I've got another long-overdue cosplay-related journal entry coming up in a bit!
dA PRO Camera BagThis is a rather late review, but better late than never! This has been my camera bag for a while the dA PRO Camera Bag.
I find it just the right size to carry my essentials, without being too bulky. A lot of my camera-wielding friends with too-large backpacks have repeatedly expressed their envy. Those straps on the front are for carrying tripods. They're removable if you don't need them.
Rubber dA logo on the back.
And here's how it looks when opened. What I've got in there currently is my camera, extra lens, LED camera light panel, charger, USB cord, extra battery, extra memory card, and some lens filters. There are so many compartments!
On the lid is a mesh pocket where you can put light, flat objects that don't weigh much. this is where I keep the other memory card and filters.
The main body has movable compartments so you can arrange them according to what you need.
They're made with very lightweight materials and they stick together with velcro.
See, you can pull them out and organize them the way you want.
There's a sort of spot-UV effect of the dA logo on the fabric. Very subtle but interesting touch. It's a nice bright red so that it's easier to find your camera stuff in the bag rather than have your things hiding in the shadows.
Here's how it looks from the back. The strap is a good width that doesn't dig into your shoulder even if your bag has a lot of stuff. It's also padded so it's (for lack of a better term) squishy and comfortable. The back of the bag is padded as well for comfort.
I believe those things on the side are for fitting another strap if you intend to wear this as a traditional shoulder sling bag. Also, more pockets!
You could put a drink in there if you like.
On the other side is a zipped-up pocket.
Here are the compartments inside it, which are great for extra batteries and memory cards.
The top of the bag opens up for very easy camera access.
This is my trusty old Canon EOS 400D. There's lots of space for bigger cameras.
And there's a handy little pocket on the strap as well.
Great size for cellphones or music players.
Check out the dA PRO Camera Bag store page for even more specs and features!
Japanese Schoolbag-Inspired Backpacks for CharityGet a Japanese schoolbag-inspired backpack, help a community in need.
The Tuxedo Team, in partnership with Pamana Pag-Asa of Malabon, is proud to present the latest product from the Inno-Bayong line of Pamana Pag-Asa: the Randoseru Bayong Bag.
Designed by George Carlos Pastor from the Entrepreneurs School of Asia, the product draws inspiration from a Japanese cultural icon, the randoseru, a leather backpack given to schoolchildren during the start of their elementary years. Built to last throughout their formative years, an original randoseru made from genuine leather carries a price tag that can reach up to $350.
With the efforts of Tuxedo Team, Pamana Pag-Asa and Mr. Pastor, the Randoseru is now available in limited stock of 50 bags, at a fraction of that cost for only Php 695.00.
Furthermore, for every purchase of the Randoseru Bayong Bag will help support the impoverished community of Boni, Malabon.
These two lovely young men have graciously volunteered to show these bags in action for you.
Go, girls! Don't be late for school!
Look at this beautiful kawaii womans
"OER MY GOERD WHAT'S THAAAT"
"AAAIIIEEEEEE IT'S A KITTY"
Here's how it looks from the back.
The flap is secured by these straps.
Straps are made of soft leatherette and the length is adjustable.
The inside is lined with fabric, and there's a little pocket on one side. Apart from storing school stuff, the bag is big enough to keep a change of clothes. My friends and I use it as a gym bag or a convention bag.
I think they'd make an excellent con bag for cosplayers It's big enough to fit a change of clothes, with some room to spare. And if you need to set it down, dirt won't cling onto it like canvas bags. It's quite convenient.
The design would even be appropriate for school uniform-type outfits. If people ask for a photo, you won't need to take your bag off because this won't ruin the look of your costume.
The bag may look small but here's an example of what it can hold: A DSLR, a pair of jeans, and a shirt. There's still room for more stuff!
Here are my friends Kat , Melo and Bok with their bags at PCC 2012.
They had try the bag out while she was cosplaying Sawako. Cute!
