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Messenger bag recommendation

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by afg08, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. afg08

    afg08 Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Nov 26, 2015
    I am looking for a bag that I can fit inside a backpack. 12 inches wide max and I'd prefer if was a bit less and probably around 5 inches deep. Something that would hold a body with lens attached plus room for 2 more. I'm thinking a messenger style might work, something where the top flap is held by Velcro, not a zipper as it seems I am always fumbling to get at my gear. I'm currently using an inexpensive Lowepro Rezo 170 which is just barely big enough but does work okay. Around $75, any thoughts? Thanks for any recommendations.
     
  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Domke F-5XB sounds about right. Those are about at your price limit, or I got a pretty solid knockoff from China for $20... :)
     
  3. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Lots of options. Check out the ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 30i. Should be under budget. Has nice magnetic closures that are easy to open but still secure, without the noise of Velcro. I have the 20 and find it to be a very good bag.
     
  4. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
  5. Raptor7

    Raptor7 Mu-43 Regular

    86
    Dec 21, 2014
    Madrid, Spain
    I have an old Crumpler that I carry usually in a backpack. I donĀ“t remember the model name, but I will check it as soon as I come back home tomorrow.
     
  6. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    The 30i has a different opening system; I have both the MM20 and MM30i. The MM20 opens from the front (away from your body). I don't like that style as much because it makes your equipment more vulnerable to falling out or pilferage in a crowd when used with a waist belt or shoved toward your back when using a shoulder strap. The MM30i unzips along the back so someone has to place their hands against your torso to open it. The MM30i also doesn't tend to tip or dump your gear when open and picked up by the handle - it's a great daily bag and holds my 40-150 Pro with TC.
     
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  7. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Thanks - I assumed they were the same!

    When I plan to shoot a lot I carry the MM20 with the zipper only slightly closed, and let let the magnets hold the flap down. Works well, and is very easy to access gear quickly. I only ever zip it up completely if I am going to mostly just be carrying it for a while, or if it's dusty or wet.
     
  8. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    B&H has the Tamarac Aria 2 on sale today for $10. That would probably work.
     
  9. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Top Veteran

    855
    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Sameer
    Another suggestion might be a Tenba BYOB insert with their Packlite bags. The BYOB 9 would probably meet your needs and lists for $40. The Packlite 9 is another $20. That way you can use only the insert for your backpack, but have a shoulder/messenger style option if you need. The insert top is zippered, but you can leave it open when inside the backpack.
     
  10. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

    297
    Feb 23, 2013
    Washington State
    Plus 1 on the Domke
     
  11. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I bought a Tenba DNA 8 bag to do exactly that. The DNA 8 fits on its own inside a good-size backpack, or one can use just the padded insert. I also have a larger BBP padded insert that also fits a mid-sized backpack. The Tenba BYOB inserts are perfect for that too.
     
  12. afg08

    afg08 Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Nov 26, 2015
    Great suggestions. I do like the looks of the Temba.
     
  13. Drdul

    Drdul Mu-43 Regular

    104
    May 16, 2015
    Vancouver, BC
    Richard
    I own several messenger bags in the size you're looking for. My current fave is the Kata Nimble. It has room for my E-PL7 with 12-40 zoom, a prime lens, a compact 1" sensor camera, a small collapsible umbrella (it rains occasionally in Vancouver), gloves, food, spare batteries and memory cards, a few other accessories, and if I have a need, my iPad. Plus I can fit a decent size water bottle in the outside stretchy pocket. And to top it off, it doesn't look like a camera bag.
     
  14. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    Do you really need the bulky side padding that a "camera bag" provides? There is a whole world of "tactical" bags that work very well for cameras. Samples: Messenger Bags Another source: Gear Bags, Tactical Bags, Bags & Organizers I usually add some bottom padding, either 3/8" closed cell polyurethane foam or, more recently, a piece cut from foam floor tiles like these: Norsk-Stor Multi-Purpose 24 in. x 24 in. Interlocking Multi-Color Foam Flooring Recyclamat (4-Pieces)-240147 - The Home Depot

    Condor is an inexpensive brand that is decent. LAPoliceGear has some house branded bags that I think are probably made by Condor. 511 is good. Maxpedition is good quality but tend to be heavy and stiff as well as expensive. If you have a store in your area that caters to the paintball crowd, you can probably see some samples there.
     
  15. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Did Manfrotto keep this model after acquisition?

    --Ken
     
  16. Drdul

    Drdul Mu-43 Regular

    104
    May 16, 2015
    Vancouver, BC
    Richard
    Ha! I didn't realize that Kata was bought out. It looks like the bag is listed as "no longer available" at B&H, Amazon and elsewhere. Too bad, as it's a great bag. It may be possible to find some leftover stock somewhere. I bought mine on sale for something like $40, but I see that there's only one on eBay and the seller wants $55 + $10 shipping.
     
  17. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    It did look nice, but I am in no immediate need for another bag. But thanks for checking.

    --Ken
     
  18. MJL

    MJL Mu-43 Regular

    199
    Feb 24, 2016
    Katikati, New Zealand
    Marinus
    Crumpler JackPack 3000, discontinued but still available on Amazon. Gets shipped from the Ukraine and same user has also a presence on eBay where it is slightly cheaper.