If you’re serious about taking that new DSLR out to shoot photos or video, you can pack using two separate approaches. The tried and true route? Heavy duty bags from long-time gear makers such as Lowepro and Kata. No one mistakes those when you get out on the streets of New York or Mumbai.
But what if you want to be a bit less conspicuous? You have an increasing number of bag and pack makers that are going that route too. I liked Ona Bags’ approach as soon as I saw them. For Ona, design and convenience are as important as protecting that expensive gear.
Take the Bolton Street Camera Backpack as an example of what they are up to. This rucksack has the usual main compartment with customizable padded dividers. You’ll have no trouble holding a DSLR securely, with lenses and other useful accessories finding room too. One useful touch: a side access slot that allows you to quickly pull out a camera quickly when you spot something interesting. No need to set that good-looking bag down!
Are we talking looks? Carrying a pack from the Bolton Street series won’t make it look like you’re going to the front lines. These handcrafted, water-resistant waxed canvas and leather bags look good in hues like smoke, field tan, dark tan and black. No fire truck orange here.
Features include a laptop compartment sized to hold 13-inch notebooks or smaller, a rear organizer pocket, a padded air mesh back panel and air mesh padding on the straps. You’ll also find pockets for a smartphone, lens cap, batteries and memory cards while a front pocket can be used for small everyday essentials.
The Bolton Street Camera Backpack prices at $369 on up.