The Peak Design Field Pouch is my new walk around carry bag for my Leica and no one is more surprised than I am. My system carry bag is an Ona Prince Street leather bag. How could this little pouch carry all of my street shooting equipment you ask. Well the answer is found when you re-read the previous sentence. The Ona bag carries my complete Leica system and the Peak Design just carries the essentials. It is so freeing to walk around shooting with just my M240 and a small pouch attached to my belt.
Now for the little secret. The Field Pouch actually carries everything I need while shooting. Inside this little case I have a Noctilux 1.0, 35mm Summicron, extra battery, lens pen, Think Tank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket for SD cards, and a Leica Tabletop Tripod with Large Ball-head. Yes all of that equipment in that little pouch. The only compromise is that the tripod is disassembled into 2 parts. It only takes a minute to screw the tripod back together.
I store my equipment in the Ona bag and transfer items to the Field Pouch when I have arrived at my shooting location. With a camera and what appears to be a fanny pack I feel that I draw less attention to myself while walking around shooting. That is always a good thing. Carrying a small amount of equipment also allows me to focus more on seeing and less on gadgets. And that is the reason for owning a nice camera.
I bought my case at Samys camera in Orange County. They had a nice display of Peak Design products. I have read all over the internet about how Peak Design got started and how everyone seems to like there bags but I had never seen them in real life. The longer I checked out the Field Pouch the more I liked it but almost decided against it when I discovered that the front inside pocket had stitching down the middle to make it two little pockets. I felt that if that pocket extended the full length it would be perfect for my SD card holder. Deal breaker for me so I passed. As I was talking to my wife next door I commented on the stitching and she said “just use a seam ripper”. I was stunned. That was so obvious. I went back into Samys and sure enough, there was just some simple stitching that separated the little pouch into two parts. I bought the bag, went home and borrowed her seam ripper and in two minutes had the perfect little carry bag that I was looking for. Thanks Hun. ( This is another reason to support your local camera store. You don’t get to touch online products )
Now I carry two bags for my Leica system and I couldn’t be happier. I just carry the combination of equipment that I want for each shooting situation. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Take a look at the Peak Design Field Pouch, at less that $50, it is a handy little bag.
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