How much gear can you squeeze into an ONA Bowery? By Pierre Aden

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How much gear can you squeeze into an ONA Bowery bag for a trip to Japan?

By Pierre Aden

You can order the Bowery HERE

When it comes to camera gear I am constantly searching for the perfect combination of compactness, quality and convenience – like many of you do for sure. For my latest trip to Japan in May 2014 I neither wanted to bother myself nor my girlfriend with big bags of equipment and heavy tripods,
including lengthy sessions of swapping lenses. Vacation should be fun after all.

After I came back I thought my experiences using my current setup could be interesting for other people facing the same challenge, so I asked Steve to publish my report and thanks to him I can share my results with you now.

Many people avoid the problems mentioned above for good reasons, they use one camera and a superzoom lens and that’s it – and this is perfectly fine! Unfortunately I’m a big fan of extreme short focal lengths so given this fact I am forced to bring at least two additional lenses – an ultra-wide
lens and a fisheye. Furthermore I don’t like tripods (well, at least I don’t like carrying them and spending too much time with long exposures – again, my girlfriend doesn’t like this either, he he). I have a small tripod that fits in my jacket but I don’t use it on a daily basis, during my 14 days of
vacation I only used it on two evenings. This means that I need a camera with a good stabilizer for handheld shots and prime lenses with a large aperture. Finally I like a variety of focal lengths on my pictures, so a couple of primes need to be in the bag.

You see, it’s getting complicated and the superzoom lens is disqualified based on my personal requirements. So let me show you my approach of having a small bag, minimizing lens swapping and having all the focal lengths that I like with me all the time.

Equipment:
– ONA Bowery bag
– Sony Alpha 6000 E-Mount
– Sony SEL1018 UWA zoom
– Olympus OMD-EM-1
– Olympus PEN E-PL5
– Rokinon 7.5mm F3.5 Fisheye
– Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8
– Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8
– Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8
– Remote Control for the Sony A6000
– 3 extra batteries
– USB stick for backup
– lens pen
– hand wrist strap
– extra memory cards
– cleaning tissue

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.. and this is what it looks like on me…

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Pretty small, isn’t it? It’s neither heavy nor big and I was able to carry it all day without getting problems with my shoulder / back. The daily “start setup” was usually the A6000 with the SEL1018, The OM-D EM-1 with the 75mm F1.8 and the Olympus PEN E-PL5 with the 17mm F1.8 attached. In addition the Rokinon Fisheye and the 45mm F1.8 lens for MFT were in the bag and if required I attached these lenses to the PEN and stored the detached lens in the bag. While walking down the streets / parks / temples etc. I just grabbed the combination I “needed” for the individual moment and took the picture. Often I used more than one camera to have some different views of the scene I was shooting. So lens swapping was very rare because in many situations one or more of the combinations I was carrying were already fine.

The longest focal length is 75mm which means 150mm in terms of 35mm equivalent. Personally I don’t need more than that and use the 2x digital teleconverter on the EM-1 if required, sacrificing some quality. Since I don’t need it in 99% of the cases I can live with that and don’t carry an
extra lens.

I have a lens hood attached to the SEL1018 and sometimes I had two cheap JJC lens hoods for the 17mm / 45mm lenses with me when the sun was very bright but I didn’t use one for the 75mm. In my experience it’s not mandatory and it makes the lens much bigger, no room for that in my bag ;).

Let’s see some results – I will start with shortest focal length (Rokinon Fisheye 7.5mm) )and will end with the longest one (M.Zuiko 75mm). I’m using the Fisheye mostly for fun and because it brings some unique perspectives that I’m not able to see with my pure eyes. Only by looking through the viewfinder / on the screen I can see the world through the fisheye. Even though I don’t make many pictures with it I would definitely miss it in my bag. The Rokinon for MFT is also special because of the minimum focus distance of 9cm – this makes it nearly a wide-angle macro lens. Furthermore the short focal lengths makes low light handheld shots possible in many cases, especially using the EM-1 with the 5-axis stabilizer.

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The next lens which is slightly longer is the SEL1018 on the Sony A6000 – this is also my tripod combination in many cases. I like the APS-C sensor a little more than MFT for long exposures because it gives me some better results and I can go down to ISO 100. Since the SEL1018 is stabilized the lack of a stabilizer in the Sony A6000 is no issue. This combination is my main architecture / landscape lens and I like to use it a lot for some dramatic views. It’s also a good option for handheld in-camera HDR JPGs. For my trip I shot in JPG about 95% of the time, simply because I wanted to share pictures with my friends and family on a daily basis without spending
time on processing and because of the huge amount of data. Most of the time I didn’t really miss the lack of post-production possibilities but for long exposures I usually switch to RAW and process the pictures later at home using Lightroom and Photoshop.

