If you’re looking for a timeless camera bag that is equally suited for a day on the streets, or documenting your quest for the Holy Grail, you’ve found it. Oh yeah, if you happen to find the Grail and drink from it, don’t worry. The bag will be right by your side a hundred years from now. The Saddleback Leather Satchel is the ideal photo bag for travel, light expeditions, street photography and general #ExploringTheFrontier!
Size & Color Comparison
The Saddleback Leather Satchel comes in three sizes and colors. All of which are pictured here. From left to right: large tobacco brown (2 years old), medium chestnut (new) and small dark coffee brown (new). For detailed specifications, visit SBL’s site. If you’re not sure what color to choose, Dave has provided a comprehensive personality test to help you decide.
Remember back to that quest for the Holy Grail? Well, you’ll need a backpack for that. Not a problem! The Saddleback Leather Satchel easily converts from a side bag to a backpack. Yup, now you’re ready to grab your whip and swing across the chasm, or dodge tiki darts, or run from a boulder, or infiltrate a secret submarine base…..
Justin (Large Satchel in Tobacco) – This is my standard travel kit. I recently took this rig on an expedtion though the Panama Canal and it performed flawlessly. It’s the perfect compact travel/expedition companion. I’ve modified it with a Tenba Photo Insert to accommodate my Fuji x100s, X-T1 with 55-200 and Fuji 14mm. In addition to this, I can easily strap my 3 Pod Travel Tripod onto the bottom via the D-Rings or under the satchel flap. Bingo!
Armando (Small Satchel in Dark Coffee Brown) – I’m planning on a 2 week expedition to Spain and Morocco and this will be my kit. Yup, just a 3D Stereo film camera accompanied by my Fuji x100. I don’t need no stinkin’ S or T.
In The Field
What We Like
- It’s bad ass.
- It’s classy.
- The craftsmanship is second to none.
- Lifetime warranty. Well, nearly lifetime unless you drink from the Grail. Then you’ll have to work something out with Dave.
- It doesn’t look like a camera bag.
- With the advent of smaller mirrorless systems like the Fuji x100s, this a great companion.
- Without a doubt it’s going to last.
- Versatile. Did you see that GIF?
- The internal key attachment is a great place to attach your memory card wallet.
- The outside side pockets are great for a lens cloth.
- One word, D-Rings. You can easily attach a tripod.
- The rear external pocket is a great place to store an iPad and book for your next flight.
Things To Note
- Weight – It’s engineered to last a lifetime, so it’s heavier than a traditional camera bag. But that’s the price you pay for this level of craftsmanship.
- Breaking In – Your bag will be the ugliest the day it arrives. It takes some adventuring to get your satchel broken in. But hey, if you’re not up for adventure, this might not be the best bag for you.
- Questions and Compliments – Just be warned, you’ll be stopped by strangers paying compliments on your choice of bags and inquiring where they can get one of their own.
A Few Of Our Favorites
Here are a few of our favorite images from a variety of expeditions with the bag. If you have any questions about the bag or these images, feel free to post a comment and we will get them answered.