Papa's got a brand new Courierware bag!

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by allenrowand, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. allenrowand

    allenrowand Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Real Name:
    Allen Rowand
    I just got my Courierware Incognito bag, and boy am I happy! I based it on the Mini bag size (9" tall, 10.5" long, 3.5" deep) since I wanted a small bag to use in town.

    I had the bag built with plastic clips only, because I didn't want to hear velcro tearing and the metal clips are a bit flashy. There's no external branding at all. I had the optional carry handle installed.

    I had Eric build the bag with no external back pocket, since I wanted the lines to be as clean as possible.

    Under the flap:
    There are two front pockets, and I chose the zipper closure so that the contents are secured. It's a single zipper with dual pulls. You can also see the Courierware logo tag.

    Back interior:
    I chose the back interior pocket with velcro closure. It looks big enough for a 10" tablet, although I'm hoping for a Nexus 7 to be announced in a couple days :smile:

    Front interior:
    There are two pockets in the front, as well as a carabiner for keys, Pixel Pocket Rocket, Fishbomb, etc.

    Camera insert:
    The camera insert is removable, and is about 5.5" tall. It usually comes with one vertical divider, but I ordered a second. Another custom feature- Eric made me horizontal dividers, which I'll show in use later.

    Height reference:
    Here's the 12-50, 9-18 and 40-150 lenses to give you an idea of the height of the insert.

    Horizontal divider:
    Here's a lens in the insert, with a divider in place sticking up. It's the same fabric as the vertical divider with no padding and velcro on one side only.

    Horizontal divider in use:
    Now I've folded the divider down over the bottom lens, and can stack another lens on top.

    Here's the insert in the bag, with my E-M5 in a lens wrap on top. The body has the landscape grip installed.

    This is the bag loaded with:
    • EM-5 with landscape grip
    • O12-50 with hood
    • PL25 with hood
    • P14
    • O9-18
    • O40-50
    • E-M5 flash in front exterior pocket

    Th main thing I was looking for was a low profile bag (both literally and figuratively) and this guy delivers.

    It's nice to be able to carry my complete kit in a bag this small; I need to figure out a pack that includes other bits like the portrait grip, rocket blower, etc. For a minimal two lens pack I could use a single vertical divider, with the lenses stacked and the body in the insert. The front interior pockets are big enough to hold lenses, so I may even be able to use it Domke-style without the insert at all.

    While there are many other small bags out there, I really liked being able to talk with the manufacturer and ask for custom bits- Eric's answer was always "No problem." Turnaround was very quick- I ordered the bag on the 19th and received it on the 25th. I think I may have finally found my perfect bag!
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  2. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 19, 2011
  3. hinata76

    hinata76 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    Yeah..i would think inside is all books..and won't attempt to rob u..:)
  4. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Looks good! I did essentially the same thing with a thrift store camera bag.I cut it down to make an insert with the same dimensions as yours,plus two velcro dividers.I can put it into many different bags but I usually keep it in a green army surplus,canvas bag which I sling over my shoulder.The flap has no closure at all.Works great.
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  5. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Real Name:
    Looks great! It's nice to have a bag totally customized to fit one's needs...

    If it were my bag, however, I'd add some paddings to the shoulder strap. Looks like it is gonna put quite some weight on the shoulder when the bag is fully loaded!
  6. allenrowand

    allenrowand Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Real Name:
    Allen Rowand

    I'm (hopefully) not going to be carrying all this gear on a regular basis, so I didn't get the shoulder pad. If it becomes an issue, I'll either try the Domke post office pad I have kicking around or get a pad from Courierware.
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Looks really nice. Thanks for all the details! I'm very tempted.
  8. allenrowand

    allenrowand Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Real Name:
    Allen Rowand
    Here's another configuration:

    I have the 12-50 stacked on top of the 9-18, my E-M5 with both grips and the P14 as a body cap :biggrin:

    I forgot to mention that the bag is very light. I'm happy to show m4/3 users some of the features of the bag; it's easier to know if it'll work for you when you see it in context. Now I just need the downpours to lay off so I can go shoot…