Transform Any Bag Into a Camera Bag

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A camera bag is very useful to carry all your stuff during a trip or on a set, but camera bags are expensive and it also reveals that you carry with you expensive equipment. Which can lead to the theft of your goods. That's why sometimes carrying your stuff with a regular bag is safer, especially during vacation. But you take the risk of damaging your camera.

So to combine the safety of a camera bag and the discretion of a regular bag I designed a storage system to transform your bag in a camera bag.

Step 1: Materials

To built this you will need:

A bag

A gym carpet

Duck tape

Scissors

A rule

Step 2: First Cut

Once you have decided the bag you want to use cut in your gym carpet a rectangle which measure the same size of the bafk of the bag. For me it was 26cm*35cm.

Then cut 4 rectangular pieces that will go around the first rectangle. 2 of them with the same height and 2 with the same width. For the other dimension choose a size which fits in your bag. For my bag i chose 6cm.

Step 3: Assemble

Once you've placed the 4 pieces around the first rectangle. Fix it with some tape and make sure you let a little space between the pieces in order to fold it later. Once you place the pieces in order to form the pattern of a box cover the entire structure with tape to solidify it.

Step 4: Put Some Compartiments

Now you can fold the 4 sides to form the boxe. Then fix it with tape at each corner.

Then cut 2 long stripes of gym carpet to form compartiments in your box. the width is determined by the dimension you choose earlier (6cm for me). And the lenght is the sum of the width of the compartiment and the its length. (You can cut it to facilitate the folding). Then cover it with tape.

Fix it in the box with tape. At edges and at the corner first to form the compartiment then all along to solidify it.

Do it again form the other side.

Finally cut 3 or 4 rectangles to separate your different devices in your bag. Cut it according the dimension of your compartiments. Cover it with tape and let 2 cm of tape at the edge. You can choose to fix it in the box or keep it free to adjust the configuration each time.

Keep the scrap to wedge the devices in your bag.

Step 5: Finish !

Now your camera bag is ready. You can fit it in your bag with all your camera and optics to shoot incredible photos.

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    garavin

    27 days ago

    Very nicely done! I think you could substitute any kind of closed cell foam, such as sheets of pipe insulation or even cheap sleeping bag pads used by hikers. I agree with others who mentioned that gaffer's tape would probably look more "professional", but it's relatively hard to find compared to duct tape, so I have no issue with using the grey stuff. Adhesive backed hook and loop fastener would also work to keep the dividers in place.

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    Cavill_GGgaravin

    Reply 20 days ago

    Absolutely! I've done this and similar stuff some times before and pretty much any foam works - pipe insulation is a funny add-on, as it allows circle-shaped compartments.

    If you want a more professional finish... How about black duct tape? Same outworldly resistence... But black!

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    monguin

    6 weeks ago

    I've been thinking about a similar project, this is great inspiration for materials and design, thank you. Did you consider any other materials, or other methods instead of tape? I like the velcro idea suggested in another comment.

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    CoquihallaDuck

    6 weeks ago

    Not sure what "gym carpet" is or where to get it. What are it's other uses? Maybe it's what they call Yoga mats here in Canada?

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    Devinchi42CoquihallaDuck

    Best Answer 6 weeks ago

    I agree that it is likely what is called a Yoga Mat here in the U.S. and apparently only in some parts of Canada :-) . Another option that might be cheaper is to use a roll of toolbox drawer liner. In the US it can be purchased for a few dollars at Harbor Freight, or other discount tool places.

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    tereziCoquihallaDuck

    Answer 6 weeks ago

    yes, it definitely looks like a yoga mat to me.

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    gkernterezi

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Im from Toronto, been IN Yoga for Three years, and I’ve never heard of a Yoga mat before, maybe your from the West coast, and you all do things a bit different down there.

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    chikid68

    6 weeks ago

    I think that I would use gaffers tape and rather than tape the compartments in I would use Velcro so it can be easily reconfigured later just like my camera bag has.

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    Jimmy_da_Creek

    6 weeks ago

    I'm thinking that if you are going to store camera bodies on their backs you should invest in some body caps to keep dust out of the interior and protect the very delicate mirror retracting mechanism from damage. The idea is nicely executed, though.

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    RedMadEvil

    8 weeks ago

    great idea ! we could even add scratch so that protections are flexible!

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    Mattiew179RedMadEvil

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Yes I had this in mind. That's why there are pieces of tape to fix the scratch.

    I tried to imitate the style of the bag I found on the market. But in black I think the result would be pretty good.

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    Arenoria

    8 weeks ago

    Very clever idea! I'm definitely going to make one for myself

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