“It’s not really a camera bag, but it can be used as one.” is what I was told by Able Archer when the Mapcase was presented in a catalog after the company approached me. Reviews like this are problematic at times because theoretically, any bag can be used for any reason. Lots of camera bags can double as every day bags, and with some clever tinkering a normal bag can be made to hold all the camera gear you really need.
Able Archer is a new company looking to get into the bag manufacturing game and their process takes inspiration from the past. For example, the Able Archer Mapcase was designed and inspired by literal map cases that soldiers used to carry with them. Obviously, it’s been modified for today’s needs and to suit a different purpose.
One of said purposes is a camera bag–for $300.