A Case for Sigma DP2Q Quattro
Case for Sigma DP2 Quattro?
I like to protect my cameras in a light weight case that prevents them from getting scratched or rubbed by the contents of a larger more protective rucksack or courier bag..... so I tend to have a bag within a bag system. I really like the bags from Millican and I've got a couple that make perfect and discrete camera bags with enough space for glasses, phone, headphones and cash - If you're interested have a look at this article
For my GR's, I have made a series of soft leather slip pouches from an old leather jacket. A perfect solution as this gives 'enough' protection but adds little by way of bulk (this would be self defeating in a pocket camera!)
The Sigma DP2Q poses an altogether different challenge. In no way pocketable unless you have very big trousers! - It's also an odd shape and a valuable piece of equipment to slide into a bag unprotected. I found the answer from an unexpected source: I've used the Baglett for years for DP's but I'd assumed that the new Quattro would be just too big. I'm delighted to tell you that it's still approaching the perfect solution
Cost? £14.50. Seriously.
Healthy Back Bag company
The Healthy Back Bag Company sell a range of quirky bags with a 'back story' of their own and perhaps better for them to tell the story. The 'Baglett' as it's name implies, is a sort of 'mini me' version of the larger bags on offer. Teardrop shaped and with an inner pocket and an outer zipped pocket and another open pocket on the front, they are lined and have taped seams and come in a variety of fabrics and even leather! They are supplied with an adjustable shoulder/waist strap so they can be slung over your shoulder or this can be unclipped and the Baglett slipped into your Rucksack, courier bag or larger camera bag. Handy.
Of course, none of that would matter at all if the Quattro 'form factor' - size and shape - would not fit inside it. At first I was dubious, but as I slid the Camera in, the Baglett seemed to defy it's size and swallow the camera whole. The double ended zip coped without placing any tension on the case and left it openable from either end - so it's suited to whatever carry scenario suits you and whatever handed you are.
Importantly for me, I like the fact that it is compact enough to slide into a larger bag without lots of bulk that ends up making the whole arrangement uncomfortable which in my case means it gets left at home in favour of a smaller alternative..... So a dual purpose solution - A carry case in it's own right with adjustable shoulder strap that can be worn around the waist, or with the strap removed a great inner case protecting the camera inside a larger case.
The DP2Q Quattro is a strange shape and I'm not sure whether the forthcoming Sigma case will work for me, but the Baglett certainly does. There's room for spare SD cards and a spare battery. I'm not pretending that the end result is super-ergonomic - but it does solve an immediate problem for me and for £14.50 in the UK, it's something of a bargain?
One final thing. HBB regard the product as a woman's product and it's listed in the woman's area of their website which might make it difficult to find if you, like me instinctively searched the mens area for them. If you're a gent, don't let this put you off: Quality is great and I think it's perfectly unisex and a great way of getting the DP2Q out and about with you with some protection and an easy way of carrying it!
Note: One final thing (I nearly forgot) . Inside the HBB Baglett, there is a little metal clip for keys. I removed this to prevent it scratching the camera.