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Pouch/case for Lumix lx5

Discussion in 'Ask B&H Photo' started by ricks, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. ricks

    ricks SC Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2010
    Hi, I was wondering what case options you would suggest for the Lumix LX5. I would like something with a little padding, but still as small as possible. I hope to be able to carry it on mt. bike rides, and have it protected from dust and shock. Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    I use this hard case for everyday photoshoots, as it offers protection but gives an open back to allow access to dials/screen etc.... However, I have noticed that when you screw a tripod mount, directly to the case thread, it tightens the case thread that much into the camera, that it needs a pair of pliers to remove it....

    PNS-DMWCLX3-01.

    So I've just ordered this Case Logic medium case, for when I'm taking it ' naked & off-road' with a pod, and I can slip in some other useful accessories or even my FP3 and carry them both in one pouch rather than a full camera bag...

    00354516000. 85821_1_3?&op_usm=1,1,1&hei=460&wid=460.

    However if you want extra protection, an individual hard case like the one below for your LX5 may suit your needs more...

    P1020599. [​IMG]
     
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  3. john1027

    john1027 SC Regular

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    Jul 11, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    Here is a link to a lengthy thread at dpreview on this subject that I happened to see recently...LX5 Case: Lowepro Classified 30, Rezo 30, or Ridge 30: Panasonic Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
     
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  4. ricks

    ricks SC Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2010
    Thanks a lot Mal for all the suggestions with pictures. I think I am looking for something like the case logic, maybe a little smaller.
    Thanks a lot John. I just waded through that thread, certainly a lot of choices. Now I just have to find a store where I can try the fit, since the posted dimensions of most of the pouches mentioned seem a little tight, particularly in the lens cap to screen dimension.
     
  5. Chuck-B&H

    Chuck-B&H B&H Photo Specialist

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    Aug 5, 2010
    New York
    Hello,

    The Kata DF-410-V Digital Flap Pouch (Black) is a horizontal pouch designed to carry a digital point and shoot camera. The case is made of a reinforced Nycore grid fabric that protects the exterior of the case. It uses a TST (Thermo Shield Technology) material to provide protection against shock, vibration and impact. It has EVA + PE closed-cell foam interior padding.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/681601-REG/Kata_KT_DF_410_V.html/BI/1848KBID/249

    C h u c k C a p r i o l a
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    Please E-mail me if you have any additional questions.
    askbh@bhphotovideo.com
     
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  6. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    Ricks...

    Just got the Case logic in the post this morning.... believe me you don't want it smaller... I'm finding it hard to get the LX5 in it as it is.... :mad: Although they state its for a medium size camera, and in fact show a camera next to it, either the case has been enlarged or the camera has shrunk... :wink:

    So it looks like I'm on the search again.... :doh: I'll stick to my two piece in the meantime.... :eek:
     
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  7. ricks

    ricks SC Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2010
    Thanks Chuck, a new one for the mix.
    Thanks for the update Mal.
     
  8. rpclark

    rpclark New to SC

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    Nov 15, 2010
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  9. john1027

    john1027 SC Regular

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    Jul 11, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    Lowpro Apex 30AW

    ricks, see if this fits your needs...

    Amazon.com: Lowepro Apex 30 AW (Black): Electronics

    The pix with the iPhone shows it loaded with a LX5, spare battery, and the larger than I need to be using Optec wrist strap. With all that it is snug but closed easily. Without the wrist strap, the profile would be thinner. The LX5 itself fits perfectly in the larger of the two inside pockets. There is a belt loop on the back that secures top and bottom with velcro and is very secure. You can see more images and specs on the Amazon link.

    Anyway, won't win any fashion design awards but for $20 (USD) it does the trick and is designed to be an all weather model by Lowpro.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I picked up an Optech pouch when I was in the store buying the LX5 because I got a chance to see how they fit. Its one of these - the medium size. (OP/TECH USA Soft Pouch Zippeez) Its a perfect fit - not too tight but not bouncing around either. Won't fit with the evf on it, if anyone's looking for something that will. It also serves as an excellent little handlebar bag for bringing the LX5 on bike rides, which I do a lot (per the following pic).

    -Ray

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5128533060/" title="Optech by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"640" height="360" alt="Optech" /></a>
     
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  11. ricks

    ricks SC Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2010
    Wow three more choices in the mix. Thanks so much RP, John and Ray. I really appreciate the pictures. The Optech on the handlebars is seductive, but I am not sure about the bumps on a mt. bike, and all my cables seem to converge there... Hmmm
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I'm not sure about the big hits on an mtb either, so I'd probably go with it somewhere on the body (so your knees and elbows can take up most of the shock), but the cables aren't a problem and actually add to suspend it a bit by fitting within the belt closure around the back, as seen here:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5127928445/" title="Optech (1) by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"640" height="360" alt="Optech (1)" /></a>
     
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  13. ricks

    ricks SC Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2010
    Thanks for the second illustration. I have been carrying a camera in a backpack, but it is not too accessible. I wonder if there is any case I could attach to the front of the backpack strap.
     
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I'm sure you could rig something with the belt attachement on the back of one of these small pouches. Don't most Camelbak type backpacks have a chest strap to connect and secure the two shoulder pads? If so, it could probably go right there. Don't know how it would feel riding there though. And a true endo/faceplant could be really painful for you and bad for the camera!

    -Ray
     
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  15. nexus

    nexus New to SC

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    Mar 31, 2011
    tbc303

    Just want to clarify if the case you are referring to is the tbc302 or tbc303 because when I looked it up on Amazon your pouch is the tbc302 but based on the dimension the lx5 won't be able to fit in it
     
  16. ricks

    ricks SC Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2010
    Nexus, That is the case I ended up with. Lx5 fits well with room in the front pocket for a spare battery to one side of the lens. I still carry the camera mainly in my pocket when walking. On the bike I use the case logic case inside a backpack. Good luck, rick