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Old 03-24-2015, 06:13 PM   #1
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Camera in Tankbag?

I'd like to store my camera with an 18-135 lens in my tankbag but I'm not sure what size bag to get and how to adequately pad the bag. Bike is a 1200GS. I'm currently using a Bags Connection quick lock gas cap system and they offer several large tank bags...The City and The GS are two I'm interested in.

Maybe you've solved this problem already on a similar bike. Storing a DSLR or mirrorless would mean the most to me.

Show me yours?

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Old 03-25-2015, 11:47 AM   #2
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I'll be watching replies to this. I usually carry my DSLR in my top box in it's normal gear bag, but with a long trip coming up, I'd like it handy. Plus, I'll be carrying another lens too, a 150-500mm. The case that came with it is much bigger around than the lens and was wondering about a custom wrap for it. It would stay in the top box though.

I have a Bags Connection Enduro bag on my GSA. Pretty sure my camera with the 18-135 will fit, but as you pointed, padding is my concern. Security also, but as long as I leave room in a locking case, I can move it at stops.

I'll test the fit and take some pictures. I'll dig up some foam and see if I can arrange something workable.

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Old 03-25-2015, 12:01 PM   #3
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I would think weight will come into play here more than just the size of the bag. What is the maximum weight the tank-lock connector can accommodate? It would suck if the camera + lens + whatever else in the bag weighed more than the lock can handle. One wrong turn or rough series of bumps, you could be watching the tank bag taking a tumble off the bike.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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I have a bag connect city bag. I carry a dslr with 2 lenses. I have a lowepro camera bag that just fits inside the tank bag, and holds both lenses and the camera body. It is a tight fit, and really not much else can fit in the bag but the camera gear.

I had to really hunt for a picture with my tank bag open, but found this. You can see how the lens filters, etc and the camera bag sit and fill most of it up.

I'll add for reference, I have a Nikon D7000, Tamron 28-300mm and also carry nikon 18-105mm, with ND filters for both lenses, cleaning gear, etc, remotes all in that tamron bag and tank bag.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:46 PM   #5
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I carried a two lens Nikon D40 setup for about 100k miles in an RKA tankbag on various bikes. Worked great. No padding other than what the bag offered and a micro fiber cloth around the camera.

Currently carrying a Fuji XT-1 with 18-135 in a Wolfman Blackhawk bag. Just naked when actively shooting, wrapped in a cloth for longer or rough stretches. The cloth is more for protection from zipper etc. on the inside of the bag than anything else. One of the reasons I went the the Fuji setup is both the camera and lens are weather sealed. Not waterproof, but the seals will help with dust and rain. The wolfman bag isn't water proofed, but does pretty well with it's cover on. If it's pouring camera goes in the pannier.

I put a few other things in the tank bag too, but all in soft bags to protect against rubbing. Other than on your person, I think the tank bag has the nicest ride of any area on the bike.

If the bike is leaving my sight, I tank the tank bag with me.

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Old 03-25-2015, 01:36 PM   #6
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If you're worried about padding, you could get an insert like one of these -

Insulated water bottle holders or neoprene cozies / drink holders also work as lens holders.

Edit - After Googling that BC GS tank bag, I don't feel so bad about spending $600 on a set of soft panniers...
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:38 PM   #7
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Find one that fits with a bit of extra room, then add padding. You can get padding at many camera supply stores. No worries about the quick lock, it can hold the weight easily!
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This was my camera tank bag, got the foam from B&H, its blocked foam so you can tear out what ever space you want. Flat foam piece for the bottom and egg crate style for the top. I put all my other random crap in the top section. I had a wee strom at the time, so it worked, but was a bit cumbersome at fuel ups.

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Wink Electronics in tank bags

I once had a small tank bag fitted with about 10 "super" magnets each the size of a nickel, bag was nice except for the fact that I put my wallet in there and it wiped out all my cards with a reader strip on the back! After that I was afraid to even put an iPod in there.
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