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One of the most important things about a camera bag for photographers is that it shouldn’t look like a camera bag. That seems to be what Booq is going for with their new Python Catch camera bag. Instead of looking like an expensive bag it looks like something that a college kid may tote around. This is further evinced by the fact that it can hold up to two DSLRs, four lenses and a 15″ Macbook Pro. If you’re a photojournalism student that can afford the $295 price tag, this could be the bag for you.

The Booq Python Catch comes in gray, and has a reflective surface that makes sure that you get seen in the dark while walking around in the rain.

The interior has padded dividers and more mesh pockets to keep things separated. But that’s not even the coolest part. The exterior is made from a combination of cotton and recycled PET, and promises weather proofing. Most interestingly, there is a back strap to store it on top of luggage.

More photos of the bag are after the jump.

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Last year, ONA teamed up with Leica to bring the Berlin camera bag. Then they brought it out of the limited edition space, and this year they’re updating the bag again. The ONA Berlin II is a wink and a nod to one of the hippest cities in the world, and is made with rich grain leather that ONA guarantees will look amazing with use.

The interior has a red look to coincide with Leica’s company; and the bag can hold a Leica M along with a couple of lenses, an iPad and personal stuff. The Berlin II also has a removable top grab handle if you don’t want to sling it around your chest.

This bag, like the more production ready Berlin, has only one red button as opposed to the limited edition with two buttons.

Want one? They’re available today for $399; which seems a tad pricey–but considering how high quality ONA’s camera bags are that you need to see in person to believe it’s very fair. On a personal note, we really wish it could hold a 13 inch MacBook and therefore become more functional as an everyday bag.

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Tenba Packlite Travel Bags (5 of 8)ISO 501-100 sec at f - 16

Tenba is announcing Inception: the Photographer’s Journey their new camera bags that are designed to help make organizing and storage much simpler. They’re called the Packlite, and these bags are self-contained bags that go inside of larger camera bags. While on paper the concept sounds weird, it actually makes lots of sense in real life. When I travel for trips and work, I often put my camera bag inside of my checked luggage bag. These bags are specifically designed to do that. Then when I go shooting, I just need to pull the bag out.

According to their press release,

“Packlite bags come in four sizes to pair up with each of Tenba’s BYOB inserts. They can carry everything from the smallest mirrorless camera systems in the Packlite 7, to mid-size mirrorless in the Packlite 8, a DSLR with an attached 24-70mm 2.8 in the Packlite 10, up to a pro body with a 70-200mm 2.8 in the Packlite 13.”

More photos and a demo video of the Tenba Packlite Camera Bags are after the jump.

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Town 30 is a brand new company that is trying to carve their path in the stylish camera bag space; and today they’re launching their Kickstarter showcasing their Emissary bag series. This isn’t only a stylish bag though, it has lots of unique features. Take for example the special lens cap holder on the side that fits various sizes or the special claps that requires you to actually twist them in order to unfasten them. However, they’re very capable of being undone in one smooth motion and lifting the flap up if quick access is what you’re after.

The bag is made from water-resistant nylon with vegetable leather on top for those of you who prefer to pet cows rather than  experiencing their deliciousness. The bags come in the 13″ Burzin and 15″ Cumbysis options with the Burzin offering a Classic leather edition still made from veggies.

The company’s intro video to the Town 30 Emissary bags is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Langly Alpha Pro Camera Bag review photos (2 of 9)ISO 4001-1700 sec at f - 1.4

“Hold up guys, I need to change my lenses.”

Rewind to 2007 when I was still in college and my photojournalism teacher and mentor taught me to never be this guy. Fast forward to 2008 during my first internship at PC Mag (then PC Magazine) and the journalists that I interned under would say the same thing. Why? Well, that guy slows everyone else down in the group.

This is one of the primary reasons why I don’t use backpacks for my photo gear, but when it comes to packing loads and loads of stuff on you in a comfortable yet low profile and fashionable way, it’s very tough to beat the Langly Alpha Pro backpack. Sure, backpacks don’t give you the quick, on the go access that a messenger or tote bag do, but it makes up for it in being able to carry lots of stuff on a daily excursion.

Made of canvas and leather, Langly camera bags join ONA, zKin, Artisan and Artist  and others amongst the lineup of beautiful camera bags designed to also be very functional as a camera bag.

So how does it do? To be honest, Langly may have everyone else beat when it comes to the adventure photographer.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Artist and Artisan Camera Tote Bag Review (4 of 12)ISO 1001-2000 sec at f - 2.8

The idea of a tote bag for photographers isn’t exactly new, but it hasn’t been done quite effectively just yet.

For a while now, what I’ve wanted and personally experimented with as a photographer is a tote bag. Messenger bags have proven to be extremely effective for the photographer that needs to bring a laptop, camera, lenses and more along with them each day. But when it comes to working in a big city and being a business owner, part of being a photographer has to do with looking your part. Watch anything on Netflix or television and you’ll see more and more folks bringing around tote bags that look similar to briefcases in style.

The Artisan and Artist company announced their take on the Tote bag with the Artisan and Artist COV 7500N tote bag for photographers. With all the pockets, padding and straps that a photographer can possibly need; the company has succeeded in doing something that some messenger style and sling style camera bag manufacturers can’t do: create a camera bag that truly doesn’t look like a camera bag.

With leather accents, canvas and nylon comprising the design, this Japanese-made camera bag has some stylish looks to it and works very well for both genders. But the biggest thing that photographers want to know is how it performs for them.

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