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Old 06-02-2014   #1
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Filson + Magnum

I guess many of you know that Filson and Magnum have got into some sort of partnership that's resulted in these especially designed bags. Anybody considering or has already bought one of these?

Honestly, I already have plenty of bags but that Harvey Messenger looks really well designed. It's got those compartments on either side that are exactly what I thought were missing from my Billingham.
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I use a Filson bag (Original briefcase) on a daily basis. I put a camera insert in it so I am good to go. Filson bags are indestructible and wear beautifully. These Magnum new bags look awesome.
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The details of the Filson camera field bag look like a nearly copy of the Ona bags for the triple price?
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The details of the Filson camera field bag look like a nearly copy of the Ona bags for the triple price?
Let's not get over excited here OK.

Which ONA bag are you talking about?
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For example the Bowery:

http://www.onabags.com/store/small-g...-tan#field-tan



http://www.filson.com/products/camer...aProduct=cc15/

The backside is simple identical. But the bags are nice. A mixture of Billingham and Ona, I think. The price is not triple, sorry. Its only a little higher than the Ona.
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The Harvey messenger especially looks nice, and I wish them luck for the venture, the prices are NOT for me though.
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nice bags

i have a filson briefcase for work. mondo indestructo. not cheap, was a gift.

i won an all-but-new filson game bag messenger on the 'bay for way under half the price of these "magnum" bags, put an insert in it, good to go, same function as the harvey model. looks a bit less like a camera bag than the magnum versions. when i use it i look like i'm going shooting all right. bird shooting.

the ona bowery is maybe 2/3rds the size and capacity of the filson harvey msgr or the camera field bag, maybe less.

has joe seen these yet?
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Look decent bags but I won't manage the price. Bought an Ona Bowery which are expensive enough and I don't really like that.
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i like the slightly larger widths of these bags...
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Nice looking, but I'm such a sucker for Billingham.
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These bags seem to be tweaks of some of Filson's existing styles, rather than new ground-up designs for photography. The emphasis in these new bags appears to have been to match the existing Filson aesthetic. I don't feel these are the bags that Harvey and McCurry would have come up with in a vacuum as their ideal expressions of a bag.

Filson makes great stuff, but when choosing a camera bag, I shy away from buckles, metal zippers and overly heavy (as in weight) construction.

If you put a Filson next to an ONA, you will be able to see where the money goes.
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If the quality is the same as their hunting clothes from the past, you could pass the bag down to your great-grandchildren.
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If any of you happen to be in NYC and want to see these bags in person, I have them all in stock at K&M, 368 Broadway. You can then be the judge. Filson + Magnum collaborated for some really stunning bags.
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Clearly they're variations on existing types, I don't have a problem with that.

If they've taken existing designs to Harvey, McCurry etc and said "ok how would you alter this so it's better for you in use" then that makes a lot of sense.

More bag manufacturers should do that kind of thing.

It's at the other end of the scale, but I'm always impressed by how Incase have thought their products through from a user's point of view rather than just a design point of view.
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If the quality is the same as their hunting clothes from the past, you could pass the bag down to your great-grandchildren.
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If any of you happen to be in NYC and want to see these bags in person, I have them all in stock at K&M, 368 Broadway. You can then be the judge. Filson + Magnum collaborated for some really stunning bags.
whoa another required stop when in NYC? What is K&M?
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Resurrection!

I have just purchased the Harvey Messenger myself and my only complaint is that the shoulder strap is too short for tall people. I'm getting used to it, but the bottom of the bag barely reaches below my beltline when worn across my chest (I'm 6'3").

The quality of the bag is excellent, and I actually like that it's not designed to carry a TON of gear inside, and that the insert doesn't span the entire internal width of the bag. What this does is allow the bag to hug against your body (something I have been craving forever) and keeps it from sliding around all over the place.

I talked with Filson asking if they by chance had longer straps available or if they could do an alteration and they said no. Then I asked if I was to replace the strap with my own (say a 2" Domke shoulder strap) would the rest of the bag be covered under their guarantee and they said no.

So as much as I like this bag I need to decide whether to just wear it as is or void any guarantee and swap the strap (an easy and immediate solution to my only problem).
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I got the camera field bag - it really is top notch.
The strap clips on so - it might be the better choice for tall people.

Only thing so far I would change is the addition of a full length inner back slot for a laptop/ipad, but I think I can work around that.
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Yeah I looked at that one too. I like it, but I was drawn to the Harvey (which is essentially the Game Bag).

