NEW: The Mirrorless Bag, and the Travel Duffel

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L-R, for relative size: Mirrorless Bag, a very well used Ultimate Daybag Mark I prototype, Travel duffel (folded)

Today is my birthday, and in the tradition of this site – I’ve got an announcement to make. We’ve teamed up with bespoke UK bag makers Frankie Falcon for a second round: firstly, by popular demand, there’s the Mirrorless Bagwhich is an improved and smaller version of the Ultimate Daybag Mark I. Next, a little surprise: the folding Travel Duffel. We have both bags in stock, and they will be ongoing stock items for the time being. Future additions will go up here, on the Bag Store. We have also resolved prior shipping issues – back to good old Royal Mail. Click on after the jump for more details on each bag.

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NEW: The Mirrorless Bag (click for details, and to order)

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NEW: The folding Travel Duffel (click for details, and to order)


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  1. Belated Happy birthday Ming.

    Are there any plans for a padded bag?
    I like the style, but for the price they should provide better protection with padding. I don’t abuse my gear, but I am not gentle with it and for much of what I do these bags just won’t cut it. I very rarely used any non-padded bag or pack of any kind.

    • Not padding in the conventional sense. The new bags have 3mm neoprene pockets which act as padding; in practice it’s more than enough. I’m not gentle with my gear either, and there have been no issues (I tested the original completely unpadded bag for six months before we released it). You save a huge amount of internal volume by cutting the padding. To accommodate the same amount of hardware with padding, the bag would probably double in size.

  2. Michael Sheppler says:

    Hi Ming, Would a D7200 with Sigma 18 – 35 fit comfortably in the Mirror less bag?

  3. Hi there, I was wondering if anyone is using the Mirrorless bag with an Fuji X-T2? Trying to figure out the space, and how (if) my various lenses would fit (35 f2, 23 1.4, 18-55). I’m guessing the smaller f2 lenses fit easily into the neoprene pocket, but how about something like the 23 f1.4 or the 56mm f1.2? If anyone could post a couple of pics somewhere, I’d be most grateful!

    Also Ming, how long does shipping take to Australia? (Just roughly, are we talking a few days, or a few weeks?)
    thanks all!

  4. Thomas Turnbull says:

    Your ultimate day bag is a great one, Ming, and I was greatly looking forward to using it trip this July to some of the Islands of Scotland. We’d signed up for a pilgrimage to early Celtic Christian sites and I’d gotten my kit together expecting lots of great photographic possibilities. All that came to a crashing halt in January, however, when my left heel found just enough ice to put me in the hospital. There was a subdural haematoma, aka a brain bleed, a restrictive and boring regimen and prognosis which, I was told, could easily last six months or more. It’s been longer than that and I’m still having therapy for the hot consequent post-concussion syndrome. So we canceled the trip early on and have little use for wonderfully rainproof camera bag in this dry part of Montana that we live in. So, I finally decided I need to sell the bag. I’d like to net what I paid for it along with shipping costs. The hitch is that I have a family obligation and will be away from my Billings home starting Wednesday, August 23. If you choose to place this in your comments section (or just contact me directly yourself) my email is thomas AT lookout and my home phone is 406-256-3430. I have 100% rating on eBay as cqiona and Panamas and have been a longtime member of Get dpi as Irenaeus. Thanks for your help; hoping for a good home for this terrific Ultimate Day Bag. All the best, Tom Turnbull

    • Sorry to hear that – glad to hear you’re on the mend though. But yes, happy to leave it up here – don’t know how often the comments here are checked, but good luck 🙂

  5. Hi Ming,

    what are the dimensions and, especially, the weight of the travel duffel? you only mention the size when folded…
    on The Ultimate Daybag Mark II – if you could find it in you to have a little more internal organisation, or at least somewhere on the inside to put documents, I would be stoked. I want to try and use it as a work/camera bag and I need somewhere to put all the pens, access cards, aspirin, etc and my work documents, while also having a safe spot for my camera 🙂

    • 55x32x25cm, 1.5kg.

      Mark II will have the same neoprene pockets as the Mirrorless bag. Documents can go into the laptop compartment…

  6. John A Prosper says:

    Happy belated birthday, Ming. It is Wednesday, 26 July 2017, and I just received my Mirrorless Bag from the post office. It is surprisingly roomier than I expected—and that’s a great thing for my purposes as it will allow me to add extra photo gear (read that as an extra long lens) and some portable music gear. I would think that new Apple iPad Pro Mini (10.5 inches diagonal) should fit in the original Ultimate Daybag, should it not?

    • Thanks. No, by the numbers, the Pro won’t fit because it’s too long – but I don’t have one to test that theory. Not sure why you’d want to go minimalist on gear but then overload on hardware though! Enjoy the bag!

      • John A Prosper says:

        I am replying late here. I was pointing out that the new Apple iPad Pro Mini (10.5 inches diagonally) should fit the original Ultimate Daybag—not the Mirrorless Bag. If the Ultimate Daybag can hold both a 2015 MacBookPro and a regular iPad, it should also contain the new Apple iPad Pro Mini. I realize that is not much help to those who failed to acquire an Ultimate Daybag.

