Bag for OM-D and 5 Primes?

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Mike Raub
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Bag for OM-D and 5 Primes?
Mar 10, 2013

Coming from a full frame Canon system, the small size, high quality and reasonable prices of M4/3 primes is a welcome surprise. Since I like to print very big (have a 24" wide printer) I'm thinking of putting together a fairly comprehensive set of primes to use on my OM-D. I'm thinking of the Pana 25 and Oly 12, 45, 60 macro and 75. By rough comparison, if I wanted to do that with Canon L primes it would cost 3 times as much and the total weight of the gear would be more than 3 times what I'm looking at with M4/3. The sale of my Canon gear has left me with cash to spend.

One disadvantage of internet shopping is it is hard to get a real feel for the size and capacity of a camera bag by just studying the specs. All my local camera stores are long gone. I was thinking of one of the Lowe Pro messenger style bags, but it looks like lenses would have to be stacked on top of each other. The M4/3 lenses are so tiny compared to 35mm versions, that a regular bag designed for 5 35mm primes would be way too big.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,

MIKE

P.S. Does anybody but me find it irritating that the title to this forum is out of alphabetical order in the list of forums.

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In reply to Mike Raub, Mar 10, 2013

Mike Raub wrote:

Coming from a full frame Canon system, the small size, high quality and reasonable prices of M4/3 primes is a welcome surprise. Since I like to print very big (have a 24" wide printer) I'm thinking of putting together a fairly comprehensive set of primes to use on my OM-D. I'm thinking of the Pana 25 and Oly 12, 45, 60 macro and 75. By rough comparison, if I wanted to do that with Canon L primes it would cost 3 times as much and the total weight of the gear would be more than 3 times what I'm looking at with M4/3. The sale of my Canon gear has left me with cash to spend.

One disadvantage of internet shopping is it is hard to get a real feel for the size and capacity of a camera bag by just studying the specs. All my local camera stores are long gone. I was thinking of one of the Lowe Pro messenger style bags, but it looks like lenses would have to be stacked on top of each other. The M4/3 lenses are so tiny compared to 35mm versions, that a regular bag designed for 5 35mm primes would be way too big.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,

MIKE

P.S. Does anybody but me find it irritating that the title to this forum is out of alphabetical order in the list of forums.

PS. Not really, It's with the Panasonic and Olympus Forums, so it makes sense in a way.

I saw some bags recently by Olympus for their Pen system. The only thing is I'm not sure they were setup to take 5 primes.

An option I'd look at, is a few different coloured neoprene pouches and drop all the lenses into a single pocket.

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Paper or Plastic ?

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Look at this bag.

If you do not like appearance, find another bad with similar internal dimensions

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Re: Bag for OM-D and 5 Primes? - Domke F6 "Little Bit Smaller" bag
In reply to Mike Raub, Mar 10, 2013

Suggestion:  the Domke F6 Little Bit Smaller Bay might suit your needs.  I used one for years with a Leica rangefinder and 3 or 4 lenses and light-meter.  Now I use the same F6 with a Panasonic G1.  Inexpensive and non-ostentatious.

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I've got the OMD with grip, bunch of lenses and a LowePro slingshot bag.  I think it is a model 200 (got it for an Oly E500 and 4/3 lenses).  It would easily take five primes, each in it's own pocket although I also know that the Oly 45 is quite small and the other lens you mention do not look that much bigger in comparison.  The bag is big enough for the Pany 100-300 with lens filter/cap/hood (reversed) in it's own bag.  Even if you decide to stack a couple of the smaller lenses, I think there is plenty room using the lens cases/bags as mentioned.

In my opinion the bag is larger than a 100 series Lowepro, but the weight difference is not much between the two bags, and it is well padded and put together.  The 200 series also allows fiver different "slots" plus the camera space with a satin-like screen protector cloth, lots of storage compartments for flash, chargers, spare batteries, filters, notepad, etc..  Plus it carries nice and the strap setup is better than the smaller bags.

Hope that helps a bit!

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Mike Raub wrote:

Coming from a full frame Canon system, the small size, high quality and reasonable prices of M4/3 primes is a welcome surprise. Since I like to print very big (have a 24" wide printer) I'm thinking of putting together a fairly comprehensive set of primes to use on my OM-D. I'm thinking of the Pana 25 and Oly 12, 45, 60 macro and 75. By rough comparison, if I wanted to do that with Canon L primes it would cost 3 times as much and the total weight of the gear would be more than 3 times what I'm looking at with M4/3. The sale of my Canon gear has left me with cash to spend.

