Lots of camera backpacks. That’s the first thing people see when they look into my closet. You can never have too many of them. And these days, there are more types and styles of camera backpacks than ever.
Recognizing that “style” is more important to today’s camera bag buyers than it used to be, several companies are trying to cater to the photographer who needs to carry their kit but also wants to look good doing it.
The Brevitē Rolltop features a removable camera-carry system that allows the backpack to be transformed from a camera bag to a simple (but stylish) travel bag.
My initial thought upon seeing the bag is that I like the looks of it. The rolltop works like it sounds it should. You can roll it open and shut and it brings back a style that was popular 100 years ago with military troops.
One of the best features of this bag is that it doesn’t look like a camera bag, which makes it slightly less a tempting target for thieves. If you like the company’s other bags, you can transfer the photography insert from bag-to-bag. A nice touch.
The bag will carry up to a full-frame DSLR with an attached lens, and an extra 70-200mm zoom lens. Depending on your gear, you may get two or three smaller lenses and if you are a mirrorless shooter you might count on enough room for that and more.
The Rolltop offers a waterproof polyester exterior and has·multiple access doors which make it easy for photographers to reach their camera and lenses.
The bag also features an integrated laptop sleeve that holds up to a 15” laptop.
Some other features of the bag are a rain cover, sewn-in memory card holders, external compression straps for a tripod and sweat-wicking back materials
Since photographers are switching to mirrorless in record numbers, I think this particular bag might be just right for the mirrorless shooter on the go. While technically the bag will hold a full-frame DSLR and two small lenses, for my taste it’s a little small to use for a DSLR system.
External dimensions of each pack are around 18″x13″x6″
This is a well-designed and attractive bag. I probably wouldn’t pick it as my ONLY camera bag and I can’t recommend it for those who need to lug around lots of gear. BUT – I think it may be the PERFECT bag for those who have a weekend trip and a minimal amount of gear, or the casual shooter who also needs an overnight bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag.
All that said I am going to move from RECOMMENDED to HIGHLY RECOMMENDED on this bag, because at $185 I think the bag is very aggressively priced. I know what you’re thinking. $185 is no bargain. I agree that all camera bags these days seem to be too expensive. But believe it or not, $185 isn’t bad at all. It’s 25% to 50% less expensive than some of its competitors.
The Brevitē rolltop backpack is available at http://www.brevite.co/