The Bowery Leather Camera Bag & Insert is handcrafted with Italian-tanned leather and detailed with antique brass accents,the Leather Bowery camera bag is both stylish and versatile. Featuring five exterior pockets for personal items and an interior padded with closed-cell foam, the Leather Bowery can carry a camera, one extra lens, and small personal items. Thanks to a detachable strap, the Leather Bowery can be used as a stand-alone camera bag or as an insert to protect your camera in a larger bag.
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I had hoped to be able to fit my D700 or my Df with a prime lens, but the bag is not quite thick enough for that. On the other spectrum the Bowery is much too large for the Fuji X100. I have ordered the additional dividers for this Bowery also, as it comes with only one divider. The X100 camera was in it, and in the bigger space I just piled all my other junk: wallet and sundries. Additional dividers will organize it better. Despite these shortcomings I am keeping it. I just purchased the X100S and this will ride in the Ona bag. The layout of the bag is not nearly as useful as the bag that I carry almost daily--the Domke F4AF Pro--I sometimes get sick of this bag but I am SO accustomed to having those large side pockets for the unwieldy elements of daily life--wallet, lip balm, keys, extra batteries, pens, eyeglass cleaning cloth, plus in the Domke there are places between the padded protection to stuff all manner of things--cable releases, polarizing filters, business cards. The Ona has NONE of this. But it still has its charms. It's much cooler to carry the Ona on a more social outing. The Domke is a big black blob. The Ona does not have nearly the functionality of the Domke, but I love the truffle leather. I would say I wish it had more flexible pockets and storage areas, but that would ruin the aesthetic. One way they could fix this is to steal a little trick from Domke--make the whole insert removable. That would provide those nifty little areas to tuck things like batteries, business cards and keys. Unfortunately, that would also make the interior compartment for the camera gear a bit smaller. As another reviewer somewhere noted, this Ona would rock for active shooting--carry the big DSLR (outside of the bag) and put your two primes and wallet in the Ona and look uber-cool. (The extra dividers, when they arrive, will be critical for this. Lens | Wallet & Junk | Lens. (As looking into the bag.) I can totally see using it that way. I also got the Ona Roma insert as I am sometimes keen to take gear along on a trip with clothes and shoes and that kind of thing. This little thing is GREAT. About the same aspect as the Bowery, but seems to fit more and has the benefit of better external pockets. The Df does fit in that.
I am avid DSLR (currently a Nikon D800) shooter who almost always has my camera with me and who loves shooting people in available light situations, meaning that I want to have with me a small assortment of large aperture prime lenses, a camera and hopefully nothing else. I searched high and low for a minimalist (just large enough) bag before finally discovering the fabric (Waxware) version of this Bowery bag which suited my needs perfectly. After carrying the fabric version almost daily for a couple of years without complaint, I noticed this full leather version and ordered it immediately. I carry in it three Nikon lenses, typically an 85mm 1.4D, a 28mm 1.4D and a 18mm 2.8D. I carry one more lens on my camera, always a Nikon 50mm 1.4G, which I just sling over a shoulder without a bag. Sometimes, I substitute the 85mm with the Nikon 135mm f/2D DC lens (which just barely fits) or, more rarely, the 24-120mm 4G, depending on the situation. I had to add dividers form another bag since the Bowery only comes with one divider. I can also fit an extra battery in one of the side pockets if needed. I wear the bag strap across my chest with the bag handing to my side or behind me, which gives me perfect access to the lenses using one hand and allows me to get the bag out of my way when I don't need it. Both the fabric and full leather version of the Bowery are super comfortable, are small in size compared to most bags, and look and feel so much better than a bunch of nylon. I'm surprised ONA doesn't advertise this bag as a DLSR 3-prime lens bag, since it works perfectly for that purpose (once you add another divider, of course).