It seems to be a universal fact that photographers, in addition to constantly changing gear and cameras, are always, seemingly without end, in pursuit of the perfect bag. I’m the worst when it comes to this, and have owned almost every type, brand, size, and look out there. I’m also extremely hard on my gear, clothes, and bags, which I think makes me a pretty great person to put a bag through its paces.
I first stumbled across the Roamographer bag though the Holdfast Instagram, having a faithful user of the Moneymaker camera harness for the past several years. I always loved the look and feel of the Moneymaker, and every wedding it gets a fare share of complements, and my back has never felt better after a 12 hour wedding day. The idea of a beautiful leather bag, with the same level of craftsmanship, and detail put into it, sounded wonderful.
To be honest, I’m more of a leather accent person, usually preferring the look of canvas, or tin cloth, so that was something that took me awhile to warm up to. The thing that really made me lean in the direction of the Roamographer was the design of the insert. I shoot medium format and 35mm film, and digital, so my kit tends to me a little more complicated than just a couple bodies and lenses. My main medium format camera is the Pentax 6x7, and I regularly use both the 75mm 2.8 al, and 105mm 2.4. This alone makes finding a bag that fits hard. Most modern bags are designed with full frame digital in mind, and the Pentax has an odd shape when used with a prism for most of these bags. Its also heavy, like really heavy, so it was important that the bag could carry it comfortably, while still wearing well over time with that kind of weight. Also, something that takes up a ton of space when traveling is film, another thing that most bags don’t really have a place for. On top of all that, I still wanted to be able to bring my leica M3, and sometimes a digital mirrorless. Its a lot to ask from one bag.