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The 17mm lens for MFT is great for indoor shots due to the large aperture of 1.8. Nevertheless, in Japan it was the lens I used the least because the focal length is not one of my personal favorites and because on the PEN E-PL5 it was hard for me to guess if the resulting pictures were sharp due
to the not really great screen, at least compared to my other cameras. This is the reason why I switched to the PEN E-P5 after my vacation. It still fits in my bag perfectly and has a much better screen / stabilizer while being more expensive though. I used the 17mm primarily for some indoor pictures of “the small things” but also for some low light handheld shots .

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The M.Zuiko 45mm lens is a classic – cheap and sharp, great bang for the buck. Some might consider it too long for street photography but for me it was just fine. Using the very fast autofocus of the MFT cameras made it fun using this lens on the street. I thought it couldn’t get any better but the 75mm I bought during my vacation in Japan is even more impressive. This lens is of course much more expensive but I was able to get it rather cheap in Japan so I couldn’t resist. But let’s start with some pictures using the
45mm first:

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Last but not least, the M.Zuiko 75mm lens. Razor sharp with an awesome bokeh, a real pleasure to use on the Olympus EM-1. Using the great 5-axis stabilizer it’s no problem using this lens even in low light without a tripod, really impressive. It instantly became my favorite lens and I used it on the street as well as for landscape pictures.

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So in a nutshell that’s my experience using my gear during the last vacation. Is it perfect? No, I already identified some room for optimization (like replacing the PEN E-PL5 with the PEN E-P5) but for me it was real close to a perfect compromise. On the other hand, our hobby wouldn’t be fun if we were not able to find improvements and get new gear on a regular basis, right ;)?

If you have comments, suggestions or simply would like to get in touch with me I will be more than happy if you contact me via the following channels:

Pictures (including the remaining ones from my trip to Japan)
www.ultraweit-verwinkelt.net

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ultraweitverwinkelt

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https://plus.google.com/110027262868810382651/posts
Thanks for your time!

Pierre

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64 thoughts on “How much gear can you squeeze into an ONA Bowery? By Pierre Aden”

  1. Like your shots, but why do you carry so much gear? One body, two lenses! I travelled the States in 1975 : one Minolta SRT 101 , one 50/1.7 and one 24/2.8. I still have it, but today I use 50 and 21 mm on my M when on job.
    Cool, how you can squeeze all that gear into the back!

  2. Thanks for a refreshing article (as well as the variety of pictures). Might make me consider a 1018 for my NEX 6. Otherwise my one-camera-does-all continuing favourite is my Leica V-Lux 1,despite the NEX being better in principal.

    1. Thanks, John – the SEL1018 is really good on the NEX. Even better than on the A6000 in my opinion because it seems I get more chromatic aberrations from the 24mp sensor of the A6000 then from the 16mp of the NEX.

  3. Reeaallly nice pics. That said, maybe I’m just getting old and crabby… when I take a carry camera it’s one body, one fixed lens, usually the M9 with either a 35 or 50. If weather looks dicey, I’ll put it in a small Domke bag. Unless it’s a billable assignment, taking multiples of lots of gear has become a drag and to be honest I find the challenge of shooting competently with just 1 lens to be creatively refreshing. Again, really nice pics!

  4. Love your photos taken with the Oly 75. I travel for business everywhere in the world and as I can not carry too much weight, I always use one camera with just a prime. In the past it was an Oly E-P2 with the Panasonic Leica 25 and now I use a Ricoh GR. Believe me, the first time I traveled with just one focal length I was afraid I would miss lots of photos, but it is quite the opposite, it is an extremely liberating process than enhances your creativity. Check my pictures of Dubai or London at http://www.oriolphotography.tumblr.com, all photos taken from a taxi, or when walking from a business meeting to the following one. You will see that with just a prime you can take many different types of photos

    1. Great pictures, thanks! I agree that using one focal length at least for a while help to improve as a photographer. I’m just not brave enough to try this on a location I might only see once or twice in a lifetime :).

