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09-07-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Unusual camera bags (+11 imgs)

It has been six months since my upgrade from p&s to Pentax K100D and
few lens you can see in my dpreview profile. And I have been lurking
all thread that talk about 'camera bags'. I tried many bags and the
closest to my liking is the slingbag from lowerpro (? on spelling).
I ended up making my own bags with backback, lunch box, baby bottle
warmer, and diaper -- yes the diaper for cushioning.

Here are few snapshots done this morning for sharing with forum --
hope you get a laugh and jump to share with your unusual bags that
can't be bought anywhere in the world as a camera bag

#1
lunch box for main camera with lens (cap not shown but usually
mounted reverse order in bag)



#2
Cushioning with diaper -- I know this is hilarious but so far the
cushioning works out fine for me. I have no time to get the proper
shielding/cushioning around my two camera bags. Time is spent in
taking pictures instead of my many disappointed visits to stores and
lurking in the web obsessing for bags -- lol



#3
My two bags with main one in red backpack from nikko and small one
good enough for body + DA 50-200 + 50



#4
Bottom of backpack (main bag) has a raincoat just for both cushioning
and just in case rain sets in




#5
$37 Takumar Asahi 28-80 Macro debuted


#6, 7, 8
How it looks storing the lunch bag in backpack







#9, #10
My M42 lens in free Similac Baby Bottles insulated bag





#11
Hin's Camera bag



Thank you and I hope you don't flame me in posting something that may not be appropriate to look at, especially the diaper and baby formula similac
bag to go with your beloved gears.

Hin

09-07-2007, 11:50 AM   #2
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its perfectly appropriate. baby stuff isnt offensive at all. its actually pretty funny.

the only problem i have with this set up is that there are multiple containers to put all of the stuff in. I should say, that is the only problem i would have if this setup were mine.

too many compartments to get into.....
you have good taste if you like the lowepro. i forgot the model that mine is...its some kind of trekker. ilove it but its getting too small.

hey....whatever works for you.
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Quite true about the access

It is quite true that the access in my setup is not the best in terms of convenience. But I trade the easy access from a slingshot bag with my own backpack for better comfort which I find very good for hours of carrying it. I use my backback in chasing my boy in the hiking trip

Chasing My Boy with DA 50-200 - Hin's Tech Corner

and it works out great with my backpack. And with some practice, I mange to swing my bag for retrieval as well as put back my camera for storage. But I usually lay down my bag on the floor for lens changing and to open and close my bag safely.

Thanks,
Hin
09-07-2007, 06:10 PM   #4
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Sunset pictures with the backpack setup

I have some unplanned sunset pictures when I happen to have my
unusual camera bag (lunch bag + diaper) with me yesterday at
pre-school meeting for my younger boy
and now few sunset pictures that I don't quite know how to meter with
my K100D and DA 50-200. I have the default auto multi-segment
metering and I wonder if that is the right setting for metering in
sunset pictures. And if you were to shoot the following scenes,
which area do you meter and focus on. I did not use the AE-L but I
just point at the wall and roof of the house away from the sun in 'P'
mode and adjust EV compensation seeing results, some of them come out
too white.

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#2


#3


More in this photoset, exif in 'more properties in each photo page

sunset
Sunset - a photoset on Flickr

camera bag
Hin's Camera Bags - a photoset on Flickr

I am just using bright mode with 0 adjustment to saturation, contrast
and sharpness. If you have to shoot sunset pictures, what setting
would use and recommend? In particular, would you prefer the natural
mode or shoot in raw instead of 'bright mode for jpeg.' What about
post processing? The house is a bit dark but my focus is to get the
sun's picture and not the house, what if you want both with emphasis
on the sun. Again, if I wan to experiment in pp with a sunset
picture, what should I be looking for to improve the picture.

C&C are welcome as I have almost no experience in sunset pictures
except I tried on scene mode with sunset before.

Thanks,
Hin
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