ONA Camera Bags: Rich and Imaginative



ONA camera bags combine form with function, and provide excellent protection for your camera—with style. Tracy Foster, the founder of ONA bags, has a goal: "Your camera bags and accessories should be rich and imaginative, like the photos you love to take." 

If you want to carry your camera gear discreetly and stylishly in a bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag, and is not configured to carry photo equipment, then ONA offers the Roma Camera Insert and Bag Organizer (Black). This handcrafted Waxwear canvas insert will fit inside almost any small- to mid-sized bag you already own—but remember to measure before you purchase. The Roma creates a padded space in your everyday bag that will accommodate and protect a camera with lens attached and a second lens. Its five accessory pockets will organize your bag and provide space for personal accessories. The front flap closes with two snaps; leather handles on either side make the insert easy to remove. It is a great alternative to the cumbersome carry-all camera bag when you want to bring along your camera, and not much else, in a bag that is inconspicuous.

Roma Camera Insert (Main View) Roma Camera Insert (Shown in Use)

A newer addition to the ONA line is the lightweight Bowery Shoulder Bag/Insert (available in Black or Field Tan), handcrafted with top quality, water-resistant Waxwear canvas. With the same dimensions as the Roma Insert, this is the smallest bag in the ONA lineup, but perhaps the most versatile. The removable, adjustable strap lets you use the Bowery as a small camera bag that will hold your camera, a lens and a few personal and photographic accessories. If you need to carry more than those items, remove the strap and the Bowery becomes an insert/organizer for a larger bag. The dual-function bag/insert is padded with closed-cell foam to keep all your gear safe from any impacts and wear to which it could be subjected. The straps and other details are fashioned from full-grain leather and the hardware is antiqued brass. To ensure security, there is one easy, substantial buckle closure on the front of the bag; side flaps protect contents from the elements.

The attractive ONA Brixton Camera/Laptop Messenger Bag has a rugged, handcrafted, premium Waxwear waxed canvas outer shell (available in Field Tan and Smoke). The canvas is water resistant and weather flaps block the gaps on the sides beneath the front flap. On the front of the bag, under the flap, are two envelope pockets in which you can stow accessories. Inside the leather-edged walls of the bag is closed cell padded foam to protect your equipment completely. Three small adjustable dividers, configurable for a custom fit, separate the bag into four compartments that can accommodate a DSLR and 2-3 lenses. A large divider creates extra protective space inside the Brixton for a laptop up to 13 inches. The full-grain leather details include the top grab handle, and two straps sewn to the flap, above the antique brass buckle closures. The adjustable shoulder strap, made of seatbelt-like material, has a wide, padded shoulder pad with a leather top. You’ll find two small accessory side pockets and a large magazine pocket on the back that has a hidden magnetic closure, which can hold an iPad or other tablet. This distinguished bag has it all, whether it’s used as a camera bag or a laptop bag!

A bit larger than the Brixton is the strong, durable waxed canvas ONA Union Street Messenger Bag (available in BlackSmoke and Ranger Tan). If you thought the Brixton had it all, the Union Street has even more, with a bit more room. The closed-cell padded foam walls of this bag can hold a DSLR with grip, up to 3 lenses (including a 70-200mm) and your 15-inch laptop in its own space, inside its own removable divider with leather-strap closure. Four additional smaller dividers allow you to adjust compartments to your needs. Under the front flap is a large zippered pocket with interior compartments for pens and small accessories, and there is a small envelope pocket on each side of the bag. A large magazine pocket on the back carries your iPad or tablet. The leather details of this bag—the padded bottom, top grab handle, edging around the interior, shoulder pad on the adjustable shoulder strap and leather straps sewn to the flap above the antique brass buckle closures—make the Union Street handsomer than the average camera bag. 

For those who travel by bike or by foot with a fuller kit, there is the quality-made, rugged waxed canvas Camps Bay Backpack (available in Smoke or Field Tan). Under the flap is a shallow zippered pocket, the right size for small accessories. The backpack's lower, larger zippered compartment has configurable interior dividers that can accommodate a DSLR with an attached 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and up to 7 additional lenses. A zipper at the top of the bag opens an auxiliary 4-7" height-adjustable compartment that holds more gear or personal effects, and also accommodates a laptop up to 17 inches, in its own protective sleeve. The height divider in this compartment can be removed if you want to use the entire interior of the backpack for camera gear. The Camps Bay keeps you cool and comfortable with a breathable, padded air mesh back panel and wide, air mesh padded, adjustable shoulder straps. The bag features leather details, including leather closure straps with dual front buckles. The leather base is fully padded, durable and stable and the top leather grab handle makes it easy to pick up if you’ve set the Camps Bay Backpack on the ground. 

The Brooklyn Shoulder Bag (available in Black or Chestnut) is simply beautiful. It is made of rich grained, 100% vegetable-tanned leather and was inspired by classic 1940s school bags. Underneath the stylish front strap-and-buckle closures you will find a nicely sized pocket in which you can stow small accessories. The main compartment features three removable, padded adjustable dividers that you can configure to fit your equipment, which could be a DSLR with an attached lens and up to 3 additional lenses. On the back of the Brooklyn Shoulder Bag is a large, flat pocket that will hold your iPad or other tablet. The adjustable shoulder strap is all leather, with a leather shoulder pad; the top grab handle features metal attachments. This bag is simple, elegant and classic. It would be very appropriate as a low-profile travel camera bag or to take out for a night on the town with your camera. 

ONA lives up to its name by creating camera bags that are functional as well as beautiful handcrafted personal luggage. They are camera bags that don’t look like camera bags and will ensure that you carry your equipment handily, and in style.