Andy Westlake looks at a stylish British-made leather camera bag

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At a glance

  • Price: £235
  • Website: www.figbags.co.uk
  • Premium handsmade leather camera bag
  • Designed to fit a CSC and two or three lenses
  • Available in a choice of six colours

Fig Bags is a small English company that makes traditionally styled, handcrafted leather camera bags. It currently has two models in its range: we reviewed the larger Hanborough in AP 6 June 2015, and this time we’re looking at the Lincoln. These bags can be bought either online from the company’s website, or from select retailers.

Available in six colours (burgundy, navy, yellow, tan, black and the green shown here), the Lincoln is a classic shoulder bag, aimed at female photographers. It’s beautifully made from thick premium leather with chunky brass fittings and a soft padded interior. With a single internal divider, the bag is designed to take a camera body with a couple of lenses. It’s ideally sized for a premium CSC such as a Fujifilm X-T1, and deep enough to take a telephoto zoom up to about 7in (18cm) long. I was able to fit in an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II with 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/2.8 zooms. Alternatively, it could accommodate a mid-sized DSLR equipped with a premium standard zoom, such as a Nikon D7200 and 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens, plus a couple of small primes in place of a second zoom.

Figs Bags Lincoln review – Verdict

Few camera bags we’ve seen have been as widely admired as the Lincoln. It’s about as far removed from a conventional camera bag as you could possibly get, stylish enough to double up as a smart handbag, while offering good protection to camera kit. The black interior can make the contents hard to see, and there are no internal pockets to organise bits and bobs (although we’re told the company is working on addressing this). Aside from this, it’s a simply beautiful bag.

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5