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This awesome soft cooler bag is the perfect home for keeping your dSLR housing safe between dives. It protects the housing, and also acts as a personal rinse tank! Plenty of room, for a small dSLR set-up, or a mirrorless set up with 2 strobes, arms, etc. Easily fits a compact dual strobe set up with accessory lenses. It also meets airline carry-on requirements
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When I bought my Olympus E-PM1 and EP-01 housing, Scott ran down a list of items that other people had found useful; a lanyard, extra batteries, etc., and a collapsible cooler for a rinse tank. I got it all. (I once fixed a leaky BCD connection with a spare O-ring from the flash.) I have never needed the cooler, every boat I have ever used has had a tank. I do see the utility for other than boat diving. I have used it a few times for beverages and it is pretty handy to have something that folds up and weighs only a couple of pounds when you're on the long walk back to the car.
Having your own personal rinse tank is one of the best things you can have for your camera while on a dive boat. You don't have to worry about having your dome scratched, having your housing mysteriously flood, or have someone rinse their mask in the boat rinse tank!
The AO Cooler bag is a great bag/rinse tank for most camera rigs. I'm able to comfortably fit my entire camera rig (Nauticam Sony NEX 5N, two Sea & Sea YS-110a, Nauticam tray, and two sets of dual 5'' ULCS arms). After about 7 months of heavy use, I've noticed that this bag is ultra durable. The zippers are able to slide without much resistance and the bag looks like its brand new!
The bag is also great for it's intended use; a cooler bag. It's great for pinics, beach days, or just lounging by the pool.
All in all, a great bag. Highly recommend!
I noticed alot of the reviews were about how great the bag is to rinse equipment, etc. ALL that is true! But, here is something else that people should know -- when you carry alot of equipment -- camera, dive gear, weights, .. -- it is easy to throw yourself off balance with yet another bag. The cool thing about this bag is the way the straps can adjust to any given situation -- short, long, medium -- and do it with a sturdiness while also maintaining the security of the valuable equipment that it so delicately protects. I just thought I would add this angle as well. Thank you, Kelli, for recommending this bag to my father when he was getting my birthday gifts!
This bag is perfect for transporting my camera to/from the boat and to rinse it after dives. Not every charter boat in south Florida has a dedicated camera box and the ones that do have them can get very crowded. With this bag, there is no need to worry about any of that. My setup is an Olympus E-PM1 w/Olympus housing, Precision dome, and dual YS-D1s.
When I bought this bag I didn't think I'd use it much, but it's been absolutely great. I do a lot of shore diving, so I set up my rig at home, then pop the whole kit into this bag. It's soft and insulated and keeps my camera protected in the car on the way to the beach. At the end of the dive, I fill it with fresh water, give my camera a dunk in it, tip out the water, and then transport my rig home for proper cleaning and disassembling. I like it better than a hard plastic tub because it's easier to carry and can fit more easily in my little car. Also, it has the bonus that I can use it to take beers to parties on non-diving days!
This AO Cooler Bag is a great investment. I am very glad I stumbled upon a previous write up about it and how it can be used as a portable carrying bag and rinse tank for an UW camera rig. I was looking for a case to carry and hold my camera rig while diving in the Florida Keys this past summer, but wanted something that would be easy to take with me on the plane and then protect my rig both in transit and on the boat. With the AO Cooler, I got both, as well as a great private rinse bag. While on the boat, I was able to partially fill the cooler with fresh water and set it aside so that after each dive, I could keep the rig soaking and moist, out of the sun and protected. The bag was durable and allowed me to carry it off the boat full of water, which helped soak and rise the rig out, such that there was little soaking to be done later. Granted, my rig is smaller (Olympus PEN with stobe and focus light), so the 24 pack cooler worked fine for me. Because it is a soft cooler, I was able to fold it flat in my travel bag, taking very ittle room. It actually acted as added protection inside my checked in duffle bag. I also use it when I am shore diving, keeping my rig clean and out of any dust or dirt flying around between dives.
I would highly recommend this bag for anyone considering traveling with their UW camera rig, and in need of a portable risk tank.
One thing to note about service. My bag ended up having a internal seam split which caused water to soak into the insullation of the bag. Upon return from my trip and talking with Blue Water, I was able to get a replacement bag immediately. Very nice service.
Great bag. Serves its purpose well.
So happy with this product. Spacious, durable and effective in ensuring my camera does not fog prior to jumping into cold British Columbian waters. The bright colour is a bonus too, allowing it to be identified quickly on the dive boat so that the camera ends up there safely as soon as possible after a dive.
Capacity: 24 cans plus 14 pounds of ice
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