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Not a messenger bag; but a very nice DSLR or point/shoot case,
This review is from: Case Logic DSM-101 Luminosity Small DSLR Messenger Bag (Black) (Electronics)
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Hey everyone, just noticed that the headline for this item reads 'messenger bag', which usually is a sort of large floppy bag you can fit a laptop and some notebooks into. Please note that this DSLR case is in fact mostly just a DSLR case - I have no idea why they're calling it a 'messenger bag.'
That said, it's pretty nice! It's definitely big enough to fit your DSLR into along with a couple of lenses, or a higher-end point and shoot with some accessories. It's got the kind of styling that I personally really like - with a detachable lens on, it can be organized so the camera faces down and rests on some padding - then the weight of the camera isn't on the end of the lens. That said, the dividers inside are completely removeable, so you can arrange this however you like. (There are two of them and they're fuzzy with velcro on both ends - they 'grip' to the soft inside of the bag, and the hold is what I would describe as 'very firm.')
The bag does have a small outside pocket and two 'grab straps' so you can pick it up from the front or the top. The description advertises 'water bottle pockets' on both sides and I'm personally not sure what I think about that - a SMALL water bottle, sure, but anything larger than that like a Camelbak bottle certainly isn't going to fit. You likely could fit a small fixed lens or a packet of filters. The pockets are deep and the top is elasticized, so your stuff shouldn't fall out with normal use.
It's nice and thickly padded. The strap has a nice rubberized shoulder grip pad; the drop is about 24" from the top of the bag. The back of the bag is mesh padding, NOT a pocket, which will be a pro or con depending on what you're looking for.
The real selling point of this bag, though is the semi-concealed pocket at the bottom of the bag that holds a weatherproof cover. HOW many times have I wished for this when caught outside in a sudden shower while taking pictures?! Many many scenes of panic while trying to cram a camera bag under my coat come to mind. These bags are fairly well water resistant but they are NOT waterproof, which means your stuff will get damp. Thrilled to find they have finally tuned into that fact and included a cover. BE AWARE the cover is folded and the case comes with it stowed into a dedicated bottom pocket - I turned the house upside down looking for mine, sure it had been left out of the package, until the truth slowly dawned (and now I'm embarrassed! :))
In my mind you just can't have too many of these bags. I inherit another DSLR every time my semi-pro photographer spouse upgrades, and it's nice to have everything packed into its own bag so I can 'grab and go' depending on what I need to shoot. Downside: Smaller than other similar bags in this price range. Upside: The smaller size means less unnecessary bulk and weight if you don't have a lot to carry. If what you want is a bag to house a DSLR or a higher-end point and shoot with an extended lens, this will probably suit your needs beautifully.