You may recall the previous review I did of the ONA Union Street shoulder camera bag that I love so much. Here is one of ONA’s newest bags, the Camps Bay backpack. I’ve had it a month or two and really have had a good opportunity to test it out. Now here are the important stats to start with (according to the ONA Bags site):
- Handcrafted with waxed canvas and leather
- Room for an SLR and up to 7 lenses
- Adjustable height personal items area
- Laptop compartment for up to 17″ laptop
- Slim front organizer pocket
- Padded air mesh back panel
- Thick air mesh padding on shoulder straps
- Fully padded leather base
- Dimensions: 17″L X 12″W X 6″D
My thoughts on the bag: At first glance, it’s just a beautiful travel bag. I get loads of compliments on it everywhere I go. It’s clear that it was designed and constructed with a great attention to detail. No loose threads or mis-matched parts here. It’s not the bag you want to bring to a huge commercial shoot due to space. It is more of a fantastic travel/overnight/camera bag. It has space on top for a couple of overnight personal items (see below), a laptop, DSLR with vertical grip, and realistically space for 4-5 lenses even though you could squeeze more in, but not if you want space for overnight clothes up top, you could fit 7 lenses without any of that, though (see diagram below). I thought I would add that the camera compartment is very well-padded, as is the laptop area.
When wearing the bag on your back, the straps are well-padded and feel very comfortable. There is padding for your back on the bag, but I wouldn’t mind having more, especially for longer walks with a bag full of heavy gear. They say you can fit up to a 17″ laptop, but the padding is best designed to fit a 15″ laptop (like my mac pro) in my honest opinion. I wish the pouch on the front was big enough for my iPad, but I can fit it in the main camera compartment over my lenses.
Sure, at $429, this consistently back-ordered high-demand bag is definitely not the cheapest camera/laptop bag on the market, but it is certainly the most luxurious in my opinion. Every ONA Bag owner I run into are extremely pleased with their bags. I even ran into a shooter at a celebrity event in Sundance this year and saw he had my same Camps Bay smoke-colored bag and I pulled him aside to ask his opinion. He mentioned that he was skeptical about the bag at first, but after travelling with it for the past month, he said he had grown to love it and that it fit in perfectly in the “first class lounge” at the airport. Haha. That is a direct quote. He specializes in celebrity event coverage across the country, so a bag that was stylish, could carry some overnight items and a few lenses and a flash was all he really needed.
Head over to the ONA Bags site today and check it out. If you have one of their bags, I would love to have you weigh in with your thoughts!
Video was filmed and edited by: Addison Wright