LeftOver Studio’s Brit Camera Bag Review
I will be honest with you. Finding affordable, large, leather, stylish, cognac colored camera bag is close to impossible. If you are lucky to find a bag under $125 then I will put money on it that it’s ugly, cheaply made, super duper small, or a combination of all three.
It was time to get rid of my trusty Nikon kit bag that I purchased back in 2009. I love that thing and the iconic yellow strip across the bag, but it was too small for my needs now and is ripping at the seams. It wasn’t a good look, especially when I’m shoots clients for a wedding. I needed something that more versatile and fit my M.O as a world dominating photographer.
I REALLY love the Ona Camera bags and first learned about this brand from Jamie Beck. She picked up the Ona Campus bag and it was ALMOST love at first sight. The bag is $430… and I’m sure after shipping it would have brought the total closer to $500.
Now $500 is nothing to scoff at for anyone part of the 99%. You know what I can pay for with $500?
Half of Rent
Two months of Car Note
5 months’ worth of Car insurance
5 months’ worth of groceries…
You see where I’m going with this. $500 is a lot of money for a bag. Then again Ona is pretty much the equivalent to Fendi in the camera bag world.
After much inner debate I was going to give myself at least three months to find a bag that going to fit my budget and style. If I couldn’t I would breakdown and get an Ona. Since I’m on a budget my goal was to find a high quality leather bag for less than $200, including shipping.
Yeah, I know… GOOD LUCK.
I searched high and low for bags. Most camera bags under $200 are either canvas or cloth. I didn’t want that as I desired a classic look that could last a very long time. Cloth and canvas have a tendency to get dirty and I’m really not in the business of cleaning my bag off after a long day of shooting.
Then I thought…
“I wonder if Etsy has any cute and affordable camera bags…”
Etsy had a whole gang load of camera bags. To sell on Etsy the items have to be handmade or certified vintage. Nothing commercial allowed on this site.
A quick search later under “Leather Camera Bag” I came across Leftover Studio.
ALL THE BAGS are stylish, cognac, and UNDER BUDGET.
The dude was located in India.
I had my reservations. How can I be sure he’s honest? Can I really wait over a month for my bag to ship internationally? Do I want to pay for international shipping for the bag?
After about 10 days of going back and forth I decided to purchase from the seller.
Since he opened the shop two years ago he has had over 2000 sales worldwide. In all the reviews EVERYONE stated how he was a great communicator. He (at the time of this review) had over 300 reviews from customers.
Even with international shipping the bag would still be under my $200 budget.
I was able to find his blog and see that he did actually make these bags himself and so it wasn’t going to be a ploy.
So what he’s in India? That doesn’t mean he’s not honest. I once purchased a cellphone off Ebay from a guy in Georgia (United States) who stole it from a waitress at a night club. I was out $75 time and effort.
You can’t make up purchases like that up… and if he REALLY took the time to write over 300 reviews on himself he deserved my $161 just in his efforts alone.
There on August 20th, 2013 I placed my order.
Oz in the owner of the shop and he hands makes everything to order himself. The leather is made with goat skin so it’s water resistant. I was super excited to have purchased a bag that would be completely unique. On the seventh of September I received an email from Oz. He apologized profusely for getting the bag completely late due to an influx or rush orders so he upgrade my shipping for free. He gave me free three day international express. On September 10th I had my bag when I arrived home.
My friend was there and he was just as excited to see it as I was.
In the reviews for this bag many people complained about the smell. Oz even warns about the smell of the bag on Etsy shop SEVERAL times. The smell is just of the hid and it’s something that will fad through time. When I got my bag there wasn’t a pungent smell like others were claiming. In all honestly, the smell was less intense than a leather jacket made of cow. Perhaps I got lucky… or perhaps other people were exaggerating. Then I again I worked in a water disposal plant for two years and now very few smells get to me. However, my friend stated that he didn’t notice anything particular about the smell either.
All the specs about the bag were spot on. To be honest this bag is a bit on the masculine side, but it does match my shooting style perfectly.
If you are an AVID reader of this blog you already know that I am all about quality. When I shop I look for the TINESTY stich out of place. If I see one loose thread I don’t purchase any shirts from that rack. This bag didn’t have one noticeable defect.
The ONLY thing I didn’t like the bag was the length of the strap. I really like how the strap is a buckle design, but he should have include more holes so I could have made the strap a little shorter in order to carry the bag a little higher on my body. However, that’s not a real issue with me as I like my bag to hang below my waist for easy access to my equipment while shooting.
The case cushion for the lens and bodies is perfectly thick so I won’t worry about slamming my bag down too hard and damaging any expensive equipment. The case has sliders that are adjustable as well.
There is enough room and pockets to place small items such as cell, keys, and other miscellaneous items. I really like the fact that there is a slot for a 13” laptop. I will probably use that area for a future purchase of a tablet.
Overall I am happy with this purchase and I would give this bag 10 stars. If you’re debating on if you should get this item I would go ahead and say do it. It’s worth every penny and every minute I waited for it. If you don’t like the cognac color I would pick this bag up in black.
My brother’s style also match these products so I plan on buying him a weekend bag, gym bag, or briefcase from this vendor for his birthday or Christmas.
Now for the photos!!!
|Top & Pants: Express| Belt: Old Navy| Camera Bag: Leftover Studio|Shoes: Nike|