ONA Brixton Review

Photography bags vary greatly in form and function. Sometimes the situation requires a photography bag to look less utilitarian and provide style as well as function. ONA bags do exactly this. Their line up messenger bags, backpacks, and straps are handcrafted from premium materials look great and protect your photography gear.

My experience with the Brixton messenger bag (Smoke Waxed Canvas edition) is extremely positive, and with a MSRP of $289 I would expect it to be. Quality and style does come with a high price tag, but relative to other photography gear or fashion items it is by no means exorbitant. ONA does offer the Brixton in two beautiful leather versions, I am partial to the Antique Cognac, for a MSRP of $439.

Features: The Brixton comes equipped with a laptop compartment capable of holding 13inch models, four removable Velcro dividers, two front pockets, two side pockets, and a magazine or tablet slot in the back. The bag is also water-resistant. The bag, like many of the ONA products, implements a secure antique brass tuck-clasp closure system, which is again another great implementation of form and function. I have used the Brixton as means of transport for both a Canon DSLR system and a Fuji X-mount system. This bag works extremely well for me as I purposely selected the Brixton based on my gear and have purchased other gear to work with the Brixton.

Living with the Brixton: Maxing the Brixton out I have loaded it with a 13inch MacBook Air, Canon 6D with EF 17-40mm f4L, Sigma 50mm f1.4A, EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro, 430 ex II, filters flash triggers, spare batteries, cables, chargers, and a 3 Legged Thing Rick tripod (a nice carbon fiber travel tripod that folds down to 12.5inches).  Sure this involved a little familiarity with Tetris, but it worked. Even better, all of this still fit under the seat in front of me on an airplane. I would not suggest loading this much weight into any messenger bag if you care about your shoulder, but with this bag you have the room.

Equipping this bag with a mirrorless system really puts it in its element. The weight savings of these smaller systems really pair well with the messenger bag form. The Fuji X-mount system matches the bag beautifully and makes me dream about how some Leica gear would pair with an ONA bag?