Today I am spending some time with the Lowepro Event Messenger 250 camera bag. The Event Messenger 250 is billed as a “modern messenger bag built to fit your complete camera kit.”
Disclaimer: The Lowepro Event Messenger 250 camera bag was provided to GadgeTell for the purpose of this review.
The Lowepro Event Messenger 250 is priced at $79.99 and at the moment, available only in the color you see in the images in this post. Fortunately, the color is generic enough that it should work for most people. That thought aside though, the Event Messenger 250 camera bag weighs in at 1.8 pounds (empty) and measures 15.3 (W) x 7.4 (D) x 11.7 (H) inches on the outside. The interior measurements are 13.8 (W) x 4.7 (D) x 9.6 (H) inches. The exterior is made of nylon with the interior being a mix of polyester and foam. Nothing surprising in that respect. In terms of compartments and what you will be able to store — the folks at Lowepro note that the bag can hold a “Pro DSLR without grip, with attached lens; 3-4 extra lenses (up to 70-200mm f/2.8) or a flash and 3 lenses; up to a 13″ laptop; accessories and personal items.” As for our use case, the bag can hold plenty but continue on to catch a few more thoughts and check out the images.
As for using the bag, it has been around the GadgeTell office for a few weeks now and has been in and out on several excursions. The bag seems to hold up rather nicely, a few minor scuffs on the exterior bottom, but nothing that you would not expect. Certainly nothing that leaves us concerned. And just to clarify, nothing that we would describe in any way as a tear or rip.
The bag has plenty of interior storage, at least for our use cases. Which with a DLSR, a lens, some accessories and a 13-inch MBA — is rather close to what was noted by Lowepro. Some of the smaller perks that we noticed include the rear pocket for papers and the two side pouches for quick access for frequently used items.
The bag has a shoulder strap and a handle for carrying similar to a briefcase. In terms of closure, you will find a buckle that holds the flap down as well as two velcro strips. And nicely done, the velco strips can be folder over for a ‘quiet mode’ which will let you open and close your bag without having that velcro sound go and everyone stare. Certainly a nice perk for when you are shooting a quiet event. Say, maybe a wedding.
Otherwise, once the flap is opened you have your main compartment which includes the padded laptop compartment as well as three sections for your camera and accessories. These three sections each feature a divider that velcros in and out for easy adjustment. Those also allow you to separate some of your smaller gear. Aside from the main section there is also a front zippered section with a smaller open space along with two pouches, a pen holder and a memory card holder.
Bottom line here, the bag seems to have more than enough storage (at least for this amateur) and appears to hold up well. Personally speaking, I would say it is worth the $79.99 purchase price and if you are looking for a new camera bag and would like to get one without breaking the bank — the Lowepro Event Messenger 250 should be worthy of consideration.
Product [Lowepro Event Messenger 250]