Ona The Bowery
This gender-neutral shoulder bag is one of our personal favorites. It’s
small but stylish, easily doubles as a handbag or “man bag,” and carries
just enough gear to ensure that you’re able to grab photos wherever
you go. The interior is padded and fits a DSLR with a short lens attached; a second lens, small flash or a mirrorless camera; and a couple
of extra lenses. Our test bag came with a single divider but others can be
purchased (or you can grab an extra from one of your other bags).
Its five exterior pockets are slim in design but two of the larger pockets are
protected by the bag’s foldover lid, which snaps shut. The adjustable shoulder strap
is comfortable even when The Bowery is worn as a cross-body bag. The strap is detachable, so you can use the bag itself as an insert for a larger camera case.
The bag is beautifully designed, well constructed, and available in Italian
tanned leather or canvas. The leather models come in Antique Cognac or Dark
Truffle, while the more modestly priced canvas bags—which feature a leather
strap and accents—come in Smoke, Black or Field Tan (matching camera straps
can also be purchased). Be sure to check out Ona’s other bags as well—they’re
equally attractive and wonderful for those times when you don’t want to sacrifice
form for function.
Prices: $119 for canvas; $229 for leather
Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager
With over 3,500 cubic inches of storage space, the Logistics Manager 30 is Think Tank Photo’s largest capacity roller case
to date. While you won’t be able to fit the kitchen sink into this rolling gear bag, you can stow just about everything else:
multiple super telephoto lenses (up to 600mm f/4), multiple pro bodies, lenses, power packs, flash heads, small light
stands and more.
The latest version offers a number of improvements including a reinforced lid for added protection; redesigned
interior pockets (they’re now mesh instead of polyurethane plastic); a cable with a lock that doubles as a TSA zipper
lock, but also works to secure the rolling case to a fixed object; and an updated serial number plate mount. With
the new model, Think Tank Photo also includes 35 dividers for interior configuration.
Lots of pockets are available, including a front pocket for laptop storage (it’s unpadded, though, so be sure to
put your laptop in a padded or hard case); a rain cover is included; and the case is designed with a tripod/mono-pod/light stand mounting system so you can attach extra gear on both sides of the bag. When opening the
case, security straps—which are adjustable and removable—prevent the lid from flopping open all the way.
Although this case can carry a heavy load, Think Tank Photo has designed it with top, side and bottom
handles as well as a telescoping pull handle for easier transport. If you need to bring a lot of gear on location, this may well be the bag for you.
Tenba Messenger DnA
11 and DnA
Tenba recently announced two new Messenger camera
bags: The DNA 11 and DNA 15. These weatherproof bags
are equipped with a security strap so they can
be attached to a bike or scooter while riding
around town. If you’re traveling with a suitcase
or rolling case, the Messenger DNAs’ trolley
straps easily slide over the case’s handle.
Magnetic closures on the front provide
quick access to the bag’s interior, while top
access via a zippered opening also allows
for fast gear retrieval. The Graphite-color
bags are constructed of water-repellant,
600 Denier Helix fabric and come with
a removable, two-sided rain cover. In ad-
dition to rain protection, the cover’s silver
surface can be exposed to reflect the sun on
hot days and used as a reflector when bik-
ing at night. The black side of the cover can be
used for a more-subtle look.
The DNA 11 weighs 2. 4 pounds, measures 13 x 9. 5 x 6. 5-7. 5
inches (exterior) and holds up to a DSLR with two to three
lenses or a mirrorless camera with three to five lenses,
along with an iPad or 11-inch MacBook Air and accessories.
The DNA 15 weighs three pounds, measures 15 x 10. 5 x 7-8
inches (exterior) and accommodates a DSLR with an attached telephoto (up to a 70-200mm f/2.8) along with one
or two other lenses, a flash, audio gear and accessories. The
DNA 15 comes with two padded sleeves—one for a tablet
and the other for up to a 15-inch laptop. Either way, these
bags are attractive and, with the easily removable camera
insert, can be used as camera bags or as all-purpose messenger bags, so you can save space in your studio, apartment or closet.
Prices: $130 for DNA 11; $160 for DNA 15