ONA The Bowery Camera Bag and Insert, Waxed Canvas (Smoke)
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- Detachable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
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|Fabric Type||waxed canvas|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 10.5 x 4 inches|
|Item Weight||2.3 pounds|
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Designed with style and versatility in mind, the ONA Bowery (Smoke) is your camera bag one minute and camera insert the next. Use the Bowery with the strap attached to carry your camera, a lens and a few small personal items. Remove the detachable strap and the Bowery functions as a protective camera insert and bag organizer inside of a larger bag. The Bowery is padded with closed cell foam, designed with top-quality water-resistant waxed canvas and detailed with full-grain leather, antique brass hardware and a secure front closure.Featuers: Fits DSLR/Lens or Mirrorless/2 LensesServes as Insert for Non-Camera BagsWater-Resistant Waxed CanvasPadded Interior with Removable DividerFive Exterior Open Slip PocketsSecure Tuck-Clasp ClosureSide Weather FlapsAntique Brass AccentsRemovable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
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I hauled full frame DSLR around Europe for two weeks with an L zoom lens. Captured great images but I swore I'd never lug that amount of weight and bulk again on vacation. Sold it and bought a mirror less system, the FujiFilm XT-1. I love this camera and needed to get a bag to hold it with the kit zoom lens in place. I like using the lens hood for both image quality and to protect the lens .. so my goal was to find a bag that would allow the camera to be placed in it with the lens and lens hood attached.
I ordered the the three bags above. I put my new camera with the kit zoom lens with hood attached into each bag. I also put the items one would need for traveling such as a charger, spare batter, cleaning cloth, etc. All of these three bags were the perfect size. I returned the Think Tank and Domke and kept the ONA. Here are the pros and cons I found:
Think Tank - It is a boxy traditional camera bag with lots of zippered compartments. Fixed into a rectangular shape so it stuck out further from the waist when carried. Shoulder strap was very thin and would be very uncomfortable. The bag is light in weight but doesn't have a lot of padding. I liked the magnetic closure so if one was shutting a lot you could just leave the zipper open and access the camera very easily. Has a built in rain shield. Was the cheapest. It does say CAMERA. The thing I really didn't like about it was the boxy rectangular shape.
Domke - Looks nice. It was heavier than the Think Tank. Much of the added weight came from the hardware (two gigantic zippers, large strap claps). The shoulder strap was comfortable but thick. The bag flap is held closed with velcro which makes a loud noise and requires a little effort to open. Access to the inside is a opening that runs longwise along the center. One of the industrial size zippers must be slid open. The edges of the opening tend to rest together and there is a plastic zipper on the edge. So pulling the camera in and out requires a little fiddling to avoid brushing it against the zipper edges. No compartments like the Think Tank. The compartment inserts were very thin bent to one side of the other as the bag was compressed which would catch the camera when it was put into the bag. The bag is made in the USA.
ONE The Bowery - A significant disadvantage is it is over twice the price of the other two bags, even more so in the leather versions. However, it looks and feels like substantially higher quality. It is about the same weight as the Domke but has more padding. the shoulder strap is a wide and made of material like an automobile seat belt ... very comfortable. The inside is well padded and the customizable compartment inserts were thick and semi-rigid so they held their position well and did not catch the camera edges then placing the camera in the bag. The bag is designed to collapse down to become flatter around the contents, so it is far more comfortable to carry. Access is extremely easy by pressing a locking bottom clasp and simply open the flap. No zippers anywhere on this bag. A disadvantage is that there are no little hidden secure compartments for a memory card, etc. Lots of side pockets around the exterior, but they cannot be securely closed so a memory card could get lost. I simply took a small plastic box (that had a lens cleaning kit) and put it in the main compartment and that is where I put all the little parts (memory card, spare battery, etc.). It looks a little bit like a purse ... sort of. ... not really as appears to me as more masculine looking in design. My wife thinks that it looks like the "man purses" that are very common in Europe. I think it would be great for female or male photographers.
All in all, none of them are a bad bag. Any of the three would be functional. If weight mattered the most I'd get the ThInk Tank but would have to replace it with a real shoulder strap. If the ONA was out of my price range, probably I'd get the Domke. But the ONA was truly the most comfortable and had the highest quality.
