As smaller, lighter gear grows ever more popular – some mirrorless systems, while capable of delivering brilliant results in knowing hands, weigh half as much as DSLR systems – it is only natural for smaller bags to get more popular as well. Already you can see retailers and online stores offering a wide array of “for mirrorless cameras” bags and the selection will only grow wider. Even though I haven’t bought into a mirrorless system (yet), I, too, was on a lookout for a small, unassuming bag. The main requirements were simple: it had to look like anything but a camera bag and thus also work as a simple shoulder bag when needed; it had to be small, yet big enough to fit a mirrorless body with a couple of small lenses and, until such a time arrives, big enough to fit a D700 camera with a 50mm lens attached; and, if at all possible, accommodate my Mamiya RZ67 – not a small camera, mind you – and a roll of film for those quiet evening walks in the old city.
I’ve always wanted a small camera backpack that gave me easy, quick access to my camera gear. I’ve owned camera backpacks in the past, but they were bigger (and heavier) and I had to take them off of my back in order to get my gear out. When I got a chance to review the Ruggard Triumph 45 Sling Bag, I took it, hoping I could find a nice bag that I could carry around town with me for more casual photography.
Sometimes when I travel or just have a portrait session in town, I don’t want to bring all of my camera gear with me. At times like this, I’ve always thought it would be really nice to have a smaller bag I could bring along and leave my big bag at home. Enter this shoulder bag from Ruggard… big enough to hold a body and a few lenses but not so big that it becomes just as heavy as my normal camera bag.
I am not a big fan of lugging around a backpack full of gear while photographing events. That being said, I have done it ample amount of time and each time I get tired of carrying a backpack around. Even though Nasim makes it very light for me, I end up returning the backpack to the car and walk around with a DSLR, along with one lens. At times, I ask Nasim to carry my gear in his backpack, so that I can change lenses if needed. But this is not practical if we are shooting in two different locations. Getting tired of this situation, I decided to look for a solution.
I first came across ONA bags in one of the Facebook photography groups I was part of. The first thing that caught my attention was the design of these bags. Lots of girls do care about what they carry around and so do most men. After-all, what we carry around is our image. This is a review of an ONA Brooklyn satchel, which we ended up purchasing.
1) Product Specifications:
- Handcrafted with vegetable-tanned leather
- Fully customizable, soft interior with 3 dividers
- Secure, easy access tuck lock closure
- Room for an SLR camera and 2-3 lenses
- Adjustable padded shoulder strap
- Exterior dimensions: 13.5″L X 10″H X 4″D
- Interior dimensions: 12.5″L x 8″H x 3.5″D
Have you heard of ONA DSLR bags? ONA means “to feel” or “to believe” in Swahili and it sure made a believer out of me. As I am walking around with their Chesnut Brooklyn bag around, I constantly get compliments how chic it looks. Their products are handcrafted and produced with superior materials like full-grain cowhide leather, waxed cotton canvas, solid brass and closed cell foam. Does that mean I love it? Tune in next week to find out what I think about their Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, let’s see what’s up with ONA these days. From ONAs blog, it is evident that they have added quite a sophisticated and good looking line of camera bags to their collection. I haven’t had a chance to hold one of their new ones yet, but from the initial photos they look very stylish and versatile. Their bigger bags are designed to carry more than the camera and couple of lenses, but smaller bags are very good for small shootouts and portrait sessions, where you do not need to carry around whole a lot of gear.
While you can carry your gear in any thing that makes your life easier, ONA for sure caters for those of us who want to embrace the vibe of the vintage and shabby chic look.
Here are their new products:
The Bolton Street Backpack
Bolton looks very sleek and user friendly. It can fit a DSLR body and up to 5 lenses. It promises a very easy access to your gear from two pockets on each side.
I was eagerly awaiting my Think Tank Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag for an upcoming trip. I knew I HAD to have it for this trip to keep my gear securely organized and safe! While I am a big fan of Think Tank and already have their Airport Take Off and their waist system (to be reviewed in the future), I did not have any sort of professional shoulder bag for carrying my camera gear. Previously, I had taken a large purse and affixed some foam for protecting my camera and called that my camera shoulder bag. It was awful and I was in great need for a professional, durable, smart shoulder bag for my travels. Think Tank came to the rescue.
1) Product Specifications
- Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment
- Carries a pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached
- Wider size to fit a 70-200 f2.8 attached to DSLR facing sideways