What’s this? Another new camera bag? Well, yes. You know how it is with bags, you get one that holds what you need, then you change some of your kit, and that perfect bag no longer quite does it…
Now for general days out, I still like my Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag – it’s big enough to carry my X-T2 and an extra lens or two, but not so big as to get in the way. But for going away, when I need to carry a laptop, cables, chargers, penguins and probably an extra lens, it’s not quite up to the job, so I was in need of something better.
I do have a larger bag, which I got when I was using Canon, but it has the problem of being too big to walk around with, and is a bit awkward to actually use. I even have a Billingham bag, which is nice, but I got that when I had an 11″ MacBook Air, and it won’t take the 13″ one I have now.
So, after much reading of reviews, watching of videos and muttering to myself, I picked this nicely versatile bag, one of a range in various sizes and colours. Mine’s the Graphite (grey to most of us) large model.
Here’s a promo video which shows off the range:
It’s big enough for a 15″ laptop, so even if I get a bigger one at some point, it should still be fine. The camera section contains the usual selection of movable dividers with lots of padding, and is deep enough to swallow my actually quite large 100-400mm lens in a compartment, with the X-T2 and battery grip with a lens attached easily fitting in the centre section. And that still leaves plenty of space for more camera gear. There are loads of pockets for accessories, chargers, cables, batteries, penguins and whatever else you need to have with you.
The laptop section is well-padded and includes a smaller section suitable for a tablet, which is neat. There’s a rain cover included – this comes in a pouch you can keep in the bag, which makes it a bit more flexible than the integrated one my huuuuge bag has. If you like to wear your bag messenger style, there’s a side strap to secure it, but it’s easily removable it you don’t need it (which I don’t), so it doesn’t get in the way.
There are some external pockets – the usual wide document holder type at the back, and two smaller ones on the front flap, which could hold things you want to have to hand. There are nice big stretch pouches on both sides – ideal for water bottles or similar.
Access to your gear is either by opening the flap, which thanks to its nicely designed flaps, which when the bag is closed provide some weather proofing, folds back out of the way very neatly, or via the top zip opening, which opens widely enough to make removing the X-T2 and battery grip very easy.
Despite its quite impressive capacity, it doesn’t feel like a big bag – it’s quite deep, but the height and width look more like the kind of bag you might carry around all the time. It seems to be well-made and certainly looks good. First impressions are very good. We’ll see how it works out.