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Two great National Geographic camera bags

Camera bag buying is almost as addictive as lens buying! Now I've downsized my gear a lot, it's time to downsize the bags too, and these fabulous Earth Explorer bags are both up for grabs.

They are incredibly sturdy and show hardly any signs of use - although to be fair they've only had light and careful use. Both are made of a heavy-duty cotton hemp blend, and include zipped flaps for additional protection from the elements.

First one is the 2343 "small shoulder bag". I've included a link to the US Amazon site, because their photos give you more of an idea of what it can do than mine!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/National-Geographic-2344-Shoulder-Compact/dp/B0060FNSTE/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1348924770&sr=8-18 http://www.amazon.co.uk/National-Geographic-2344-Shoulder-Compact/dp/B0060FNSTE/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1348924770&sr=8-18



It comes with two velcro dividers in the main compartment and numerous pouches inside, front and back, for memory, batteries, phone, etc. It has a small carrying handle, decent shoulder strap and belt loops (although personally I think it's a bit big for belt use).

To give you an idea of size, I travelled with it and managed to fit (just) passports and tickets, E-1, 14-54 and 40-150 (mk 1) plus a couple of spare batteries. I don't think it would be suitable for the E-3/5 body, but any of the other Four Thirds Oly bodies should fit easily, and clearly the bag could carry quite a lot of m43 kit.

Here's a couple of snaps taken just now:





The new version of these costs 49.99 at Amazon UK, and I reckon 25 incl Recorded Delivery within the UK would be a decent price for this one.

Second one is the 2477 "large shoulder bag". Again, I've included a link to the Amazon site so you can see some more professional images and the specs:

http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-NG-2477-Shoulder/dp/B0017RVDI8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348926304&sr=8-2&keywords=earth+explorer+2477 http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-NG-2477-Shoulder/dp/B0017RVDI8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348926304&sr=8-2&keywords=earth+explorer+2477



This is an incredibly flexible bag with space for a lot of camera gear (but with removal containers inside if you want to convert to a messenger bag) plus a padded laptop compartment. I've never managed to fill it, but it would be a great travel bag for people who like to take a fair amount of gear with them. It has a good carry handle, padded shoulder strap, and straps on the rear to attach to the handle of wheelie suitcases. A couple of quick snaps:





I see that on Amazon UK they are asking 149 - hmmm: never paid that for a camera bag! However, I reckon 50 incl recorded delivery in the UK is a very fair price.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send a PM.

Cheers,

Jon
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Re: Two great National Geographic camera bags

I sent a PM about the small bag.. :-)

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Re: Two great National Geographic camera bags

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Re: Two great National Geographic camera bags

Hi Jon

PM sent re larger bag.

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Re: Two great National Geographic camera bags

Both PMs responded to. Small bag sold (thanks for v rapid payment Pete!) and Hec has first refusal on the large one.

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Re: Two great National Geographic camera bags

The small NG bag just arrived, nice quick shipment. What a great item! More zips and pockets than a zippy pockety thing.

I am introducing it to the E-M5 and lenses and starting to play with Velcro..

TNX Jon.

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Re: Two great National Geographic camera bags

Don't panic Pete; mine arrived too and I've discoverd a secret door in a rear panel. Just pull the little label sown on the inside three times whilst repeating "geographicus". Some strange boy with a scar on his forhead helps you out.

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Excellent bag received swiftly and superbly packed.

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Re: Two great National Geographic camera bags

Sounds like you're both having fun! Glad they arrived safely, and thanks for easy transactions.

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