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camera protection in tankbag

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jon_l, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Searched, didn't find. Please link if this has been well-covered.

    I want to carry a small mirrorless camera, a Canon M100, with at the most, a 15:45 lens, in a tank bag, reasonably safely. 15:45mm zoom left, and an F:2 22mm prime on the right.

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    Bike is a MotoGuzzi V7 II Stone:

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    I hate the look of the big Givi top case, but I use it most of the time, because it is so functional.

    Now, I want to take a better camera along, and while tank bags are ugly, and I have scratched a tank with one before, I need to do it. I put 3M protective film on the tank where the magnets land.

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    So is there anything you guys can suggest for protection and waterproofing, other than strips of blue foam padding from a old camping pad, and a zip lock? Tight-wad here, not planning on ordering camera-gear, just adapting what is in the garage already.

    Thank you in advance!
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  2. blender

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  3. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Thanks @blender

    Good idea. Those are too large and rectangular, while the tankbag shape is ideal for the lens-forward curve of the bag.

    I have 3 sizes of small Pelican cases, none fit this camera though. Perhaps a food storage container.
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  6. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Thank you both!
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  7. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    I use a $15 stretch neoprene case for bump protection. Then, if the weather is iffy, I place that whole thing inside a small dry bag like this (from Outdoor Products)
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    These are small. I use the largest for my 10" tablet, the medium for my camera and the small for my smartphone. The set sells for about $10 USD.
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  9. Kaalsb

    Kaalsb I should have done this sooner

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    I used this yellow fabric from an old worn out dry bag that matches the inside of my tank bag and sewed in some 3/8" closed cell foam and made a carrier to cushion my gx-85 for off-road riding, its kinda crude but its been working pretty well for a few thousand miles now.
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  10. jon_l

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    @Kaalsb - that is what I have in mind. Penny tech. I want to block the camera in place so it doesn't slide around, and also so that there is still some useful space in the tank bag for sunglasses, CrampBuster, etc.

    A camera bag within the tank bag won't work in my tiny 2 liter Oxford tank bag.
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  12. Kaalsb

    Kaalsb I should have done this sooner

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  14. jon_l

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    So far, I have carried it like this:

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    M100 in tankbag

    There is foam in the bottom of the tankbag, and a piece of cylindrical water-heater type foam pipe insulation wedged across the bag to keep the camera in the front.

    Camera seems secure, but I lose the space taken up by the pipe insulation, which could be useful for small things like kleenex, bandana, etc.
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    My suggestion is to use a padded bag and place it in the top box.

    It will slow you down and make you get off the bike though.

    Depending on what you tend to use the camera for this could be a good thing. Or not.
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  16. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    That works when alone, but most folks don't want to stop when I do to take a photo. With the camera in the tankbag, I can get it out and put away again a lot quicker.
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  17. Khantahr

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    I have a 7D and I just toss it in my regular tail bag, kick the tires, light the fires, and hit the gas. No adverse effects yet, but I don't go off-road. Probably would want some cushioning for that kind of escapade.
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  19. theregulator

    theregulator Shut Up and Ride Supporter

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    I have different size bags/pouches purhcased on Ebay and use the one best sized for camera/lens combo. I've been riding with different cameras in my tankbag for 10 years without a problem.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/283597304048
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  20. pip_muenster

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    I have a slightly oversized, thin drybag (see post #7 above) inside the tank bag, and put my foamcore / camerabag / whatever inside. I rarely roll the drybag properly closed, it's rainproof even if I simply fold it over - and I can grab the camera within a second. The large opening of the drybag provides a dustproof environment for changing lenses, kind of similar to a film changing bag back in the days.
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