One disadvantage of internet shopping is it is hard to get a real feel for the size and capacity of a camera bag by just studying the specs. All my local camera stores are long gone. I was thinking of one of the Lowe Pro messenger style bags, but it looks like lenses would have to be stacked on top of each other. The M4/3 lenses are so tiny compared to 35mm versions, that a regular bag designed for 5 35mm primes would be way too big.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,

MIKE

P.S. Does anybody but me find it irritating that the title to this forum is out of alphabetical order in the list of forums.

I can relate this to the Panasonic GH-3 MSLR and GX-1 rangefinder. I have not seen the OMD in person so I don't have exact dimensions to know which form factor it is more like that I have.

The problem with micro four thirds and camera bags are 90% of all bags are made for DSLR's and p&s. The other 10% you have to be creative with.

What will work is the Domke F-6 little bit smaller bag. They make two versions. Canvas and Ballistic Nylon. The ballistic version I like not only for material but they have velcro inside the inserts for more options and the other are sown.

I have these lenses, all Panasonic: 7-14, 12-35, 35-100, 25 1.4 and 45 2.8 macro

For the GX-1 sized camera and two accessories (flash or lenses) the Think Tank Retrospective 5, Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney, Think Tank Digital Holster 10.

If you want a larger bag, the inserts from that Domke F-6 little bit smaller will work. So you have to remove the manufacture padding and replace it with Domke inserts and buy a few extra short Two compartment inserts that F6 Domke uses.

So the GX-1 with extra Domke inserts works in the Think Tank Retrospective 7,10,30. Think Tank Sling-O-Matic 10.

If you have a GH-3 sized camera you can also look at the Crumpler 7 million dollar home, Tenba small or medium shootout. Tenba mini or small messenger.

If you don't have access to a selection of bags and are willing to pay shipping fees to just get it done order multiple bags. Take a photo of the inside of the bag so you can remember how the inserts were done by the manufacture.

The better and more versatile bags will have velcro material inside the entire bag. Even after the suggestions you still need to put all in gear in and feel the weight of it. A camera and lens by it self are not bad, but once you start adding even MFT's lenses it gets heavier.

I do not suggest stacking lenses, I like a separate compartment for everything. In the end buy two bags one for everything a a bit of room to grow and one for body, two lenses and a flash IMO.

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I have the Timbuk2 Snoop bag. Room for 5 lenses without stacking:







I put the camera with lens fitted face down like this:



It works well and cinches up for walking. Also there are straps for a tripod that work very well.

The only problem is the pockets for accessorizes. There are enough pockets but they are all on top of one another, as you can see here:

5 pockets on top of one another. Otherwise I like it.

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Get the Billingham 207 or 307 and outfit it with the appropriate Superflex inserts for your lenses. Don't forget to have a spot for your flash and an empty chamber to facilitate swapping.

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I just bought the Domke F-5XC Shoulder Bag.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/538764-REG/Domke_700_53S_F_5XC_Large_Shoulder_Bag.html

The two dividers it comes with can be configured to create a lower layer with 3 lens places that are accessed by the front opening. You will need another two dividers from somewhere else to separate the top into three sections.

In mine I have a FL-50R in one of the top sections. The other two sections are the e-m5 and an attached lens and a second lens. So I have 5 lenses the e-m5 and a flash in this bag.

With all of the above camera gear, 4 spare batteries, and filters / flash diffuser the bag weighs 3.5kg.

I chose this colour it is a bit darker in person.

This shows the size.  There are two 3-segment dividers fold 1 into a C shape with the 2 ends down.  The other 3-segment divider forms a flat layer above the first one.

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In reply to Mike Raub, Mar 11, 2013

Mike Raub wrote:

I'm thinking of the Pana 25 and Oly 12, 45, 60 macro and 75. By rough comparison,

That's a nice set of lenses. I own most of them, but I opted for the 20mm instead of the 25.

One disadvantage of internet shopping is it is hard to get a real feel for the size and capacity of a camera bag by just studying the specs. All my local camera stores are long gone. I was thinking of one of the Lowe Pro messenger style bags, but it looks like lenses would have to be stacked on top of each other. The M4/3 lenses are so tiny compared to 35mm versions, that a regular bag designed for 5 35mm primes would be way too big.

The Thinktank restrospective 7 would probably handle this well. I can fit two E-M5 bodies with lenses mounted plus a couple other lenses. 1 body with any lens mounted, it will fit four other lenses plus accessories easily without making them too awkward to grab. I own both the Retrospective 5 & 7. I tend to use the 5 more. Although you might be able to cram everything in it would require a lot of juggling to dig stuff out.

P.S. Does anybody but me find it irritating that the title to this forum is out of alphabetical order in the list of forums.

