For years I’ve searched in vain for the perfect camera bag for my DSLR. I don’t want a full on camera bag, as it makes you susceptible to theft and doesn’t look as stylish. But a purse without an insert will leave your sensitive gear unprotected to bumps and drops.
While I could get crafty and make my own camera protecting purse, I looked for another alternative that wouldn’t require as much time or money.
I’ve been lugging around the Lowepro Slingshot for a few years, which is great for extensive photography, but can’t be used much as a daypack or purse. It doesn’t have much space for your wallet and other essentials, so I slowly stopped bringing it with me on trips. I was obsessed with the beautiful leather bags from Ona, but didn’t want to splurge on a bag with only one look. A bit of research later, I discovered the Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Insert, which I immediately purchased.
Created as a product to go along with the Timbuk2 line of messenger bags, coming in three sizes for varying camera bodies and lens attachments. I chose the extra small variety, which fits perfectly into my Manhattan Portage messenger bag. It holds my camera body and an additional lens, which is all I have at the moment. If you travel with multiple lenses, filters and other gear, I recommend getting a larger size.
The Snoop insert allows you to choose what kind of bag you want, depending on the look and price, and only put in the camera insert when you’ll be using your camera. The exterior fabric is water resistant and the interior is a fleece-style padded liner. The dividers have velcro and are removable, so you can take them out entirely or change them around to best fit your gear.
The Snoop is also zippered, keeping away prying hands, and has a handle for quick access. It even fits in the top of my Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack, which was a nice surprise. The only thing I think that it’s missing is multiple color options, which isn’t a deal breaker, and a small pocket for memory cards and other items that could get lost.
If you’re looking to create your own personalized camera bag without spending tons of money or committing to one style you’ll end up getting sick of later, I highly recommend buying the Timbuk2 Snoop camera insert to go with your favorite travel purse. The insert starts at $40 USD and has a lifetime warranty, should anything happen to it.
>> Check for prices and deals on the Timbuk2 Snoop camera insert on Amazon.
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