Peak Design Everyday Tote Camera Bag Review

This year we’re seen some pretty exciting releases from camera gear companies. I think we’re getting to a point where another major breakthrough is going to happen with cameras. But right along the big camera brands, we also have companies like MindShift Gear, Peak Design, and others who push the status quo of the typical camera bag. I’ve read this somewhere, but it’s 100% true – the key to success is to know how to evolve a brand. I think Peak Design so far has been doing it really well. They just funded a series of new bags, which in …

Black Anchor Camera Bag Review

There is a combo of three things that gets me incredibly excited about camera bags: Horween leather, waxed canvas, and “Handcrafted in the USA.” After this, you pretty much have me on the hook. There are a few companies in camera bag world that do really well with some of these pieces. Ona Bags is probably the most famous one and what they do is now a golden standard. There is also Tanner Goods, whose casual camera bag is an awesome addition to their lineup of other products. And now there is also Black Anchor, who is a new company …

Lowepro StreetLine Series Camera Bags SH180 and BP250 Review

It’s exciting to see more people exploring the field of photography as a fun spare time and also as a possibility of a career. The lines are blurring for most, and probably are not making too many of the pro shooters happy. But however you see it, the importance of casual urban look, small size, universal design, and accessibility have become key on our market. Lowepro is long known for making some of the most popular camera bags on the market, but they never really focused on the urban shooter who wants a stylish bag that looks like a casual …

Peak Design Everyday Messenger Camera Bag Review

The world of camera and gear brands is not that huge. There is only a handful of companies who shape the look, feel, and functionality of what we use. Last year there was a bit of anomaly with the crazy spike of attention to one gear brand – Peak Design out of San Francisco. They launched a Kickstarter campaign that I’m pretty sure every other photographers heard about. Today I am reviewing the product they launched. The hype slowly starting to go away and we can really focus on what this bag does differently and why it was so successful …

Aide de Camp’s Madison Female Camera Bag Review

The search for the perfect camera bag is never really over. For some people it’s like watches or sunglasses where you get a new one each year or season. Female camera bags have been quite popular over the last few years and there are several brands that focus specifically on female camera bags. I go through the news of the photo world on a daily basis and a few months ago ran into this really cool company out of Singapore called Aide de Camp. It was the first time I really wanted to try out a women’s bag. So I emailed the …

Tanner Goods Field Camera Bag Review

There are many camera bags on the market, but only a few fit that incognito non-camera bag looking profile. For me personally, walking around the city without drawing too much attention is a big plus. I always strive to get my hands on some of the best casual camera bags on the market and I’ve done quite a few reviews of such bags. Today I want to introduce you to Tanner Goods Field Camera Bag. Tanner Goods is based in Portland and focuses primarily on lifestyle leather goods. They have a few products for photographers and this camera bag is …

Roamographer Camera Bag Review

The more I interact with brands and photographers who have a pretty large fan base, the more it becomes evident that this is quite a small world. There are only so many camera bags when you think of it, only so many tripod manufacturers. So in this community of people developing new products for photographers every new thing that comes out needs to be almost bullet proof. Social media gives us the ability to kill or launch any product at any time and the power of numbers or masses is most of the time the defining factor. You need to …

F-Stop Gear Kashmir Female Camera Backpack Review

I admire people who go to remote destinations and take some of the most breathtaking images for us to see. I’m not one of those photographers. I can hardly see myself climbing a mountain. But I do appreciate the work of those who spend countless days hiking, climbing, camping, researching, and living in pretty uncomfortable settings. On top of that they also shoot photos and videos. Obviously this kind of work requires some rigid equipment that needs to add at least a little bit of comfort to such endeavors. Here is where F-Stop Gear comes in. This is as hard-core as …

Billingham 307L Camera Bag Review

There is a handful of companies that make stylish camera bags. It’s even harder to find the ones that can make great looking bags that are also functional, comfortable, and protective of your gear. Billingham and the Hadley line, in my opinion, are some of the finest camera bags on the market. My first Billingham was a gift I gave to my man. Somehow it’s easier for me to spend money on the gifts rather than buying something for myself. So Hadley Pro was my official start of the relationship with Billingham. The bag proved to be genius both from …

Topo Designs: Camera Strap and Light Hip Pack Review

I’ve been a very big fan of Topo Designs and how they present the brand for quite some time now. It you want something very well designed and looking great in the outdoors, then Topo Designs is your brand. I have been looking at their Woolrich x Topo Designs collaboration collection and for a long time admired the look of those bags. If you go on Topo Designs website, there are quite a few thing you’d probably want to get. Made in Colorado, the bags and apparel are true to the area and the people who made them. This month …

Vanguard Havana 41 Backpack Review

Vanguard really surprised me last time I did a review with one of their bags. I was never familiar with the brand before and in my eyes it was not in the same group as ThinkTank and LowePro. So after my first experience with their bag blew away all my expectations, I was anxious to be one of the first people to get the hands on the brand new Havana 41 backpack. It was available on B&H was pre-order/new release, but as soon as it was added to the stock, I had to have it! Vanguard makes quality bags, but they …

ikan Explorer Backpack Review and Field Test

As you know, I’m a huge fan of bags that don’t really look like camera bags. After I decided to get a 5.11 rush 72 backpack and review it last time, I decided to step away from the street urban look and picked more of a desert safari option. ikan Explorer backpack arrived very quickly thanks to B&H, my go to place to get camera gear these days (CA taxes on Amazon were killing me). The idea was to travel with the bag for a few weeks and test it out in the wild so to speak. So I didn’t think of …

MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama Backpack Review

We’ve all been through an endless chain of camera bag upgrades over the years. It’s a fun experience to shop for something new and browse available options for your specific needs. I own three camera bags right now and I am pretty happy with the setups. But when I saw the new MindShift Gear which is both a backpack and a waist pack for adventure shooters, I had to get my hands on it. The idea is that you keep tha backpack at all times and just swivel the camera compartment to the front when you need to get access …

LowePro 200 AW vs. Vanguard Reno 45

Introduction I was never the type of person who’d go for adventure/outdoor camera backpacks, but since I moved to the new house less than a mile from the beach, having a road bike and a lightweight camera backpack turned into a priority. A few weeks ago I purchased the now-classic LowePro Photo Sport 200 AW in orange. That thing is a bomb. There is a clip and a zipper for everything. I took it out for several rides and on one quiet evening of web browsing found a guide to top new products featuring Vanguard Reno 45 backpack. The bag …

ONA Prince Street Camera Bag Review and Giveaway

A few months back when I was doing my strap review, I called ONA an American classic. This year once again I was able to spend some time with their products and enjoy the quality of materials, design thoughtfulness, and the look of ONA bags. Today I take a look at ONA Prince Street Camera Bag. I enjoy doing these reviews and like to do giveaways, so ONA kindly agreed to make the bag a giveaway prize. This is a fantastic bag that any photographer would be excited to get, so this year we are tying the giveaway with Valentine’s Day. You can …