Callum McInerney-Riley tests a stylish bag that is ideal for a small camera kit and a laptop
Zkin Hamsa bag at a glance:
- Water and splash-proof nylon/leather
- Thick cotton inner layer
- Fits a small DSLR kit with lens attached
- Available in green or black
- Price: £129
- Website: www.z-kin.com
- UK sales http://www.bagwise.com
the Zkin Hamsa bag provides ample space for a 13in laptop, a small DSLR with a lens attached plus two large lenses or a similarly sized CSC kit. The bag measures 42x28x14cm externally, and there are two dividers in the centre with a small flap on the top of them to allow smaller lenses to be stacked to fit. There are also pockets at the front and rear for memory cards and cables. It’s worth noting that unlike many bags that are rated to fit a 13in laptop, a 15in can’t be squeezed in – although this is exactly what’s advertised. Thanks to the adjustable brass and zinc alloy snap-lock fastenings, there’s lots of expandable space for personal gear as well as your camera kit.
The outer material is a water-resistant denier nylon with a ballistic weave, making it look a lot like traditional canvas, with the advantages of greater strength and durability. Leather detailing is used throughout, including the top carry handle and adjustable strap.
Zkin Hamsa bag – Key features
The rear of the bag has a padded pocket that allows users to safely store a tablet or laptop up to 13in.
One of the dividers has a small Velcro-fastening pocket intended for storing an extra SD memory card.
Adjustable/removable shoulder strap
There are four holes in the leather strap that allow around 4in of adjustment or the ability to remove it entirely. There’s also a buckle for length adjustment.
Zkin Hamsa bag – Verdict
Having used the Zkin Hamsa to carry Pentax K-3 II, Fujifilm X-T1 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II kits, I can confidently say it will house both a small DSLR and mirrorless kits with ease. Initially I thought having the strap attached to the back of the bag would feel a bit strange, but it’s actually very comfortable to carry. My only real issue with it was that the pop-lock-style closure could easily open, with the result that something could accidentally fall out of your bag. However, in all other respects the Hamsa is superb. It provides great build quality, a very stylish design and sufficient protective padding for all the kit you may need.
SCORE: 4 out of 5
Zkin is a Hong Kong based company that specialises in designing functional bags that aren’t your usual run-of-the-mill, only-comes-in-black cases. With a range of luggage including messenger bags, rucksacks and totes, the bags have their own unique style that many photographers love. Hamsa is one of their most popular messenger bags, and it comes in two colours: a black version or green with tan leather accents. Our review sample was green.