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Old 07-25-2010   #1
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there is no perfect bag,

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there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag, there is no perfect bag,
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Amen to that...

Now, I'm hoping this thread does not come from a broken strap or a bottom falling out...

'cuz if that's the case... then your bag was VERY imperfect!

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Amen to that...

Now, I'm hoping this thread does not come from a broken strap or a bottom falling out...

'cuz if that's the case... then your bag was VERY imperfect!

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no not at all sir...just frustrated because evertime i get a new piece of gear or another idea as to what i want to carry or how to arrange a kit, it seems i have to change bags.
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had 2...

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I love my Hadley Pro, but was dismayed to discover that I'd need to completely reconfigure it to fit my R-D1 with Nokton 35/1.2 mounted.

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had 2...

I've learned that the way to not care if someone has a better digital camera than mine is to buy a really nice film rangefinder. Similarly, the way to not care about other camera bags is to get a Hadley Pro.

But I would like one that's a little smaller....
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i meant i had 2 of them...but
...sorry, i took a too quick look at the hadley, and thought it was the m classic bag. only had one billingham, the alice or lc2 or something like that. it looked like a much classier domke 5xb...
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Al Kaplan's advice comes to mind, in his time photographers simply used to dump everything they wanted to take along in an army-surplus gas mask bag.

I guess that's how Jim Marshalls M4 got all those battle scars...

Currently I carry a small army bag, I detached the shoulder strap and use a set of Billingham backpack straps to carry it as a small rucksack. It fits an M3, with MC meter on top and strap, a Canon 28/3.5, a Wollensak Velostigmat 50/2.8 and a Sankyo Kohki Komura 80/3.5, all in leather pouches. Hama container with four rolls of film and a filter wallet and thats it.

Someday my M3 will look like Jim Marshalls M4...
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My next will be a Timbuk2 with Domke inserts (as suggested recently in another thread, forget who the poster was).
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Old 07-27-2010   #14
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I bought the NG2345 National Geographic bag and it was pretty good, but getting the GF1 with EVF in & out was a bit tight. Also, fitting the GF1 and a Yashica Electro in at the same time was a bit tight. So I went for the next size up which is great but seems a little too big. I'm now thinking about getting a small bag for when I just want to take the GF1.

The perfect bag would be one that is bigger on the inside than the outside, as long as it wasn't so small as to look like a handbag/purse.
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Generally, and in no particular order, the correct answers are

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Did someone declare a meeting of the Hadley Pro Appreciation Society? Do we have a quorum?
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Sorry for this late post, but I have to disagree...

I have at least a half-dozen perfect bags.
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here's one in holiday mood ....




... I don't normally carry all that junk around
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They are all "perfect", until you get one.
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I agree. there is no perfect bag.

That's why I'm going to make my own. Already have a Juki commercial sewing machine. In NYC the garment district is just a subway ride away. I'm taking classes at FIT BTW.

I hope to have some prototypes to be given away as prizes at the second annual "Leica M-Body beauty contest" which will happen in 2011 at the February NYC Meet-Up. At this event the finalists will be judged in either of two catagories: one body-two lenses; or two bodies-two lenses.

Barrett will be the judge. Also, to be fair, Carl cannot enter because he is a dead ringer, but if he assembles some outrageous vintage kit to crush us with, I'll make him a custom bag.

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In London for 3 weeks and ended up buying the Black Hadley Pro. To corroborate the OP's title, I had heard you could slide a MacBook Pro into it, alas, not with the camera insert. AARGH. Still, fabulous bag, probably among the best of its kind. The stupid thing is, what I really wanted was a small bag to just carry the camera and maybe my Leica mini tripod. However, I think every time I see a bag the size of the Hadley Digital, I can't get past the initial "Man-Purse" perception. Yet that's the size I really want. At least the Hadley Pro could contain M6, umbrella, tripod and, at one point, my windbreaker rolled up tightly.
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http://www.tiffen.com/displayproduct...temnum=700-30A

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eos 1dmkIIn and 5d (with primes), speedlight, field recorder, cards, granola bars, bottle of water, 3 batteries for 1dmkIIn

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I've found my perfect bag... it's not QUITE big enough to fit everything I'd like to bring with me but that's part of what makes it perfect. I have a tendancy to bring way more than I need and kill my back in the process, this bag makes me think hard about what I'll actually need. It still fits two bodies, my netbook and half a dozen lenses when filled to capacity.



