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Mar 04, 2012 15:09 |  #1

Hi - looking for a walk-around bag and would like to hear about experiences with any of the three Lowepro Pro Messenger (160, 180 or 200) bags. Do you like it; how do you pack it, etc.?

I would like to carry a 7D + 24-105 & 70-200 (and hoods).

I tend to go with the Lowepro line, especially with their "All Weather" covers.

Can anyone share their configuration?

And, how many dividers are in the main compartment?

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Mar 05, 2012 13:55 |  #2

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Mar 05, 2012 14:20 |  #3

Don't use any of them myself, but you might look up some YouTube videos, type in the name of the bag and search for people with the same gear (or similar) as you have.

Worked great for me, I ended up with a ThinkTank Retrospective 10, very similar to the Lowepro-series you mentioned.

(BTW: 70-200 F4 and F2.8 have very different dimensions)


Canon 7D | 40D + Wireless Grip | 18-55 | 17-55 | 50 f/1.8 II | 55-250 | 70-200 f/4 IS | Sigma 8-16 | 2x Speedlight 430EXII | Sigma 500 DG Super |

  
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Mar 05, 2012 14:30 as a reply to  @ Roxie2401's post |  #4

I just bought the 180 over the weekend. I do like it, though I haven't fully formed an opinion yet and was planning on posting a review after putting it through its paces.

Like you, I'm a fan of Lowepro's stuff. What I can tell you:

  • Looks great
  • Very well-made
  • Inconspicuous
  • Lots of pockets, pouches, and places to store gear
  • Excellent protective padding
  • Comfortable padded strap
  • Handy top handle
  • Easy to remove/put away gear
  • Front flap features large velcro fasteners and uses magnets when in "quiet mode"


The main compartment has two full length vertical dividers, effectively creating three sections, and two smaller horizontal dividers.

The bag will accommodate a pro body with grip and 70-200 attached in the main compartments plus four smaller primes, or four smaller zooms, or two more 70-200 in the side sections. You'd likely have room left over for one or two flashes in the side sections and a second pro body in the front pocket, but it'd be tight and uncomfortably heavy.

I'm happy with the bag thus far. Standby for a full review.

Check out my site (external link), as well as my gear and feedback.
5D Mark III | 16-35 II | 24-105 | 50 1.8 II | 70-200 2.8 IS II

  
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Mar 05, 2012 14:42 as a reply to  @ jrmy's post |  #5

Thanks guys!

DutchCow - its the f2.8

jrmy - Great! Will keep checking for your review - hope you can post a couple of photos with the bag loaded.




  
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Mar 05, 2012 15:59 |  #6

Roxie2401 wrote in post #14021751 (external link)
Hi - looking for a walk-around bag and would like to hear about experiences with any of the three Lowepro Pro Messenger (160, 180 or 200) bags. Do you like it; how do you pack it, etc.?

I would like to carry a 7D + 24-105 & 70-200 (and hoods).

I tend to go with the Lowepro line, especially with their "All Weather" covers.

Can anyone share their configuration?

And, how many dividers are in the main compartment?

Thanks

180 will handle this just fine, your shoulders will not be thankful though. From my experience all day carrying of 24-70 and 70-200 in a shoulder bag can be quite fatiguing.
It's a great bag though.




  
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Mar 05, 2012 16:04 |  #7

I use a 250 - it's massive, overkill for what I need most of the time, but it will haul a lot of gear!


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Sig35A, Sig50A, Sig85A, Sig14-24A, Sig24-105A, Sig70-200S, Sig150-600C
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Mar 05, 2012 16:09 |  #8

SMP_Homer wrote in post #14029849 (external link)
I use a 250 - it's massive, overkill for what I need most of the time, but it will haul a lot of gear!


Does the "Pro Messenger" really come in a "250?" I thought the 200 was the largest. If it is a 250, do you know the dimensions?




  
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Mar 05, 2012 17:16 |  #9

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #14029789 (external link)
180 will handle this just fine, your shoulders will not be thankful though. From my experience all day carrying of 24-70 and 70-200 in a shoulder bag can be quite fatiguing.
It's a great bag though.

