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12-18-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Converting Saddleback Leather Satchel into a padded camera bag

I have been using a Saddleback Leather satchel for a few years as my daily work bag, and occasional travel bag. For a camera bag, i've been using the LowePro Slingshot, but I think its better suited for storage or going on a dedicated shoot. However, when i'm wandering around Washington D.C. for three days in February, I don't want to take the SlingShot. I think that it looks too much like a camera bag, and it also has no way to hold things like a water bottle or my iPad.

I was looking at messenger bags on B&H, and i'm favoring various Domke bags or the Tenba Mini Satchel. But then I realized that I could use my leather satchel (which even has four D-rings on the bottom to strap on a tripod, and side pockets for water bottles), if it had padded dividers. Has anyone done this with this satchel, or a similar one? Suggestions?

12-18-2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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Your best shot is to get padded inserts. I'd say B&H probably stock them.

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