Here is my review for the Delsey Corium 5. Again, I will start with the dimensions and official info from their website. The website was quite primitive but they have revamped it with more pictures and info. Well worth checking it. They have also introduced the Corium Back Pack… interesting.
This De Luxe style shoulder bag is made from superior material. Pebble Leather and the interior comes with a high quality fabric lining with adjustable dividers to accommodate your Digital SLR camera and lens with a sleeve to store your accessories.
The removable, zippered, inner bag, gives you the comfort and is protected with the unique magnetic overlap.
internal 18 cm x 10 cm x 31 cm (7.1″ x 3.9″ x 12.2″)
external 22.5 cm x 13.5 cm x 33 cm (8.9″ x 5.3″ x 13.0″)
capacity 5.58 ltr
weight1.59 kg (3 lbs 7 oz)
Delsey Corium 5 REVIEW
“This camera bag is of superior quality, very well crafted with excellent material, inside and outside. The detachable padded shoulder strap with Anti-Slip is very nice and feels confortable on the shoulder, even when the bag is fully loaded.” When I first wrote this I had just received the m from B&H. Now, almost 2 years down the road, using them on a daily basis, I can confirm that the quality us superb. They still look brand new, have retained their shape and don’t look worn out. The leather is very resistant to dust and can easily be cleaned.
Although the Corium 1 managed quite well my SLR gear (see previous post), I was often having to use the larger Corium 5 to accommodate the D700 with the newly acquired 24-70mm F2.8. Only when using small primes or the 105mm Micro, I would use the Corium 1. Eventually it was making more sense to leave it in the larger bag. The Corium 1 eventually was used for a different kind of gear (see next post).
The camera compartment of the Corium 5 have the same depth of the Corium 1, however the bag is a bit chubbier in view of the extra pockets in the front.
The strap on the Corium 5 is really well padded. And it have to be since it can carry more gear and more weight. It does make a difference in the end of a long day.
Well, let’s see how this bag looks from the inside. Again, lots of well padded dividers. The inside material is very soft and protects your camera from scratches. The plastic zipper is well positioned and it does not scratch the camera when you are pulling it out.
The Corium 5 have a zipper in the front part just like the Corium 1 but there is another compartment in the back where you can fit magazine, etc. You can even put an iPad there but part of it will be out of the bag.
The front pockets are great! There are two separate ones. The larger one has small pockets for personal cards and those pen holders.
It comes with a small bag (picture below), not sure what for but I have used it for film, small lens and other stuff. A nice touch anyways.
The front pockets are quite capable. The larger one you can even fit a small flashlight such as the SB600. On the small one there is plenty of room for battery, extra memory cards and even a small prime 50mm.
And although these front pockets will make the bag thicker, once you have the leather overlap around it, it still looks very nice and clean.
Okay, let’s see now how much gear can we make it fit in this nice bag:
As you can see, the bag is not too big and doesn’t scream “camera bag” to every one. It is quite stealth.
Due to the lack of review and pictures on-line, I could not decide which one to buy, the Corium 1 or the 5. The initial plan was to get both bags, see what they look like, what would fit on them and return the one I didn’t want. It turns out that I ended up keeping both (go figure). The reason is that they serve for different purposes and after I started with rangefinder photography, the Corium 1 has been used almost exclusively for it, leaving the 5 for my SLR gear.
Hope you like the review and pictures. Please feel free to email me for questions.