A few months back, Tamrac sent me their Aria 3 camera bag to review. I’ve used it for long enough now that I’m ready to tell you what I think.
In short, this is an easy-to-manage bag that fits my Olympus OMD E-M5, 3 lenses, a battery charger and two extra batteries with room to spare.
Even packed full with my OMD & its accessories, it feels small and light. There is easily room for a phone, keys and even a small wallet.
It feels nice on my body also. It carries just like a purse, and is, in fact, a good bit smaller than my everyday purse. I like that it’s not floppy – the sides hold themselves up without being too thick or bulky.
The Aria 3 isn’t, on the other hand, larger enough for my Canon 6D. Not with extra lenses or accessories, that is. It would hold the 6D with a short lens and maybe one other short lens.
The specs for the Aria 3 indicate that it will hold a dSLR plus an extra lens & flash. This is probably true for entry-level (smaller) dSLRs, as long as the lenses and flash weren’t too long.
The outside flap unbuckles to reveal a zipper to the main compartment and a zipper to a small outside pocket that can hold memory cards, a phone and other thin items.
Each side has a pocket as well – these pockets are tight. They would hold a smaller mobile phone (my iPhone 6+ with its case is a bit too large to fit easily).
The Aria 3 also has an open pocket on the back. It could hold a camera manual, a gray card or a small posing guide. It’s also handy for stowing your lens cap while you shoot.
To sum up, if you are shopping for a bag to hold a dSLR rather than a mirrorless or point & shoot, make sure to look carefully at the sizes of your camera and the bag. Or check it out at your local photography store.
For my mirrorless camera, the Aria 3 camera bag is handy and attractive. My OMD doesn’t leave it, whether I’m toting the camera for a day out with the kids or taking it on vacation. This one bag is all I need.