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post #61 of 97
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I'm not overthinking it. The strap is too short to hang across my chest--unless I want to keep my camera under my armpit and not be able to move it.

Didn't realize that the strap wasn't adjustable. That blows.
post #62 of 97
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Sure, padding would be nice, but after my experience with the Billingham, I realize I would really prefer as sleek a bag as possible. Also, the way I figure it, if I walked around without any bag (as many do), I'd have absolutely zero protection. Dings and scratches are bound to happen and I can largely avoid them by being careful. I'm much more concerned about preventing the camera from getting drenched in a downpour before I can get somewhere dry.

I see your point.

In that case, I feel like brown would be better than dakota wine. That particular shade of wine seems like it would be ill-suited for gloomy weather.
post #63 of 97
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Anybody heard of a company called W Durable Goods in Texas? The guy who runs it specializes in military-style canvas bags. He takes custom orders. I'm going to call him today and see what it would cost to make something like this, but with a leather strap:

wtaps-ss11-military-camera-bag-4.jpg

FYI, this is a camera bag made by some Japanese company. Dimensions aren't right, and it's overpriced, but I like the look of it. Here's a camera bag in a completely different style and scale that W Durable made for someone else: http://www.gearjournal.com/2012/07/the-camera-bag/.
post #64 of 97
What kind of cape do you plan to wear with your camera bag?
post #65 of 97
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Anybody heard of a company called W Durable Goods in Texas? The guy who runs it specializes in military-style canvas bags. He takes custom orders. I'm going to call him today and see what it would cost to make something like this, but with a leather strap:
wtaps-ss11-military-camera-bag-4.jpg

T is for Texas or Tweed/confused.gif
post #66 of 97
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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

What kind of cape do you plan to wear with your camera bag?

Says the man who uses a professional, industrial-strength camera strap on his assault rifle of a camera. Vox, you vex me. You care very much about looking good and stylish (as do I), yet don't seem to get why an ugly camera strap is uglifying.
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T is for Texas or Tweed/confused.gif

Like I said, the bag is from an unrelated maker. I have no idea what "WT" stands for.
post #67 of 97
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Alright, after talking to W Durable, I'm going to go with them. They can do the bag in time for the trip I'm taking next month, and their prices are extremely reasonable. Moments ago I got a price quote from Watanabe in Japan, and they want three to four times more. Of course, the Watanabe bag would be much fancier and more lavishly crafted, but I'm happy going with the more utilitarian approach.

I need to pick a color for the canvas:

mafoofan_camerabagfabrics.jpg

Thinking about Cobalt Blue, Smoke, or Vat OD (bottom of the image, military-spec). The bag will be trimmed in medium or dark brown leather. The strap will be leather, too.

So, I guess the key question is: how far do I want to carry the military-inspired style of the bag?
post #68 of 97
I would go full camo
post #69 of 97
Look into Luigi's Leicatime in Rome. He has a website, which is awful, but the bags, cases and straps are nice.
post #70 of 97
I'd go with dark navy or navy (they look identical on my computer), or Duck VAT OD #7. To be honest, I don't think either would look particularly stylish. Functional, certainly; but handsome, no. For that, I think dopey's suggestion is best, and Luigi's leather designs would go better with what you normally wear (or at least what we've seen you wear in photos).
post #71 of 97
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post #72 of 97
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Look into Luigi's Leicatime in Rome. He has a website, which is awful, but the bags, cases and straps are nice.
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I'd go with dark navy or navy (they look identical on my computer), or Duck VAT OD #7. To be honest, I don't think either would look particularly stylish. Functional, certainly; but handsome, no. For that, I think dopey's suggestion is best, and Luigi's leather designs would go better with what you normally wear (or at least what we've seen you wear in photos).

I've seen Luigi's work. It is well-regarded amongst Leica users, but I don't think it is as nice as JnK's--at least as far as half cases go. JnK's are entirely hand-sewn with fully polished edges, and more neatly finished overall. The prices are similar. If JnK were Italian and not South Korean, I think they'd be the forum darlings.
post #73 of 97
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Your gladstone bag is on the way? From our conversation way back, it sounded like you were looking for something a bit more complex and uniquely designed than me.
post #74 of 97
I think going with the canvas bag was a good choice (smoke or duck). Most of the leather bags come across as too precious to me, especially the one pictured in the very light, natural leather.

As for straps, I'm pretty satisfied with my X100 on an Artisan & Artist ACAM-103N in Khaki, like so:

ACAM103N_grn.jpg

With the strap worn across the chest and fully extended, the camera rests at the top of my hip. And the strap is long enough that you can comfortably raise the camera to eye level when worn like that.
post #75 of 97
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I think it's the right move, too. I don't understand the criticism that it isn't stylish. Not as refined and not as luxurious, certainly. But there can be a lot of style in more elemental, basic designs.
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