The Bowery Bag and Insert is Designed with style and versatility in mind, the Bowery is your camera bag one minute and camera insert the next. Use the Bowery with the strap attached to carry your camera, a lens and a few small personal items. Remove the detachablestrap and the Bowery functions as a protective camera insert and bag organizer inside of a larger bag. The Bowery is padded with closed cell foam, designed with top-quality water-resistant waxed canvas and detailed with full-grain leather, antique brass hardware, and a secure front closure.
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Over years of changing gear, usage, habits, concept of quality, hits and misses, I was searching for a bag with very specific qualities, and not having much luck. There are some fantastic bags out there that I would love to have been able to justify purchasing, but after so many years and iterations and refinements of my idea of a perfect bag (for me), I knew to neither settle nor over-purchase...both ends of a spectrum that in their time held such possibility but in the end occupy the same closet, like some camera bag graveyard: nothing to hold but each other, nothing to carry but disappointment, the naivety of fashion-first, of cheapness disguised as frugality. At the moment, I desired a bag that would satisfy, first, a heirarchy of characteristics, and second, a possibility of qualities. This rubric of qualities, although different for each of us and refined by experience, proved a difficult journey. My habits, usage, and failures provided me with the following profile: 1. Must be 'just right' in size to carry with me every day, with very little unused, wasted capacity. 2. Must have padded dividers with at least one section large enough for my x100s (and any future iteration)and it's leather half-case and thick, rope-style camera strap, and one section for anything else that's large and not thin (or more if possible). * ^ must accommodate an EF-X20 flash, battery, and various small items like travel hand lotion, lens cloth, chapstick, etc 3. Must have big enough pocket to carry an iPad Mini 4. Must have enough pocket space for small things like wallet, iPhone, keys, that sort of thing 5. Must be obviously well made and tasteful 6. Must have comfortable and useful strap (i.e.can't slip off shoulder easily, can't get in the way or be difficult, etc) 7. Must not be so overdesigned that it's obviously bigger/heavier/more robust than is necessary for everyday travel, wear, and bumps (I have much more robust bags - and they're all sitting uselessly in the closet) 8. Must provide very easy access to my camera, devoid of any obfuscation or fiddling to get to it (it is exceptional in this regard) 9. Must have a non-velcro-style, quiet, and extremely easy/accessible/quick lid clasp/closure (again, here it is exceptional) These were/are the 'musts', as specific as they are. Having satisfied these, there are of course other preferences to consider, such as: attractiveness; compelling design elements; choice of hardware; quality of leather and accents, that sort of thing. A concise description of what I was/am looking for might be: A bag that holds my daily stuff that I can easily access and enjoy using. This bag, as opposed to all others, both much more and much less expensive, managed to satisfy every one of my desired qualities. I can't recommend it any higher than 'perfect for me'. I will mention that when i received it, it was 'flattened' for packaging and shipping, which was obviously intentional from the maker (no fault of Adorama), however the effect of this is that the foam dividers are creased in the middle along the depth of the bag. This crease causes me a little doubt that the inserts will hold up as well as if they hadn't been creased, and that they may not hold the structure of the bag as well as had they not, but this is just a minor observation. I also have noticed that the lid of the bag (and really, the shell in general, but that doesn't bother me at all) has become somewhat 'wavy' over time, also possibly suggesing that the way it is packaged and shipped might somewhat cause this. But, rest assured it is a very nice bag and I continue to really enjoy using it daily.