Tom Bihn ID Bag vs Crumpler SoupandSalad
From an earlier thread, I asked if anybody used a TB ID bag for holding a dSLR camera. I'm thinking mainly of having a readily accessible bag on my side to reach in and grab a lens, or when I'm traveling to just have my camera close by.
The other day, on a bit of an impulse, I was in Toronto and picked up a Crumpler SoupanSalad messenger bag. Kind of nice: it's not very wide across the body, and is taller and is more generously proportioned (deeper away from the body) for bulky things (i.e., not thin profiled for holding a laptop exclusively). https://www.crumpler.ca/flash/flash....d-ss0106a.html
Unlike the ID, it has no top zipper: just a large flap that is held down using velcro and a buckle. This means quicker access to the camera. It also means a little less security from inquisitive fingers and less water proofing. There's also no water bottle/external holder, but I'm sure I could add something fairly easily (e.g., LowePro water bottle holder).
... but I had forgotten about the TB ID... has anybody used the TB ID as a camera shoulder bag? Convenient? Not so convenient because of the top zipper? Is it padded? Does the padding make it too stiff to comfortably mold and rest on your hip when at the side? (Something I've noticed with my Empire Builder.) Would a largish camera (D300) in a body sleeve type casing be too thick? I think the ID is ony 5.5" deep, and my D300 is practically that same width.
I'm avoiding dedicated camera shoulder bags because if I want to use it for something else (e.g., lunch, jacket), the built in camera padding is a disadvantage (I already have the LowePro slingshot). I have the OpTech neoprene case for the camera already to provide some protection. So, I'd a like a bag that can do double-duty for all sorts of outings, camera-intense or not.
Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
... what a coincidence...
... BJ Nemeth... I also have the Aeronaut - in forest green! It's a great colour. I really wish Tom Bihn still offered it. I got the ID the other day and it seems to work fairly well. I actually tested it against the Crumpler and to be fair, after filling up the bags with respective loads, the Crumpler is actually a bit more comfortable because it's more a "traditional" messenger bag. However, it's not quite as functional: not enough side pockets, some pockets are hard to get to, and the stabilizer strap is actually pretty awkward. So, I'll probably stick with the ID.
I also ordered a large cafe bag, and I wish it was actually forest green too!