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Best way to transport an M6



What's the best way to transport an M6 that will generally travel in a suitcase? Half case, Ever Ready case, Fogg/Lowepro etc bag?

Don't want a big camera bag(already have them)but rather something quick and somewhat protective..

All opinions appreciated..

Colorado Jeff


Posted by Jeff Roberts on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 2:38 am: > > What's the best way to transport an M6 that will generally travel in a > suitcase? Half case, Ever Ready case, Fogg/Lowepro etc bag? > > Don't want a big camera bag(already have them)but rather something > quick and somewhat protective..

On a strap, so you can shoot pictures with it. Cameras do not take pictures very well inside cases




I strongly agree with Sonny. I've traveled many a year (said the old codger) and my Leica's have always been within very close reach. Besides the fact that with all this post 9/11 thing airport security, one will have to leave their suitcases "unlocked" for inspection. Unfortunately objects have been known to go missing.

Enjoy your trips, and your pictures.


[...My 2p's worth ... wrap the m6 in a chammy and stick it in a day pack. I always take my m6 like this when I'm in transit.



I take the view that a strap and no case is best. The camera is then = always ready. If you must put it in a bag (because its dark for ex&le) a = neoprene cover like the Zing Multi-Strap Camera/Accessory Bag offers good = protection when putting the camera in a rucksack or case.


Billingham Hadley pro bag is a very practical choice, the camera is easily reached and well protected; not heavy, allows to cary a couple of lens, film and a second body.


>>I strongly agree with Sonny. I've traveled many a year (said the old codger) and my Leica's have always been within very close reach...<<

I agree with all of you about keeping the camera close.. and I travel a lot so I understand. I've heard that Leica's are pretty stout..just didn't know about tossing one into a briefcase..but I think I'll get a little bag and do just that..
Oh..and the airport security situation? A nightmare. Absolutely a pain in the neck.
Colorado Jeff


Domke has a nifty little bag that I use for my M6. The tag inside the bag=20 identifies the model as F-5XB. I also use the same bag for my G system. In= =20 both cases a camera with lens mounted and two other lenses or accessories=20 fill the space. =20

I particularly like the fact that the closure is both zipper and heavily=20 velcroed flap. When I'm not shooting and just transporting, I like the extr= a=20 security of the zipper.

The bag comes with a strap and there are some small pockets under the flap o= n=20 the body of the bag. I use them for pen and model release, mini tripod and=20 (for the Contax) the TLA 140 flash. As I recall, the bag cost about $48 at=20= B& H. Comes in several colors.

Bill Lafferty Pittsburgh


I have used a messenger bag for my M6, lens and accessories. This is strictly for transport or to keep extra film and an extra lens or two handy. Actual shooting on the street - the camera is on my shoulder with no case or cap. The case does not look like a camera case and allows you to blend a little, unless you are shooting pictures in downtown Pocatello Idaho.

When transporting in the messenger bag (Timbuk 2 brand) I use Zing neoprene cases for the M6 and extra lens. Messenger cases are usually made with a waterproof (looks like inflatable boat material) lining that adds extra rain protection.

Mine serves as a carry on at the airport as well.

Finally, I think the little Domke bag F5X-B looks like a real winner as well. Just depends how much stuff you are going to carry.


Almost "everyone" seem to use the Domke F-803, including myself. Superb bag, if needed you stash it in your suitcase as well, otherwise you can always have this hand luggage!


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I just got a simple case big enough to hold the equipment I currently have (instead of buying some big bag to hold all the stuff I might eventually buy).

I also got a separate, small bag that just fits the camera and a mounted lens. It's great if you want to take the camera off your neck and throw it in the trunk. I prefer the common brands (like lowelpro) that don't scream out "expensive camera inside."

Still, everyone in this thread is correct: If it's in a case, it isn't taking pictures!
> Don't laugh. When it comes to being inconspicious I use a Thermos container, the kind that is intended to hold a 6 pack. It's well padded by virtue of it's being insulated.


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> [Hi Jon

Contrary to laughing - I would commend you on this brilliant idea! It is effective, very inconspicous, really protective and the pack does take the beating.

Only one possible setback - in tropical Singapore - one cannot keep the equipment in such containers for too long without worrying about the humidity effect.

But I shall certainly learn from you and employ this method on my next outing.

Joseph Low / Singapore


RGHHHH! sometimes I REALLY dislike this form, because you have to be sure to put the message inside hte shark's teeth.

I carry the M6 with a 35 on it on a strap over my shoulder, and the other two lenses in my pocket. I sold everything else. My camera bag holds cleaning stuff, my cell phone and a water bottle.

Sometimes I just go out with the camera and one lens. Lately I have just been going out with the LC5 Lumix /(lika Leica)



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I prefere a lens or two in the pocket and the camera on the shoulder strap - if you need a bag, Domke in the usa make some really nice bags - all heavy duty cutton - they look a bit like the kind a bags my teachers carried in the 70th - you can have paper for notes and som water and ofcause some gear, but it does not look like a photobag at all - I have a larger in black and a smaller in sand-colour (about A4 size) My only problem is that my teenager daughters think they are trendy in a "understated cool" way so the keep taking them for excursions etc.


I'm really partical to the M-Classics Bag, a copy of the Leitz Bag. Especially for an ultra-light travel system, with plenty of room still left for everything else.


> Using the M Classics bag (or the Leica original from which it was cloned) is > advisable only while your gear is still under no-fault Passport. It's not > much better than using a canvas tote bag. No padding. Bang it against a wall > or set the bag down on a hard surface--or worse, drop it--and you can kiss > goodbye to the Leica gear inside


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Much better IMHO is the Billingham "Alice" bag. Simple design but beautifully crafted for speed and more than adequate protection. Good padding, both sides and bottom; opens in two seconds; adjustable dividers. It holds one or two M sized bodies, each with a compact lens attached (35, 50, even a CV 75), plus two or three other lenses, depending on size. You can even stuff a compact flash if so needed (i.e. one of those flat Metzes or -probably- the Leica TTL one), yet the bag is compact, unobstrussive and doesn't look ineqivocally "photo" but rather like a courier type satchel. One of the minuses is that it doesn't have any exterior pockets but the internal layout is quite good: Main compartment that can be divided by means of supplied velcroed panels; lengthwise there's one 1" thick fixed compartment that can hold an amazing quantity of film and other small accessories (viewfinders, cable, shades, etc..) and on the back of the bag, another thin section that can hold travel documents, plane tickets , etc.

It is, without doubt, the best designed bag I own -out of nearly a dozen in all sizes and brands- and also the one that sees the most use. Billinghams take an awful lot of beating and scuffing gracefully; mine has been three -careless- years with me, seen lots of travel, and still looks new.


I would like to second Jorge’s comments on the Billigham bags. The "Hadley" range is also quite compact and has external pockets.

The Billinghams in general are also very comfortable to carry around. The snap on shoulder pads are also a good extra for those bags which don’t come with one. Even a simple out fit including an M6 with a couple of lenses and bit of sundry additional gear can weigh quite a bit and a well designed bag is a real assistance in lugging the stuff around, in my experience.

One of the great attributes of the Billinghams is that they look quite smart but don’t sing out "look I'm a camera bag." Well worth the investment.



I recommend to get one of Lutz Konermann's "Slings". The best thing I ever bought for my Leica. Now it rests in my hand and is ever ready! Here is the link:
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. It is even better than having the Leica around your neck, one is just faster with the Sling - more opportunities for pictures!