Digital Home Thoughts: Building an Urban Messenger Camera Bag

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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Building an Urban Messenger Camera Bag

Posted by Jason Kravitz in "HARDWARE" @ 10:35 AM


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The key advantage of the converted messenger bag is that I have a lot of flexibility in how to carry my stuff. I could take everything out and only take my camera with one lens with a bunch of non-camera gear like clothing or I can load it up. The bag (and inserts) folds down flat so I can even take the bag and all my gear in a suitcase for flying, since there is a two carry on limit and I usually bring a laptop bag. When I arrive at my destination I can "build" the messenger bag based on where I will be walking around or what I'm going to do that day.


Figure 2: Flipped open to show the velcro pads and external zipper pocket.

Buying directly from Timbuk2 I was able to add on a few features, a center divider pocket, strap pad and top handle. Buying a custom bag from Timbuk2 also allows you to choose between Ballistic Nylon or Codura fabric and choose custom interior and exterior colors. I choose the codura fabric which has a tighter weave and matte surface. Both types of fabric as well as the inside lining are made to be highly water resistant. I've had mine out in heavy rain and everything in the bag stayed dry. I was concerned at first because the bag does not zip shut rather closes with velcro and snaps. When the bag is not hanging the corners can sometimes be exposed however I think this is the case with any type of messenger bag and when it is hanging on my shoulder it seals tighter. All the bags come with a bunch of zipper pockets. It took me a while before I noticed all of them, I kept finding new compartments. There always seems to be a corner or place so shove odds and ends whether in the pockets or in the main compartment.


Figure 3: Inside lining and internal zipper pockets on inner front panel.

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