Tischers Camera bag

You must think I have alot of time on my hands, but hey, its better than playing video games all day =)

Finished product. Obviously I didn't do all the sewing, but I was after a camera bag that didn't look like a camera bag.

I feel like such a tourist (waiting to get mugged) with a camera bag, so I bought a messenger bag and hopefully I won't stand out anymore. I also wanted it to fit in my backpack without getting crushed when I cinch my packs compression straps, so I made a hard shell insert. It's faily common for backpacks to be cut and contents emptied without the person wearing the bag knowing. I'd like to see a gypsy cut through 7 layers of fiberglass!

My fiberglass mold baking in the sun. I layed up 7 layers of fiberglass on a waxed wood mold. The edges of the mold were radiused with a 1/2" round over bit, and all the seams were filled with bondo and sanded. The mold was waxed using Meguiar's "Maximum mold release wax".

Whats left of my break away mold, and the materials I used. I made cuts in my mold so it would break away easily. I used a polyester fiberglass resin which remains sticky unless you add a surface curing agent (parafin wax). This curing agent is also available in a spray can which I prefer over adding the curing agent to the resin directly. Once your glass is layed up, if you decide youre not going to add any more layers, hit it with the spray can. I bought some 3/16" rubber foam pad, and peel and stick felt to pad the inside.

I trimmed the opening of the shell, and used automotive door edge molding to cover the sharp edges. If one wanted, pigments can be added to the fiberglass to make the shell colored.

I left a relief in the front of the shell to prevent objects (charger) in the zippered pocket from causing a bulge. This also prevents lenses from rolling around, a lens with a 77mm filter fits just perfect.

It fits! I have room for my 300D, and it supports my fat ass standing on it=) Im still working on adding the felt and padding, don't want to scratch my new camera

8-22-04 Bought some new gear, so I had to modify my case. I cut out 3" from the middle. With the new 12-24mm lens giving me an eqivalent 19-40mm, I won't be carrying around the rest of my film gear! The fiberglass shell now measures 10"x10"x4"

Bag with Sigma 12-24mm mounted to body Bag with Canon 70-200mm mounted to body Bag with Sigma 12-24mm mounted to body, Sigma 20 f/1.8, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, Canon 50mm f1.8, and 420ex flash. I chopped off another inch from the top.

Molded in divider. When I cut the case in half, it made it easy to glass in a divider. Peel and stick felt, along with neoprene sheets were used to pad and line the inside. Since I chopped an inch off the top, I need to redo the felt liner.

I can also fit my ST-E2 or 50mm 1.8 above the flash.

Body is easily accessible and I can pull it out quickly with one hand.

Once the body is out, I have access to all three lenses.

I can also fit my ST-E2 or 50mm 1.8 above the flash.

Its quite fashionable aye =)

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