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. Jessica says:

    I usually just carry my camera in my handbag. I’ve been lucky enough not to get too many scratches yet, but I’m not sure how much longer my luck will last!

  2. Jessica says:

    I’ve promptly liked the ONA page. I adore their bags

  3. Heather says:

    I toss it in my purse and pray it doesn’t bust…not a good plan. I would loooove an ona!

  4. Jane says:

    I usually just snap pics with my iPhone.

  5. Alix says:

    I usually carry my DSLR on my shoulder or around my wrist. I have a camera bag but it’s so bulky so I hardly use it!

  6. Tina C. says:

    So far I’ve been shoving it in my diaper bag (and praying it doesn’t get damaged) or carrying my camera across my body. It’s annoying (especially with a 13-month-old who wants to be held all the time). Definitely need something like this.

  7. Tina C. says:

    I “liked” the ONA facebook page.

  8. Rachel says:

    As I’m still saving pennies in my piggy bank for a DSLR I throw my point-and-click in my pocket or purse when I travel.

  9. Sujin says:

    i usually just stuff my camera in my bag which is not a good idea.

  10. Sujin says:

    liked ONA on FB

  11. Ingrid says:

    When I travel I carry my camera and a couple of lenses in my Domke bag which I love but is not pretty at all. I have a lot of purses so the Ona Roma insert would be fabulous to change things up.

  12. Ingrid says:

    I already follow Ona on facebook so couldn’t ‘like’ again :(

  13. Elizabeth N. says:

    I have a very ugly camera bag that I use when traveling. I hate it!

  14. Brianna E. says:

    I usually have the tiniest side pack that I stuff my Canon into.

    (I liked ONA’s page as well.)

  15. Elizabeth Kang says:

    I have just a neoprene cover and have to carry it on my shoulders. Would be nice to have this insert!

  16. Christie says:

    I throw it in my purse like an idiot. Thanks for showing an alternative!

  17. Sarah says:

    Oooohh… so stylish! My travel habits usually involve my camera in a ziplock, so this would be a significant upgrade : )

  18. Cat says:

    I just recently bought a DSLR and having a 4 month old I don’t travel too much. In the past I usually just threw my camera in my purse.

  19. Haley says:

    I liked Ona Bags on Facebook!

  20. Haley says:

    I try to never leave home without my 7D, usually tucked inside whatever bag I grab that day. I could use this insert!

  21. Arlene says:

    Whenever I feel careful enough, I bring another camera bag to protect my dslr, but it’s such a hassle, so I usually end up putting the camera in my bag with all the clutter.

  22. Helen says:

    I just put my camera in my handbag!

  23. Helen says:

    I also liked the Ona facebook page – they have beautiful items!

  24. Arlene says:

    I already liked Ona’s FaceBook fan page. :) you’re right! The Brooklyn camera satchel is such a beauty! I particularly like the chestnut color. :)

  25. Carol says:

    Ooh! I’d love this bag! I typically travel with my camera bag but this one seems great as a purse and also good for carrying my laptop! Would be awesome!

  26. Elodie says:

    I ‘liked’ the ONA Facebook Page! Great looking bags. The insert is a great idea!

  27. Elodie says:

    I usually travel with my DSLR on the front seat of the car next to me, on and ready, one point and shoot in my purse (along with my iPhone – Hipstamatic is my favorite app) and my second P&S in the armrest storage….oh and my daughter’s DSLR in the backseat!! I usually using 2 of them for variety!

  28. busylizzy says:

    Another idiot here who just tosses it in the handbag *raises hand sheepishly*

  29. busylizzy says:

    And I liked ONA on FB

  30. Sherry says:

    I usually stick my dslr inside my wool winter hat before putting it in my purse!