Making your own camera bag dividers

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  1. Ryvax

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    Anyone make their own dividers for their camera bags? I'm going to make a few inserts with some foam and super glue. Just wondering what other people might use.
     
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    I made some a long time ago, and there is actually a few things to know.
    First: Cloth covered inserts are desirable, but here are a few things to remember. using a soft cotton is good, but it will eventually leave wear marks.

    Second: Uncovered foam is not the best idea because unprotected foam will break down faster than protected foam.

    Third: I have found that that polyester is the best cloth to use.

    Forth: using super glue is usually not the best idea because it has a tendency to get very hard and create sharp points on the foam that can scratch items. Use caution. Its best to sew the foam into cloth covered "pillows" and then sew on the Velcro if that is what you have. Measure thrice cut once... I am serious, because you have to allow for expansion, and flexation as the bag is used and as the camera and equipment is pulled out and put in. Thats why you need to cover the foam as well. The foam wont last but a few weeks w/ reg. use, if not days. The covering keeps the foam together.

    Fifth: Avoid spandex. Dont laugh, it was the only cloth I had access to when I went to make some dividers once. It cause alot of problems. Itll snag,a nd rip.
     
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    Depending on the type of foam, Superglue will actually eat it. I suggest looking into rubber or contact cement to bond foam parts. You will also want to cover the foam with something as most foam wears from constant rubbing. The "dust" that results can be annoying.

    I considered the same path then realized that I could just purchase foam inserts made by Domke. My camera bag is simple canvas rubber lined messenger bag from the Old Navy clothing store with a couple Domke inserts.
     
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    I'm not the best at sewing. What about duck tape? lol. I think that would actually work.
     
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    Redneck photo gear....... Just dont go canoing down a river in Georgia....
     
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    I have a CamelBak H.A.W.G that I use for my bag.

    The dividers are made out of some old 6" concrete expansion. It's a closed cell phone suitable for the outdoor elements.

    currently, I am just holding it all together with duct tape until I figure out exactly which bag I am going to be using, or if I purchase a commercial made bag.

    My intention is to eventually sew covers for them along with 3" velcro to allow for easier reconfiguring of the bag and internal compartments.

    But it's just a stop gap system at the moment.
     
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    Use E6000 it's flexible and wears well, I use it in my jewelry making and it's better than super glue since it is flexible. You can get it at jewelry supply stores or Hobby Lobby.
     
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    It leaves an eeoy guuooooey mess.
     
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    depends on what kind you use. I put mine together last october. No sticky mess anywhere.
     
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    How about clear silicone?..and some patience. ;)
     
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    So I sat down today with some cardboard and duckt tape. Was at it for maybe 20 minutes and decided to just pay for the domke dividers, lol.
     
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    Go to eBay or Craigslist, buy a bag the same make of your current bag, pull out the dividers, then sell the bag without dividers.

    But for me, all of my bags are in the Tamrac 608 - 610 - 612 Series, and the dividers are pretty much interchangeable. Ordered a new complete set of dividers one time, so I have plenty of extra dividers that match all of my bags.

    In my personal experience, Tamrac Customer Service is right up there with B&H, Adorama, and Newegg. I needed a couple of buckles to replace a broken one on an older bag, got them in like 2 days...
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