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Lowepro Event Messenger 150 Bag Quick Review

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Apr 27, 2012 15:16 |  #1

I have been looking for a small/medium messenger style bag for my everyday use when I only want to carry a DSLR body with a lens mounted, an additional lens and a flash. I also want a place to put an iPad and a water bottle.

My choices came down to the Think Tank Retrospective 10 (external link), a DIY bag with camera insert or the new Lowepro Event Messenger (external link) bag. I went to my local camera store and I like the Lowepro Event Messenger 150 the
best. It is also priced at a more reasonable $59 (compared to $159 for the Think Tank) close to the final price of the DYI bag.

The bag feels small, but it is really well made and has plenty of room. The color is actually more pleasant to see in person than it looks on the web. The shoulder strap is very wide and feels really comfortable even with full load. There is also a small handle attached to the back for hand carrying.


There is a zippered compartment in the front of the bag that can hold memory cards, spare batteries, pens, filters, etc. The main compartment is divided with velcro-attached dividers that can be arranged according
to your specific need. The iPad compartment is in the back on the main compartment and it's very well padded.


I can fit an un-gripped 5D Mark III with 24-105L lens attached in the middle with the lens facing down, a 70-300L lens (with reversed hood) on the left side and a 270EX flash tucked inside the right side under the camera. There is more than enough room to tuck in the camera strap and close the lid properly.

I can also fit a 70-200 f/2.8 and a 580EXII instead, but the bag becomes really tight and pushes toward the iPad compartment too much. Removing the flash makes the fit more comfortable.


Features that I like:
- It doesn't look like a camera bag even with the small Lowepro logo in the front
- It has a velcro silencer similar to the Think Tank
- Fits a water bottle on the side pouch
- There is an additional deep pocket in the back that can fit a book, a map, passport, or a wallet
- It has a fastener on the main flap, so it can be securely closed even when the velcro silencer is used
- The memory card holder can fit either an SD or a CF with protective case although there is only room for one.


Features/drawback that I don't like:
- The fastener on the main flap is not adjustable so it can't be fastened if the bag is overloaded
- The side pouch is a tight fit for a normal water bottle, I wish it's a bit bigger
- The shoulder strap should be a bit longer. I am 5"8" but I already have to adjust it to maximum length to get the bag rest on my hips
- There is no rain cover included

Overall, I think this is a perfect bag for my need. It looks great and feels great to carry around.

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Apr 27, 2012 16:14 |  #2

Good review. I've been meaning to review the Messenger 250 that I picked up a few weeks ago but haven't had time.

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Apr 27, 2012 16:25 |  #3

Daphatty wrote in post #14340311 (external link)
Good review. I've been meaning to review the Messenger 250 that I picked up a few weeks ago but haven't had time.

me too!!! Picked mine up two days ago.

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Apr 28, 2012 01:27 |  #4

Wish they had this in black. Not a fan of that color.


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Apr 28, 2012 03:53 |  #5

I wouldn't mind if they added a slip lock or two.

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Apr 28, 2012 08:16 as a reply to  @ Indecent Exposure's post |  #6

I have been happy with Lowe Pro bags and like their Messenger line. Nice review.

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May 01, 2012 08:16 as a reply to  @ Gizmo1137's post |  #7

Thanks for the review. I'm looking at this or the CompuDay Photo 150, but also wish they offered the former in black. I'm a fan of LowePro bags.

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May 01, 2012 14:17 |  #8

Great review. A similar sized bag that comes in all black is the Tamrac Express 7, #3537 for around $45.

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May 04, 2012 10:58 as a reply to  @ T2i4me's post |  #9

Thanks for the review, this is exactly what I have been looking for.

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May 28, 2012 13:29 |  #10

Yeah, the color isn't the best and would get dirty quick. This is pretty much just an Exchange Messenger with more padding and pockets. More formal "event" design but looks stiff. Not a fan of stiff bags really and with the 150 being the size of the Exchange and the 250 being $80, I'm still leaning towards the Domke 802.

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Feb 14, 2013 18:36 |  #11

I just got this bag, its pretty nice. I does come in black btw. :)

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Feb 14, 2013 19:21 |  #12

Great review. Nice color too.

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Feb 14, 2013 21:13 |  #13

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May 08, 2013 13:34 as a reply to  @ pdrober2's post |  #14

I just grabbed a copy of this bag last week. Im gonna give some quick review on what i have tried to fit inside this bag.
Overall i love the color and the material used on this bag, and the bag feels quite sturdy.

If I put this bag into maximum load, i can fit my 5D2 (without grip) with 17-40 attached, 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.8, 70-200mm 2.8 (without tripod collar and lens hood), and my iPad 2 on the tablet sleeve quite comfortably.

If I replace the 70-200 with 135, i got one extra space for a prime lens. It means I can bring 3 lenses and one lens attached to the camera with this bag with no major issues and still can fit my iPad 2.

What I like about this bag:
- Relatively small sized, but can carry quite much amount of gear and accessories.
- The material used on this bag.
- Velcro silencers
- Ideal for travelling.

What I didn't like:
- I wish the clip (front fastener) was adjustable to give more comfortable fit on the bag while fully loaded.

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Jul 18, 2013 03:00 |  #15

I've had the Event Messenger 150 for over a year now. The thing I wish they had on this bag is SlipLock slots. And I wish it was a little bigger so it can take a 7D (or 5D2) with grip.

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