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Nice concept, works to an extent but not aesthetically pleasing solution
on September 19, 2014
I bought a small snoop insert for a small Timbuk 2 classic messenger bag
I can’t fault the quality of the snoop insert.
The camera snoop insert itself is a great concept
But the integration of it with the messenger bag that it’s supposed to pair with is not.
Here’s why. After inserting the snoop insert to the bag and making sure it fits snugly with no gap at the bottom or side.
The fitting is great. That’s not the issue. The issue is when you start putting your DSLR in.
It has space for an APS-C sized DSLR with zoom lens (mine’s a 18-250mm) a full size flash and maybe a video cam or another lens.
My way to placed the DSLR is vertically in. that is the lens is touching the bottom of the bag and the viewfinder and LCD facing you when you look top down
When you zip it up it closed perfectly. When you try to close the messenger bag’s flap, it also secure firmly but unsightly.
That’s because the flap is too short and the inner Velcro/zipped compartment area is visible.
You have to rearrange your gear (e.g. place the DLSR sideways) sacrificing room to reduce the height so that you can squeeze the top part and the flap can cover it fully without exposing the Velcro area.
Another way is to change out a zoom lens with a kit lens or other shorter lens. The height of your flash even when folded may hinder the complete cover of the bag.
Yes, it’s functional but not aesthetically pleasing. In fact purposed built camera messenger bag caters to this bulge and lengthen the cover (speaking from my experience with Crumplers).
So if you are planning to get this so that you can also make use of your existing messenger bag as a camera bag as well.
Stop and consider if you do not mind the cover only comes down half the bag.