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Camera Bag Insert for Timbuk2

Another iteration of a camera bag hack for my Timbuk2 Commute 2.0… This one is by a Korean manufacurer on eBay. USD23.55 includes worldwide shipping. The model name is FOSSOUX LC Partition padded bag.

Timbuk2 doesn’t make camera bags, although they say they have one in the pipeline. Photographers have used inserts from different manufacturers to convert Timbuk2 messenger bags for camera usage. A discrete messenger bag setup would allow you to get the equipment out without having to remove the bag from your shoulder.

Domke inserts – http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/cms/hackKits/camera_bag.htm
Tenba inserts – http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeeguy/3129894296/
Lowepro inserts – http://www.digitalslrguru.com/timbuk2-camera-bag-hack/

There are also DIY versions which I was very tempted to attempt, but… I admit it… I sold out.

Update: Timbuk2 has just released their Snoop Camera Messenger. It is insert based, so you can even remove the insert for regular messenger bag duty, or move the insert over to a backpack style bag for even load distribution. Woot.

Wrist Strap for DSLR V2

So this was V1. These are Version 2.

3 variations this time...

Bottom is the V2 wrist strap, achieved without sewing, using 3/4″ webbing this time. The 1.5″ webbing used to stick a little at the joints when i put it on or off. The sewing in V1, while not a disaster, was something I wasn’t particularly pround of… This is lower profile, and I’m sure just as strong.

Middle is an across-the-chest slidey strap like the Black Rapid and the Luma Loop. 1″ straps, buckles, a shoulder pad scavenged from a notebook bag. No sewing.

The thing about these across the chest straps is that it won’t work with a load at the end of it. If you retrofitted this “slidey” arrangement on say a small camera bag, you would end up “lifting” the bag whenever you used the camera. These loop slings have a place, but I notice that you’re almost always not carrying anything else for example in the demo videos…

Top is the pièce de résistance. A similar arrangement to the loop style slidey sling, but adapted to my Timbuk2 messenger. Lets me carry my crap. The camera is slung at navel level, in front of me. Still no need for a neck strap.

iPhone Camera - eek

The wrist strap has a second buckle i can use to attach to either the sling, or the bag. Buckles used are from ITW Nexus.

A few new things learnt in this project were some really useful climbing knots.

Dual Prusiks...

...to be followed by Double Fishermans

Oww heavy

This is low-tech weight testing of the paracord and buckles with a doorknob and my fully loaded Timbuk2 bag (Notebook, power, etc).

Some self-shots against a (dirty) mirror in the closet….

Hope you’ll have as much fun DIY-ing this as I have. I look forward to comments on how I can do V3….

Ghetto Wrist Strap for DSLR

Travelling for us has always been with the IXUS, or brother-in-law’s 350D (when he could spare it). After several trips and loads of missed photo-ops later (especially in bad lighting), we’d decided to splash for a DSLR.

Got the Canon 500D second-hand thru the forums over the weekend. This dude had it 6 months, and 3108 shots later was itching to upgrade to the 7D. The body was in good shape, and so we struck a deal. I wandered around for half a day lens-less, until my brother in law dropped by with a 18-55mm kit lens, and a loaner 50-200mm. And a battery grip. Oh the generosity!

Getting the camera is half the fun. The other half, are the toys…

I hate neck straps.. they get in your way, tangle, and generally feel uncomfortable. Plus you look like a tourist. Even in your own land. I’d always take the neck strap and wrap it around my wrist. That has its own share of problems, including the far side of the strap blocking the buttons or the screen. Blah.

Enter V1 of the ghetto wrist strap. Made out of 1.5″ webbing with a paracord loop sewn in. NOT full of features… doesn’t even include a quick release like most wrist straps. Still trying to find a buckle I think I can trust. I tied a figure eight on a bight inside for a bit of security, and it’s flatter than a doubled-up overhand knot.

This is sewing practice… let’s see when I got time to come up with V2…

Sorry for the bad shots… the iPhone camera… yikes.

Update: Version launched here

How to remove chewing gum from your pants

So.. I’d just finished my morning coffee and stood up to get to work, a stranger pointed out that I had chewing gum on my trousers, thanks to the seat I’d been on. This is probably one of the reasons for one of the most ridiculous laws in this country. And for once, I appreciated it.

The twerp had no decency to dump it in an ashtray, or under a table or the seat (that’s where you’d normally find it right? under the table?). On a seat! Chrissakes!

So on to the internet on how to get rid of the sticky white stain, right up near my buttcrack. Wikihow had an answer, and so did eHow and HowtodoThings.com. These are the ones I tried.

Ironing. All it did was leave a oily mark on the paper I tried to absorb it with.

Ironing. All it did was leave a oily mark on the paper I tried to absorb it with.

Freezing and Scraping. The more I did this, the more I felt bad for my trousers.

Freezing and Scraping. The more I did this, the more I felt bad for my trousers.

Win. Simple Green and a toothbrush.

Win. Simple Green and a toothbrush.

Don’t be dumb. Use a disposable from a hotel, not your own and certainly not your mate’s.

Clamp mount for small digital camera

Read this somewhere, and decided to make it. It’s a frankenstein of a mini-tripod, a little clamp (big strong version of a clothes-peg) and an additional bolt and washer.


The image is crappy because it was taken from a camera phone (yeah the Canon 7 megapixel was the subject of this shot)… The jig was clamped onto a sliding door.

Its a great tool if you’re travelling as a couple and don’t wanna lug a tripod around.