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Blackforest Rimo I Camera Bag

A luxurious messenger-style camera bag for those fancy occasions, and for going to work, too
Blackforest Rimo I camera bag

In my never-ending quest for the perfect bag, I’ve finally found there really isn’t one, but instead, what I call occasion bags, like the fully functional, exceptionally well-thought-out Thule Covert I travel with or my FREITAG to just grab and go, and, there’s the full-day-of-shooting-style Think Tank suitcase. Now, I have a Blackforest Rimo I for a client meeting, a dinner party or whenever I want to dress up a bit.

Blackforest Rimo I camera bag

The people behind the Rimo are exceptional, too, with a thank you card in the package and an emphasis on natural materials and handmade-quality in their marketing. Because the Rimo is luxurious doesn’t mean it won’t go to work with you. It sure will, and it has a feature list obviously created by a fellow photographer.

Just look at the details in the stitching and hardware.

Blackforest Rimo I camera bag

Blackforest Rimo I camera bag

Blackforest Rimo I camera bag

Rimo I Features

  • Side and bottom closed-cell foam padding for extra protection
  • Padded anti-skid adjustable shoulder strap
  • Triple stitched at the joints for added durability
  • Front zipped pocket, with microSD card slots and accessories
  • Front open pocket and streamlined back pocket for travel items
  • Side pockets for quick access

Rimo I Details

  • Full-grain vegetable tanned leather
  • Premium cotton twill interlining
  • YKK zips and brass fittings
  • Outside specs: 14”L x 10.5”H x 5.5”D
  • Inside specs: 13.5”L x 10”H x 5”D
  • Weight: 1.7 kgs

What The Rimo I Holds

  • DSLR camera body
  • 2-3 lenses
  • 13.3-inch laptop
  • Accessories

A body, a handful of lenses and a 13-inch laptop, plus accessories, will fit inside the Rimo I. The easy-to-get-to front pockets are a nice touch, too. What I noticed immediately was the placement of the top handle like a suitcase. It’s offset for better balance, with the buckles taking up the weight. When a handle is on top of a bag, the bag can sag from the weight.

Another fine detail is a magnet inside the back pocket button that pulls it closed. That’s a very nice touch.


At $199, the price is nearly $100 less than the also stylish Signature line from Think Tank, and the bag is made with real, vegetable-tanned leather and shipped worldwide for free. Brass feet on the bottom protect it, but expect a bag like this to develop a patina and look better with age. Inside, the three padded compartments are removable so you can configure it how you like, and I have plenty of padding from other bags if I wanted to do so.

While I chose the all-leather version, Blackforest also offers a waxed canvas version, the Vinson, and in a variety of colors, including, sand tan.

Tonight I’m at a dinner with a vendor, and the dress code is a sports coat and slacks. This is the perfect bag for the occasion and the camera I’ll take snaps with while there.


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