When you type in a camera bag on amazon you mostly get the nylon black bags with snap-in buckles. I personally hate those. Unless I was a wedding photographer, I could not see myself using one. Here is what I was looking for;
- A bag that can hold not just my camera but my keys, phone, and wallet
- Wouldn’t scream “Camera Bag”
- Quality Leather with adjustable strap
- Good for travel (Durable)
- Looks good with all types of clothing
Through Pinterest I found ONA, and looked through their product line. The have a few options I was looking at. I liked the Palma as it has a nice top handle and looks dressy but was worried how it would start to look when getting beat up and distressed, the hardware was shiny and gold which I was certain would get scratched. I also wanted it to blend in no matter where I went, The Palma felt a little too dress for me, as well as found it to look weirdly bulky. The Prince Street had a removable top handle but was just too big for me to carry around. When I found the ONA Bowery bag I fell in love. The leather color “Antique Cognac” was neutral and would age well. Plus the pictures of it styled sold me. It had the pockets to make it practical and the size was not too huge or bulky. The price was not cheap at $249 USD but I googled and read reviews (seems mainly guys buy this bag) and the leather quality was always mentioned. I bought this bag last year right after I ordered my camera and it came not too long after I ordered it. I waited to review it because I wanted to use it in many different situations to give a well-rounded review.
Initial reaction – The packaging of this bag was great. The smell of the Italian leather…. *sigh* it was buttery and just thick enough. I wanted to see how heavy the bag would be with my day to day essentials and did not want to wait until my trip (months away) to see if I liked the bag as I couldn’t return it by then.
Purse use – I used this for months just as my purse before my trips. It held everything well with nice pockets for keeping things handy, and the back pocket was perfect for my iPhone+ and a pen or two. The side pockets are hard to get in and out of, so I usually have my key fob in there since I never need to take it out.
Travel and Camera use – I have taken this bag back home to California a few times, to Hawaii, Paris, and Kenya. It was fabulous. It fits in my carry-on backpack for the flight keeping my camera and lenses safe. It fits quite a bit in it. I loved it for walking around Paris in a striped top and navy skirt. It doesn’t look clunky or like a tourist bag but like a quality leather bag while staying low key. In Kenya, it also looked great as it blended with my more rugged safari attire of linen pants, cargo jackets, olive t-shirts, and Birkenstocks. This bag can take a beating and still look amazing. While it comes with a padded divider I took mine out as it wasted a lot of space. I would use it if I was only keeping my camera and lenses in the bag.
What fits in it:
- Sony mirrorless camera with classic lens
- Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 LensSony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens
- Portable charger
- Lip balm
- Small card case
- Mini button pins (gifts)
- Mini Moo cards (Gotta keep in touch with new friends!)
- Doterra TerraShield (Keeps the bugs away)
- Stomach pills
- Envelope with local currency
- Hand sanitizer spray
As you can see this baby can hold a lot! But on safari, I did bring a small canvas tote bag for long drives to carry our water bottles, a scarf/head wrap, hat, and a sweater for James. I would give this bag a 10 out of 10 for the quality. The hardware is sturdy and the flap stays secure with the closure while still easy to use. While I would love a small top handle it is still a great bag and functional without it. Worth the money and I look forward to the years of travel ahead with it.
As always keep wandering plumerias…