The easiest way to let would-be thieves know your a potential target is to broadcast what you’re carrying. And, the easiest way for photographers to do that is through use of a dedicated camera bag. Bags and carrying cases with logos (eg: LowePro, Nikon, etc…) that are usually associated with well padded camera bags are great targets for those immoral souls who would like to relieve you of your equipment.
Fortunately, there is a terrific and inexpensive solution that allows you to (permanently or temporarily) repurpose nearly any bag into a safe, well padded, (often) water-resistant, and very stealthful means of carrying your gear: partitions and inserts. When these padded inserts are combined with an appropriate sized bag they work fantastically to both transport gear and keep bag snatchers away.
Below is a list of several options. I prefer the ones with removable or configurable inserts to allow for a wide variety of needs and situations. If one of these doesn’t fit your requirements; there are plenty of others. Good luck!
1. Koolertron Waterproof Shockproof Partition Padded Camera Bags: Compact and easy to carry; 1.5cm thickness EPE sponge Water-Proof Oxford Nylon; Material: Nylon Oxford EPE; interlining: EPE(1.3CM thickness EPE sponge); Size: 30cm(L) x 20cm(H) x 13cm(W)
2. Koolertron NEW Shockproof DSLR SLR Camera Bag Partition Padded Camera Insert: Material: Velvet; External size: W27 x H16 x D12 cm; Internal size: W25 x H15 x D10.5 cm; Good shockproof performance; Sleeve uses anti-static composite material, pliable and flexible.
3. BESTEK Universal Camera Liner Insert Protective Bag Cover Water: Waterproof 300*300D Oxford material ensures durable and sturdy quality; Camera liner space can be adjusted with removable parts; Soft padded inside protect your equipments from shock damage, scratch and dust; Multifunctional camera liner, it can carry all things you need for photographing; It matches with backpack and should bags, convenient for traveling.
4. Ciesta Flexible Camera Partition Padded Bag Case: Bag weight : only 210g; Inside material : Cotton Fabric; Outside: Waterproof Nylon-Nylex; Approx dimension: Flexible Bag IN Bag of Medium Size – Inside(cm): 29w x 15.5l x 14h; Outside(cm): 32w x 18l x 15h; Made in Korea.
5. Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Bag Insert: Designed to fit the Timbuk2 classic messenger bag; Adjustable padded DSLR camera and lens compartments for multiple configurations; Easy grab handle; Scratch resistant tricot liner.
6. Tenba 638-251 Messenger Removable Photo Insert: Comes standard in all Tenba Messenger Bags, and available separately as replacement or for use in other suitable bags. 13 x 8 x 5.”
7. Jill-e Designs E-GO Camera Insert Bag: polyester; 15 x 1″w; Compact size travels easily in your favorite carry bag; Durable, weather-resistant microfiber exterior; Padded interior for total protection with adjustable dividers; Convenient net pockets on inside top flap for cards and batteries; Accessible outer zip pocket for daily essentials.
8. Eggsnow CADEN (A2) Waterproof Folding Partition Padded Foam Divider Protection Case: Soft adjustable dividers to protect equipment; Soft camera insert; Model: A2,Size: 29L x 14h x 22w cm, Color: Army green.
9. Foldable Shockproof Partition Padded Camera Bags: Compact and easy to carry; 1.5cm thickness EPE sponge Water-Proof Oxford Nylon; Material: Nylon Oxford EPE; interlining: EPE(1.3CM thickness EPE sponge); Size: 35L x 25H x 17W (cm).
This simple messenger bag doesn’t look a thing like a bag carrying film, and a couple of expensive cameras.