I still really like the bag overall though. Definitely one of the more expensive bags I've ever bought, but I sold off all my excess bags so I don't mind.
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I've been wearing a Filson leather belt for decades. Replaced it recently and the new one isn't made quite as well as the one I bought 20-some years ago, but it's still a nice piece.

I think their bags look nice, but none are big enough to carry what I carry in my Domke F-6. Couldn't afford a camera bag that cost's three times as much and carries half the gear.

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Bought the filson field bag in '89-'90 for goose hunting (it's a shell bag). It will last my lifetime in hard use and that makes it pretty inexpensive.

It's always gone hunting (just fall and early winter) but my wife took it around the world summers during the '90s as her day pack. Around 2005, dropped in a green Billingham liner to carry the Leica kit. It blends into the city and the country.

I lift the liner out this week, with the camera gear inside and it goes back to work for the season (10lbs of shells and calls). It's the real deal.
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The Filson Magnum is larger than you might gather from the photos...
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I've had one of their bags that I carried with me every day 5 days a week for the last 15 years. It's dirty, beat up, but so tough it's amazing. And yes, it has a camera in it every single day.

Now, if mine would only wear out I'd buy a new Filson. Probably got another 15 or so years on this one though....
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Ayone using the backpack?
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afaik, Filson isn't selling Magnum bags anymore.
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Someone is selling it to me. Is it worth it? for an M gear. Thanks.
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Bought the filson field bag in '89-'90 for goose hunting (it's a shell bag). It will last my lifetime in hard use and that makes it pretty inexpensive.

It's always gone hunting (just fall and early winter) but my wife took it around the world summers during the '90s as her day pack. Around 2005, dropped in a green Billingham liner to carry the Leica kit. It blends into the city and the country.

I lift the liner out this week, with the camera gear inside and it goes back to work for the season (10lbs of shells and calls). It's the real deal.
Field bags are a great option for a camera bag - in fact its how Billingham started out originally - making cartridge, fishing and game bags from leather and canvas. I am not sure how they compare price wise with what were the competition in that field.

If you Google "leather and canvas field bag" you will get an awful lot of hits and many of them look like Billingham. Or, more accurately, before Billingham started making camera bags their field abgs looked pretty much like the ones depicted at this search and I assume many of the top end offerings from other makers did too.

https://www.bradybags.co.uk/bags/dar...shing.bag.html
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Anyone using the backpack version of the filson magnum?
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Someone is selling it to me. Is it worth it? for an M gear. Thanks.

depends on price and whether you like working with backpacks or not. they're a spendy bag and a friend has/had them but I haven't actually seen on irl I prefer Domke or ThinkTank.
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Anyone using the backpack version of the filson magnum?
I have been using one off and on for a couple years. I like it, but there are definitely more ergonomic bags out there. It holds a lot of stuff. I can squeeze clothing and gear for about two days in it, but I travel pretty light. Quality is excellent, and it's comfortable to wear.
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How much are they asking?
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I've had one of their bags that I carried with me every day 5 days a week for the last 15 years. It's dirty, beat up, but so tough it's amazing. And yes, it has a camera in it every single day.

Now, if mine would only wear out I'd buy a new Filson. Probably got another 15 or so years on this one though....
Ditto. Thousands of miles, over a decade of use and still use it daily. I suspect it will outlive me.
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I have just purchased the Harvey Messenger myself and my only complaint is that the shoulder strap is too short for tall people. I'm getting used to it, but the bottom of the bag barely reaches below my beltline when worn across my chest (I'm 6'3").

The quality of the bag is excellent, and I actually like that it's not designed to carry a TON of gear inside, and that the insert doesn't span the entire internal width of the bag. What this does is allow the bag to hug against your body (something I have been craving forever) and keeps it from sliding around all over the place.

I talked with Filson asking if they by chance had longer straps available or if they could do an alteration and they said no. Then I asked if I was to replace the strap with my own (say a 2" Domke shoulder strap) would the rest of the bag be covered under their guarantee and they said no.

So as much as I like this bag I need to decide whether to just wear it as is or void any guarantee and swap the strap (an easy and immediate solution to my only problem).
Take it to an upholstery shop and have it altered. Then enjoy!
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They are selling it brand new for 400 USD. Expensive, but I can't find one brand new.
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I have been using one off and on for a couple years. I like it, but there are definitely more ergonomic bags out there. It holds a lot of stuff. I can squeeze clothing and gear for about two days in it, but I travel pretty light. Quality is excellent, and it's comfortable to wear.
Does it fade? any other issues?
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Ditto. Thousands of miles, over a decade of use and still use it daily. I suspect it will outlive me.
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