As a photographer, I obviously don’t leave my house without my gear. Over the years, I’ve grown to love leather camera bags for their durability (and their looks, if I’m honest).
I’ve gone through my fair share of top leather camera bags, bouncing from one to the next when a new article drops about a different brand.
That is, I did until I found Holdfast. Holdfast’s leather camera bags last a lifetime, are made of quality buffalo hide, and are uniquely crafted so that no two bags are exactly alike.
So, I’m incredibly excited to share why I think the Holdfast Roamographer is the best leather camera bag on the market.
This Bag is Beautifully Made
Leather is durable. But, buffalo leather is more durable which is why Holdfast uses buffalo hides for many of their products.
While both cow leather and buffalo leather are incredibly strong, buffalo leather is typically not stretched during the tanning process, whereas cow leather is, so Holdfast’s bags are much thicker than other camera leather bags on the market.
Buffalo leather is also highly prized for its unique attributes. When cow leather is tanned, the tanners use modern-day chemicals to try and produce the same product each time across the board.
Buffalo leather, however, is more often used with high-end products because it doesn’t go through this process. My first Holdfast leather camera bag actually had part of the branding from the buffalo still intact, so I know nobody has the exact same bag as me.
The Roamographer also uses stainless steel hardware so you never need to worry about rust, which is super important in my humid environment.
Finally, the Roamographer’s inside is crafted from supple cotton which both feels great and prevents my equipment from getting scratched.
The Roamographer Will Help Keep Your Gear Organized
Obviously, this is the most important part of any leather camera bag.
As I mentioned before, the inside of the Roamographer is created using the softest cotton. This extra padding allows me to feel confident my lenses are as protected as possible.
The above cubbies keep all of my equipment exactly where it should be, plus they are removable which allows for easy cleaning. If you have kids who happen to get into everything you own and drop shaved ice all over it (I’m experienced in this realm), you know how important easy pick up is.
The Roamographer also comes in two sizes so you can pick the storage space you need.
I opted for the smaller of the two, which is still large enough to fit all of my camera gear, my keys, and my wallet comfortably.
You Get Versatile Functionality
I think this is probably my favorite quality about this leather camera bag: you can wear it in a variety of ways.
You can use it as a shoulder bag, or you can pair it with the Holdfast MoneyMaker harness to carry it like a backpack.
Plus, since this is the best leather camera bag ever, you can take out the removable inserts and use it as a carry on for photography trips.
Finally, like I mentioned before, it comes in a small and large size. One bag is created specifically for DSLR kits and the other is created specifically for mirrorless kits.
THere's Impeccable Attention to Detail
Have you ever purchased one of the “top” leather camera bags and figured out the freaking zipper doesn’t work?
Never again. Each Holdfast leather camera bag is created by true craftsmen, and that includes everything from the American bison leather to the zippers to the shearling-lined shoulder straps.
This bag is comfortable, beautiful and, most importantly, after you purchase it you should never need to worry about it again.
If I haven’t convinced you that you need to buy one of these bags, I don’t think anyone can.
It will change the way you stay organized in your professional life and can be used as a traditional bag in your personal life. What’s not to like about that?