Essentials: COSYSPEED Lens Pouches (Help an African Mother Out)

Essentials is a series featuring products we’re lusting over in quick, bite-sized posts.

A lens pouch? Why would someone need that in 2020? Well, there are actually a lot of great reasons why, the least of which is to assist travel photographers and photojournalists protecting their gear. But most importantly, the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches are made in the poorest country in the world, situated in Africa. And when you make a purchase, you help a mother provide for her family. It’s a win-win situation: you get a well-made product, and a mom helps her child eat. That’s the initiative behind COSYSPEED’s IndieGoGo campaign!

When you look at the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches, you’ll see they’ve got a very African design about them. This helps make them look a lot more unique. So, if you’re a photographer who likes a bit of flair and doesn’t want to embrace the brooding ‘tog inside of you who likes all black, then these will work great! Besides, some of us I’m sure desperately need a bit of color in our lives.

There are three sizes. Each one of the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches accommodates different things. In its smallest option, I packed a Sony 35mm f2.8. In the middle option, I’ve stuffed my 55mm f1.8. These are perfect because I’ve lost the lens caps for both and this helps ensure that the front element is scratch-free!

The biggest of the bunch is able to hold not only a lens, but also cameras. I’ve stuffed a Leica R6 into there. And if you’re very much of the analog world, then you’ll appreciate that you can stuff film into these too.

The exterior is made of cloth. It’s a slightly rougher cloth that reminds me of almost tablecloth material. But it’s good enough for what this is.

The interior of the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches is made of a material very similar to that of a microfiber cloth. That means your lenses and such will be very well protected. The only thing that you may be afraid of is protection from the elements. In that case, there should be a leather and canvas option in your future. But the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches don’t cater to that. Instead, they make a lot of sense for the photographer that has a need for separating their gear out.

During our tests, we shoved these into an ONA Monterey backpack. The lens pouches allowed us to provide even further separation and organization of our gear. And we loved that. If you’re a photographer that likes to carry around eye drops, lens cleaning solution or other liquids, it makes sense to separate those from the rest of your gear and put it in the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches.

And if you’re a photographer that doesn’t like camera bags, then the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches can separate your gear out a bit more. A slightly padded version would be a nice addition. But it’s not at all really necessary. Plus, consider the fact that you’re getting three of them for less than $30 and you’re getting a bargain. I really can’t find a major fault with these pouches and we’d recommend them to any photographer that cares about the global economy.