As a beauty and fashion reviewer, when I hear the word “bag,” I immediately think of fashion handbags. But there are lots of other types of bags that do important things for the user. For example, when I’m traveling or photographer Fashion Week in New York, the word “bag” means something entirely different. A camera bag is an essential part of a photographer’s gear. A good one protects the investment of cameras and lenses and lets you go places you never even imagined! Brenthaven is an eco-friendly company that makes exceptional(and also vegan) camera bags. This week, we award Brenthaven by making them our Weekly Obsession!
Carrying a camera bag can be challenging, but this one has a removable padded shoulder strap with lightweight, anti-glare, hardware that is rated to 160 lbs., and a top handle that is molded and padded. There is actually an even larger version of this bag, but most people reading this column may not want to carry that much equipment on my waist. Professionals out in the field seem to be immune to discomfort, however so maybe it wouldn’t phase them.
Like a fashionable handbag, a camera bag doesn’t have to be dull, either. This one is an attractive, unisex charcoal grey with black accents, fashioned in tough, water-resistant, nylon. They grey color helps keep it cool in direct sunlight. The bottom is rubberized to keep it from sliding on an uneven surface and to protect the bag even further. There are lots of zippered pockets that can be quickly accessed from the outside of the bag both zippered and with Velcro closures, to hold extra batteries, cleansing clothes, etc. Another feature is Speed ZipTM top opening for quick access to lens/flash compartments inside. When you have no time to waste, being able to quickly unzip the top instead of using the full surround zip, saves seconds you need to snap the action, around you.
But the real business of this bag is in the inside with flexible compartments crafted with “BX2 Xtreme Foam” in case the bag is dropped. Hanging from an easy to identify yellow cord is a tiny, tethered LED light to help you find what you need inside the bag (or immediately in your surroundings) in low light conditions. Padded compartments can be adjusted/configured to fit specific cameras and lenses, adjusted with Velcro. The plush lining also protects your camera and accessories against damage and scratches. A gift of a Brenthaven camera bag is a lovely idea for newlyweds, a new grad, or anyone who loves to take pictures. It’s a gift that will last, literally a lifetime. I do mean it — Brenthaven offers a 100% Lifetime Guarantee. You can check out all the camera bags, tablet, laptop and phone cases Brenthaven has to offer on their web site at: http://www.brenthaven.com.