded pockets with room in the middle for filters, batteries, etc.

Thanks for your review - this looks like a great custom bag option. Here's another question I haven't been able to find an answer to looking at photos: it sounds like you store the 5D2 mounted to the 16-35.....do you store this combo vertically with the lens down, or in a horizontal or some other config?


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Nov 21, 2011 10:38 |  #11

Tiger_993 wrote in post #13430427 (external link)
Thanks for your review - this looks like a great custom bag option. Here's another question I haven't been able to find an answer to looking at photos: it sounds like you store the 5D2 mounted to the 16-35.....do you store this combo vertically with the lens down, or in a horizontal or some other config?

I usually go lens down but for actualy traveling (not wakling around to take photos) I put it body down but it takes a bit of adjustment to get it in there. The "compartments" are JUST big enough for the 5D2 to get in there. Usually I have the "compartment" around the lens with the body resting on the edge.

I will say that right now with my 70-200, 5d2+16-35 along with my lee kit, filters, remote and some other stuff in the center it gets pretty full. I would say that is max capacity.

If I remember tonight I can take a fully loaded picture.


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