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ONA - The Bowery - Camera Messenger Bag - Smoke Waxed Canvas (ONA5-014GR)
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- Detachable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
- Limited 1-Year Warranty
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|Fabric Type||waxed canvas|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 10.5 x 4 inches|
|Item Weight||2.3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.4 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.
The only thing I do not like is the latch to close the bag--it is a bit tricky to completely latch. That being said, I know to take the time to make sure it really is securely closed--not a deal-breaker.
I can fit my Nikon D7100 with 28-105 lens in the bag, plus my wallet and other small items. AWESOME!! That is just what I wanted. When my son first saw it, he said, "Hey Mom, it looks like your camera bag shrunk. It actually looks like a purse. And you can fit your camera in it too." Bingo! What's not to love about this little bag?