My Boy Scout Camera Bag

It is amazing what photographic kit you can actually fit into a small camera bag that can be attached to your belt, or easily hand held.  To be more specific, I am describing my 3-year old Case Logic DCB-304 Camera Case that measures a reasonable 7.5” x 7.5” x 5” (19cm x 19cm x 13cm) when packed.

The major reason I took up the micro 4/3 mirrorless camera format in the first place was due to its compact size compared to DSLRs. By careful packing of this little bag I think I have proved my point and was able to easily carry all the equipment I needed for a hike along a river trail and a trip to the ski slopes this afternoon.

I found it a convenient way to carry the following:

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix G H-H020AK 20mm F/1.7

Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6

Battery charger and two batteries

Several SD cards

and either an iPhone or a fun pancake lens such as the Olympus 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens

If you don’t believe me see the images taken in my “studio” (the basement ironing board!) when I got back from the trip:

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kit and caboodle
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lens in first
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GX8 on top facing the “hinge”

Simply (I so love that word!) flip the hood back over the big telephoto lens and pack it horizontally in the base of the bag, then cover with a lens cloth and add the GX8 horizontally too, as shown.

Next put the charger in one side pocket, and two spare batteries in the other side pocket.

The SD cards fit easily in the inside pocket in the flap and the little front inside expandable compartment will hold either your phone (will fit an iPhone 6) or the Oly body cap lens for a bit of fun.

OK, it’s not exactly a survival kit, but it’s a pretty good compact set-up for a scouting photographer and  I think Akela would be happy enough with my efforts.

~Richard

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