  7. Michael Fleischer says:

    Hi Ming, received the mirrorless bag very fast on July 21st…; -). A very nice bag indeed, cool looks & more spacious than expected. Highly recommendable.

  8. William Fung says:

    Received the Mirrorless Bag today. Great job! As I also own the Ultimate Daybag, it is natural to compare the two. Agree that the Mirrorless Bag is more complex to manufacture. The improvements that I like most are the neoprene elastic pockets on the inside which make the bag more flexible and the sprung rotating clasp for faster assess. However, a bit sad on the missing of the Ming Thein x Frankie Falcon badge on the inside top cover which is the iconic symbol of the Ultimate Daybag. Now, only a very low profile MT FF engraving on the two sides of the bag 😒

    • That was fast – thank you!

      We took the inside top cover badge off because some people preferred it without (and I kinda agree…)

  9. Heng Liang Tan says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Ming!

    Will the Mirrorless Bag fit an OM-D EM-1 mark 1 with 12-40 f2.8 lens, a 40-150 f2.8 lens and still have space for some filters and a polariser?

    Thank you.

  10. Hi Ming, how are the inside measures of the mirrorless bag? Will it fit an EM1II with the 12-100 f4 attached with some room left for smaller lenses? And will it only fit vertically or also lying down on the bottom? Thank you 🙂

    • Yes, it’ll fit an EM1.2 with the 12-100 attached – vertically, and lying down on the bottom if you remove the divider. Inner dimensions are ~21x17x11cm, +/- a bit because the material is obviously soft. 🙂

      • Thank you! I might just get one then… just moving it in my mind a bit more 🙂

  11. Nice product!

  12. Thomas Turnbull says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, Ming! May this year be one of the very best for you and yours…

    Bags look great. Any chance that you all could make the mirrorless bag able to accommodate one of Apple’s new 10″ iPad Pros?

    • Thanks!

      The mirrorless bag would have to be almost the size of the original Ultimate Daybag to take a full size iPad – which kinda defeats the point of small. There will probably be a Mark II Ultimate Daybag later in the year though.

  13. Kenneth Voigt says:

    the stitching on the edges of the 2nd pic (with Lumix) look a trifle erratic; otherwise, love it.

  14. Frans Richard says:

    Happy birthday Ming! 🙂
    Mirrorless bag looks really nice. Would it hold 2 OM-D E-M10s with lenses attached (one medium sized tele and one wide angle) plus one or two primes and some spare batteries?

  15. HBD Ming! The mirrorless bag looks good, I’ll make a mental note for future needs…

  16. Happy Birthday,
    I think Frankie Faclcon should hire you to update their profile photos!!!
    Would this bad work to hold D610 plus few lenses?
    Is there a plan to make the bigger bag available again?

    • Oddly we never talked about that – whenever we meet it’s always about new products!

      The small bag will hold a D610 and perhaps two medium lenses at most. Big bag – looking into an update; if there is one it’ll be end of the year.

  17. Kristian Wannebo says:

    Hjärtliga Gratulationer på Födelsedagen, Ming,
    och ett
    Gott Nytt LevnadsÅr !

  18. Happy Birthday Ming! Much good health, prosperity and happiness in the year ahead.

  19. Hugh Rigley says:

    Happy Birthday Ming and many thanks for this most informative and entertaining of blogs.

  20. Happy Birthday, Ming!

  21. Stephen Syrotiak says:

    Happy birthday!! w/many more to come.

  22. Happy birthday Ming!
    Congratulations on your new function @ Hasselblad!
    Nice to see your creativity seems to get a boost out of it, if ever that was even possible…

  23. nice

  24. Happy Birthday Ming, wishing you an enjoyable day with family, friends and photographs. Oh, the bags look very nice too – thank you for taking the time to develop them for this community.

  25. +1.HPYBDY, Ming!

  26. Happy Birthday!! I see you treated yourself to the 15 1.7… nice 😉 Will we see a little set from the Lumix anytime soon? Maybe some Birthday celebration shots? Have an awesome day!

  27. Terry B says:

    Another year, and long may you prosper. Many Happy Returns of the day, Ming.

  28. MarcoSartoriPhoto says:

    Enjoy your day Ming! Happy birthday and a lot of happiness!

  29. Richard says:

    Happy birthday and many happy returns Ming!

  30. Happy Birthday, Ming!

    And btw., the details/order link doesn’t work 😉

  31. Michael Fleischer says:

    Hello Ming – best wishes on your birthday! I have already placed an order for “your birthday parcel” `:); The mirrorless bag. Looks like a great high quality bag – I guess it can be used with a small Dx camera + 2 small lenses as well! Ps…any chance of a daybag mark ll in the future?

    • Thanks! Yes, it’ll fit a small DX just fine with a couple of lenses.

      Daybag mark II – possibly, most likely with other color options…

  32. Happy birthday Ming and all the best wishes for the year ahead.

  33. ¡Feliz Cumpleaños Ming!

  34. Gerner Christensen says:

    Happy Birthday Ming 🙂

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