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good bag can be made better for a few bucks...,
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This is a good bag for the money. it's not a great bag, but very useable. with a few bucks and a trip to REI, it can be made much better however.
first, get yourself a 40 inch long, 1 inch wide webbing lashing strap, with a quick release buckle on the end. should be about 2 bucks. use that to wrap the bag through the lashing anchors on the sides of the bag. this acts as a very good compression strap, and gives you an added measure of security. close the bag with the zippers below the strap, and it's harder for would be thieves to open your bag while you are carrying it. it also allows you to open the top half of the bag, and grab your camera without letting the other contents of the bag fall out. since the top of the backpack is cut inwards, the camera is fairly easy to grab for those quick shots. not as fast as a messenger bag, but better than having to put your bag on the ground to get your camera out.
next, get a pack of 1 inch tri glide buckles. use those to tidy up the 40 inch lashing strap, and the long adjustable shoulder straps. stuff the waist strap into the small storage area in the bottom back of the bag, and poof! you now have a neat, and much more useable bag for a few bucks more.
a velbon luxi SF tripod fits great into the front pocket with the 1/4 inch compression cords.
great bag, could use some more padding though.
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2008 1:34:30 PM PST
Thomas A. Lavery says:
I love this guy, He must be from nyc Where some of the thieves live, Security is always a must where ever you are, Especially with valuable gear . Thanks for the review! ttommla
Posted on Mar 24, 2009 6:12:59 PM PDT
Bryan Siders says:
I like the 40" compression strap idea. Not being able to securely open just to top part of the bag to quickly pull out my camera is the one thing that has been a bit of an annoyance for me with this bag.
Posted on Jun 12, 2009 11:11:41 AM PDT
D. Kim says:
For the loose main compartment zipper what I did was remove the zipper pulls and put on 1" key rings in their place. I then hooked a figure 8 or "S" biner to the top handle/hanging loop and the 1" key rings. It jingles. But, the zips do not move either.
Posted on Feb 27, 2010 4:14:41 AM PST
Great tips! Thanks.
Posted on Aug 14, 2010 8:17:23 PM PDT
K. Miller says:
Is it possible to black out or remove the Canon logos. We are considering this bag, but are somewhat uncomfortable with our backpack advertising such expensive contents.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 6:22:12 PM PDT
I found this from dpreview.com forums:
"That is why I use a very small bungee cord (tie from the two side loops) to prevent this kind of accidents."
and about removing the logo
"I'm not sure if it's the same method on FM, but if you unzip the very front pocket (the smallest compartment) you can actually feel the back of the canon logo, and it's just 2 soft metal pieces folded to the sides to keep it in place. By straightening them out, you can just pull off the pin without damaging either it or the bag. I also just took a scissors and snipped the logo tag on the front. "
Posted on Sep 17, 2010 3:48:40 AM PDT
Stephen A. Meese says:
You should take pictures of your improvements (that is if you still have the bag) to help those of us thinking about "upgrading" our own. I was actually thinking about installing a sort of velcro cover over the zipper in a place I'd typically leave it closed at. This way if someone decides they want to steal it while I'm in a crowded place I'll hear the velcro being removed. Just a thought.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2010 10:20:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2010 10:21:36 PM PDT
D. Kim says:
I do in fact use this bag still. I reach for it only for certain trips. I don't like how the shoulder straps sit on my shoulders. To be truthful, the straps are still getting softer with use. I have done some fairly interesting trips with it other than day to day street/city schlepping though. Day hiked Big Sur in the rain. Bag was soaked, but somehow the gear inside was dry. Yay for zipper flaps! I really should have used a backpack rain cover though. I recently did Precipice Trail in Acadia with it. Wasn't the greatest as the bag was loaded with two SLR's, three lenses, and a flash. Made those rungs a total pain as the weight isn't well balanced nor does the waist strap help to move the weight to your hips but rather steady the bulk, but it probably managed better than I did.
I'll post some pictures later.
Another interesting use for this bag. A couple of bottles of wine fit terrifically inside when you want to safely transport them. :-)
Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:13:28 AM PDT
Post a pic of your modifications! :)