NOTE: I finally finished my long detailed review on the NEX-5 and talk a bit about the new NEX-5n
I think I might have found the perfect camera bag for the Sony NEX-5 camera. It’s actually a camera bag I purchased over 5 years ago. I have now repurposed it for my mini NEX-5 travel kit. The Edit 120, by Lowepro was originally designed as a small camcorder bag. It is the perfect size to fit the camera, 2 kit lenses, the flash and a few more accessories.
If you look at the image below, you can see the NEX-5 with the 18 – 55mm kit lens and external flash attached (click on the photograph for a larger version). The main compartment has one adjustable divider. In my setup, I’ve created a small area that perfectly fits the Sony 16mm pancake lens on the left while I place my camera on the right. You can see that I have the lens hood attached backwards to save space. When I use the camera, I reverse the lens hood. If you don’t want to bother adjusting the lens hood when putting the camera away, you have some options. You can take out the divider and just put the camera in the main area with the lens hood in the readily usable orientation. If you still want to carry the 16mm lens, it can also fit in the front pocket. With my two compartment setup, I also found that the battery charger fits exactly in the space I created for the 16mm lens. Optionally the battery charger will also fit in the front pocket. However, I find that the front pocket is not large enough to comfortably fit both the charger and the 16mm lens.
I’ve place two filters, a polarizing filter and a neutral density filter in the top mesh area just under the cover. There are also two external pockets on either side of the bag which I use to keep the external Sony flash (when not in use) and the lens caps. There is also enough room to put some more items in these side pockets. In the front pocket, there are 3 mesh inner pockets that are perfect for organizing extra SD cards, USB cables and other small accessories. As I mentioned above, you can optionally put the 16mm lens or battery charger in this area. See below for a view of the front pocket.
You can see that I do not use the Sony neck strap that came with the NEX-5. I’ve tested the bag and the NEX-5 will also fit with the neck strap attached. I wanted to keep my NEX-5 camera as small as possible so I decided to use a hand strap instead. And yes, that is a Canon hand strap that I have attached to Sony NEX camera. It’s off of my Canon camcorder which I don’t use as often. The bag is small and well-built. It has a nicely padded handle and a shoulder strap. It’s very light and perfect for carrying all day without strain. There are two ways to secure the cover, a velcro-type fastener which will keep the cover closed but allow quick access and a zipper that can completely close the top for extra security. Since I don’t use a neck strap, I find this bag really handy when I want to carry my NEX over my shoulder. I would shoot for a while with a hand strap and quickly put the camera into the Edit 120 bag when I want my hands free.
Best of all, the bag is inexpensive. A quick check of prices at Amazon indicates that its running around $20 – $25. I highly recommend this bag for a small NEX-5 setup which also has enough room to carry an extra lens and accessories.