Andrew - would you recommend something like a Pro Runner backpack or Flipside instead because of the weight?

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Mar 05, 2012 17:21 |  #10

Roxie2401 wrote in post #14029891 (external link)
Does the "Pro Messenger" really come in a "250?" I thought the 200 was the largest. If it is a 250, do you know the dimensions?

I confused it with the Classified 250.... Dunno about the pro messenger


EOS R / 1D X / 1D IV (and the wife has a T4i)
Sig35A, Sig50A, Sig85A, Sig14-24A, Sig24-105A, Sig70-200S, Sig150-600C
100-400L, 100L, 100/2, 300 2.8L, 1.4x II / 2x II
600EX-II X3, 430EX-III X3

  
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Mar 05, 2012 17:31 |  #11

I have the 160. Keep my 70-200 attached to T2i in the center spot. I stack the 18-55 and 50mm 1.8 on top of each other in one compartment and the 17-55 goes by itself in another compartment. The center compartments are adjustable with Velcro so they can be setup however you choose.

Also, noticed you're from western PA...what part?


5D Mark III / 24-70 2.8L MK II / 70-200 2.8L IS MK II / Sigma 50 1.4 Art / 430 EX II / YN 568 EX II / YN-622C / YN 622C-TX

  
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Mar 05, 2012 17:35 |  #12

Roxie2401 wrote in post #14030358 (external link)
Andrew - would you recommend something like a Pro Runner backpack or Flipside instead because of the weight?

Thanks

The simple solution is to wear the Pro Messenger as it is designed to be worn: across your chest.


Check out my site (external link), as well as my gear and feedback.
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Mar 05, 2012 17:54 |  #13

Roxie2401 wrote in post #14030358 (external link)
Andrew - would you recommend something like a Pro Runner backpack or Flipside instead because of the weight?

Thanks

I love Flipside 400 except that it would be bulky for the gear you have. I tried out Flipside 200 hoping it would work as smaller version of 400 but was utterly disappointed, it's quite under designed and not as comfortable as bigger brother.

I usually carry stuff you mentioned with some extras in Lowepro Slinghot 202, and will be getting Kata 3n1-25 PL in a couple of days, hope it works as advertised for sling and back pack configuration. They both are not designed to fit 70-200 attached but this is quite doable.
https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=13990246&p​ostcount=4
F-Stop Kenti is another hard to get option that allows 70-200 in attached to pro body without too much of a bulk.

Messenger bag is the most convenient and fastest when it comes down to lens change and if you are not planning on carrying heavy stuff around for a long time you should be fine.
ThinkTank Speed Racer fits 70-200 attached and features belt that can help with relieving of some shoulder load . It's not the prettiest bag but worth to look at.
http://www.thinktankph​oto.com/products/speed​-racer-v2.aspx (external link)




  
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Mar 05, 2012 17:56 |  #14

jrmy wrote in post #14030508 (external link)
The simple solution is to wear the Pro Messenger as it is designed to be worn: across your chest.

Not sure I am following, solution for what?




  
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Mar 05, 2012 17:59 |  #15

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #14030666 (external link)
I love Flipside 400 except that it would be bulky for the gear you have. I tried out Flipside 200 hoping it would work as smaller version of 400 but was utterly disappointed, it's quite under designed and not as comfortable as bigger brother.

I usually carry stuff you mentioned with some extras in Lowepro Slinghot 202, and will be getting Kata 3n1-25 PL in a couple of days, hope it works as advertised for sling and back pack configuration. They both are not designed to fit 70-200 attached but this is quite doable.
https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=13990246&p​ostcount=4
F-Stop Kenti is another hard to get option that allows 70-200 in attached to pro body without too much of a bulk.

Messenger bag is the most convenient and fastest when it comes down to lens change and if you are not planning on carrying heavy stuff around for a long time you should be fine.
ThinkTank Speed Racer fits 70-200 attached and features belt that can help with relieving of some shoulder load . It's not the prettiest bag but worth to look at.
http://www.thinktankph​oto.com/products/speed​-racer-v2.aspx (external link)

Andrew - I have the Sling 200 (older model to your 202). Can you really get the 70-200 F2.8 in that bag?




  
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