This Minimalist Camera Bag Gives You Easy Access to Gear
- What is a Minimalist Camera Bag?
- HoldFast Gear Leather Goods
- Explorer Lens Quiver
- Using a Minimalist Camera Bag
- Camera Messenger Bag
- The Best Straps Ever
- Final Words
- Other Recommended Photography Gear
- How to Comfortably Carry Multiple Cameras
- Which Camera Strap Is Right for You?
- Tips for Picking a Camera Bag
How many camera bags do you have? If you’re like me, you probably have at least one camera bag for every year you’ve been into serious photography. Now the question is, how many of those camera bags do you actually use?
I’ll have to admit, some of my older camera bag purchases are now relegated to storing some photography gear that I rarely use but just can’t seem to get rid of. So, I’m often looking for my next bag. I’m happy to say I’ve found a very useful minimalist camera bag from HoldFast Gear. Let me tell you all about it!
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What is a Minimalist Camera Bag?
A minimalist camera bag can be described as a bag that simply holds things relating to photography and holds them well. No fussy gadgets and gizmos. Just high quality, heavy-duty, and designed for photographers.
A good minimalist camera bag doesn't even need a closable top via zipper or flap. When designed right, it will hold your lenses or other gear securely but with instant access capability.
HoldFast Gear Leather Goods
HoldFast Gear makes outstanding quality leather camera bags and straps right here in America. They use other fine materials, too, such as Merino wool, stainless steel, copper, and heavy-duty cotton twill canvas - whatever is best suited for the purpose of the product.
Their gear is handmade and built to last, too. The leather used also gains an incredible patina after being used for a while. Leather and canvas are some of the best materials possible for high-quality camera bags and straps, including a minimalist camera bag like the Explorer Lens Quiver.
Here is an interesting video about the making and use of the Explorer Lens Quiver minimalist camera bag.
Explorer Lens Quiver
The Explorer Lens Quiver is one of HoldFast’s best minimalist camera bags.
It’s an open-top camera lens bag designed to give photographers easy access to their lenses and speed up workflow. With no zippers, flaps, hoods, or covers to slow you down, all your lenses are directly at your fingertips at all times.
Each camera lens bag is built from 18 ounces of beautiful twill canvas and has high-quality leather accents. The main compartment consists of two spacious lens pockets and one large pocket (perfect for flashes, cleaning, kits, notebooks, etc.). Additionally, there are three small exterior pockets, a designated cell phone pocket, and one large zipper pocket on the back where you can toss in any remaining bits and bobs.
With dimensions of 14 x 9.5 x 4 inches, there is an unbelievable amount of storage in this multiple-lens camera bag. You can carry two lenses, a flash, spare batteries, memory cards, and so much more at any given time! If that wasn’t enough, it only weighs slightly over one pound.
Using a Minimalist Camera Bag
Versatility is another area in which this minimalist camera bag excels. It includes an adjustable leather shoulder strap and is designed for wearing as a satchel-style, over-the-shoulder bag. The comfortable shoulder strap features three functional d-rings, ideal for attaching and hanging small items such as keys or glasses.
While it’s primarily an over-the-shoulder bag, that is only one of the many ways you can carry this amazing camera lens bag. Another way to use it (and my personal favorite) is to wear it as a waist pouch resembling a fanny pack.
Wearing it around the waist puts everything in a secure, easy-to-access location and helps keep weight off your shoulders. You have to buy the optional waist belt attachment when purchasing the bag, but trust me, it’s well worth the value.
Camera Messenger Bag
The Explorer Lens Quiver is an example of a messenger-style camera bag. It has an open top and no flaps or zippers to get in the way between you and your gear while working. HoldFast also makes more traditional styles of camera bags, including a modular bag. But I think you will find the minimalist camera bag idea intriguing, especially when you pair it with the best camera strap ever.
The Best Straps Ever
The Holdfast MoneyMaker is an American-made camera harness made from Water Buffalo leather and all-steel hardware. It allows you to easily and comfortably carry multiple cameras at a time. You can carry two with the harness alone or three if you add a camera leash.
Add the minimalist camera bag Explorer Lens Quiver, and you have perhaps the perfect solution for on-the-go photography. Think of it, two camera bodies with a lens mounted, ready to use instantly. The lens quiver minimalist camera bag can hold extra lenses, a lens and a flash, or some specialty video gear.
You may have noticed that the fine leather bags, straps, and other gear from HoldFast are not inexpensive. Fine craftsmanship, durable materials, and excellent design will cost a little more.
But in the long run, these minimalist camera bags and perfect strap solutions will more than pay for themselves in easing your workflow, lasting forever, and looking great as you use them.