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Gorgeous bag with Quality Control Issue
on March 9, 2015
There's a story here. I read in one review that this bag was returned and exchanged because of poor stitching on the original. So I ordered two, just in case one was wrong somewhere; I'd keep the good one, return the bad. Well, both had poor stitching in the same place! It was the right hand flap leather edging where it turns under to form the weather flap on the right, leaving the white under-padding showing. (See photo below). I returned both bags and at the vendor's request, sent them the photo.
But this is the most beautiful camera bag I've ever had, including 4 Lowepro's ("each for a different purpose", he said embarrassedly.) I wanted the Ona, so I figured the first two came from a bad batch and ordered it from another vendor. The third bag was the charm, I love it! It's only a few ounces heavier than my Lowepro Stealth Reporter Cordura bag. I can carry a Canon 5D3 with 24-105L lens and its hood in ready position (beat that!), a 16-35 zoom, a 600 Speedlite and a small prime. I can but won't because of the weight on the shoulder although the strap is well-padded. Plenty of pockets for accessories that will stretch more open with time.
One thing...there is only a one year warranty on it. Every maker, including 'I don't get no respect' Domke has at least a two year warranty and the better makers are 25 years-lifetime. It bothered me that Ona thought something would go wrong in a year, so I called them and found out that they considered this a "fashion" bag like a Fendi or Bottega Veneta, and that those bags had only a year coverage. I suggested they were competing not with Fendi but with Billingham and that photogs were the customers. They also said they would repair any bag free no matter how long someone had it(so why not a longer warranty?)
I love the bag, I just hope my getting another bag after two were faulty is not "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." The bag is a 5 star if you find a good one, I gave it 3 stars for the hassle and expense of returning and re-ordering and the warranty.
This bag is not for the bush or trail, it's for city use and it doesn't shout "Camera bag, slash the strap and steal me!" Also, the leather strap is so thick that it will not slash to allow grab.