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I have to agree here. I have four different camera bags and each one is far from perfect - I am still searching.....
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I own both a Domke J-1 and aDomke J-2. Nice bags, but too big to carry every day. I use them to warehouse gear and they are nut-crushers.

The Domke 803 book sachel is what I want to improve upon. I really don't want to carry a lot of stuff; I don't need all those pockets; and I want to minimize bulk for both comfort and mobility. A minimalist bag for either a single camera, film and an extra lens; or two cameras with film; no extras.

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Well, my aching back has imposed its own limits. I now start with the bag (either a Domke J-803 or a small Tenba backpack) and my limit is the gear that will fit. Even the Domke is possible to overload. My larger bags stay in the car/house/hotel.
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Hi, i find very usefull my lomography bag it´s sold in an odd combo, this small one with a larger one.
I use only this one, i can stick in it two bodies, three lenses and 5-6 rolls of film.
It´s very small, easy to use, made of thick cloth, has a broad smooth strap and noone notices it.

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Perfect bag.
There ain't no such thing. But as close as I've come to finding it are my two Tenba 995 bags. One I bought about twenty-five years ago for about as much as the GNP of a small, emerging nation, and the other I found used last year for $10.00.
Rugged and roomy they are just about everything I ever needed in shoulder bags.
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Bag?I thought Leica's were built like tanks?

I've got an r-strap that my M6 hangs from and a small lens pouch clipped on to it that holds a few rolls of Provia and a second lens. What else do I need to carry? The camera has a meter built in.

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Bag?I thought Leica's were built like tanks?

I've got an r-strap that my M6 hangs from and a small lens pouch clipped on to it that holds a few rolls of Provia. What else do I need to carry? The camera has a meter built in.
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I own both a Domke J-1 and aDomke J-2. Nice bags, but too big to carry every day. I use them to warehouse gear and they are nut-crushers.

The Domke 803 book sachel is what I want to improve upon. I really don't want to carry a lot of stuff; I don't need all those pockets; and I want to minimize bulk for both comfort and mobility. A minimalist bag for either a single camera, film and an extra lens; or two cameras with film; no extras.

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For a day bag, I have found the BBB -- Bare Bones Bag -- to meet your criteria. I use an A&A bag for carrying more gear while travelling, but as a day bag I haven't found a more suitable minimalist bag.
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I have 4 bags that do everything: small lens on single body -

1. Case Logic or similar big P&S or Camcorder bag, acts more like a padded wrap over the small kit.

2. If too big for above, like 75/1.4 lens is on, or need more lenses, film, or 2nd body, then the 5fxb.

3. If the above is too small, or I'm carrying just a few other things, then the J803.

4. If I'm carrying an overnight set of clothes, notebook, etc., then then either 1 or 2 fit nicely into my backpack.

I haven't put my Costco padded insulated lunch pack into use yet, but theoretically, it is already better than most of the bags discussed here.

There's one discontinued bag I'm tracking, after I get it, I'll post it. It might be in-between #1 and #2 above.
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I've found my perfect bag... it's not QUITE big enough to fit everything I'd like to bring with me but that's part of what makes it perfect. I have a tendancy to bring way more than I need and kill my back in the process, this bag makes me think hard about what I'll actually need. It still fits two bodies, my netbook and half a dozen lenses when filled to capacity.



Ooh, that's the Grafea bag, isn't it? A lovely piece of kit, I must say!
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You're right. for daily shooting I use a Bare Bones Bag 2, when traveling on a plane I use a Crumpler five million dollar bag. Different needs, different bags....
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I will play devils advocate here. At any given time, all I carry is 1 body, and two lenses, about 5 rolls of tri-x. and a light meter. For me, there is no reason to carry 2 bodies and 5 lenses around. If you are in the same boat as I am: http://www.tiffen.com/displayproduct...temnum=701-02B . I have been happy with this bag since the day I bought it, and I wouldnt think of going to a different one.
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Anyone have experience with Monochrom leather photobags?

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Well, I have an airline travel laptop/camera bag, and one for small RFs, plus a few for SLR use. None are perfect, so I guess I'll keep looking.
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Yes, there is a perfect bag. Just add Domke inserts. These bags have been around the world with me more times than I care to count.

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