By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >>
There are times when you don’t want to walk around in the world wearing a pack that screams, “I’m a photographer.” Times, for example, like, whenever you leave the house. Not only does a big nylon backpack tinseled with webbing make it difficult to be unobtrusive (often a key to capturing great images), it also suggests to thieves, muggers, and ne’er-do-wells that you’re holding thousands of dollars in direct-to-Ebay merchandise. The second half of that “I’m a photographer” scream? “Please rob me.”
Ona’s Union Street messenger-style camera bag, $279, is nothing if not discrete. Constructed of waxed canvas that has a buttery-but-tough feel, it looks like a traditional messenger that’s more likely to be stuffed with a breakfast bagel and the latest New Yorker than several thousand dollars worth of electronics. No, from the outside, nothing suggests Cartier-Bresson. With a padded leather bottom, brass tuck-lock closure, and the stealthy suede hand of the fabric, it’s much more Clark Kent.