Are you tired of the usual black canvas camera bags? How about funky colored ones that only college students should be carrying?
Well I am – Enter the Delsey Corium 07 leather camera bag
I’ve been looking for a classy looking, business-like leather (or even synthetic leather) bag that I can use going to work with a 15-17″ laptop in tow while carrying a camera for quite some time now. I’ve never been a fan of sling bags and backpacks either unless I’m travelling. After a long, tedious search, I stumbled on camera bags manufactured by renowned luggage manufacturer – Delsey.
The Delsey Corium Line
The specific model I’ll be reviewing is the Delsey Corium 07 camera bag. The Corium line features five models, the Corium 01, 03, 05, 07, and the Corium backpack. You can see the specifications and photos of the other models on Delsey’s Corium page.
The Corium line features thick 1.6-1.8mm geniune full-leather surface, detachable zippered inner chamber, and easy-to-access magnetic flap cover design. The Corium 01 and 03 are meant for small cameras and rangefinder kits, while the 05 suits the usual DSLR + pro lenses + flash carriers. The Corium 07 can fit a large 17″ laptop (sleeve optional) plus the space to carry more gears such as three lenses, a pro-camera body, and other accessories.
A large box contains the Corium 7. Inside, you’ll find the bag wrapped around a dust sleeve.
The strap is made of high-tensile nylon about 2″ in width. The center part contains a removable, padded shoulder strap with anti-slip grip.
The leather has a cationic surface finish and are double-stitched for rigidity. The quality of the leather and the stitching are superb. The leather is soft and supple right out of the box.
The base of the bag contains two protruded pads to protect against surface rubbing.
One of the nice touches of the Corium line is the use of a magnetic front flap. The magnetic lock allows for quick access of the bag’s content without unsightly buckles, buttons, or zippers. It keeps the bag business-like while reducing the amount of time required to open a bag to pull a camera out.
Once you open the front flap, you can find the main detachable camera storage bag and an accessory/document zippered compartment.
The inner bag can be removed completely, if desired.
Inside the removable camera compartment, the usual removable Velcro sleeves allow you to customize the arrangement of your equipment. Delsey also supplied a small cable pouch inside the bag.
The front compartment contains storage space for a phone, pens, calling cards, and other thin accessories such as cleaning pens and such. There is an additional document compartment at the rear of the bag as well (not shown).
Specifications and Fit
According to Delsey’s specification sheet, the exterior of the bag measures 42cm x 28cm x 13.5cm. The weight of the bag with the interior compartment comes in at 1.88KG.
Interior dimensions of the bag is 39.5cm x 24cm x 10cm. Just to illustrate the inner compartment’s relative size, I used a standard 12-inch rule as a scale.
If we remove the interior camera compartment, we can see how large the bag really is. The laptop shown is a 15″ standard business laptop and the camera is a 40D with a kit lens.
Speaking of the laptop, you can order a Delsey laptop sleeve, but honestly, any laptop sleeve will work just fine.
Here’s how it looks after placing the camera compartment and inserting the laptop.
The camera compartment contains two large flashes, a light meter, two lenses (135mm and 90mm macro), a DSLR with 28-70 zoom.
To stuff it further, I added the extra paddings to put another film SLR with 50mm lens and an additional wide angle prime on top of the two lenses.
When closed, it looks the same as it was empty due to the rigid inner compartment.
Maintenance and Care
Being a full leather bag, standard leather care procedures should be followed. A good session of leather cleaning and conditioning every quarter should keep this bag going for ages. As with most leather goods, they age a lot nicer than nylon bags as well.
You can wash the removable inner compartment with mild soap and water, just dry it promptly.
Granted that the Corium 07 is a large bag, it’s unlikely that you’ll carry this bag for a weekend family stroll at the park nor will it be an ideal bag for vacationing. But as I’ve mentioned earlier, I wanted a daily work bag that I can carry both a laptop and a camera, along with some paperwork 5 days a week. This is the perfect bag for me without carrying a laptop bag and a camera bag separately.
There aren’t a lot of real leather, high-quality, formal looking bags out there either short of those targeted to Leica users such as Artisan & Artist* bags. Billingham bags are classics and genuinely nice, but they’re just as heavy despite their cloth materials and they look like camera bags.
Imagine if you’re on a business trip, you can pack your camera equipment in the inner compartment, leave it in the room locker while leaving your laptop and documents in the Corium 07 and head to the office. As soon as you get back, leave the laptop and just slide the whole inner compartment into the Corium 07 and you’re good to go. :)
This is a business bag for camera enthusiasts. It may not be fit for a working professional, but for an enthusiast like me who goes to photo shoots carrying several flash guns and cameras after work, this is a great bag. Most will probably prefer the Corium 01 and Corium 03 for practicality’s sake, I’ll probably get the Corium 01 as well for lighter days.
The Delsey Corium camera bag line is only sold in Europe and some online stores right now, I believe B&H carries this in the USA.
If you find the Corium 07 too large, check out the Corium 01, 03, and 05 variants as well as the water-resistant nylon Delsey Cortex versions below: