This year I’ve been giving some thought to my camera bag and clothing and purchased three relatively inexpensive items. The first of these is a cheap “Courser f1002” canvas messenger-style camera bag and insert. This bag is excellent, well made and great value for money at £35.95 from eBay.
The bag comes with a large zip-up front pocket ideal for filters, spare batteries, memory cards and other accessories including my Gorillapod “Hybrid”. Two external pockets, one at each end, and a padded camera insert that can accommodate my OM-D E-M5 + both parts of the HLD-6 grip and any of my usual five prime lenses (M.Zuiko 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, Samyang 7.5mm and Sigma 60mm) attached plus the remaining four prime lenses. There’s also an internal zip-up pocket for other accessories and/or valuables. I love this bag as it is sturdy, practical and most of all it doesn’t scream “camera gear inside” and looks suitably fashionable.
Although the supplied camera insert is perfectly adequate for the task I decided to change it over for the one below which fits perfectly and has the addition of a top flap to provide an additional degree of protection and weather-proofing and cost £9.99 again from eBay.
Lastly, I’ve been hankering for an M-65 type jacket for some while and decided to purchase the one shown below. It’s an ex-Austrian Army surplus field jacket with four deep and large external pockets, great for holding gear including 7 inch tablet, lens caps, sandwiches etc., an internal button up breast pocket and built in hood. £19.99 plus postage from a UK army surplus supplier. I also like the hidden front zip and buttons as there’s nothing to snag on my camera strap or scratch my camera’s screen when the camera is worn around the neck.
I love both the “Retro” look and the functionality of this gear at a net cost of about £70.00, (£60 if you don’t change the insert) considerably less that the cost of some camera bags or jackets on their own. Next step is to treat the bag and jacket with some Nikwax or similar waterproofing agent to provide a degree of inclement weather protection and that’s it. I guess I probably look like a throw-back from the 70’s especially with my OM-D gear but do I care?, not one jot, “Viva Retro!”. 🙂
Just to add that I have absolutely no association with any of the manufacturers or retailers of the above items.