A few other notes: other reviewers are correct that the pockets are tight, if you need a bag to carry LOTS of gear, this will be too small. Another thing is that the bag only comes with 1 removable padded separator (I bought 2 extra on amazon for $12). Lastly, it's called a bag 'and insert' because the strap clips off easily and you can stick the bag into other devices. It works really well as an insert in larger messenger bags or backpacks! Overall, the price is completely worth the quality. This bag will not break, and it will protect your camera for many years. Hope this helps!
I was looking for a smaller messenger-style camera bag for traveling light with my D750 and a lens or two. I wanted something I could take anywhere without advertising that I have a camera with me. I needed something big enough for my camera and lens, but small enough that I wasn't tempted to carry all my equipment to a restaurant dinner for example. None of my purses were up to that challenge.
I started looking for something at just the right size and found this ONA Bowery bag. "Perfect!" I thought, when I saw it scaled against the model.
When I received it, I was a little disappointed with the size. I expected it to be a bit roomier inside. Looks like it's just right for a mirrorless system, but a bit tight if you want to carry your DSLR with a lens attached, plus an extra lens. After some experimenting, I figured out a way to make it fit (check the attached photos). The D750 is probably the smallest full frame DSLR you can buy, so anything bigger than that may be an even tighter fit.
- The fabric is weather-sealed.
- The bag looks very nice and purse-like (not too masculine, not too feminine).
- It's not huge and heavy.
- It does fit a DSLR very comfortably when stored without a lens attached, and leaves room for the lens in the second compartment.
- It can fit a DSLR like the D750 with lens, plus an extra lens, though the fit can be tight or impossible if the lenses are bigger (check photos below).
- It is well-built as far as the leather, clasps and stitching are concerned, and the inside is padded for your camera and lenses.
- I saw some people comment that the metal clasp gets loose, but on my bag the clasp holds pretty tight. I've tried pulling it and tugging at it and it stayed closed.
- Forget putting a gripped DSLR with a lens in there, standing up. Unless you place it sideways with no lens attached, you won't be able to close the bag.
- Although the fabric is weather-sealed, the top flap doesn't cover the corners of the camera compartment completely. There may be a half-inch opening on each side that's exposed to the elements. You can fold the inside flaps out to cover this opening, but it also makes the bag look odd.
- The coated fabric is tough, but every scratch will show right up. The bag may start looking pretty beat up with frequent use. Some people might like it looking a little more weathered, who knows.
- There are no zippers on this bag to keep things inside nice and tight, not to mention dry. Don't put anything too important in the front, side and back pockets if you want them to remain secure and dry. When the camera with lens is inside, the flap isn't always long enough to cover the front pockets. There are no pockets inside the bag either, so forget safely storing anything important like money, passport or credit cards inside. You'll have to squeeze those in between the camera and lens. Let's hope they don't fly out without you noticing when you pull out the camera, or lens!
- It does not have a handle on the top of the bag. I failed to notice this when buying, and realized how much I miss having one. You'll have to pick the bag up by the shoulder strap, or by grabbing the sides with both hands.
My wish is that camera bag companies would use their own products for extended periods of time before putting them on the market. If they don't already, they should have real photographers (male and female) test out these products. I know that men tend to travel lighter. If they had offered me to test the bag, I would have given them a few suggestions to make it just right. ONA has great style and very nice quality, but the functionality hasn't quite caught up in my opinion. Leaving the camera exposed to the elements is a major no-no as far as camera bags go. You can claim you have weather-sealed fabric all you want, but if you have clear openings that the weather-sealed fabric doesn't cover, what good is it? Offering no secured pockets for small items like SD cards, extra batteries, a wallet, or passport is also a no-no.
To conclude, the ONA bag looks very nice and sturdy, it comes extremely close to being the right size, just needs a little bit more room for a bigger DSLR and more play in the pockets. At least one or two bigger pockets need to have a zipper. One placed inside the bag for credit cards, keys, etc. would be great. One placed outside for batteries, SD cards and cleaning wipes would also be helpful.
The bag is nice to have when you want to go out with your camera, but look less conspicuous. I do like it, but I feel like it still doesn't fill my needs completely. One of these days someone will get it right.