I was recently sent ONA Brixton Camera bag in smoke to review. I was looking around online for a bag that would fulfill my needs as a photographer and a student, and a bag that looked good. I almost gave up and was about to face the fact that a bag like that didn't exist... that was until I found ONA.I stumbled upon ONA after doing a few searches for messenger style camera bags and was blown away by the look of their bags. It's not often that you immediately feel quality from pictures you see online, but that was what I experienced. I had to try them out for myself.
Upon opening the box, my original impression of the bag was confirmed. The ONA Brixon is made out of only the finest materials. A nice balance of canvas and leather. It didn't just look good, it was fully functional too. The Brixton was able to hold my Fujifilm X100s, Voigtlander Bessa R2a and 2 flashes. More than I usually bring with me at any given time. It also had a nice laptop pouch. Though I could stuff my 15 inch Retina Macbook Pro in it, I'd suggest only fitting it with a 13 inch computer. For those of you carrying a 15 inch, I'd take a look at the slightly larger Union Street by ONA.
After using the bag for a few weeks, I can safely say that this is my favorite camera bag in the market right now. Again, its the perfect mixture of a casual messenger bag and camera bag. It looks good and it doesn't scream photographer.
The one downside to the ONA Brixton is it's hefty price tag. Coming in at around $280, it's not a bag that everyone is going to spring for. However, the way I see it, a nice camera bag like the Brixton is an investment that'll last you years to come.
I'm not ready to shell out the money for my own Brixton as of yet, but seeing as I'm going to be graduating in a couple of months, it might not be a bad present to myself.
I'd like to thank the kind folks over at ONA for sending me the Brixton to review. Make sure to check them out at www.onabags.com.