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I am really starting to get into this whole mini camera craze (sorry, I don't know the terminology for the likes of the Olympus Pen's, Sony NEX's, Leica M9's, Panasonic's and now Nikon systems; sorry for any I missed but I think you get the picture) especially now that the sensors are getting so much better. I like the idea of family/street/vacation shooting with a small lightweight system that is fully capable of taking superb images, but now I need to figure out how best to carry all this stuff.
There are many options in the shoulder bag style, but I have used shoulder bags and they really bug me, they get in the way and bump into door frames and counter tops, etc. and they tend to slip off my shoulder so I find that I am constantly readjusting them.
I have a LowePro backpack, I have a Boda Bag, I have a Think Tank modular belt system and I used to have a Tamrac waist bag (until it was stolen ) For working jobs (weddings mostly) nothing could beat the TT belt system, that is just awesome for the quickest access to gear. For smaller jobs the Boda Bag was handy for carrying a few pieces of equipment but I would usually use the waist strap because of the aforementioned issues I have with shoulder bags. And even though the Tamrac was somewhat "big" I absolutely love it because I could strap it around my waist and when I wanted to shoot and would slip it around to the front and I had immediate top access to a host of gear.
All that being said, the above gear is meant for my SLR stuff = big bodies and big lenses. But with these new mini cameras I don't need such big hefty bags, so I'm looking for something that is small (but big enough to carry a 4/3 type body with several lenses), functional (provide easy access to the camera and lenses), is waist compatible and top loading for the main gear and finally I would like something that looks good to compliment the cool looking mini systems.
So I'm calling on my fellow FMers to find out if any of you have found anything that might meet the above criteria? I've seen the Think Tank Retro series and, for me, the boring gray color doesn't do much for me, I'm more of an earthtones kind of guy so tans, browns, khaki, etc. Here is what I've found so far:
The Olympus Retro leather PEN Camera Bag
Okay, this is really cool, BUT it appears to only be a shoulder bag and it doesn't appear to be available in the US. What gives
Kata KT DW-493 Digital Waist-Pack
I like Kata waist bags, but the boring black just doesn't do much for me.
Tamrac 3535 Express 5 Camera Bag (Khaki)
Cool, I like the colors but I'd prefer wider instead of taller, and once again, it's a shoulder bag, ugh, maybe that is the craze right now.
Canvas and Leather SLR Camera Waist Pouch Bag (If the URL doesn't work, simply do a search on eBay for "Canvas Camera Waist Bag" and you'll get a bunch, try replacing Waist with Retro and you'll get some other cool bags.)
This is probably one of my favorites, I love the retro look, I love the top load (but am concerned about one zipper across the middle scratching my equipment as I pull it out), the leather (probably fake) accents and guess what, it IS a waist pack. The downsides: have to order from China (if it falls apart after a few months you're basically out of luck) and I'm not sure if it's big enough?
Well that's what I've found so far, if any of you have other thoughts or ideas on any other bags out there please let us know, thanks.