My 1st impression of the [O N A] Camps Bay Camera and Laptop Backpack. Will update this thread as I take this bag out over the week.
As a hobbyist that likes to take my camera every I go, my main criteria when searching for a camera bag is that the bag should not scream
In addition, the bag should still be able to exude a sense of style and uniqueness whilst maintaining maximum functionality at the same time. For me, only Billingham and the less well known ONA have met the fore mentioned criteria. I own both the Billingham Hadley Small and ONA Union Street Messenger. Both these bags are messenger bags, not really the type of bag you want to use for prolonged periods of time even with a shoulder strap on. Thus when the need for me to purchase a camera backpack, the first thought that came to mind was Billingham and ONA. Unfortunately (atleast to the best of my knowledge), Billingham does not produce Backpacks, so it fell to ONA and the Camps Bay.
Of course there were other alternatives like the Zkin Yeti.
But with both bags costing in excess of SG$500, I decided to stick with the tried and tested ONA. At SRP SG$599, the price was a huge turn off, however as i desperately needed a backpack, I took the plunge.
Presenting the Camps Bay Camera and Laptop Backpack by ONA
SGD$599 available at TKfoto
ONA | DSLR Camera and Laptop Backpack | Waxed Canvas and Leather Backpack
This bag is by far the most beautiful backpack I've set my eyes on. Constructed with the same waxed canvas and leather strap as the ONA Union Street Messenger, The Camps Bay has the exact same build quality as its cousin - EXCELLENTHandsomely crafted with waxed canvas and detailed with dark truffle leather, the Camps Bay camera backpack is designed to hold an SLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, up to 7 additional lenses, most 17” laptops, and small personal items. All interior dividers are completely removable and adjustable to accommodate your gear. A special divider at the top of the bag creates a space of 4" - 7" to hold your personal items. A layer of air mesh along the back panel and thick padded shoulder straps equip the Camps Bay camera backpack to deliver on both comfort and style.
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
The main compartment is extremely spacious. ONA rates it at 1 DSLR and 7 lenses. I dont have that many lenses to test out the rating, but this bag is more than capable of swallowing all my equipment and then some. There is ample padding on the interior, and at first glance, the padding is equivalent to the Union Street. I once dropped my Union Street from the back of a lorry, the height was probably around chest level. To my pleasant surprise, not a single dink or dent could be found on any of the lenses inside the bag. If anything, I can rest assured that my gear is more than adequately protected.
Gripped 60D with 17-55, 10-22, 70-200 f4L IS, 600EX-RT, XE-1 with 35mm
15" HP Laptop, ipod, lens pen, sunglasses, SD cards and loads more space for other misc items.