Messenger style bags have increased in popularity with Photographers over the past few years especially the Street and Urban fraternity a messenger bag doesn’t advertise your expensive, much loved gear and your camera can be whipped out quickly and discreetly when that awesome photo opportunity arises.
The Lowepro Event Messenger range are great camera messenger bags that are available in 3 sizes 100, 150 and 250 today we’re going to review the Lowepro Event Messenger 150 Shoulder Bag.
The Mica coloured bag looks like any messenger bag from the outside Lowepro have kept their logo discreet and dark, instead of the usual bright orange they have used a black logo.
This bag is also available in black which features a red Lowepro logo and stripe. The black bag actually looks more like a camera bag which could possibly be a disadvantage if you don’t want to advertise what your carrying.
The bag features
- A main compartment
- A front pocket
- A rear pocket
- An inside pocket
- 2 end pockets
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Carry handle
The main compartment is accessed by lifting up the flap which covers the front of the bag. The flap is fastened with a large quick release clip and velcro. The velcro can be ‘turned off’ which engages ‘quiet mode’ the velcro is turned off by fold over flaps which cover the velcro on the inside of the flap. This feature is very useful for when you are in quiet places and you don’t want to disturb anyone with that loud ‘ripping’ noise.
When in ‘quiet mode’ you simply fasten the bag with the quick release clip. Use both the velcro and clip and you are in ‘maximum security’ mode safe in the knowledge that no thief will be able to pick pocket you.
Lift up the flap and you are greeted by a large double zipped pocket which covers most of the front of the bag this pocket is for your accessories and features 2 dump pockets 1 pen pocket and the standard Lowepro memory card pocket with velcro flap. This pocket will hold your batteries, memory card holder, charging brick, cleaning bits, filters etc etc.
In true messenger bag style the main compartment is not zipped but built in side flaps between the main compartment and flap ensure nothing can get in or out of the main compartment when the flap is down.
The main compartment features 2 large dividers and 3 small dividers which can be adjusted to your particular needs. Here is an example of what the main compartment will hold.
- EOS 5D with Battery Grip
- Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM
- Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II USM
The main compartment will take a 5D with either of those two lenses attached along with the other lens off the camera now if you detached both lenses you could fit a flashgun or a smaller lens in there to.
The 5D with a grip is quite a big camera the 24-70 and 70-200 are not small lenses either so if you have a smaller camera and lenses say for instance an EOS 700D no grip and 3 standard sized lenses there will be more than enough room for you. The Event Messenger 150 may even be to big in which case you might want to look at the Lowepro Event Messenger 100.
At the back of the main compartment is a flat padded pocket which is ideal for tablets, net books, documents or any other flat bits and bobs you might have.
At each end of the bag are single open topped elasticated pockets great for water, small brolly’s, rain covers etc at the top of the bag is a carry handle.
The shoulder strap is adjustable with a sliding shoulder pad that is mesh padded on the inside unfortunately the shoulder strap is not detachable but can easily be put inside of the bag should you ever want to carry it by hand only.