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New Simple & Functional Brevitē Backpack May Be The Camera Bag You’ve Been Looking For

By Anthony Thurston on January 31st 2015

Have you ever wanted to carry anything in your camera bag, but was not able to because of the camera specific design? How about the opposite, you wanted to carry your camera equipment in your regular bag, but it would not provide adequate protection?


Enter the Brevitē, a camera bag designed to be just as good as an everyday bag as a camera bag. The Brevitē was designed and developed by three brothers after one of them, a student-photographer, could not find a backpack that fit his needs as both a student and a photographer.

The bag is currently on Kickstarter, and is seeking your support to earn $30,000 to put the bag into production so that many photographers can benefit from its special design. It is not a unique idea, a multipurpose bag, but I have found that many bag always place more focus on one aspect of use more than others – this bag seems to have a good balance.

Brevitē Bag Features

  • Removable protective insert
  • Arrangeable dividers
  • Interior compartment dividers
  • Memory card holders
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • Books and folder compartment
  • Front gear access door
  • Quick access door
  • Small easy access pocket
  • Two medium size pockets

Personally, I like what they are going for. The bag looks like an average backback, and would not draw the attention of nefarious characters looking to steal your gear. The cap holder on the strap would be super convenient, and the side opening door to grab just your camera is a feature I think all camera bags should have.


I am curious to see how the market receives these bags. They are not super stylish, but they are not meant to be that way. For a student, or someone who needs a good all-purpose bag, as well as a good camera bag, this seems like it could be a killer option.

If you are interested in supporting the Brevitē, you can find their Kickstarter campaign here.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    I would think that this would be out of the price range of most students I know.

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  2. Stephen Jennings

    I don’t really get it. What’s special about it? It looks like an over priced Jansport backpack, and doesn’t seem to have any specific functionality that cannot be attained through one of the many, many, many other camera bags out there.

    The lens cap buckle doesn’t even hold pro-sized caps?

    I’m just not sure who this bag is aimed at.. except students with rangefinders.. I mean, it’d have to be a rangefinder if after adding your class books and a DSLR with a decent lens you’d exceed the 20lb max. :P

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  3. Orlin Nikolov

    Definitely deserves a look

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  4. Tosh Cuellar

    nice bag, I like the idea of having a bag that doesnt scream EXPENSIVE CAMERA GEAR when I’m out and about feeling touristy

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  5. Lissette Garcia

    I’m sorry but this is not impressive at all.

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  7. John Cavan

    Okay, maybe I’m missing it, but I have a couple backpacks with these features, including ones from the likes of Kata. What’s the new thing here?

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  8. Jeff Ladrillono

    What’s the point of having a discreet camera bag if the camera compartment is easily accessible to thieves in a crowd?

    I use a lowepro photo hatchback. You have to take it off to get to the camera. Much more secure in trains/buses/crowds. Now if lowepro were just smart enough not to stamp “LOWEPRO” across the bag it would be perfect.

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    • Jason Markos

      That seems like a pretty extreme view on security for your camera, unless you’re in high crime areas.

      I travel regularly to a range of countries and cities, frequently with the camera out, unsecured without even a strap and have never had an issue or felt particularly concerned.

      I’d feel very secure with my camera in a bag like this.

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    • robert s

      you know there are phones that cost more than DSLR cameras. are you also scared to take your phone out to shoot as well?

      where do you go that it warrants such fear ?

      btw its very easy to take the lowepro badge off.

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  9. Stephen Velasquez

    I love the look but no tripod holder is a no go for me. I totally love the simplicity but I need my tripod to go on my bag.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      ? It does have a tripod holder. You can hold them on the side or the bottom.

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    • Aaron Cheney

      Though it does have two tripod holders the side one doesn’t seem to be too practical with only one strap. With moving around and the weight of a tripod, it seems like a lot of stress for one strap to handle. I would be worried the tripod would wiggle it’s way free. With personal preference I am also not a fan of bottom tripod straps. I just don’t like the feeling of a tripod bouncing off of my legs as I walk. In comparison I like the Niko Pack by chrome industries.

      I, do, however like the overall practicality of this bag and the fact that it doesn’t look like the traditional camera bag. I applaud these guys for creating something practical and creative. Thank you for sharing this Anthony!

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    • Aaron Cheney

      **I do, however, – Haha sorry correcting my own grammar

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  10. Greg Silver

    Nice pack for camera gear. Although it’ s not the nicest looking bag, I often lean for functionality over looks.

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