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Camera bag for under $30 (excuse the poor picture quality)

So I got tired of looking at expensive, ugly and bulky camera bags online and decided to make my own. I bought the bag (which is actually red, not orangy) for about $15-20 (can't remember). Made 4 protective walls out of cardboard, bubble wrap and a layer or another protective material which name I can not recall all glues with a hot glue gun and sewed it all together with black fabric.

I also made it a bottom of sturdier cardboard and the rest of the padding so the bag would not cave or lose it's shape. I also made each lens a protective cover made out of the same thing as the walls (the small one fits the 50mm and kit lens and the larger one fits the new Tamron. When the lenses shown above and the camera with the tamron attached are all in, there is enough room for a longer lens to lay on top (with no accessory bag).

Also, I was able to put a lock on the side which can lock the zipper to the end of it so that it can not be opened. The back has the same straps as the front and I am going to find a Velcro strap thing to be able to strap my tripod in if i want. I am also going to find it a longer strap for the top so it is more comfortable to carry.

The best thing, all of it is removable if I buy another bag and want to use this one as a purse and it cost me less than $30.

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Taken on October 30, 2008