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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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The newest camera bags from Artisan & Artist are tackling a market segment not touched very much. Yes, there are sling bags, messenger bags, backpacks, etc but not many camera tote bags. But the COV Tote series is looking to give users a bit more.

The COV-7000N and COV-7500N both sport a laptop PC sleeve pocket with extra padding. Both tote bags are large enough to carry a DSLR and three extra lenses. The bags are quoted to be very strong and made from water and stain resistant canvas.

The bags sport a black canvas accented with black and red leather, and matte silver metal. For extra versatility, they have a shoulder strap that is removeable so you can use just the handle.

Retail prices are $339 for the COV-7000N and $359 for the COV-7500N. More photos of the new Artisan & Artist Camera Bags are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Great State Classic Skinny strap review images (3 of 8)ISO 1001-100 sec at f - 2.0

We’ve gone through our archive to find some of our favorite accessories for photographers that have come out in 2014. It’s taken us across a journey that appeals to the enthusiast, the mobile photographer, the street photographer, and the person with a discerning taste. This year, we saw a huge emphasis on items being handmade and those also finding a way to be very functional.

So if you’re looking for a great holiday gift, check out our roundup of the best photography accessories that we found this year.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

ONA has always created beautiful and simplistic camera bags. And today’s announcement of the Leather Price Street is no exception to their award winning lineup. Designed for street photographers and those with a more mobile/guerilla oriented shooting style, we’re sure that any shooter would wear this bag with pride.

With a full leather exterior, superb interior padding, and a suggested retail price of $389 we’d like to remind you at this point in the article to please ensure that the drool from your mouth doesn’t hit the keyboard–that’s just unattractive and embarrassing when you take it in for repair and tell the techs.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Holdfast camera bag with fur review (9 of 9)ISO 2001-500 sec at f - 2.8

Packing for any trip is a trip in itself. Clothing aside, figuring out how much gear to bring can often be the most challenging because it factors into your carry on. We’re sure you know, but it’s worth mentioning that gear (read: cameras and lenses) is not something you’d want to leave in your checked luggage, and keep in mind that some airlines have downsized carryon limits. So, with your carry on bag, how much gear are you going to pack?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Holdfast camera bag with fur review (1 of 9)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 2.8

We don’t normally want to cuddle with the inside of our camera bags, but we’re positive that if our lenses and mirrorless cameras had feelings, then they sure would like to. That’s sort of the idea for Holdfast Gear’s new Explorer pouch. The pouch features waxed canvas, pockets, leather accents, and a furry inside. When we first looked at it, we thought of it as an UGG for your camera.

However, it’s far more impressive than that.

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