The problem that I have with camera bags, is that, well, they look like camera bags. Often they are large bulky nylon beasts that that can be spotted from miles away. Additionally, there are an increasing number of places, especially in urban settings, where these bags and cameras are just not welcome, and you have quite the dilemma on your hands.
Enter the ONA Union Street Messenger Bag. This bag is the perfect combination of form and function for any photographer working within an urban setting or planning a vacation who does not want to have the look of a tourist with the large camera bag.
The first thing that you will notice when you pick up the Union Street is its beautiful simple style with old-world charm. Made from a water-resistant waxed canvas, it has the clean look of a typical messenger-style bag that you would expect to see travelling to the boardroom rather than to a photo shoot. It features accents and clasps made from leather and antiqued brass, which give it a tough yet classic look. The strap is made from a durable fabric that reminds one of a seat belt in a fine luxury car.
When it comes to holding your gear, the ONA Union Street is no slouch either. With its soft padded interior, it can fit most gear you throw at it. I was easily able to fit a Sony A7r with 4 lenses, a 11″ netbook, and a Fujifilm X100s into the bag with plenty of room to spare in the front pocket for accessories. The only thing that this bag is a bit small for are cameras with battery grips, which can easily be remedied by upgrading to the Union Street’s big brother, the ONA Astoria.
I only had two minor issues with this bag. First the handle is designed to be a quick grab handle and is not made for prolonged carrying. However, with its comfortable carrying strap this is a non-issue. The second is that while it is able to carry a 15″ laptop, it is a very snug fit, which would worry me for long trips on an airplane. That being said, it carries an 11″ or 13″ laptop very comfortably.
The ONA Union Street Messenger is the perfect companion for anyone looking to carry their camera with them, without having to deal with clunky or bulky camera bags on a day-to-day basis. Perfect for urban locations and travel, this bag is a must-have for any photographer who wants to keep a low profile. For more information on the Union Street and other ONA bag, check out onabags.com or thecamerastore.com.