Good messenger bag for vacation/street photography. For OM-D EM5 and 2 lens.

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Mysteriouskk
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Good messenger bag for vacation/street photography. For OM-D EM5 and 2 lens.
Apr 25, 2012

What's a good messenger bag for vacation use?

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Billingham.

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What's a good messenger bag for vacation use?

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Depends on how much you'll have with you. I use a Tenba as my everyday case and it has plenty of room to spare, even with a tablet or laptop in the bag.

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I like timbuk2's snoop. the xs will hold an iPad in the back internal pocket.
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Timbuk 2 with either padded inserts or a padded camera wrap. Water sealed/resistant, comfortable and flexible. I carry a medium sized classic messenger every day with an iPad, GX1, 2 lenses, wallet, sunglasses case, phone, etc. and still have tons of room. I happen to use a lowepro camera wrap but timbuk2 makes a camera insert which just ads to the flexibility.

http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/classic-messenger/1914225
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/snoop-camera-insert

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What's a good messenger bag for vacation use?

After researching quite a bit for my upcoming trip to China I decided on the BBB evolution bag with some clips sewn in for added security. It's meant for rangefinders, but I'm sure it will be good for m43 (on order ETA later this week). It's a smallish messenger bag with minimalist padding, and it has a dedicated iPad pocket in the back.

The other bag I considered was the ThinkTank Retrospective 5 or 7 (holds and iPad). They appear to be well regarded, but are a bit deeper than the BBB bag.

For a less expensive option, you could also do use the Tamrac Rally 5. It's a bit larger, but it is generally sized well for m43. It has pockets galore, and is setup to carry an iPad as well. While I like the bag, it is a little large for what I carry daily while on vacation. However, it is just about perfect for a carry on. I'll compare and contrast when I get the BBB-E.

http://www.indianhillimageworks.com/catalog/camera-bags/the-bare-bones-bag-evolution-bbb-e
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/retrospective-7-black.aspx
http://www.tamrac.com/3445.htm

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Which Tenba do you use, and what is your usual kit?

http://www.tenba.com/categories/messenger-bags.aspx

Or do you use a different one than the link?

Thanks!

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http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/skin-body-bag.aspx This is a super lightweight bag for m43. Has a rain pouch so it's weather proof and easy access to the interior while walking around taking shots. It's not a "structured" bag but that works fine for me. Will easily hold the EM5 with the kit zoom and two primes, 12 & 45mm with some accessories. No laptop of course. Note it's super light weight which is important to me. I have several thinktank bags and very pleased and this one is vrey reasonably priced.

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Yup, I bought a BBB-E for travelling as well. Fits everything I need in a relatively compact package, and its pedestrian styling won't attract much attention.

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Tenba Discovery. Holds the Em-5 plus half a dozen m 4/3 lenses. Rugged and comes with a rain cover.

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http://products.lowepro.com/product/Event-Messenger-150,2290,20.htm

I fit 2 m43rds bodies, EP2 & EPL2

m9-18
m17 2.8
m25 1.4
m45 1.8
m40-150

2 batteris, 2 cleaning pens, ipad or slim netbook, couple of cards etc. and the charger...

It is a great size... and $55

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What's a good messenger bag for vacation use?

LowePro, Tamrac, Billingham, those are the best brands in my opinion

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I have used this bag from Swiss Gear for about a year and it easily carries a m43 body and up to 4 lenses. To get to 4 lenses, one would be a pancake that goes in the zippered slot on the side of the bag. The interior sleeves are adjustable and removalble. It has a flap on one side that I use for maps, magazines and such. It has an interior zippered compartment for spare memory cards, batteries, phone, cleaning supplies, keys, etc. It has another zippered compartment in the outer flap that i use for sunglasses, a small led flashlight and a bubble level.

The only thing I find lacking is an outer pouch big enough to fit a water bottle.

I bought mine at Best Buy. I don't know if it's sold elsewhere.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/SwissGear+-+ZINC+Messenger+Digital+SLR+Camera+Bag+-+Black/1150656.p?id=1218226127848&skuId=1150656

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If that's all, ThinkTank's Retrospective 5 is really perfect. There's also a Retrospective 7 coming soon that will fit an iPad.

LowePro also has some new Event Messenger bags that are nice and quite a bit more affordable than ThinkTank's. I bought the 150, which will fit an E-M5, five or six lenses depending on size, and an iPad. And it's still fairly compact. There's a smaller size available that will fit the camera and a few lenses but not an iPad.

A lot of people also like the Domke F-803, which is a good size and a good looking bag. But I'd try that one before buying. I don't personally like the inflexibility of the material that Domke uses in their bags.

The Timbuk2 snoop bags are also great. I have one of those for carrying my camera with a larger laptop. I think they're too big for just carrying a camera though, unless they have some newer models than what I've seen.

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Billingham Hadley Pro
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BBP "Industries" messenger bag plus camera paddy (a removable insert). Also comes with a sleeve for a 15" laptop with options for anything up to 17" and down to iPad.

Note: this bag is a bit larger that some of the others mentioned in this thread, but it's very well built, inexpensive ($50), and very adjustable. Full disclosure here...the Camera Paddy is $30, but that still makes for a very reasonable, well built bag that doesn't look like a camera bag.

http://www.bbpbags.com/

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I love the Ape Case Norazza - my favorite because it is so light weight. Although B&H is temporarily out of stock, Amazon and other stores stock it also.

These links will show you what it looks like - the specs, photos inside/out, etc and price. I am posting links from B&H since they have more info/pics.

Another thing I like is that it does not look like your regular camera bag.

The model I have comes in 2 sizes....

Larger Bag

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/848720-REG/Ape_Case_AC540BL_AC540BL_Envoy_Standard_Messenger.html

Smaller

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/848716-REG/Ape_Case_AC520G_AC520G_Envoy_Compact_Messenger.html

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I have the Tamrac Adventure Messenger 3. It's reasonably priced, and fairly compact. I can carry:

• E-PL1 w/ kit zoom
• mZD 40-150
• Vivitar df-293 flash
• Canon FD 50/1.8
• Vivitar 2x macro teleconverter
• Wesley 24mm cctv lens
• Filters, batteries, extra sd card
• 8' TTL flash cable
• Gorilla pod

It's not particularly stylish, but then again neither am I.

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What's a good messenger bag for vacation use?

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Chas2 wrote:

Which Tenba do you use, and what is your usual kit?

http://www.tenba.com/categories/messenger-bags.aspx

Or do you use a different one than the link?

Thanks!

yes, that's it. I have a large and a small. I can fit gh2, lx5, 3 to 4 lenses and ext flash and still have room for a laptop in either one. It's overkill. The mini would do for most m43 setups plus small laptop or tablet.

I originally bought them for my 5d mk2 when I had it.

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