My DIY Timbak2 camera bag


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whoelse

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I have a Timbuk2 small messenger bag and I want to double it up as a camera bag. I was initially looking for camera bag insert but I couldn't find anything in the shop. I decided to customize my own and I went shopping at the best source for DIY material here in Singapore - Art Friend. I bought a large piece of hard plastic board to form as the boxy structure, art and craft glue, large piece of foam for shock prevention and some rubbery sheets/mattes to form the skin. Some left over material samples and the bag are shown in this photo.
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The finish product looks decent with good enough shock protection. I reckon it is more shock resistance then my lowepro since I have a layer of hard plastic, foam and 2 rubber mattes both side. I use masking tape to secure the rubbery skin while waiting for the glue to dry and I initially decided to remove the tape for the finish product but later decided that it is no harm leaving it there although it does make it a little less presentable.
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Here it is, a nicely shaped discrete messenger bag as a camera bag good for 2 zoom lens, 1 flash gun (or another lens) plus a DSLR body.
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mckenzy

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hi, interested to know if your finish is velcro-able... (to custom further the way the camera sits in the insert)
 

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Woah.. hot pink.. :bigeyes: doesn't really match the colors of the bag but it does makes it bright enough for you to see the content in dim lighting conditions.
 

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whoelse

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:D actually should be magenta, the rest of the side is actually multi-color becos the material is only A4 size and I cannot find anything larger or 1 color. The pack of A4 comes with multicolor. I don't have other pix if got time I will take somemore. as for insert, I just use the rubbery matte as divider as I find it more flexible and wouldn't move around even without any velcro.

I actually think it is easier to use a yoga matte and by some cutting it can easily provide cushion for base and 4 sides of the bag. I think if the cutting is good there is no need to even make it like a boxy shape like what I have done hence more flexible and easily removable. I should also be more 'mouldable' to the body shape since it will be softer while providing good enough shock protection.

I saw at carrefour today selling a large piece of yoga matte for $7+ no harm trying.

The bag should be $120 iirc. There is a promotion selling for $89 just like drewdam mentioned. Maybe can still bargain?

Timbuk2 is a good bag and is water proof.

Woah.. hot pink.. :bigeyes: doesn't really match the colors of the bag but it does makes it bright enough for you to see the content in dim lighting conditions.
 

fliplock

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wow looking cool. good idea to custom-make the camera insert!

can give us the details how to make? :)
thankies.
 

Kenneth83

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cool stuff, should try it out with my crumpler messenger bag :D
 

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