Oct 17, 2011  •  In Gadgets, Geek, Giveaways, Personal, Photography, Reviews

ONA’s Roma Camera Insert Bag Review and Giveaway!

Sorry, this giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced here shortly!


Late last year, the web was abuzz with the introduction of a laptop + DSLR bag that was not only functional and well-made, but beautiful as well: the ONA Union Street Bag.

I knew it would be perfect for my fashion-conscious husband, who commutes to work with a laptop and likes to bring along his DSLR wherever he can.

I immediately placed myself on the waiting list — the bag had became sold out as soon as the blogosphere began to buzz about it — and gifted it to J as his birthday present earlier this year.

We both love the Union Street bag. J gets compliments on it all the time, and I could definitely distinguish ONA’s high craftsmanship and quality of materials compared to other camera bags.

So when ONA recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their new Roma Camera Insert and Bag Organizer, I couldn’t be more ecstatic!

As with most amateur photographers with a DSLR on their hands, I tend to stick with one or two lenses and do not carry around much accessories. And because I prefer my DSLR to my phone camera or my 4-year-old point-and-shoot (which now only gets used once every few months), I like to bring it out when I go out…

…the problem being, of course, that I don’t like to carry around a separate camera bag.

In order to get around this problem I usually wrap my camera in a scarf and just place it in my purse, which any idiot can tell you is not the smartest thing to do.

Enter the Roma Camera Insert and Bag Organizer.

The Roma is constructed of the same durable waxed canvas exterior (dubbed Waxwear) with leather details, just like the Union Street.

The interior is well-padded, and comes with an adjustable divider:

As you can seen, I had no problem whatsoever fitting my DSLR into the Roma (pictured here is a Canon Rebel T1i with the 17-55mm f/2.8 lens, which measures about 5″ long):

Here I have added my going-out essentials to the Roma: a wallet, cell phone, some makeup, and sunglasses. As you can see, the five exterior pockets — in addition to the extra room leftover on the inside — allow for plenty of space!

Lastly, a picture of the Roma inside my medium-sized purse — it fits perfectly, and I still have some room to spare!

I can’t say enough how much I love the Roma, and it seriously could not have arrived at a more perfect time, because I had been seriously thinking about purchasing an insert to protect my DSLR. :-)

Now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for…

ONA has very graciously offered to give to one of my readers a
Roma Camera Insert and Bag Organizer!

This giveaway will allow for four methods of entry rather than my usual three, so please pay attention to the rules…

Each reader is eligible for up to four entries via the following methods (each method will grant a separate entry):

  1. Leave a comment to this post answering the following question: how do you usually travel with your camera?
  2. If you haven’t done so already, go to the Geek in Heels Facebook Page and “Like” the page. Then click on the ONA’s Roma Camera Insert Giveaway link (located right under the profile picture, or just use this link) to enter the sweepstakes.
  3. “Like” the ONA Facebook Page, and leave a separate comment to this post saying you’ve done so.
  4. Follow both @geekinheels and @onabags on Twitter and tweet exactly the following: I just entered for a chance to win the @onabags Roma camera insert via @geekinheels and you can too! http://bit.ly/pT6KCw

You can increase your chances of winning by using all four methods of entry. There is only one entry allowed per person, per method  — for a total possible number of four entries — and any additional entries will be promptly deleted. (Yes, I have ways of checking this. And yes, this will only cause me to get annoyed at you.)

For the complete list of rules, go to this link.

The giveaway begins as soon as this entry is published — October 17, 2011 @ 12:00pm EDT — and will run until October 21, 2011 @ 11:59pm EDT. The winner will be announced here on October 22 and will also be notified by email (so please use a valid email when entering so that I can contact you if you win!) or via a Twititer DM.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

(Now, it’s time to save up for ONA’s Brooklyn! :-)) 

224 Responses to “ONA’s Roma Camera Insert Bag Review and Giveaway!”

  1. Kristin:

    Liked them on facebook. I carry mine around in a small unattractive camera bag I got at Wal-Mart, I want to get a new lens but then my camera wouldn’t fit in my bag.

  2. Lauren:

    I just throw my camera wrapped up in a towel or cloth into whatever bag I’m using. So not good.

  3. Sherry Meng:

    I carry it around awkwardly in my satchel, trying not to jostle it around too much.

  4. I’ve ‘Liked’ the ONA facebook page! NIICE!

  5. Also, I usually travel with my camera using a Pelican hard-case.

  6. I actually wrapped my camera in a paper towel & put it in a ziplock the other day! sad.

  7. I usually have it in my purse. Not the greatest method, considering it got wet and we have to get it fixed…

  8. I just “Liked” the ONA facebook page. I may go into photography just so I can tote around a gorgeous bag…

  9. Oh the loooooooove. So sad I followed that link and saw how much they cost! I have a Micro 4/3, so I usually just throw it in my purse when I travel. Super-easy, if not great for the camera.

  10. Annie H:

    very carefully! i’m accident prone :)

  11. HamiHarri:

    I have a roots camera bag – but the zipper is broken…aaand it’s fugly.

    I hope I win!

  12. Lauren:

    I have an emera camera bag that doubles as my handbag!

  13. Tiffany:

    so cool and helpful! i also “liked” the ona page on fb.