ONA started their bag company by creating a camera bag made for the lady photographer, by a lady photographer (it looked like a stylish purse). They are expanding their bag line by introducing their new Union Street camera & laptop bag, which is more styled for the man-photographer (as I quietly beat my chest with my fists in an ape-like display of photo-masculinity) but certainly could be used by women as well.
If you wanted to skip the reading part I did a short video review (see below) of the bag. Otherwise continue on!
I took delivery of the “Ranger Tan” bag model last week (see their file photo above) and have been using it to carry my 15″ Mac Pro Laptop, 5D Mark 2 with vertical grip, and 3 lenses. My first impression was that this bag is absolutely beautiful. I’ll admit it, I put it on right away and looked in the mirror and felt like Jack Bauer, the main character from Fox’s TV show “24,” if he was a badass trouble-making photographer. YEEEEAAAHHHH! Jack’s character had a similar-looking canvas messenger bag in the show.
The bag has a main compartment for the camera, laptop and lenses/larger accessories. There is a smaller front zip compartment for items like card readers, power adapter, business cards, kindle, cell phone, etc. There is a sleeve on the back of the bag for a magazine or two. The bag itself has been designed to carry a DSLR (with or without vertical grip), up to 3 lenses, and a 15″ laptop. The exterior is made of premium waxed canvas, leather, and brass buckles and clasps. The bag overall exudes quality and style with fantastic build quality.
Based on the size, I would not use this particular bag on a regular job because I need too much gear on-set, but is great for weekend/day trips and meetings. I never was a briefcase guy myself and this suits my personality well I think. Sure, at $279, there are other laptop/camera bag options that may be cheaper from competitors, but in my opinion, none that look and feel as stylish and well-built/designed as the Union Street. I would keep a lookout for ONA, I think you will be hearing a lot more about them in the future.
The Union Street is on sale now and starts shipping today, December 8, 2011.
Check out ONA’s website here: http://www.onabags.com/
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