ONA - The Bowery - Camera Messenger Bag - Smoke Waxed Canvas (ONA5-014GR)
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- Detachable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
- Limited 1-Year Warranty
- Exterior dimensions: 10.5 inch L X 7 inch H X 4 inch D, Interior dimensions: 10 inch L X 6 inch H X 4 inch D
- 1 DSLR camera body with lens attached 1-2 additional lenses. For larger camera bodies and zoom lenses, please refer to the bag dimensions to ensure that your lens and body combo will fit
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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 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.
Definitely seems to have been designed with mirrorless cameras in mind. Even with my D7100, I had enough room to stash my wallet but using no inserts. This makes taking my camera in and out a hassle because I have to strategically fit it back in. Also no secure place for my keys or a place to clip my keys onto. The outside pockets are open. My iPhone 6+ does not fit into the pockets when the camera is in the bag, which is a problem in warm weather when I’m not wearing a jacket to keep my phone in.
The shoulder strap has no padding and does not come with a padded attachment so after an hour, It began to hurt my shoulder and feel extremely uncomfortable. I really love the color of the canvas and thought I had found the perfect non-assuming casual bag that I could run around the city with using as a personal bag with the camera. I always carry a water bottle with me and there's no place for one on this bag. An expandable/elastic side pocket would have been perfect. Still despite all these cons, for this price I was still borderline undecided, so I gave it a chance as I really wanted this to work. I slipped the bag over my shoulders and the side connector released and my camera went crashing to the floor. Thankfully it landed on my carpet. Unsure what went wrong, I investigated the side clips and I am not sure how these clips were chosen for this bag! They require almost no effort to release.
The following day, I decided to give it one last chance, not even 30 minutes in, I went to remove the bag from my shoulders, the connector released and the bag fell to the pavement. I’m not sure why more people haven’t had an issue with this. This is extremely dangerous to my equipment. It seems as if the connector(s) do not have enough clamp strength and are defective (?) I can’t risk using this bag and sadly it will be returned. For this price, it should come with secure connections, a waterproof cover, pockets large enough for a phone, and a padded shoulder strap attachment.