Object of Desire: Ona Berlin

August 21, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Leica hit the 100-year mark last year, an amazing feat in an industry that has seen other storied brands brought low by shifts in the technological winds. To celebrate this milestone, camera bag maker Ona designed a new bag. The Ona Berlin II, designed in collaboration with the German camera maker, features a full-grain black leather exterior with gunmetal hardware, and it joins an earlier Berlin II bag that’s clad in Bourbon Leather. Ona assures us that both leather exteriors will age gracefully, developing a “rich patina” over time. The lined interior has customizable dividers to keep gear safe and segregated. The inside is colored in Leica’s signature red. That red makes a second appearance on a red rivet on one of the bag’s buckles, and is designed to evoke Leica’s red dot. The Berlin II is roomy enough for a Leica M series camera with its lens attached, plus two or three extra lenses, a tablet and accessories. The top grab handle is removable. A zippered organizer pocket plus a slim rear pocket for papers will stow your extras. The bag weighs 3.1 pounds sans gear and sports interior dimensions of 11 x 8.5 x 3.5 inches.
Price: $399