Friday, July 22, 2011

MYOG Camera Case Doubles as a Shoulder Pouch

Here's a simple design I thought of recently while I was out hiking with my son.

My goal was to make an UltraLight Camera Case that would double as a shoulder pouch. This will keep the camera protected from the elements and within easy reach at all times so I don't miss any photo ops.

The material I chose is a super tough 1.43oz (per square yard) cuben fiber that I purchased from ZPacks. I'm a bit addicted to this stuff right now because it's so durable and lightweight. It's the same material I used to make my backpack about 15 months ago, and it has held up beautifully. I angled the top enclosure, making the front lower when attached to the shoulder strap. This makes it easier to get your camera in and out without fuss, and also helps to shape the front when it's open. The taller back is necessary to form a rain proof closure...

I used 1.25mm shock cord instead of a normal drawcord, with no cord lock. This makes it easy to open and close with one hand while hiking. To close, simply pull the shock cord over the front and around the back of the camera, which folds the top opening down making the case rainproof. I sealed the seams with clear silicone to ensure it's water tight.

When not in shoulder pouch mode, it works just as well as a stand alone case. I'll store it like this on my tent floor at night.

I've been trying to think of the right design for quite a while, and I think I've got it pretty close. Oh yeah, I almost weighs only 0.10oz!


  1. Love the design, John! Really smart. Will need to try this, me thinks.

  2. Nice John, as when you gonna start selling this stuff... those packs look nice...

  3. Your camera is waterproof, would you trust your bag with a normal camera in case of rain ?

  4. I've been using this in the Sierras for the past week and it has worked pretty well. The one flaw I have found if that the shock cord can work it's way up over time, allowing the top to open. I'm going to find a way to make a more secure closure.

    It did rain and hail one day and my camera stayed nice and dry.

    Stick, thanks...really! If you're interested buying something or learning more how to make it yourself, just contact me via email and we'll work something out.

    FRed, good eye! Actually the camera in the photos is my old one, which was a "ruggedized" model. Buy beware of those claims..."shock proof from 6 feet" doesn't mean they stand behind their products. I dropped this one from about three feet getting it out of my pants pocket, and the screen cracked. When I contacted them I was informed their warranty doesn't cover physical damage. It still works, but is no longer waterproof.

    I now use a Canon S95, which I have yet to do a review on, but I can sum it up by saying it's an amazing camera. NOT a rugged model, but with the same sensor they use in DSLR models, and all kinds of auto features, it's great for a guy like me who loves to take photos but has no formal training.

    That said, it's important that I keep my camera safe from the elements while walking in wild places.

    Any ideas on a more posative closure system?

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