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Review: Lowepro Pro Messenger 180 AW

 
jrmy
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Apr 06, 2012 18:03 |  #16

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #14222183 (external link)
Why is that, works just fine for my Transformer?

The pocket isn't padded and is worn next to the body.


Check out my feedback here.

  
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Apr 06, 2012 19:55 |  #17

2mnycars wrote in post #14217396 (external link)
Where can you carry an iPad in this bag?

I have been looking, and looking, and I am thoroughly confused!

I am considering 3 bags...Pro Messenger (which one?), Retro20 Black, Billingham Hadley (which one?)

I spent a hour looking at bags yesterday, and will have to go back.

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...D300S with vertical grip
...either 18-200VR or 70-300VR Mounted, with the other lens carried
at some point I shall upgrade to a better walk-about lens, replacing the 18-200VR

...Sony NEX5 with kit zoom lens
...short telephoto zoom lens

All to be carried in the passenger's footwell of a small sports car...

Take a look at the new Lowepro Event Messenger Line (external link) They have dedicated padded compartment for tablet/laptop. Although I don't quite understand why Lowepro shortly after introducing Pro Messenger added this line, they look competing to me.

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Apr 06, 2012 20:29 |  #18

Thanks jrmy. Thanks Andrew. I use a grip on my d300s. I saw this bag from a distance. I didn't look long.

Perhaps I need to look at the Retro 20 in black, and pack a garbage bag, if I need additional protection from rain.

Or perhaps the Flipside backpack, it is all weather I believe. (I keep resisting backpacks..


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Apr 11, 2012 00:00 |  #19

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #14222717 (external link)
Take a look at the new Lowepro Event Messenger Line (external link) They have dedicated padded compartment for tablet/laptop. Although I don't quite understand why Lowepro shortly after introducing Pro Messenger added this line, they look competing to me.
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I originally bought the "event messenger" as the "pro messenger" was too pricey. A 100$ difference. The event messenger is decent and padded sufficently but it isn't compatible with grips attach to body which I have on the 60d. Long story short it didn't work out for me, so I bought the "pro messenger" and its much superior in both padding and width(space) compare to the "event messenger". Hope this can help some decide what will work for them.


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Apr 11, 2012 01:58 |  #20

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #14222717 (external link)
Take a look at the new Lowepro Event Messenger Line (external link) They have dedicated padded compartment for tablet/laptop. Although I don't quite understand why Lowepro shortly after introducing Pro Messenger added this line, they look competing to me.
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I recently picked up an Event Messenger 250 as I wanted something like the Pro but still smaller for when I want to go lighter but still securely carry my tablet. This little bag fits that bill perfectly. In comparing the two models, the Pro is better appointed with details like the main closure being magnetized and more padding and space.

I would have liked a more plush shoulder strap on the Event, but all in all the bag is well worth the price, imo.


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Apr 16, 2012 17:18 as a reply to  @ Indecent Exposure's post |  #21

I've updated my first post, adding thoughts after using the bag on vacation.


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Apr 16, 2012 21:06 |  #22

Thanks jrmy! well done.


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Apr 18, 2012 11:22 |  #23

After 10yrs of searching for a human carrying this 180 AW bag, I registered just to see how big/normal/small this bag can be.

Thank you, nice review and photo.
Will order this tomorrow! Rawr!




  
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Apr 24, 2012 06:13 |  #24

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #14222717 (external link)
Take a look at the new Lowepro Event Messenger Line (external link) They have dedicated padded compartment for tablet/laptop. Although I don't quite understand why Lowepro shortly after introducing Pro Messenger added this line, they look competing to me.

I'm actually after one of each.

I've decided to go for:
1) Lowepro Event Messanger 150
and
2) either Pro Messanger 180 or TT Retro 20
(and I think you have both of these Andrew)

Sometime I'll just carry bag 2, holding 2 bodies, with lenses (eg, 24-70 and 70-200) _ the odd spare.
Sometimes I'll go light with bag 1.

And for a wedding (or similar) I'd take both, and once out of the car I'd put the 2 bodies + lenses over my shoulders (on blackrapids), then carry some spare lenses/flashes etc in bag 1.


But... do I go for the Pro Messanger 180, or the Think Tank Retrospective 20?
I've seen the monster TT Retro 20 thread, and see that it can take two bodies with lenses attached, but can the Pro Messenger 180 do the same?
What would you recommend Andrew?

Many thanks




  
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May 24, 2012 02:44 as a reply to  @ post 14222183 |  #25

Hi Guys.

Thinking of buying the Pro Messenger 160 or 180, but I want to carrry a small tripod (Velbon Maxi M) which is about 34cm long folded.
Any idea's on whether it would be able to be carried in or on the bag somehow ??

Thanks

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May 24, 2012 20:35 |  #26

Hedonist welcome!
Blackberner, welcome! Good question Tony. I don't have this bag. I *think* you could sew straps to the bottom of the bag. However, that would mean you couldn't set the bag down flat, and have it stand upright.

I've considered the mid-size bag too, a couple of times. I like it because it is a shooter's bag. You can store a camera within for safety, yet draw it out quickly when you wish to use it. Attaching a tripod somehow would make that more difficult. At least it would for me.


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Dec 28, 2012 14:24 |  #27

I'd like to take this bag but from pictures the idea i get is that gears don't seem so protected in all sides.Seen that you got it do you think gears expensive like the Canon 70-200 is II are safe inside it?
thanks


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Dec 28, 2012 17:37 as a reply to  @ littlejohncharles's post |  #28

I'd like to take this bag but from pictures the idea i get is that gears don't seem so protected in all sides.Seen that you got it do you think gears expensive like the Canon 70-200 is II are safe inside it?
thanks

I have this bag and love it, your gear is well protected without being overly padded so your 70-200 will be just fine ;).

I also have a Crumpler which I fine too padded , this can make it harder to get the camera in and out of the bag quickly , too much padding can also make the bag very bulky .

Thinking of buying the Pro Messenger 160 or 180, but I want to carrry a small tripod (Velbon Maxi M) which is about 34cm long folded.
Any idea's on whether it would be able to be carried in or on the bag somehow ??

There are no straps for a tripod , I measured the bag and you might be able to fit a 34cm tripod standing up in the bag but the flap would not be able to close fully leaving your gear exposed a bit.

You could put it in one of the stretchy side pockets that are for water bottles but then it might make it awkward to carry the bag , this messenger style bag is more designed to carry a camera with attached lens plus a couple more lenses / flash with easy access , if you want to start loading up with more gear you are better off getting a backpack.


For me this is the perfect shooters bag , love the feel of the bag / size / weight /looks / easy access and the thick straps and padding , I carried my 50D with attached 70-200F4IS a 100 macro 2.8 IS in one pocket and a 17-55 .28 IS in the other pocket , wallet , keys , phone etc all day around the city no problems.


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Dec 29, 2012 09:18 as a reply to  @ lucasmcd's post |  #29

Thanks Lucas


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Jul 18, 2013 02:50 as a reply to  @ littlejohncharles's post |  #30

Has anyone used the SlipLock on this bag?

I have the Event Messenger 150 and it doesn't have SlipLock spots. Anyone know how much bigger this one (Pro Messenger 180AW) is compared to the Event Messenger 150?


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