If you’re one to lug a camera around wherever you go, then you’ve surely asked yourself this question: Where the hell are all the good-looking camera bags? Whether you’re into digital, analog, Leicas or Lomo, you need a bag that doesn’t include the words “boring”, “bulky”, or “nylon” in its description. We suggest looking into this list to get you started:
Sporting a vintage vibe while taking your modern photography needs into consideration, Hold Fast‘s Roamographer meets all our criteria for a perfect weekender/camera bag: beautiful craftsmanship, Great American Bison leather, a sheerling-lined shoulder strap, and configurable padded dividers to hold all your gear in.
Ona’s Berlin II
The Berlin II, a handcrafted full-grain leather bag by Ona, is as sleek as a Leica, the camera it was specifically designed for. Its red interior can hold your Leica M-System and three lenses and still leave enough space for your iPad. It doesn’t come cheap, but hey, you already have a Leica – what’s another 400 bucks?
Langly’s Alpha Pro
Traveling can be tricky for photographers (especially when it involves 4 additional lenses, batteries, chargers, a tripod, a laptop…) which is why we give Langly‘s Alpha Pro a solid two thumbs up. The waterproof canvas paired with leather and brass details can hold all the gear mentioned above, plus extra room for a day’s worth of clothing.
Hard Graft’s Box Camera Bag
UK-based Hard Graft describes itself as “traditional mastery and contemporary aesthetics combined”. We strongly agree, especially when it comes to their Box Camera Bag, a compact and lightweight carrier constructed from a single piece of vegetable-tanned Italian leather. It fits one SLR and closes up by tugging at the Japanese cotton cords.
We assume that camera bags after bought after getting a camera, but Taiwanese leather goods company Wotancraft throws that assumption out the window. You’d panic-buy an SLR just to get your hands on the Paratrooper: a tanned leather and waxed canvas beauty that comes with pressure-alleviation straps, numerous useful pockets and a sheepskin bottom. Also, the glorious absence of Velcro.