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Are there any bike mounted bags for a camera, that could safely hold my Sony NEX-5? I'd be happy enough if the camera fitted in with the 16mm pancake lens (as most of the shots are landscapes anyway). However, I was only able to find bags for cell phones or very slim compact cameras.

The camera dimensions without lens are per spec 111x59x38 mm (WxHxD); my own measurements give cca 114x63x39 mm. With the lens mounted the depth is about 62mm and the height just slightly bigger.

Sony NEX-5 with 16mm pancake
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Here's a top photo to get the idea of the thickness: link.

I'd like a bag that I could mount on the handlebar, allowing a quick access without having to step off the bike for a quick shot.

Or are there some solutions I could modify to my needs (more or less easily)?

I'm open to your suggestions! Thanks.

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Ortlieb makes two camera-specific bags that you could probably keep inside their handlebar bag, the Aqua Zoom and the Aqua Zoom Plus. However, the Ortlieb Ultimate is a great handlebar bag that snaps on and off the handlebars, and also has a camera insert. I highly recommend the Ultimate, although the mounting is a little tricky to install.

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I don't really understand how could I attach the Aqua bags on my handlebar. Even though the closure system on the Aqua Zoom model looks great! –  Czechnology Apr 20 '11 at 16:44
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The Ultimate bags seem pretty large for my needs, however, I've found a nice manual on their site showing the smaller Ultimate5 Compact that might work, just not sure about the Velcro flap... –  Czechnology Apr 20 '11 at 16:45
    
As a bonus, the Ultimate works with Klickfix mounts, which are less expensive and easier to attach than the Ortlieb mounts, but not quite as slick to use. I assume the compact uses the same mount. –  Neil Fein Apr 20 '11 at 18:41
    
@Czechnology - What kind of bar setup do you have? I know that mounting large handlebars on, say, small drop bars can be a problem. Are there cables in the way? –  Neil Fein May 1 '11 at 2:02
    
I'll add a photo when I get back to my dorm. There are some cables in the front (both brakes and both gear shifters) but shouldn't be a problem for a smaller bag. –  Czechnology May 1 '11 at 9:26
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I think the Mountain FeedBag would do the trick. It's made for holding food but it's padded with a soft interior and should safely hold your camera. It mounts in the corner between your stem and handlebar, you can easily access it while riding.

http://www.epicrideresearch.com/product-information.php


Update as of May 2011

The Mountain Feed Bag (designed by Epic Ride Research) has been acquired by Revelate Designs LLC.. (It seems that the founder of ERR had some health problems. Hopefully she's well again.)

Do your shopping through them, as the ERR site doesn't seem responsive and also had some trouble with international shipping, from what I've read.

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That looks pretty nice but is it waterproof in case of rain? It doesn't seem that way. –  Czechnology Apr 20 '11 at 16:30
    
But it seems like an awesome bike accessory, I might get it for that :) –  Czechnology Apr 20 '11 at 17:47
    
It's water resistant for sure, but not waterproof. It will protect your camera when splashing through puddles, but in a downpour it would get pretty wet. –  Russ Apr 21 '11 at 13:28
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