Proper way to store a DSLR in a bag

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by yg17, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    OK, this may be perhaps the dumbest question ever asked on MacRumors...well...maybe second to the "One of the two speakers on my iPhone 3G doesn't work!!!" threads, but what's the proper way to store a camera in a bag? I just got a Kata 467 and it's an awesome bag. Holds my Rebel XSI, extra lens, laptop and accessories with room to spare. But I can configure the DSLR compartment a few ways with those divider things to give me a few possibilities for storing the camera.

    I can do it with the lens pointed up:

    Or pointed down:

    Or on it's side:

    So, is there a right way to store a camera in a bag? Would any of these orientations offer more protection than the other? Thanks
  2. 103734 Guest

    Apr 10, 2007
    I think they are all fine but I think the last one would be the best if you remove the lens hood.

    Really I don't think it matters as long as its firmly held in place and padded.
  3. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    One of the shutterbugs that I work with showed me his bag. He flipped his lens hood around before putting it in the bag. Seems like an easy way to protect the hood from breakage as well as getting a little more space in the bag.

    Also, I would think that putting the camera in pointed down or sideways would make it easier to take out when needed. Just stick your hand in there and remove. Having the lens point up would open up the possibility of getting fingerprints on the lens. Of course, you could put the lens cap on it ...

  4. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Flip the lens hood round so it's doubling back onto the lens. Then, stick it in via the bottom method, that way undue pressure isn't being exerted on the lens mount.
  5. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    Ditto about the lens hood. Looks like a predetermined breaking point to me ;)
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I'd say if "It depends". If you are using the camera and just need to put in in the bag to free your hands then I'd put it in lens down with the hood on "forward" and no lens cap.

    If the camera is being stored in the bag then I'll flip the lens hood around backwards and put on the lens cap. Now the camera is smaller and may fit flat on the bottom.

    It also bepands on which lens is attached. With a longer lens the camera might not fit lens down with hood on.
  7. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    Also, when you're carrying this bag, you'll want the weight of the camera and lenses to be as evenly distributed as possible (without a bias to one side or the other, which will make carrying less comfortable).
  8. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I just got the same bag ( and love it too!!) and I've been putting it in lens down. I only have the stock 18-55 lens though. I didn't think about doing it another way, but I might try to use two dividers so that they are sandwiching the lens and most of the pressure is on the body and not the lens, if that makes sense. Maybe i can figure out a way to take a picture with the camera in when I get home tonight.
  9. itou macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
  10. jbernie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Given the bag in question, and the number of lenses/accessories you are carrying, I would say that so long as you arent stretching the compartment in any direction you should be safe. If you have too tight of a fit (as shown in the 3rd pic) then any impact is likely to go straight to the body/lens and cause damage as opposed to a setup with a little, but not a lot of room around it where the impact isnt sent directly to the equipment.
  11. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I have this same bag! I love it - great way to carry gear and laptop together.

    I actually point the lens down but I put the all weather cover on the bottom of the bag for extra shock absorption. Works great for me.
  12. Nikonut macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2008
    St Louis Mo
    I am here in St Louis with ya man,thats a nice bag,I like it.
    I kinda like the bottom pic,I think its a little safer for the camera,I have alot of bags and I always pack differently too.....never know which way is kosher pickle either :D


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