Today's post and accompanying video were supposed to be about custom camera bag inserts and instead it became a video about two Tom Bihn bags as well! I'm still new at this review stuff and I tend to get excited which leads me to ramble a bit too much. Hopefully I'll get better at this and my videos won't be so long! :)
If you have read my blog, you know that I love camera bags. I like to have options and using camera inserts can make any bag into a camera bag. There are a lot of off the shelf camera inserts available for purchase. Do a Google search or search on Amazon and you'll get quite a few results. However, I wanted a camera insert for a specific bag and found Main Street Camera on Etsy. I contacted them and they agreed to make the insert to my specifications. They were super easy to work with and I got my custom insert in about 2 weeks.
The insert was made for my Tom Bihn Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. I bought this bag to stuff in my luggage when I travel so I always have a light bag to carry around. I either stuff it with clothes or just lay it flat in my suitcase. It's made out of 200 denier Japanese Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric and is extremely durable and lightweight. I got the idea on one of my vacations to use it to carry extra camera gear, but without padding, it's use to hold gear was limited, so I had the insert made. Now I'm able to use it as an extra camera bag when I'm on vacation. It's perfect if I want to carry my camera on a daytrip, but I don't want the look or the bulk of a regular camera bag.
Recently I purchased Tom Bihn's Daylight Briefcase to carry my laptop and other accessories back and forth to work. I realized that the custom insert would also fit in this bag. Watch the video below and you'll see how I fit everything I need to do some street shooting.
Camera inserts can also be used to store your gear. I have an old Kata backpack that I no longer use. It had a large removable insert that I use to keep my lenses organized. I filled it with lenses and it sits on my closet shelf ready to serve me up my lenses.
Check out my video to see how I use a briefcase and a packing cube as camera bags. You'll also get a closer look at the custom camera insert as well as a couple of other inserts.