« on: June 21, 2014, 01:25:07 PM »
I was looking for a shooting bag, to carry one or two lenses, and the body. I also was traveling to Europe, and wanted something that did not have a logo that attracted any attention. I found nothing that fit my specs in this aspect. So, I decided to make my own. I checked a military surplus store in the French Quarter, in New Orleans. I found a military messenger bag, with large pockets, and a large flap that covered the top and all the way down the side of the bag, hiding the pockets. I bought a sheet of foam and cut it match the body, and mounted Canon EF 70-200 f4L IS USM lens, but made the cut off center. I then cut a second two inches from the first, to accommodate
my Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 VC USD lens. I sprayed the internal 3 sides of the bag with contact cement, and installed the foam, leaving one side of the bag not glued to the foam. This allowed a body with grip, and larger diameter lenses. I also ran a 2 inch wide strip of Velcro, on the flap, and matched it on the pockets. I stitched a length of aircraft control cable in the cloth strap, and crimped it to the mounting hardware on the bag. This made the shoulder strap not cut able with a razor knife. I have made several trips to Europe, South America, and other cities in the U.S. with this bag. It is very inconspicuous, and can be found in many form of camo, desert, jungle, mountain, and snow. The fabric is treated for moisture, mildew and very hard to penetrate with
a knife, and even ice pick. The only draw back is the carry strap is not adjustable even before the modification. You could remove the strap by cutting it off the D-rings, and installing a adjustable bag strap. Getting the camera and lens out of the bag is easy if you wear the flap away from your body, just lift it up and draw out the camera, and attached lens. This bag system does not advertise a camera is present, it just looks like a cloth brief case.