Camera Bag Insert


Convert a Tote into a Camera Bag


I don’t know about you, but I have this thing with bags. I can never seem to find the perfect one for the perfect function. Especially when traveling. And most especially when traveling with my camera equipment. Even though there are so many fashionable camera bags available these days, I can’t justify spending a little bundle for yet another specialty bag when I know how fickle my bag preferences can be from one outing to the next.

But I’ve found a solution for that.

It’s this camera bag insert thingy.


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At around $30, it’s inexpensive and can turn any purse or tote bag (that’s large enough to hold it) into a camera bag. I’ve been able to use it with many of the shoulder bags that I already owned. And it’s fun to shop in the clearance aisle for fun colored bags now that I can use as a camera bag and not worry about investing a bunch in something that I may only use a few times.

The insert just slips right down into a bag. It has padded sections that are adjustable. I’ve been able to fit my DSLR, along with a honking big lens, a spare lens, and battery charger in this one just fine. This insert comes in tan (it says olive, but it’s really tan) and couple of other colors. I’ve also seen other inserts similar to this one that are available in other colors and sizes too. I’m thinking about getting another one sized to fit in my smaller purses.

It’s handy dandy, is what it is. It sure is.

Here’s a link for the one I own: DSLR Camera Insert

And another link for a similar one: Jill-E E-GO Camera Insert Bag


Happy shopping!

And happy shooting too!

Convert a Tote into a Camera Bag

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  1. 1

    ellen b says

    Thank You! This is so timely for me. I’ve just been wondering how to make it convenient to have my camera inside my purse for our next trip!

  2. 4

    Paula - bell'alimento says

    So that’s kind of genius! I think I need one of these in my life.

  3. 5


    YES! I have slowly developed a camera bag habit, yet at the same time, I find myself placing my precious camera into regular bags that are lacking adequate protection. This is just PERFECT.

  4. 6


    “Camera bag insert thingy” – I love the name :)

    As much as I love my camera bag, sometimes it’s just too big and I would love to be able to stick something like this in another bag. Thanks for the idea!

  5. 7


    Have been planning to buy a camera insert forever now! Every time I decide my husband warns me that it might not take my 5D, 2-3 lenses And my phone and wallet (plus makeup) at the same time. Good thing you shared this, now I can ask you :-) How much can this particular camera insert accommodate?

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      Hey Perna!

      I’ve been able to fit my D300 with the large 24-70 mounted and carry a spare lens, small wallet, chargers, etc. Also depending on what bag you have it in, the bag will have extra pockets. It’s really been very handy.

  6. 9


    This is a great idea. I just tossed my camera in my purse today, hated that it was floating around. I was nervous the entire time! LOVE IT!

  7. 13


    This is a GREAT idea. I have been in the market for a big camera bag for ages and can’t justify spending the cash on one! I much prefer $30 over $250!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says

    That’s really cool Amy. I’ve never seen one of these before.

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    I love how thin this insert is. I bought one online last time and it was too bulky to make it functional. This looks perfect.

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