Bag for Q?
I’ve been hunting around for a while for a nice small bag that would take the Q and a couple of lenses.
However being a fairly funky (and in Silver/Black) a fairly retro camera, I really wanted something that would suit the Q. Not just some black, nylon thing….
Last week I spotted this on eBay. And taking a punt on the measurements I ordered it…
THE BOX Brownie Camera BAG Retro Vintage Style Shoulder BAG FOR DSLR | eBay
IMGP1425 by Mr Lurch, on Flickr
The one thing I dont like about this and similar hard leather, vintage/retro bags is they tend not to have any dividers in them and I’m not a huge fan of having my gear rattling around in a bag.
Putting in a divider for the camera to have a snug fit was easy. I’ve got a few random velcro dividers kicking around from past bags. But this then lead to an empty space in theory for the lenses. But again, I dont like them just rattling around.
I then remembered the small loops bags used to have in the lid to keep film rolls. Well, a Q lens isn’t that much bigger than a film roll really (compared to a full sized lens at least).
So I set to work…..
The more observant of you may have noticed the three screws in the top?
(Here is a better view)
IMGP1427 by Mr Lurch, on Flickr
Essentially I just drilled 3 holes in the lid and put in a series of straps with buckles (velcro straps would also do).
IMGP1430 by Mr Lurch, on Flickr
The only thing you cant see here is; behind the silk lining I slipped in a small strip of 2mm mild steel. About 2cm wide and 16.5cm long. Three matching holes are drilled in it to match the three screws. This gives the lid some rigidity when you tighten up the strap, or you end up with weird ugly ‘lumps’ in the lid.
IMGP1433 by Mr Lurch, on Flickr
IMGP1436 by Mr Lurch, on Flickr
So now I have a nice small, stylish (I think) bag that securely holds the Q with a lens on it and two more lenses and still some useful room for other things (flash perhaps?)
IMGP1438 by Mr Lurch, on Flickr
The only thing left to do it replace those three screws with some nice brass ones to match the rest of the bag.