If you’re the ruthlessly practical sort that questions the price and possible pretentiousness of everything, then you need to look away now. If you think life should be about style and image and nice things, then you might want to keep reading.
Olympus has teamed up with “artisanal” French leather maker Bleu de Chauffe to produce four stylish accessories to go with its Olympus PEN-F camera.
The PEN-F, as well as being a rather good high-end Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, is also designed with more than a dash of retro class, to appeal to a more discerning and (probably) more affluent market than the typical digital camera, so this prestigious Gallic tie-in makes a lot of sense for the PEN-F brand.
Bleu de Chauffe is, we’re told, known for its high quality and sharp designs. These accessories are hand-made in France and inspired by “the industrial universe of the twentieth century”. In practical terms, they’re designed to carry not just your camera but all the other paraphernalia of our electronic existences, including phones, tablets and laptops.
There are two briefcase-style bags in two sizes. The larger bag is the Arles (below), which is designed to accommodate two PEN-F bodies, 2-3 lenses and a laptop. Its dimensions are W 40cm x H 27cm x D 13cm and it comes with an RRP of £549.99.
The smaller bag is the Bologne, which is design for a single PEN-F body, 1-2 lenses and a small laptop or tablet. It measures W 32cm x H 25cm x D 12.5cm and will cost £399.99.
The Prades pouch is like a laptop sleeve but for cameras, and is designed to take a PEN-F with slimline lens like the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14‑42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake zoom. It measures W 31,5cm x H 19,5cm and comes in at £169.99.
Finally, if you can contemplate spending £199.99 on a camera strap, the Giraud adjustable leather strap is made to last but thin, light and very comfortable, we’re told.
Joking aside, we do spend a small fortune on camera kit, lenses, holidays, cars, smart suits and whatnot, so a little bit of luxury here and there in your photographic life doesn’t seem such a crazy idea. All these products go on sale from March 2018.