Camera Bags, Straps, and Other Photographic Accessories Worthy of Sartorial Consideration - Page 2
By the way, you said you were going to put "film" in you camera bag - what is that?
A little bit, yes. Doesn't mean it doesn't look good!
He was referring to Domke inserts put into a Filson bag, if I was reading correctly.
All the bags above, with the exception of the Filson, are specifically made for cameras. I don't see much value in going to B&H since most of the bags they offer are going to be of the aesthetically-retarded ballistic nylon variety intended for professional SLR users.
+1 for the billingham from b&h photo. recently returned from northern europe and used the billingham in khaki. held up superb even in downpour. looked great. cannot beat! end of story. agree with poster above who asked why try to convert a bag. i prefer to keep my photography accessories in good shape. billingham is superb!
If there's a Domke insert that's a good fit for the Filson, I'd lean in that direction. Your third option looks very nice, but I think the canvas options are better suited for this purpose.
Ebay "FOSSOUX LC". It fits like it was made for the Filson, is as cheap and as good as anything you will find at B&H and comes with a couple of extra dividers.
I own both bags for different purposes. My own impression of Filson is that it is ok. I have since replaced the Filson messenger with other bags. The billingham is nicer than the Filson. I understand that it is a matter of opinion. The only negative on the bag is that I would prefer it to have a more worn look to it. I guess that that will take time. The quality is excellent. I would also recommend going to and through B&H. I ended up needing a larger bag. The return via mail was easy and customer service with B&H is top notch. However, if you can look at the bags in person I would think that that would satisfy the issue. When one speaks with professionals, Billingham seems to be universally recommended.
For anyone interested, here's a video I found showing how JnK puts together one of their half-cases. I'm no leatherwork expert, but the workmanship appears impressive:
Anyone care to enlighten?