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Thread: Synapse 19: day hike and camera bag

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    Synapse 19: day hike and camera bag

    I was inspired by Eugene Kim's YouTube video on converting the medium Cafe Bag to a camera bag. I bought the same insert, and it works really well in my Synapse 19 (pre-25 version). Here are a couple of photos of my S19 and its contents from a recent jaunt through a patch of Costa Rican dry forest:

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    The camera insert is inexpensive ($20 on Amazon, if I remember correctly), and it fits square into the S19's main compartment. On this particular day, I put it on top of a spare t-shirt and a pack towel because I wanted quicker access to the lenses.

    Not shown is my camera, an Olympus OM-D M-5 and the kit lens, which I used to take the photo. All equipment is reasonably well protected in the insert and the S19. I can get at it reasonably quickly, but I haven't used other camera backpacks to compare.

    I've also used this setup as an in-flight bag when I took along my camera. I was typically able to fit an iPad, a light fleet jacket, and some snacks on top of the insert. It was a snug fit, but there always seemed to be room for one more thing.

    And below, the S19 up against one of the thornier inhabitants of the tropical dry forest.

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    Great pictures, tdivcr! And helpful information. Thanks for sharing!
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    Thank you so much for posting, tdivcr! I'm so happy that my video was useful and that you're happy with the setup. (I love both my OM-D E-M5 and my Synapse 19!) It was also incredibly cool to see your pictures in Costa Rica. :-) Thanks again!
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    I love the navy s19 solar combo. Should have bought it when it was available. Hopefully, they will offer the navy with again other than with ultraviolet.

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    I love how photogenic TB bags are--especially out and about!

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    Synapse 19: day hike and camera bag

    Which camera insert are you using? I'm planning on doing the same for my S25 and I have a Sony NEX 5 camera.
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    Thanks to you for the idea, eekim. Even after a year I am still learning about the OM-D E-M5. I really need to use it more. It's a great camera.

    I also bought a large Cafe Bag to use with the insert for less demanding conditions. The insert fits well, but I haven't really tried it that much yet.

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    Chrisc983, the insert is the Express Insert for Micro Four Third / Mirrorless Camera - Exp 4.0 by Camaroo. $20 on Amazon.

    Amazon.com : Express Insert for Micro Four Third / Mirrorless Camera - Exp 4.0 : Camera Cases : Camera & Photo

    The quality is decent, nothing spectacular, but it does provide protection, especially inside another bag. The top is detachable as are the inner dividers. I found that the top occasionally is a pain to replace while in the bag, but I imagine only slightly more difficult than hinged lids. I also looked at Crumpler inserts that have a drawstring closure for the top, but the tops are not padded.

    They may have larger sizes better suited to the S25. Them again, the NEX 5 should fit fine with some accessories with plenty of space left over in the S25.

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    Synapse 19: day hike and camera bag

    I've been using this eagle creek medium ecube for my Olympus OM-D EM-10 and it carries the body, 25mm attached and a second lens. It has a zip top which I leave open and it fits easily in the bottom pocket of the synapse 25 http://shop.eaglecreek.com/packit-sp...ecube-m/d/1403. I wish tom bihn made something this shape for cameras
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    I use this Ape Case for my E-M1 with the 12-40mm Pro. It can also fit the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 and another lens (either the Olympus 12mm f2, or a Panny 7-14 f4) in the case to either side of the lens+body. The level of protection is sufficient IMO to survive a modest knocking around in a bag, and I can fit it in as small a bag as the Co-Pilot, or drop it into any of my other bags without an issue.

    Amazon.com : Ape Case Cubeze Interior Case for Cameras - Black/Yellow (ACQB33) : Camera Insert : Camera & Photo

    Seeing the padded camera insert for the Night Flight, maybe we aren't far off from something from Tom. The Ape Case I have, and the Crumpler Haven are like padded out, rectangular Travel Trays when you think about it. Hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge. :)
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    I use the small EC Ecube for my small camera. SuffIcient protection IMHO. No straps dangling anywhere.
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    Synapse 19: day hike and camera bag

    Too many options! And I just found another one that looks promising, Tenba 636-222 BYOB 9 Camera Insert (Black) by Tenba http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KT7GJGS/..._biq7tb07ZM9QP

    I think TB needs to come out with one like they did for the BB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisc983 View Post
    I think TB needs to come out with one like they did for the BB.
    Camera I/O Mini? I'm in!
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