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    hi... is there anyone here has ever diy his/her camera bag for a dslr? able to carry at least one 18~55mm standard len (lens hood optional), batteries + charger, cards, maybe filters and perhaps a flashes (bounce card or diffuser optional also).

    tks

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    i used it once before. my 50 f/1.8 in my nikon PnS camera case, 90mm in its soft case, and d70s with 12-24 using the padding from my lowepro slingshot 200AW

    stuffed all of that into another sling bag. but the rest of the time i use my slingshot 200aw itself

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    Damn... Funny this post should appear now. I just tried to make my DIY camera bag. Ok, actually more like DIY the bag inserts. But I must say, it was a complete failure. (Note to readers: My art and craft in school sucks big time).

    Anyway, just to share what i did (or tried to do).

    I have a sling bag, not the camera bag type, just normal sling bag. It does not have a flooring at the bottom of the bag. Which means I have to make one. And its sides are also soft, which also means I have to make some kind of barrier to line the insides to protect the camera and lenses.

    So I bought some of those soft cushiony boards (not styro foam) and some velcro from Art Friend. Managed to make the bottom of the bag to protect my camera from bottom impact but the sides was quite a failure as the cushion boards were too soft. Spent around 30 bucks in total for the stuff. Probably better off saving abit more money and buy a proper bag...

    But then again, my art and craft is crap. You could give it a try, if you fail, at least it would be a fun experiment!

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    Buy a whole ream of bubble wrap... wrap all your equipment... then stuff to any bag you wish!

    I tot of DIY before, but the chusioning and protection is important for camera equipment, so I decided to go buy rather than mod some of my bags
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    like i have seen in all camera bags that the padding is the most important yet it would also seems the hardest to get. i wonder where got sell those diy padding where we can cut according to the size we want...

    anyway these are the links that i have found from the website... interesting ideas about the padding...

    http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.a...tno=213&pgno=0

    http://etischer.com/bag/DSC03012.jpg

    pls pardon me if you cannot see the link cos i am new here and not sure how to link like the pros but you can try to cut and paste the link.

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    I use 2 'DIY' bags - actually nore improvised than DIY. One is a Kipling hacker backpack - strong and tough material and has a laptop divider. The other is is a small sling satchel to carry only the body with a short telephoto and small accessories - filters, batteries and CF cards. To protect the camera, I wrap it with a neoprene wrap. Bought the largest piece so I can double protect the LCD part. Good for light use when you do not want the bulk of camera bags. However it is not as rugged and the bag cannot be organised if you want to carry more stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kermitfm View Post
    I use 2 'DIY' bags - actually nore improvised than DIY. One is a Kipling hacker backpack - strong and tough material and has a laptop divider. The other is is a small sling satchel to carry only the body with a short telephoto and small accessories - filters, batteries and CF cards. To protect the camera, I wrap it with a neoprene wrap. Bought the largest piece so I can double protect the LCD part. Good for light use when you do not want the bulk of camera bags. However it is not as rugged and the bag cannot be organised if you want to carry more stuff.
    any pic to share?

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    i diy a nike backpack to fit in my camera gear for travel
    basically i took some of my domke insert system and inserted it into the backpack

    i'll try to take some photos this weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    i diy a nike backpack to fit in my camera gear for travel
    basically i took some of my domke insert system and inserted it into the backpack

    i'll try to take some photos this weekend
    Thats what i thought of doing. But I don't own a Domke bag. And the cost of purchasing the inserts alone, don't really justify the needs. With the money I spend on the inserts, I could easily buy another bag.

    Maybe should just get a Domke bag. F-2 or something, then can follow what you did. But Domke = pocket burn.

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    so which one is more better? diy or original ones? i am also diying one from a sling bag bought from army gift shop which i just put in a few not-the-usual-soft-foam but harder ones to act as the dividers. i think its just right for a couple of lens... side pockets can squeeze in the flash and maybe batteries only... but definately no one can tell its a camera bag unless i took it out haha...

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    The neoprene wrap is about 30 cm square. You can see samples at www.optechusa.com. They even have camera cases which I am thinking of getting.

    My reason for DIY is to have an inconspicous bag to carry my camera around. Once you want to carry more than a camera and an extra lens, my advice is to get a camera bag. The camera bag helps to organise the equipment and provide proper separation and better protection for the equipment. After using my 2 DIYs, I now have a better idea of what I will look for in a camera bag.

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    Thinking of DIY-ing a bag too. Any idea where to get bubble wrap and soft foam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racoon31e View Post
    Thinking of DIY-ing a bag too. Any idea where to get bubble wrap and soft foam?
    Not sure about bubble wrap, but you can find soft foam at Art Friend. Bras Basah and Takashimaya.

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    if you want to get better protections for your cameras and equipments, just buy proper camera bag is more cost and time efficient.

    unless you aim is to camouflage your camera bag by modify a normal bag, the DIY camera bag will not be function as good as a proper camera bag with good protraction and convenient, unless you spend some money buying peddling inserts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thengz View Post
    Not sure about bubble wrap, but you can find soft foam at Art Friend. Bras Basah and Takashimaya.
    Managed to buy bubble wrap at one of those mom and pop bookshops. $1 for 1m. If you can buy from those plastic bag wholesalers, it'll be cheaper. However, they won't sell that little to you. The guy I asked said that he only sells 90m rolls for $22.


    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teruranse View Post
    hi... is there anyone here has ever diy his/her camera bag for a dslr? able to carry at least one 18~55mm standard len (lens hood optional), batteries + charger, cards, maybe filters and perhaps a flashes (bounce card or diffuser optional also).

    tks
    I have just done my DIY camera bag - for one DSLR and a standard zoom and flash.. Sorry can't post picture here or though I would like to share the step by step of doing it.

    Material:

    1) Carton box cut into appropriate size to stick the soft air foam - do not use bubble wrap as it will lost its air bubble effectiveness after a period of time and become thin.
    2) Soft air form - can get it free of charge - look around electric shop or computer shop.... do not use the white or hard ones.... the pink or dark grey ones are good.
    3) Bicycle canvas [grey colour ones] - get it at $2 from Daiso - this is use to warp the foam and carton box when done.

    Cut carton box and foam into appropriate stripes..
    Use handicraft glue and glue both carton box and foam together. When both is sticked, the carton box portion should sandwich between the foam and the bag. The purpose is for the carton box to take the impact if the bag drops onto the floor or there is external force exert onto the bag.
    Cut bicycle canvas into appropriate size after wrapping the carton box and foam - the same way we wrap gifts...
    Glue the canvas once the foam / carton box is wrapped and let it dry.

    Slot each wrapped piece into the bag...

    If you intend to use haversack bags as camera bag, make sure get one which has wide opening.... I managed to get one Garfield school bag after my daughter decided not to use it any more...After I inserted in the carton and foam, the bag's opening is wide for ease of putting in my cam and accessories....

    If you are really keen on how to do it for yourself, PM me...

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