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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by drazin View Post
    i LOVE my Artist and Artisan Oscar Day Bag http://www.artisanandartist.com/bags/acam7100.htm

    you should also check out these new bags

    http://www.photovillage.com/home.php?cat=2773
    I own or have owned many of the bags referred to in this thread, but it's the A&A Oscar that gets daily use with an M9 +35+50+90 plus Leica tabletop tripod, and small bits and pieces, for several years now. I've sprayed it with Scotchgaurd, which needs to be renewed periodically. I've never had a problem with water getting in.

    From the Photovillage site it looks like most of the AA bags have become Black Label bags. Sean Reid, in reviewing the Black Label Image Smith II describes how this happened and notes that the bag's zippers are now waterproof.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Billingham small Hadley is a great bag. M8/9 and two-four lenses easily. Carried this all over Europe for a month and held up great in a serious downpour in Istanbul.

    Had an A/A bag with the flap but the velcro drove me crazy.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Hi Tom,

    What bag did you end up with???

    Thanks,

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

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    Hi Tom,

    What bag did you end up with???

    Thanks,

    --Alan
    Alan, I love the Leica M8 and 9. But at long last I had to admit MF was not for me. Sadly, I have sold all my Leica gear.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    I use the small Billingham Hadley.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Tom: That's OK. There are so many fine cameras out there. I guess we're each meant to find the right one, whether its a compact or RF or SLR or a medium-format, etc.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    I'll throw my .02 in..

    I use a Think Tank Speed Changer. It has a secure strap that I can run my belt through it, or it's small enough that I drop it in a standard messenger bag w/ my iPad and I'm set for client meetings and whatever. I can fit my M8 w/ 40 1.4 attached, and have room for a second lens or my SB-600 without any issues.
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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Domke F-5xb: ditto.

    I have two Domke's--and this one gets the most use. Perfect for an M body with attached lens, plus two additional lenses (and other small equipment). There are lots of great bags, but it depends of the size (of course), but also the look. I prefer an understated, durable bag, one that does not scream, "Expensive camera equipment inside." Domke's fit the bill in this regard.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    I second the Billingham Hadley digital. Takes an M9 with a lens and two other lenses. Has a small pocket in the front. Small, light and waterproof.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    I recently purchased the ARTISAN & ARTIST* ACAM-7100 BLACK CAMERA BAG from Popflash:

    http://www.popflash.com/camera-bags-...amera-bag-new/



    I use the bag to carry the M8.2 with a 35/2, 50/1.5 and 75.1.8 lens, spare battery & memory card and micro fiber cleaning cloth.

    Love the size and how it fits to the body with a long strap with very comfortable shoulder padding. The downside would be the velcro noise when opening and wish they offered a solutions similar to the Crumpler bag where you can cover the velcro and just use the clasp for closure.

    There is also a A 7200 bag which is smaller than the 7100 which may be a better match to the title of thread 'Best Small Bag.'

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    I have that same bag, Dan. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    I have that same bag, Dan. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!
    Same here. Might need a second since my mFT kit is in it now, and I need a bag for my M7 kit.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by wjlapier View Post
    Same here. Might need a second since my mFT kit is in it now, and I need a bag for my M7 kit.
    and another who is happy with the bag
    It could not be better - I love that thing

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Bags, always an interesting topic! The Crumpler 5 million bag is not a bad option for light travel. Also, think Tank has the Retro series, that is very inconspicuous looking. Only thing is on the Crumpler, it doesn't come with the shoulder relief pad like the 6 and 7 million do.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

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    Domke F-5XA. All the good features of the F-5XB, but a little smaller. Relatively inexpensive (esp compared to the A&A stuff). Should fit your body+lens+lens perfectly.
    +1 for the F-5XA

    The F-5XB is great, but too big if you simply want the camera with lens attached and one extra lens.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by drazin View Post
    i LOVE my Artist and Artisan Oscar Day Bag http://www.artisanandartist.com/bags/acam7100.htm

    you should also check out these new bags

    http://www.photovillage.com/home.php?cat=2773
    Another vote for the A&A Oscar's One Day Bag. Fantastic!

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    I wound up getting a Billingham Hadley smaller one that handles M9 with mounted lens and X1. Remove X1, it would carry 1 or 2 lenses as long as they are stacked with divider between, in soft sacks, etc... The leather straps take a bit of getting used to, but they are not to bad to operate. My only beef about the bag is no top handle and no strap stress releif cushion. The strap is for sitting places.

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Well, this isn't really any use to the OP, but here's my travel kit.

    I inherited this bag from my Dad; it is at least 25 years old. Sturdy canvas, water-proof but not water-tight. Measures 30 cms (1 ft) across, by 15 cms (6 inches) front to back and 22 cms (9 inches) deep. Very comfortable strap - can be used "across body" if desired.

    It carries my M9 with 50 Lux fitted, 21 Elmarit, 28 Cron, 35 Lux, 75 Cron and 135 Apo T.

    The outer pocket carries spare batteries and SD cards, 21 mm viewfinder and - yes - my back-up X1. A rear "envelope" compartment carries airline tickets and passports.

    Now the bad news. It has no brand name on it whatsoever, just a Made in Korea tag!

    Like I said, quite unhelpful!


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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    Well, this isn't really any use to the OP, but here's my travel kit.
    I wouldn't expect it to be much help to the OP anyway - if Tom hasn't been able to make his mind up since last May, then he's slower at choosing bags than at choosing equipment! (not sure he has an M8/M9 anymore anyway)

    Just this guy you know

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom in mpls View Post
    Alan, I love the Leica M8 and 9. But at long last I had to admit MF was not for me. Sadly, I have sold all my Leica gear.
    Hey Tom - are you taking a break from photography or did you tee up another camera/system?
    John

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    Re: M8/9 with one extra lens: best small bag.

    Domke F5XB.
    Lowepro Terraclime 100.
    One of the smaller Billinghams or Fogg bags.


    When I had Leica gear, I used the Domke F5XB. Never too big nor too small.

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