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Got a crazy deal on a messenger bag. Any cheap camera inserts?

 
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Oct 23, 2007 23:08 |  #1

Steve & Barry's is having a 40-50% off sale right now, and I snagged a great messenger bag for $8. It has a large main compartment with separate area for a laptop that's big enough for my 15.4" widescreen. It also has a pocket in the flap and various other places to stow stuff.

Now I just need some inserts to put in it for my camera gear. I remember someone posting somewhat recently about how they contacted some camera bag company and got just their inserts for a good price. I just don't wanna pay $20+ for one insert. Any ideas?




  
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Oct 24, 2007 06:13 |  #2

^o0o0o0 no way! Finally someone. It's the black one right? I just converted mine, I'll get pics up. I love S&B! I got mine when it was 30%.

The insert you'd buy would be nice to fit the whole thing, not just part like if you got a Domke. It's be a Naneu Pro insert. Anyhow, do you have any other bags?


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Oct 25, 2007 11:58 |  #3

Ok, here's what I did. I bought some Velcro strips and put 2 on the inside going long ways on both sides, one high and one low. I did the same on the side of the bag. I used Inserts from a previous bag and a bag I got from a yard sale for $1. Lots on inserts in it. I was going to make my own from Styrofoam, which I see no reason it wouldn't work, if you don't mind sewing some covers for them.

Aniwho, here's Pics! I love this bag and it's my daily bag now. As you can see it has a lot of pockets. I have the normal things listed in my other bag reviews in here. The empty space with only the hood is to show where my 70-200 goes when gets back from being repaired.

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Lenspens, pens, wireless remote, AA and CR2 batteries memory cards, hurricane blower all fit in these pockets. Filter wallet is in slot in front of the main compartment.
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This little area is where you can expand the bag, by unzipping all the way around the bottom gets bigger. I use it for spare batteries.
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The slot back there is for my laptop which can fit. I use it though for flat items like my tripod/monopod plates and the twin caps.
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Oct 25, 2007 12:02 |  #4

Nice job! How did you attach the velcro on the inside of the bag?




  
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Oct 25, 2007 12:09 |  #5

Get the kind that has adhesive on one side. I got 5ft for $10. So this bag has cost me $18 and it holds up real well. I've had it for almost 4yrs now. Used it for school for a longg while carrying books and laptop so I know it can carry the weight. Also holds up to rain real well.


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Oct 25, 2007 20:18 |  #6

You could also buy the Domke inserts and use those. I know others have done so with success.


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Oct 25, 2007 20:19 |  #7

That's what I was going to do but it's too expensive. $50 just to get a setup that'll work. Might as well get another bag.


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Oct 25, 2007 20:40 |  #8

I'm not creative and I tend to pay for it as a result. :D


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Oct 25, 2007 20:48 |  #9

Oh, here is an example using the Domke inserts.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=394140


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Oct 25, 2007 20:50 |  #10

Well, I was going to, but then I was informed the inserts have no bottom. So I was directed to Domke's bottoms, which are $10 plus 2 inserts (the double ones) would have been $40+ and as you can see, I'm using 5 slots so...still might not have pleased me. I at least wanted to try this first before I did the other and I'm quite pleased. I'm still pondering on spending $20 on a Naneu Pro insert and still use the bottom I have. Although I think they come with bottoms.


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Oct 26, 2007 10:19 |  #11

For a bottom, I picked up a closed-cell sleeping pad at a camping store; now I'm set for decades of bag bases (as well as for making custom divider inserts for Pelican cases). Since I already have oodles of Domke inserts, I'm good.


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Oct 26, 2007 14:48 |  #12

I know you mention you don't want expensive inserts, but I like the Domke. Here's my homemade bag:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=384592


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