It’s not all that often that I geek out over something. I think the last time I felt so strongly about a new product was with my Fuji X100s, which I STILL love! If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only take two photo related items with me, I would take that Fuji and my new bag “lust”, the Ona Berlin II.
If any of you know me, I’m not one for the latest and greatest tech. I can make do and still create using the stuff that I already own, and I don’t need the latest bells and whistles product that pop up every month or so. But once in a while, a new product catches my eye, and after careful research and consideration, I lust for it, usually for how well it’s made, and how long it will last. With the new Ona Berlin II, I know that I will own this bag till the last photo I ever make [tear rolls down my face…].
I originally wanted the first iteration of the Berlin, the Berlin I, but when I finally decided on springing the dough for it, low and behold (and not surprisingly) it sold out! Originally created in conjunction with Leica camera’s 100th anniversary, the Leica aficionados swept them up in a hurry (then again, most Leica owners tend to have a LOT of dough! – Doh!). I liked the bag solely for its size, material (leather) and quality (I own another one of Ona’s bags, the Bowery).
The first batch was said to be a limited run, but when Ona announced that a second batch would be made, I started saving my pennies! After a long(-ish) wait, my “dream” bag finally arrived, and I’m more than happy to say that this is indeed, IT! I don’t need another camera bag!!!
The quality and workmanship is impeccable. And the design is timeless. Nice roomy interior, with a zippered front pocket for cards, wallet, phone, etc., and a rear pocket large enough to hold an iPad, or perhaps maps to whatever city you’re exploring (this bag would do well in Europe!). Although I’m not a Leica owner (I don’t need to buy a camera that would cost more than my car!), I am using it with my trusty old Fuji X100s, which in form and function, is similar to the Leica, of which this bag was created.
The Berlin II is the type of bag that will age really well. Scuff marks and discoloration will only make it look better. Heck, I can’t wait to break it in cause it’s a little too nice looking.
There you have it. My simply review of the last camera bag I’ll ever buy. Once in a while, you find something that fits and works, and then, that’s it. Done. Finito.
Thanks Ona Bags! All hail the Berlin II!
Now here are my photos of the unboxing of my new Berlin II. I know. Geek stuff, but fun to do and share! Enjoy!