I think the field tan is the nicest of the waxed canvas colours. I also think the choice of material shows the bag is targeted a little more at commercial photographers.
The waxed canvas is more suited to shooting in variable conditions and doesn’t require the same levels of extended maintenance as leather. Waxed canvas bags hold their shape longer when loaded up. Leather messenger bags tend to soften and fold in a little after an extended period.
The ONA state the Astoria is the largest camera messenger bag they make, and it shows. The storage in this bag is massive.
There are very few messenger bags I’ve seen that hold a laptop and two gripped full-frame cameras. Yes, that’s not a typo. Two gripped full-frame cameras with lenses mounted and a Laptop.
The Technically, that means you could fit two gripped full-frame cameras with a 70-200mm f/2.8 and a 100-400mm at the same time if your shoulders can handle it.
This is one of the few messenger bags that can fit two gripped full-frame bodies with large lenses mounted.
From my perspective, it means I can carry two large portrait lenses like the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART and the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 ART, mounted on separate bodies to avoid lens changes.
Both of these lenses are 1kg+ beasts that could class as weapons in many countries.
The downside with dual bodies is that it limits the number of lenses you can carry unless you carry smaller lenses that fall below the top of the dividers.
Ease of Use/Comfort
The shoulder straps are thick (seat belt width) with leather padding for comfort.
From an ease of use perspective, I always think camera messenger bags score high, in part due to accessibility. They’re at your side, so they’re easy to access. It has to be a poorly designed bag to score badly on ease of use.
On the converse, the exact item that makes ease of use score high becomes the Achilles heel for comfort…
Most shoulder bags are fine as long as you aren’t loading 10kg’s worth of gear into them for an entire day’s shooting, which is pretty easy with pro glass.
Leather trimmings on the top of the bag with the grab handle. As with the rest of the bag, the fittings are impeccable
I think ONA have done a great job of providing shoulder padding on the However, I think that this is the price you pay for using a good quality waxed canvas bag. After all, you’re carrying a bag that will last a lifetime.
Value for Money
Brass fittings on the straps used to close the bag.
The pricing of camera bags is like any product. You have budget, mid-tier, premium and luxury. ONA’s pricing puts the Astoria in the premium to the luxury end of the market.
While some people will look past bags like this due to the price, I think you also have to consider whether it’s the kind of bag that will still be on your side in 10 years. This one definitely will.
Ultimately, you get what you pay for, and in this case, you’re paying for style, quality and longevity – check the latest price here.
ONA Astoria Review | Conclusion
In a world where photography accessories have a shelf life of 5 years, the isn’t showing its age. With the exception of its weight, there aren’t too many things that need changing, which is probably why nothing actually has changed over the years.
While I have managed to maintain possession of the bag, it remains under the watchful eye of my spouse, and I live under the constant threat of its repossession. I would recommend you hide yours under lock and key in your household as well.
- Construction Quality
- High capacity
- Heavy empty weight
- Uncomfortable when heavily loaded (like most messengers)
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