  5. I find the Bowery bag heavy and cumbersome. A real disappointment. I can get pretty much the same gear in a Domke F803, which is much lighter, more rugged, more user-friendly (outer pouches) and more comfortable to carry. Oh, and half the price.

    1. Interesting – have you tried the leather version or the canvas? The leather Bowery is much heavier of course. The Domke bags seem to great, too! I just didn’t have a chance to take a look at them in Germany but it might be something to consider in the future.

  6. I just loved your post–both the pictures and the complete info on gear used. I have not found a bag I really like that can take it all :-( So the Ona Bowery looks great! Can you send a link to the one you have?

    I am curious as to why you went with different camera makers necessitating two lens systems? Or is it more, as the MFT lenses and APS C lenses may not be used on both systems even if same camera maker? If I am correct you have a Sony APS C camera & 2 Olympus MFTs; forgive my ignorance–what can be interchanged, if anything?

    I find swapping lenses does not work for me, so your set up really appealed to me. I simply LOVED your photos, and would love to replicate your set up as far as the equivalent FOVs :-) I am sorry I never considered MFTs and the Sonys are awesome! :(

    My cameras are APS C, except the X10; I am forever looking for wider lens. I would appreciate suggestions on what to go for as far as getting the most ultra-wide lens and a tele?

    I have three fixed lens cameras:

    Fuji X100s, FOV equiv 52mm (Had to have it–loved the viewfinder!)
    Fuji x10, FOV equiv 28-112mm (I may not keep it though)
    Ricoh GR FOV equiv 28mm, with converter that gives me FOV 21mm. BUT the converter is big AND heavy :-(

    And one interchangeable lends camera Fuji XE1 with too many overlapping lenses, both for it and as far as equiv FOVs I have in other cameras :-(:

    The kit Fuji 18-55 (equiv FOV ~27 ~ 82mm), Fuji 35 f1.4 (FOV 52mm), Fuji 27 mm (FOV 40mm) pancake, Zeiss Touit 12 mm f2.8 (equiv FOV 18mm), and Zeiss Touit 32 mm f1.8 (equiv FOV 48m. Got the Zeiss, because there was a deal on B&H–on second thought should have gotten the 10mm Fujinon…

    For the Ricoh GR I have a wide angle converter–so gives me 28 or 21mm equivalents. But the converter is heavy and big.

    So I have on the APS C cameras

    Rokinon Fish eye 8mm (equiv 12)
    Zeiss T 12mm, (equiv 18)
    Fujinon 18-55, (equiv 27-82)
    Ricoh fixed 21 equiv
    Ricoh fixed 28 equiv
    Fujinon 23 fixed equiv 35
    Fujinon 27mm (equiv 40)
    Zeiss T 32mm, equiv 48

    IN FOV equiv terms I have
    Fisheye 12
    and 18, 21, 28, 35, 40, 48 Lots of overlap :-( What should I get rid of? I do want to keep the X100s and the Ricoh for sure., but maybe get rid if the Ricoh converter?

    And it seem I should have some tele–like I said I loved your 150 mm equiv shots

    Thanks!

    1. Ilana,

      Thanks for the compliment!

      Regarding the bag I answered on Facebook. For the A6000 the SEL1018 is glued to it because it’s the only lens that’s left for E-Mount. I sold everything else.

      Like you I didn’t take a look at MFT at all because I used APS-C and was looking for the “next big thing”, In my case the A7. While shooting with it I realised I didn’t have much fun because I missed the focus often and the lack of stabilization forced me to use shutter speeds of 1/160 or shorter.

      i tried the EM-1 and it just felt much better, the stabilizer makes shooting so much easer and the depth of field is just right for me.

      Regarding swapping lenses the EM-1 is nearly always equipped with the 75F1.8. The PEN (now it’s the PEN E-P5) has the Rokinon 8mm , the M.Zuiko 17mm or the M.Zuiko 45mm on it. So it’s pretty much the only camera where I swap lenses.

      1. Thanks for replying and giving me more info :-)

        Recapping to myself:

        The SonyA6000 & SEL1018 give you equiv 15-27 mm

        EM1 gives you equiv 150 mm f1.8

        The E-P5 gives you equiv of

        16mm Rokinon fisheye, and 34mm, and 90mm.

