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Old 7th March 2010
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Which cam bag for an E600/620?

Well now I've got my kit I need something unobtrusive to carry it in, I like the look of the Crumpler bags because they don't look like obvious camera bags, but before I spend my hard earned cash would like some real life input and opinions from you guys!

Following is the kit I normally carry

E600 + 14-42mm kit lens + HLD-5 battery grip
40 -150mm lens
Couple of filters
Reading glasses
Lens cloth
Couple of spare batteries

I currently use a bag I bought on holiday a couple of years ago, measures 28cm x 22cm x 12cm and is JUST big enough to get the camera and the 40-150 in.

As I said I like to the look of the Crumplers (although would consider other makes), was thinking of the Muffin Top 4000 or one of the Messenger bags, but am a bit worried about fitting the E600 in with the lens and the battery grip attached, does anyone out there manage this? Also any other suggestions greatly received, as at the moment anything that can't fit in my bag goes in my pockets, and I'm a bit fed up with walking around with my coat bulging!

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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

If you're willing to invest a little more money than average for a top-quality bag, can I suggest the Billingham range? A small Hadley should fit the bill and will last forever.
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

Hadleys are great. I would try before you buy as the one I have only really allows me three compartments - E-3, and lenses in the other two plus the two pockets at the front. Mind you they arn't cheap but they are really well made, are British and should last a lifetime.!
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

I use both a Billingham Hadley Pro and one of those Lowepros which twist around (Slingshot?). Both have their pros and cons. I use the Lowepro if I am going to be walking aroud all day it's more comfortable but diificult to acces anything other than the camera. The Hadley is comfortable and it easy to use anything in the bag but it is a little less secure (as in easy to open).
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

I too was looking at a Crumpler for carrying stuff other than out walking. The fact that it doesn't look like a camera bag is the best thing about it.

I'd be interested in knowing if people have them, and what they think.

I have got a fairly big handbag which takes a few spare lenses at a pinch, but really want a hybrid handbag/camera bag.

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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

I've had a couple of Crumplers and really liked them - very inconspicuous (unless you go for the bright colours) and well made. Not suited for carrying a lot of kit or hillwalking, but I guess you know that already... if I can find an E-600 anywhere that's what I'll be getting again.
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

Only problem with crumpler shoulder bags is that the strap slips off your shoulder cos the pad thingy isn't grippy. I use a Domke shoulder bag which has rubber threads woven into the strap, it grips beautifully and the soft bag is very comfortable to carry.
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

@ StephenL, benvendetta, and maccabeej: thanks for the suggestions, had a look at the Billinghams and they're nice products but a bit beyond my budget and not as 'stealthy' as I would like, think I've used up my budget and more just buying my kit!

So I've just put an order into SRS Microsystems for a Crumpler Muffin Top 5500 (where do they get the names from!) in a nice bland Espresso colour. I'm off to Barcelona next week and I'm a bit desperate for a bag to carry the kit, hopefully it'll be delivered tomorrow.

@cinders: I'll let you know how I get on with it although hopefully people won't see it as a handbag...although my wife does call my other bag the 'manbag'. Hmmm...maybe it's just my inner feminine side that really likes the Crumplers...

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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

Get the olympus esystem bag for 4.97 delivered from PC world before it sells out!
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

Ordered one of these as well, at 4.97 (delivered!) you just can't go wrong! Not exactly the stealth bag I wanted, but at that price....
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

Have you looked at the Vanguard range? Have just bought a Pampas 37 at the Focus show yesterday, really stylish, well made and great value. I've been looking for a smart camera bag that also can be a handbag, and this is a slingshot type with very good easy access to the camera (plus other items can easily be accessed. I'm using it for the EP-1 so you might want the next size up for the E600.

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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

Dave,
I've a Hama slingshot type - no model description which cost me all of 12.95 from 7dayshop.com. It holds the e600 with 14-42 plus grip as well as my 70-300 and 40-150 in the base compartment. It also holds my FL-36, spare batteries, CF card holder, 300mm reflector(scrunched up) and cleaning kit. I added a bit of extra foam padding to the inside of the base and an extra divider but that all and it works great. You can still get it from Snappy Snaps.

I also ordered and paid for the Olympus bag from PCWorld today but have now received the following email:

'Dear James,

Thank you for your recent PC World order.

Unfortunately we may have a problem with progressing your order within the timescale indicated on our website. We will contact you shortly to discuss the matter with you, but in the meantime please accept our apologies for the potential delay.

Your order number: PCW10000XXXXX

What happens next?

We will contact you to discuss your order.'


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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

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Thank you for your recent PC World order.

Unfortunately we may have a problem with progressing your order within the timescale indicated on our website. We will contact you shortly to discuss the matter with you, but in the meantime please accept our apologies for the potential delay.

Your order number: PCW10000XXXXX

What happens next?

We will contact you to discuss your order.'


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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

I note that this bag is no longer available, having tried to order one this morning.
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Re: Which cam bag for an E600/620?

I ordered one yesterday afternoon and haven't received any 'problem' email as yet - could I have got one of the last available? Doesn't sound like the kind of luck I normally have!
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