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You can’t always get what you want.. oh, wait, you actually can…

The only problem with collecting thrift store camera lenses is that you can only keep so many of them in your kit. That’s fine – you really only need a couple of lenses most of the time, but what do you do with the rest? I was lucky enough to score the big gold metal lens case early on, so I had a nice box to safely store 5 or 6 lenses, but that left half a dozen sitting around on shelves and desks. Easy to lose smallish things like lenses that way.

So I went thriftin’ today for a solution. I kind of expected to find a laptop case of some sort with enough of the baffling intact to section off a padded lens storage area inside. Maybe two laptop cases, ‘cuz ya know, I’m pushing over a dozen lenses. What I found was this:

What's this, a backpack? Wait a minute, I've seen the "LowePro" brand on camera bags before.. I wonder...

What’s this, a backpack? Wait a minute, I’ve seen the “LowePro” brand on camera bags before.. I wonder…

YES!!! A photographer's packpack, practically new with all the baffling intact. Every lens I own fits in here!

YES!!! A photographer’s backpack, practically new with all the baffling intact. Every lens I own fits in here!

Bonus! the front pocket fits a Brother portable typewriter like a glove. Includes mounting straps on both sides to strap tripods to the pack.

Bonus! the front pocket fits a Brother portable typewriter like a glove. Includes mounting straps on both sides to strap tripods to the pack.

These babies will set you back $300 brand new. Thrifted for less than $5! :D

These babies will set you back $300 brand new. Thrifted for less than $5! :D

Updated: August 7, 2013 — 5:51 pm

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  1. I misjudged the size of the backpack – comparing it to other photography bags I have seen – until I saw the Brother typewriter in the front pocket. Wow! That is quite a find, and must have been a great value, too!

  2. pretty slick – you definitely have good thrift stores there.

  3. Looks like you have a “photo equipment bone”!

  4. Nice score, Ted! Definitely worth looking after those lenses since, while they might be relatively cheap to obtain, they’re a dog to find in the first place.

  5. So there is justice in the world! Neat!

  6. Right place, right time. Well done! I have a LowePro or two as well – sturdy bags. Oh no, I feel a bag review coming on…must…have…beer…

  7. That is one fantastic find! Congratulations!

    I’ve several LowePro bags; no backpack. They make excellect products.

  8. Oh, nice! That’s an awesome setup. I like that typewriter in a pouch business.

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