        Am still thinking about the Ona a bag :-)

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this, Steve. Quite inspirational and has made me completely re-think what camera kit I take and how I pack it when I’m travelling.
    I’ve just come back from a trip to London, where I spent most of my time thinking that I didn’t have the right camera, lens or camera/lens combination with me.
    In the past I guess I’ve done what many people do, and selected a camera and some lenses to go with it. This often means that my favourite lenses end up staying at home, because they don’t go with the camer I’m taking.
    This way I take my favourite lenses and then choose the cameas that work best with them.
    I’ve just ordered an ONA Bowery from B&H in the USA (best mail order service to the UAE) and have worked out that my basic travel kit will be very similar to Pierre’s:
    Sony A6000 with SEL1018 zoom
    Olympus OMD-EM1 with Zuiko 75mm f1.8
    Pentax Q7 with 3.2mm fisheye
    First choice of extra lenes will be the Pentax Q 15-45 mm telephoto zoom and the
    Olympus 45mm f1.8. If I can fit it in then I will take the Sony/Zeiss 24mm f1.8 or the Zeiss Touit 12mm. Maybe since the Pentax Q7 is so small, there will be space for a third lens.
    Thanks also for the great pictures – Japan and its people are very photogenic. If this new strategy helps me to catch candid shots like this I’ll be delighted.

    1. Rodger,

      Thanks for your kind words and I’m glad I was able to inspire you a little. Have fun with the bag and the gear you put ito it, it sound very adequate.

  8. I would not want to take different bodies and even different systems on a trip. Even if one combo offers better image quality, more advanced or exceptional features. I rate redundancy and uniform user interface higher.

    1. It helps to have the same bodies, sure. In my case I had Sony NEX cameras for 2 years and was used to them and the Oly interface is the same on the EM-1 and the PENs (minus some features on the PEN). It’s not a big deal for me but it would be an optimization of the workflow, I need to think about it :).

  9. Interesting info, and that bag looks comfortably small, though 3.2 kgs is not all that light. It’s the “stuffing” bit that I find unpractical, a bit like the “how many students fit into a Mini” kind of thing. Yes they fit in, but not for long.

    Just a quick calculation: D800 + 24, 35, 58 and 85 (all 1.4G’s) = appr 3.2 kgs, tissues, pen, notebook, piece of chamois, extra CF card, various other parafernalia, all fit reasonably comfortably in my Domke, particularly if, like Pierre, you turn around all the lens hoods, which I usually don’t.

    And changing lenses is not a “waste of time”.

    1. Forgot to add it’s the venerable Domke F2, in green(ish) wax cotton. Durable, light, inconspicuous and lots of pockets inside, some hidden and zippered, and out.

      I’m amazed at the number of posters that take multiple cameras on their travels. I find it hard enough to become truly familiar with one camera, let alone three or four different ones.

  10. I agree. Best camera bag I have ever owned. I am lucky enough to have a Steve Huff limited edition version and I just love it.

    I am impressed with the amount of gear you get in yours. I usually carry the EM-1, 17, 75 and accessories and its pretty full.

        1. Sorry, Pierre. It was an edition of one. It’s just like a standard Bowery, but filled with good karma.

          Steve, glad you got a new one, because I am never letting this one go.

  11. I love your images! Thanks for sharing your images and narrative.

    I live near an ONA dealer, and must say that these bags seem very thoughtfully designed, and appear to be assembled with care. I really like that when the flap is closed, there are no gaps to allow rain and debris to fall, from above, into the bag. All too many bags that look, at first, to be quite nice, have gaps at each upper corner, by the strap attachments, not covered by the flap.

    I do not yet own an ONA bag, but the Brixton seems better-suited for me, as I shoot with SLRs, favor compact prime lenses, and want the ability to carry a Macbook Air. The all-leather Brixton, the variant I favor, will take quite a financial commitment, however, as it costs almost as much as the 60mm 2.8 AF-S Micro-Nikkor lens currently at the top of my wish list.

    1. Hi RexGig,

      Thanks, glad you like the pictures.

      The ONA bags are very well made – I also had the Brixton when I had a Sony A7 and bigger lenses. I downsized to APS-C / MFT and sold the bag because everything fits in Bowery. That doesn’t mean the Brixton is not good, it’s actually an awesome bag. I just didn’t need the space anymore.

      1. I am from the old days of film SLR’s and still have a Nikon bag that has my OM-2 and lenses in it which is well padded and protected from the elements. It is just waiting for my OMD E-M5 to arrive and go to work again. Great article and a beautiful trip.

  12. Hi, Pierre,

    I don’t agree on the light weight. Your setup weights around 3.2kg. That’s a lot to carry on one shoulder for a long time. Watch out.

