go for it. Living outside the Rat race is healthy for us (though not particularly financially well off we are OK and not in debt) . 20years now. we are probably unemployable now in any conventional sense! re: camera case and semi rigidity. I made mine from thin cheap 5mm ccf and spinnaker tape. 6years old still going strong. 12g. without attachments as I carry it in my hipbelt pocket or jacket. but apart from the big hole at the top, it's waterproof.