One of my favorite camera accessory creators, Holdfast, recently unveiled a new camera bag: the Explorer Lens Quiver bag.
This Holdfast camera bag is based around the idea of an arrow quiver. If you’ve ever shot a bow and arrow before, then you know that an arrow quiver is a small bag that allows archers to efficiently grab more arrows to reload their bows.
This quick access camera bag is the exact same idea, so you can access your lenses, your notebooks, and extra batteries without fumbling around with zippers or flaps.
If you’ve been looking for a camera bag for wildlife photography, or if you’ve been looking for a camera bag for sports photography, then you’ve found the perfect one!
It Features Quick Access to All Your Gear
The biggest selling point on this messenger style camera bag is the fact that you can have immediate access to all of your gear.
It features nine total pockets and can carry your camera, two large lenses, extra batteries, memory cards and small trinkets, like pens, notebooks, and wallets. Matt, the creator behind the Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag, even carries his coffee in it.
Only one of these pockets features a zipper. The rest of them are open access. This way, you can get to all of your gear exactly when you need it, while still keeping your smaller accessories in place.
There is one large clasp to keep the bag put together and right where this clasp is located you’ll also find a D-ring, which can hold your keys for you. If you’re like me and always have trouble locating your keys when you need them, then this is the perfect accessory.
It’s Super Comfortable
Another feature to this camera bag that I should mention is the fact that it is incredibly lightweight. Unlike other messenger bags which can get really heavy, the Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag is made out of twill canvas and leather and it only weighs 1 lb 3 oz. This way, you can load the camera bag up with all of your heavy equipment, but it still won’t feel heavy.
However, even the lightest of bags can be uncomfortable and Holdfast knows this. It’s why the shoulder strap on the Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag is so thick. You shouldn’t expect it to dig into your shoulder, no matter how much weight you’re carrying.
Plus, if you really don’t like messenger style camera bags, then Holdfast sells an optional waist belt with this bag that will let you wear it like a waist apron. This way all of the weight of your equipment is distributed on your waist instead of on your shoulders.
It’s Aesthetically Pleasing
While I’m not afraid to shoot with an ugly camera bag, as long as it does what it’s supposed to do, Holdfast places a special emphasis on making each of their bags beautiful to help you look professional. The Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag is no different.
It isn’t made of all leather, like most of their bags. Instead, it is made out of twill canvas and features leather accessories. So, you can choose from a wide array of colors, like forest green, indigo denim, or olive.
Given the classic color palette, you can expect this bag to fit right into your wardrobe every time you go out shooting.
It Works in Tandem With Other Holdfast Products
One of the biggest reasons why I love Holdfast so much is that they build each piece of gear to work with every other piece of gear they produce.
So, this Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag can be used together with the Holdfast MoneyMaker, which is their classic, cross-body camera strap.
If you choose to do so, then the Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag would actually sit on your lower back, slung onto the MoneyMaker. Since the MoneyMaker allows you to hold two cameras at once, you can have easy access to a camera on your left and right side.
Since the Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag is open access, this will give you easy access to two cameras and two lenses with ease.
Of course, none of these features mean much if you can’t afford the bag. Thankfully, Holdfast tries to make all of their products affordable. The Explorer Lens Quiver camera bag will cost you $260-$275, depending upon your color choice.
All product photos by Brandon Burk