Barbershop Bags Quiff Doctors Leather Photographers Camera Bag Review.
Last year I (Ben) decided to change what camera bag I was using and went for the Barbershop Bags Quiff after seeing their products at The Photography Show in the UK.
The review over on our YouTube Channel:
I had been using the Holdfast Roamographer for a while but wanted to move to Barbershop after falling in love with their designs, ethos, and over quality to their products. Barbershop make things to last, and we have managed to test quite a bit a few of their products now, but this review is on the ‘Doctors Bag, Quiff’ in Dark Brown Leather.
First of all, we are not sponsored by Barbershop, they do not pay us to review their products and this bag was purchased from them by myself, we just love their products and want to share the love and our experiences.
Wind back to March 2015, I attended The Photography Show and saw in the show guide ‘Barbershop Bags’. I read the description and thought I’d stop by and see what was going on, as they said they were a brand new company with some new products. Well its fair to say I fell for their design and products. The ability to go and see their products, smell, test, pull about, try means so much than just ordering online from another country and hoping for the best (we have all done it, and I do continue to do it :P)
We invested in their SideBurns strap and found it to be one of the most comfortable double (triple) camera straps we have worn. Going for the material and leather design has its advantages, but thats another review.
After using a few of their products and convinced in their longevity and design, I took the bullet last year and ordered the Quiff to replace the Roamographer.
I am so glad I did, every little detail of this bag has been thought about. From the texture and material of the camera insert, through to the clips on the outside straps and quality of velcro on the dividers. All of these are their to aid you as a photographer.
The insert is made of a beautiful material, so smooth and caring to touch, it literally looks after your gear while its in the bag. The velcro on the dividers within the insert is great, I’ve experienced poor velcro on bags (one of Barbershops cheaper bag suffers from this), the velcro in this one sticks where you put it. Popping bodies, lenses or what ever you use it for in and out of the bag won’t move the inserts.
The clasp that holds the straps across the bag down are great, literally quick release, but maintain a nice old school look. You need quick access, especially if you are a wedding photographer, changing a lens, grabbing something is 99% of the time needed quicker than you think, so easy quick access is a must and this does offer that. Along with this the bag opens square, this helps as you have full access to every inch of the space inside. Other bags which maybe a single zip across limit you popping your hands in easy, if you have this bag on a shoulder and open it, you have great access to all equipment.
We now use Fuji X-T2’s and the amazing Fuji X lens line up, but I was also using this bag with our Canon set up. Here is a list of what I have got in this bag with Canon, naturally bigger, to give you an idea of space:
- 2x Canon 5Dmk3’s with battery grips
- 1x 70-200mm f/2.8 mk2 Canon L
- 1x 16-35mm f/2.8 mk2 Canon L
- 1x 100mm f/2.8 Canon L
- 1x 24-35mm f/2 Sigma Art
- 1x 50mm f/1.4 Sigma Art
- 2x Yongnuo 685 Speedlites
- 1x Barbershop Bags Sideburns strap
- Misc items like triggers, remotes etc
As you can see a lot can fit in this bag, although the Canon gear was squeezed in, it still fit. These days with the Fuji X-T2 the bag has a lot more space and still space to fill.
There are also little bits about the bag which you might not think about, are possibly over look, but are helpful, like the fact the handles are ‘stiff’ and are facing upwards. This might sounds strange, but when you want to grab the bag and go, the handles are ready, ones where the handles are ‘floppy’ normally means either a two handed approach to gather both together to pick up or least a level of faffing!
We hope you have enjoyed reading this little review of the Barbershop Bags Quiff, and if fancy watch the video for some more information and to see its size in comparison to me (Ben)!
Link to Barbershop Bags – http://www.barbershopbags.com
Nathan & Ben
The Photography Team