And here they are with Dom with an actual randoseru just for comparison.
Here they are again, kidnapping a stuffed capybara.
Oh, and one of my favorite things about this bag There's a portion on the side where you can hang phone charms.
I'll just leave this here.
Order DetailsOrder the Randoseru Bayong Bag through the following contact details:
Cel #: 0927-772-6083 (George)
Delivery of products is primarily through meet-ups for people in Metro Manila, but shipping within the Philippines is available too.
Please coordinate with George.
There's been a great demand for them even overseas, and George says he's working on accommodating everyone.
LIMITED STOCK OF 50 RANDOSERU BAYONG BAGS AVAILABLE.
(Actually, less than 50 now because some have already ordered. Thank you for the support!)
You could also help just by spreading the word. Sharing my post about this on Facebook www.facebook.com/media/set/?se… would be a quick way to do so. Again, thank you!
For those of you who would like to do good using your extra dA pointsTwo thoughtful dA users are giving us the opportunity to use our dA points to help people in need. People can be hesitant to donate cash since they can't be absolutely sure where that money will go. By donating dA points, it's limited to purchasing things from dA, and that's all these two projects really need.
WARM WINTER PROJECT
ToxicAlice92 has the Warm Winter Project. She will use the donated points to purchase deviantWEAR hoodies to donate to homeless shelters.
"I know there are people who say that the homeless need to just get their asses off the street and get a job. My father is one of those people, and always have been. But there are children left alone all the time; People who have been kicked out; Those who have lost their jobs and, in this economy, take q longer time to find another. It's not exactly easy to get a job if you have nowhere to live, no way to bathe, and no form of being contacted. At the very least, we can try to make it a little easier."
Read the rest of her post (which also has more details about the project) over here:
UPDATES CONT. - Warm Winter Project: 2012UPDATE 9 - As of Sunday, November 25, 2012, I WAS ABLE TO MEET AND PURCHASE MY DONATION GOAL OF 50 HOODIES thanks to deviantART's 30% off Black Friday sale as well as my 10% Premium Member Discount. Congratulations to us and thank you to everyone who helped out!
UPDATE 8 - As of Saturday, November 17, 2012, we are at 125,125 points, with only 34,875 points left to go! I was able to purchase 2,000 points a moment ago to put directly into the pool myself. My original intent was to get 8,000, but I ended up working less than I expected this week and was unable to, but as of my next paycheck (in two weeks), I will be able to purchase 8,000! That will leave us with 26,875. And after TimberClipse's AWESOME point doubler, like the one that helped out and did so amazingly earlier in the year, that will be another 8,000, leaving us with only 18,875! And his doubler is already halfway full with much thanks to rainylake for immediately putting 2,000 points in
To contribute, simply go to her page and use the donation pool on the upper right side of the page.
According to dA admin Heidi, the deviantART team is backing her up as well. If ToxicAlice92 reaches her goal of getting enough points to buy 50 hoodies, deviantART will give her 50 more hoodies to donate!
catluvr2 is heading a similar donation project to buy 20 dA plushies (10 Fella, 10 Super Llama) to give to Toys for Tots, so that at least 20 kids can wake up on Christmas morning with a toy to cuddle.
Read his post here:
New ProjectAfter the success of , I was inspired to do my own project along the same lines. I call it "Project Plushie". I intend to give 20 plushies to Toys for Tots this Christmas, and that would include 10 Fella plushies and 10 Super Llama plushies.
This is where you come in. I can't do it alone; I need help. I need points to buy them; specifically, 27,988 points. I recently gave my last 202 points to ToxicAlice92 for her project. Go to my page and donate points so that 20 children won't wake up on Christmas morning without a toy to cuddle. I'll buy more if I get over my goal.
Thank you for helping me help others less fortunate.
Again, to contribute, head over to his page at and give point through the donation pool on the upper right side of the page.
It's really inspiring seeing people stepping up like this. I hope we can all pitch in to help!