For those who read this blog regularly, I think that you know this would happen eventually.
I’ve bought another camera bag.
For the last few months I’ve been happy using my great Kalahari Molopo K-41 bag.This is a super bag and if all you’re going to do is take one camera and one lens and little else when you go out, it’s ideal. However with the weather being what it is in the UK (especially this year)I’ve often gone out with the Zuiko 18 – 180 f/4.0 and found that the light has got worse, and I really could have done with a faster lens (say the 14-54 f/2.8). With the Kalahari, there is just no where to put that extra lens or a filter holder etc. So, for the last couple of months, I’ve been keeping my eyes open, and even thought about going back to my larger Domke F6 – A little bit smaller bag, which is a great bag, but even with the camera out still a little bit bulky for me.
I like my camera bags to be canvas, but also I like them to not look like camera bags, not too huge and to collapse to my hip somewhat after the camera has been removed to use.
Then I saw an advert in a magazine for Courser bags, they are made in China and are all canvas. They make them in different sizes and in two different colours – sand and khaki. I measured up the Courser models and decided on the F1003 amd ordered it in khaki.
When it arrived, I initially thought that it looked a little too large but once I put some gear in it, I realised that anything smaller would not carry another lens.
The bag is made of canvas and has no lining. in that respect it is like the Domke rather than the Kalahari. It comes with a padded box insert that fits nicely in the bag and two velcro fitted sub-dividers.
Once in place I can get my E-30 with battery pack and lens into one side of the box and a lens on the other (probably two if I stacked them). There is an inner zip pocket for personal belongings and two pockets on the outside of the bag for filter holders, filters and batteries etc, which are covered by the bag flap once fastened down by two industrial sized poppers. The bag also has a zip which closes it at the top and the flap then covers this when closed. On the outside of the bag on one side is a pen pocket and on the other a phone pocket. The strap is 5cm wide and is very comfortable even with all the gear in.
I’ve been out with it a few times now and have got used to the increased size over the Kalahari and I really like it.