Nope. It's right between the two big m43s members, Olympus and Panasonic.

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Mike Raub wrote:

Coming from a full frame Canon system, the small size, high quality and reasonable prices of M4/3 primes is a welcome surprise. Since I like to print very big (have a 24" wide printer) I'm thinking of putting together a fairly comprehensive set of primes to use on my OM-D. I'm thinking of the Pana 25 and Oly 12, 45, 60 macro and 75. By rough comparison, if I wanted to do that with Canon L primes it would cost 3 times as much and the total weight of the gear would be more than 3 times what I'm looking at with M4/3. The sale of my Canon gear has left me with cash to spend.

One disadvantage of internet shopping is it is hard to get a real feel for the size and capacity of a camera bag by just studying the specs. All my local camera stores are long gone. I was thinking of one of the Lowe Pro messenger style bags, but it looks like lenses would have to be stacked on top of each other. The M4/3 lenses are so tiny compared to 35mm versions, that a regular bag designed for 5 35mm primes would be way too big.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,

MIKE

P.S. Does anybody but me find it irritating that the title to this forum is out of alphabetical order in the list of forums.

I use a Billington Hadley Small and like it a lot. It has an old-school feel to it and looks fantastic. It is made in England from canvas, leather and brass and is weatherproof. I really like the fact that there is no velcro and very little in the way of artificial materials in its construction.

The bag comfortably holds my E-P3 with a mounted lens and 4 other primes in its main compartment. I use the pockets for filters, grey card, spare batteries, etc.

The bag should be able to hold the OM-D and the lenses you mention, but you would have to keep one lens on the camera and stack the others 2x2. That is what I do. It's not much of a problem because I place my least-used lenses on the bottom and rarely find myself scrambling for them.

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Nice kit. That's a nice Billingham.

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It depends on the kind of use. I have a Hadley Small and love this bag because it's (very) small, light, rain and storm proof, nice to see and doesn't show 'I'm a camera bag.' My 25mm 1.4 is on my OM-D most of the time, the 45mm 1.8, 12-50mm kitlens and 45-175 pana also fit in the bag and there is still place for another prime (not too big). Of course you could store a lens in each pocket as well, but not padded. So if you want to use the bag to take all your stuff with you, put it down somewhere and start taking pictures, it's ok. If you keep the bag on your shoulder while taking pictures and changing lenses, I would (in your case) recommend a somewhat bigger size.

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I have added some extra homemade seperators

Here it is compared to the F-5XA

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A lot in Micro 4/3 marvel at how much a small bag can be packed, but for many of those you see, little of it is accessible quickly and safely.

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Mike Raub wrote:


P.S. Does anybody but me find it irritating that the title to this forum is out of alphabetical order in the list of forums.

Yes to the latter.

I have two bags that I like a lot for my EM5 kit. One is the Billingham Hadley Pro. The other is the Pacsafe Camsafe 200 (when security seems like a bigger issue).

"Good bags" are of course very subjective......

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Mike Raub wrote:

Coming from a full frame Canon system, the small size, high quality and reasonable prices of M4/3 primes is a welcome surprise. Since I like to print very big (have a 24" wide printer) I'm thinking of putting together a fairly comprehensive set of primes to use on my OM-D. I'm thinking of the Pana 25 and Oly 12, 45, 60 macro and 75. By rough comparison, if I wanted to do that with Canon L primes it would cost 3 times as much and the total weight of the gear would be more than 3 times what I'm looking at with M4/3. The sale of my Canon gear has left me with cash to spend.

One disadvantage of internet shopping is it is hard to get a real feel for the size and capacity of a camera bag by just studying the specs. All my local camera stores are long gone. I was thinking of one of the Lowe Pro messenger style bags, but it looks like lenses would have to be stacked on top of each other. The M4/3 lenses are so tiny compared to 35mm versions, that a regular bag designed for 5 35mm primes would be way too big.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,

MIKE

P.S. Does anybody but me find it irritating that the title to this forum is out of alphabetical order in the list of forums.

I would definitively recommend «Lowepro Flipside 200», the smallest of the (Flipside) line:

http://lowepro-deutschland.de/produkte/index.php?article_id=231&clang=0

...Which works as a Sling Bag with the comfort of a Back Pack...

(IMO, a pity they don't make it even smaller and with more internal/removable dividers...)

Best regards,
Pedro

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In reply to Mike Raub, Mar 11, 2013

Do you have to take them all with you every time? Even and OM-D and 5 primes requires a bigger bag. If you are going small, go all the way. Every time I see one of these threads, the bag suggestions are still as big as a woman's purse.

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