In this video, Dan shows you what he often puts into his Camera I-O bag. “With the help of time-lapse photography and way too much coffee, I’ll show you how I load all my equipment into the I-O in less than 20 seconds.”
The Camera I-O (Insert-Outsert) is designed to help you carry your DSLR body, several lenses, an external flash, and accessories. Originally conceived as a padded insert to be added to our Brain Bag backpack (the Camera I-O also fits in the Super Ego, Ego, Empire Builder, ID and Aeronaut)
we’ve added features so that it can also be used as a great, stand-alone, shoot-from-the-hip photo bag.
Included with the Camera I-O are four padded dividers designed to allow you to optimize and organize the space inside of the bag based on what gear you will carry. Also included with the Camera I-O is a padded, removable lid system. When traveling from location to location with the Camera I-O inside our Brain Bag or other bag, the lid system is a great way to add an extra level of protection for your gear; when using the I-O on its own, the lids will help keep dust, dirt and light precipitation out as well.
Carry a travel tripod or lighting gear? You may want to add a Tripod-Lighting Kit Quiver, which is available in two sizes: 360mm ($40) and 520mm ($45). The Quivers can be clipped to the sides or bottom of the Camera I-O, carried on their own with an optional shoulder strap, or packed inside of a larger bag. We call them “Quivers” because Tom’s brother Dan, who helped develop the Camera I-O, works out of the bags as he’s shooting, pulling out his lighting gear or tripod like it’s the Hunger Games.
We’re not fans of movie trailers that give away the whole story, so our trailer for Tom’s new design — the Camera Insert/Outsert — is more of a teaser. Dig out your 3D glasses and stay tuned: we’ll be releasing the long-awaited Camera Insert/Outsert (and more videos) within the next few days.
“James Bond valued something not just for its appearance but also for its utility. The Cadet has that combination of looks and brains that would make Bond smile and raise an eyebrow. It couples those attributes with the strength and durability to shine at an embassy party or speed safely through a car chase.
It is truly an excellent choice for my applications. It is big enough to carry what I need. A laptop, an iPad and all the supporting accessories fit into the bag in a nicely comported way. It flies through a TSA screening with the panache of a man with multiple passports.”
“My entire wardrobe can fit in a ziploc bag. I initially pared down just for travel, but even though I have plenty of room in the RV, I keep no additional clothes there. My recommendations are intended for minimalist travelers, but even if you don’t leave your local bus system, my suggestions remain the same. There’s convenience and joy in simplicity.”
And, on the Synapse backpack:
“I’m a logical person. I don’t believe in superstition. I think science can explain everything. All that said, I have no idea how so much stuff can fit into the Tom Bihn Synapse. My jackets stuff into the bottom pocket, my kindle and camera go in the middle pocket, chargers and cables fill up the side pockets, my laptop and clothes fill up half of the main compartment, and the other half stays empty.”
We use real cork fabric from Portugal in our Swift in Cork, Little Swift, Imago, Clear Organizer Wallet, and Cork Organizer Pouches. Cork is naturally water-repellant and very durable; other than the natural darkening of the fabric that occurs over years of use, you guys report back to us that your cork bags look as new as when you began using them.
A single cork tree with a lifespan of up to 200 years can be harvested for its bark every nine years, and cork forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, providing a haven for wild birds and the Iberian Lynx, among other species (although we don’t know why the lynx is named that, because it doesn’t look like our Iberian red at all; it doesn’t even have the white grid pattern.) For more on the environmental and social impact of the cork forests of Portugal and their harvesting, watch this World Wildlife Fund video.
Want another way to support cork forests and the folks who earn their living harvesting them? Look for wines that use cork (instead of plastic) stoppers.