Near Gear: Beacon Lens Bag from Ona Makes a Classic Design Contemporary
The latest from the luxury bag-maker combines vintage style with modern utility
Ona has made something for a name for itself in the realm of high-end cameras bags. Its latest release, the Beacon, is a departure from the company’s more traditional multi-function bags but remains faithful to the good looks the brand has become known for. The Beacon bag ($150, street) is designed exclusively for use as a lens case, the first specialized bag of its kind from Ona. (Actually, as its own promotional image shows, you can fit an ILC or small DSLR body in this thing, too.)
In form, the Beacon is reminiscent of an elongated vintage single-lens case, the type that might have shipped with longer prime glass from the late 195’s or ’60s. The Beacon is made from ballistic nylon with full-grain leather accents and brass hardware. Its padded interior can hold up to four lenses (depending on their size) and it sports removable padded inserts to accommodate the glass of your choice.
Two zippered openings ensure fast access to your favorite optics, and an included accessories pouch provides the perfect place to tuck away flash cards, film, or lens caps. Heading out on a big shoot? The shoulder strap that ships with the Beacon can be quickly removed for packing the case in with other gear—the top of the case sports a sewn-in nylon webbing handle for easy portage with or without the strap.
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or if your special-someone happens to be a photographer, this could make a perfect gift—Ona plans to release the Beacon on Valentine’s Day.