I had bought Lowepro Event Messenger 250 camera bag couple of months ago. Since I wanted something which was lighter and easier to carry and didn’t stick out like a sore thumb at indoor events (which my Lowepro Flipside 400AW backpack does).
Lowepro Event Messenger 250 can easily accommodate my Canon 60D, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 II, Canon 50mm f1.8, Canon 55-250 IS, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and Canon 430EX-II Speedlight. And with a little bit of effort I can even accommodated my Canon 1000D with the above gear and still have space left for a 13” laptop/tablet along with spare batteries, cords and even couple of water bottles!
While all this sounds wonderful, in actual usage, it isn’t.
Carrying 2-2.5kg (4.4lbs to 5.5lbs) of equipment for a few hours in a shoulder bag which itself weighs 800gms (1.76lbs) is no easy task. Filling it to maximum capacity and then taking it to an event is something I wouldn’t even dream about!
Maybe it is due to the fact that I have never really used shoulder or sling bags (not even in school or at collage) and have always preferred to carry backpacks instead. Or maybe it is due to the fact that due to slanted shoulders, I usually end up carrying it as a sling bag and that makes it ride up my neck.
Whatever the reason might be, I am just not found of Event Messenger 250 camera bag. Even though I love the built quality of Event Messenger and ease of use (whether taking out gear or changing lenses), I still end up picking up my backpacks instead of this bag.
I guess shoulder bags are good when you are only planning to carry one body with one or two lenses and that is likely how I would end up using it in future. However for such a purpose, Lowepro Event Messenger 250 is overkill and its smaller, lighter and cheaper variants would be a better bet.
Lowepro Event Messenger 250 Specifications
Fits: 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 and accessories and personal items.
Internal Dimensions: 35 x 12 x 24.5 cm (13.78 x 4.72 x 9.65 in)
External Dimensions: 38.8 x 18.8 x 29.8 cm (15.28 x 7.40 x 11.73 in)
Front Compartment: 34 x 2 x 19 cm (13.39 x 0.79 x 7.48 in)
Weight: 0.8 kg (1.76 lbs)