    Anyway, nice pictures. I liked the candid ones you’ve taken with Oly 75mm better. They’re really sharp! I also enjoyed the street ones.

    Cheers!

    1. Yes, the weight seems to be correct but it’s not a burden since the bag ist very small. Furthermore I have a shoulder pad on the strap and have zero problems. Still it could be lighter but that would mean more lens swapping and less comfort so for me it’s fine like that.

  13. Similar story here. Took my Ona Bowery along on a 12 day trip to Okinawa and Tokyo in April. For that trip I packed the following in the Bowery:

    Leica M2 w/ 50mm cron
    Fuji x100s w/ lens hood
    10 rolls of film
    4 spare batteries
    Lens pen
    ND filter
    Spare SD card
    Anker spare battery for mobile devices
    Chapstick
    Sunglasses
    Ipad Air
    Tokyo map

    Absolutely love the bag, it’s weight, and how much it can fit.

    I notice in pic 3 it looks like you have a pad on the shoulder strap? The only issue I have with Ona bags is their shoulder strap. It’s comfortable but it slides off my shoulder way too easily. Much preferred the Domke shoulder strap which had these built in rubber nubs that kept it in place.

  14. Just purchased my own bowery a month or so ago, in mine I keep

    oly ep3
    oly 25mm f1.8 usually attached
    oly 14-42mm kit soon to be replaced by the pan 14mm f2.5
    Nikon fe2 use to below to my father testing it now to see if the light meter works
    Nikon 50mm f1.4 ai lens
    nikon to m43 adapter to use said lens on ep3
    2 spare ep3 batteries
    pen + notebook
    led flashlight for late night exploration because I work nights
    occasionally my nexus 7 in the back pouch
    otg sd card reader if I wanna edit and put a shot on instagram via the tablet.

    The oly stuff is my daily carry, take it to work with me everyday and I don’t have to worry about leaving an expensive camera in the car or not taking it due to size which is what led me to get rid of my dslr.

  15. That’s a lot of cameras in the Bowery! I use it as well, here’s what I carry:

    Nikon V2
    6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 UWA lens
    18.5mm f/1.8 normal lens
    32mm f/1.2 (Probably my favorite)
    30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 telephoto zoom
    SB-N7 external flash
    extra batteries (1 for camera and 2 AAA for the flash)
    planner/notebook, pen and pencil
    lens pen
    extra SD card
    ML-L3 Nikon camera remote

    Even with all that I still have room for more! Not that I need anything else.

    Also, I enjoyed the pictures. The deers reminded me of when I was in Nara. I can’t wait to be back in Japan, only one month to go!

  16. The ONA Bowery bags are great. I even carry a Rolleiflex 2.8E along with a Fuji X-T1 and extra lenses in them. You can fit a ton of equipment in them and still travel very compact. They are also very flexible and can be reconfigured for many different combinations quickly.

    1. I too have a Bowry and also a Rolleiflex 2.8E. How do you put yours in? If I put mine in vertically i.e. standing up, it causes the top of the bag to bulge.

      FYI I hate the Bowry! For me it is an ugly over stuffed pillow sack of a bag, with a terrible strap that puts a metal buckle on your shoulder.

      Anyone want mine? $60 shipped in the continental US. Dark blue colour. Really good condition.
      $50 if you swing by and pick it up, I’m in Los Angeles..

      Best regards
      Huss

      p.s. love your shots Pierre!

  17. Hi Pierre,

    Great photos!!! I special love the b&w ones: those are just spot on! May I ask you what pp you made on the b&w photos?

    About the bag, it’s impressive when seeing it on your shoulder and realizing how small it is. Really nice ;)

  18. It might be an unpopular opinion but even if I can fit 3 cameras and 5 lenses into the Bowery which I own, I wouldn’t do it because for me it defeats the purpose of travel photography. I agree with your thoughts on how travel photography should emphasise on comfort and mobility rather than having to carry two DSLRs and 5 L lenses with you whenever I go (unless you are commercial, of course), but for me experiences constitute a very important part of travel, and rarely do I finish using one battery on my A7R in one day. I travelled to Bangkok in May and 99% of the time I shot with my A7R and a 35mm prime, while my girlfriend shot with her M7 and a 50mm. Granted we won’t be able to take spectacular panorama of the Grand Palace, but I’m satisfied that I didn’t have a difficult time fiddling around different cameras and lenses and I have about 20 to 30 nice shots that I really liked from the trip, and to top it off I get to truly experience Bangkok rather than shooting constantly.

