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Suggest a bag/case for OLY PEN EP 3

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by comatory, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. comatory

    comatory New to Mu-43

    Mar 27, 2012
    I am looking everywhere for some good suggestions. I bought Oly EP-3 few months ago and I still haven't got to buying a protective bag or something to carry the camera in.
    I don't switch lenses on it really, I have the stock pancake lens so my the case doesn't need to be too big.
    So far I'm really liking Cosmos leather case (Amazon.com: COSMOS ® Brown Leather Case Cover Bag For Olympus EP3 with 14-42 mm len + Cosmos cable tie: Camera & Photo) but I'm not sure if it's not a crap and I also think that with the pancake lens it'd be large for no reason.
    What do you guys use for your EP-3 cameras?
  2. MexicoMik

    MexicoMik Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2012
    I use the same bag I use(d) for my Leica M6 + 3 lenses - a "rugged wear" Domke F5XB. I absolutely love these bags and have used them for many years. Just bought a new one about a month ago for my EP3/lenses. Quite small but will fit the camera and 2 or 3 additional lenses. I learned long ago that carrying a big bag just meant I filled it to carry more stuff that I didn't actually use! I think it's the perfect bag for a camera/lenses in the Leica (or EP3) size range.

    Road Test | Domke F-5XB Camera Bag | Carryology
  3. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I also have the Domke F-5XB, but that's because a lot of the time I like to carry at least one other lens. You might want to get a slightly bigger bag than you think now, because you will probably wind up purchasing more lenses - that's part of the benefit of having an interchangeable-lens camera system...
  4. comatory

    comatory New to Mu-43

    Mar 27, 2012
    Thanks for answers guys. Actually I'm really looking for something small as possible, maybe even a cover so I can use the attached strap. I am not planning on getting any new lenses soon and if I do, I'll just get something nice like Domke bag you mentioned.

    I am really happy with pancake lens and I'll be going to Sumatra for few weeks so I want something handy and small.

    Are there any other options?
  5. Baytoven

    Baytoven Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 26, 2011
    Durham, NC
    James Isaac
    You may want to consider Retrospective 5 (Think Tank). I purchased one in black a few month ago. Compact yet roomy. Holds EP3 w/45mm attached and EPM1 w/ 20mm attached along with batteries, cables, SD cards, Kindle, and a few lenses with plenty of room.

    Retrospective 5 (Pinestone)
  6. downy_ball

    downy_ball Mu-43 Regular

    I got this and am very happy with it ....

    Olympus - PEN Wrapping Case

    Had to order it from England (not available in the States), but as I'm just using mine "as is" until I decide on more lenses, etc., it works just fine and lets me use the strap. Good luck.
  7. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    If you're really looking to stay small, another option is an OP/Tech neoprene pouch that just goes around the camera+lens, and then you can put it in whatever bag you want. They have a variety of sizes and colors, that's what I use when I'm just taking the camera with 20mm pancake in my backpack.
  8. picker77

    picker77 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 17, 2012
  9. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
  10. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    I think the OP is looking for a half case with cover. Which lens do you have? Is it the 17mm pancake or the collapsible 14-42( not a pancake)? If you have the 17 then the case you have a link for is larger than you require. I have not seen or used this case, but in regards to it being crap, I would guess it is not high quality leather and may even be synthetic leather, but appears to be decent in regards to workmanship. You may have better luck looking on eBay as their selection of options seems to be larger.
  11. comatory

    comatory New to Mu-43

    Mar 27, 2012
    So far I narrowed it to Pen Wrapping Case and BodyBag from Lenscoat (cool, they ship internationally) as they are really compact. I'll keep charger and SD cards in other bag anyway.

    Grinch: I do have the 17mm pancake (not collapsible). I know it's larger than I require but I can't seem to find anything like that for my setup. Thanks for warning, yes I don't believe it's great. I saw something similar from Kaza but too damn expensive and it's the same problem, they don't have size for 17mm pancake.

    Thank you all for great suggestions.
  12. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    I have the kaza and I wouldn't recommend it. They sent me a case for the E-PL2(ordered for E-P3) and the only way to get it to fit my E-P3 decently is by adding the large grip. I have done this as I gave up trying to resolve the issue after 8 months. You might try e-p2 half case w/cover I've seen those for the 17 and they should fit properly or close to. My aki asahi E-P2 case fits E-P3 great just clasp is in the way of dial on top.
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  13. comatory

    comatory New to Mu-43

    Mar 27, 2012
    Which half case + cover do you mean? You mean the Olympus one?
  14. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Just got E-P2 leather short case for my E-P3 + pany 20mm. Remove grip E-P3 almost fit the case! Thank you!
  15. wiley

    wiley Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 21, 2012
    Washington, DC
    I used a Case Logic TBC-304 camcorder case for my Panasonic GF1 with the 20mm f/1.7 attached. It fit perfectly and was easy to get the camera in and out because the inside of the case is lined with smooth nylon fabric. In fact, it would also fit with the EVF attached - although this made it harder to get in and out, but it did fit. I carried a spare battery in the zippered pocket on the inside of the lid and a spare card in the outside zippered pocket. The whole thing was very compact and easy to work with. Here's a link:

    Case Logic Compact Camcorder / High Zoom Case, Black TBC304
  16. Tom in Delaware

    Tom in Delaware Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 15, 2012
    I'm using this one. I like it, it lets me use the strap and will accommodate a zoom or a manual prime on a converter. With the pancake kit zoom on you can slip the camera in sideways, with a larger lens you insert the lens first and wrap the ties over the body and around the lens. You can stuff the case in a pocket or attach the ties around your belt while you are shooting. Can't beat the price.
    Fotodiox Neoprene Zoom Camera Cover Sleeve/Travel Case for Olympus SP-810, SP-800 UZ, SP-600 UZ, SP-590 UZ, Olympus PEN E-PM1, E-PL3, E-PL2, E-PL1, E-P3, E-P2, PEN E-P1:Amazon:Camera & Photo

    Some of the reviewers appear to be mechanically challenged, in my opinion.
  17. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
  18. hnaa

    hnaa New to Mu-43

    Mar 27, 2012
    I myself left behind the never-ready cases a few years ago. I bought a small (quite expensive) bag from Fogg Specialist Bags, Fogg Specialist Bags - photographic bags and camera cases , it is an absolute beauty, holding a Leica M camera with lens and one or two extra lenses. While they are expensive, the worksmanship is absolutely first rate, and their service is outstanding (No, I am not affiliated with them in any way). Too bad my 5DII doesn't fit in there :) 
  19. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Love this case for flexible and keep the style :) 
  20. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    I'm rather happy with my Lowepro ILC Classic 100.
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