    Again, this is just my personal opinion but it’s quite interesting to see that you can actually squeeze so many things into a Bowery. I have a leather Brixton as well but since I’ve had the Bowery it has pretty much been under-utilised as I prefer the compactness of the latter. For me I carry my A7R attached with a 35mm prime, a 50mm prime, two additional batteries which I rarely use, and a lens pen in the bag. The setup suits my style of shooting perfectly.

    1. I agree whith your focus on the travel experience, TY. One thing I learned from the last vacation is that even though I enjoyed the trip very much I took too many pictures sometimes. But it was comfortable to just pick the right camera with the right lens from the bag and don’t waste time with changing lenses. But if I would already be a perfect traveler and photographer things would become boring so it’s a good thing to improve ;).

  19. I think you just set my mind to rest about my Bowery not holding enough gear in the future. Right now it’s fine, because I’ve committed to shooting with nothing but the PanaLeica 25mm 1.4 for a year, so it’s just that on an E-M1 on one side, with the other holding a couple filters, a couple extra batteries, and a cleaning pen, with a Kindle in the back pouch. Once I finish my year, I’ve been looking at the Nocticron and the Oly 12mm 2.0, and I’m sure that if you can fit all 3 of your cameras in a Bowery, I’ll have no trouble accommodating those two.

    Cheers, and great photos!

    1. Thanks, Ryland. Goodidea to concentrate on one lens / focal length and try to master that one. I’m thinking about doing this with the M.Zuiko 17mm lens to force myself going closer for street photography. The Bowery will fit all your stuff perfectly, nothing to worry about.

  20. Hey, I can do this one too! I’ve been able to stuff the following into my ONA Bowery Bag:

    Fuji X100s (it’s a permanent resident) with TCL-100 conversion lens
    Olympus E-M5 with 25mm 1.4 lens
    Panasonic 360L flash
    weird off-brand set of wireless trigger and receivers
    notebook and pen
    mobile phone
    two spare batteries for the X100s (if you own one you’ll know why)
    lens cleaning pen thing
    3-stop ND filter
    iPad Mini

    The only thing worse than standard G.A.S. is camera bag G.A.S., but the Bowery comes pretty close to what I want. If only there were room for another lens or two. Or a mini-softbox. Or a sandwich.

    1. Nice! I can also add an iPad mini but I don’t bring it on a daily basis.

      My biggest fear is theft of the bag – it contains EVERYTHING I own when it comes to camera gear (besides a macro lens that I use rarely).

    2. I confirm that! Sandwiches and especially water bottles is the field in which the ONA struggles the most :D

  21. My personal ONA Bowery Pack list is as follows:

    Sony A7 with Markins L-Bracket and attached CV 21mm F1.8
    Sony a6000 with small sirui arca-plate and attached FE 55mm F1.8
    CV 35mm F1.2 II plus step-up ring and 58mm metal hood
    Sony SEL1650
    ND 0.9+1.8+3.0 plus 2 step-up-rings
    4 spare batteries plus 2 in cam
    4 spare memory cards plus 2 in cam
    2 Peak design leash straps
    1 Peak design cuff strap

    incredible, how much you can squeeze in such a small an beautiful bag. With this bag and a small T025x carbon fiber tripod by sirui, I’m set up for everything and its so small and light, I just love it!

    1. Wow, that is also impressive. I had the A7 but switched to MFT / A6000 because for me the A7 was more of a “tripod camera” with the 55mm Zeiss lens. I had to nail the focus exactly due to the small depth of field and had to go to at least 1/160 to get sharp pictures. With the EM-1 I can get sharp results with 1/2 of a second and 150mm focal length ;). This setup is much more forgiving but of course you sacrifice some quality the full frame sensor delivers.

      1. Exactly. I have an A7r & EM1 amoung others and although the A7r is capible of absolutly fantastic images with that 55mm Zeiss, you really have to be careful and somewhat methodical to get a good image. With the EM1 you could probably turn on the 2-second delay and just toss it into the air. They both definatly have their strengths.

  22. Greetings

    That’s a lot of gear in small bag.

    Superb photographs. I like the mixture of reportage shots you have posted, especially the wide angle perspective.

    I gave me a nice distraction from my work for a few minutes. Thanks very much

    All the best

    Gav.J

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