7 Day Shop Messenger Camera Bag - review

7 Dayshop messenger camera bag
7 Dayshop messenger camera bag
I have been after a low cost alternative to my main rucksack style camera bags (they are both great bags but a little bulky for summer wanderings, you can read the reviews for each here: Vertex 300 and Classified Sling AW220) and I have wanted a retro looking messenger type bag, something I can sling over my shoulder and only carry my camera bins and a lens or two in. I'd looked at some cheap Hong Kong/Chinese knock off types on eBay when I came across the 7 Day Shop one, at a little over £30 including delivery I thought it would fit the bill well.

Specifications


Measures H30 x W33 x D20cm It weighs in at 1.1 Kilos.

Made of a olive/brown canvas which according to amazon "helps to make it not so obvious of the value of the items inside".

There are Plenty of adjustable and padded dividers provided (Dividers are fixed and adjusted as needed by Velcro) and a removable inner lining (one reason I bought this bag).

There is also a Built in rain cover (I've not used this yet), 4cm wide adjustable length shoulder strap with padded centreand a Handle on top of case for fast pick-up.

2 x adjustable tripod straps underneath case (these are removable if not required). 4 pockets on case front of case for accessories, mobile phone, keys etc. and Slim document pocket (zip) on back of case for tickets, passport, wallet etc.

Looks


Camera bag - open (borrowed from amazon.co.uk)
Camera bag - open (borrowed from amazon.co.uk)
Firstly let me just say that it looks great, I love the old style feel of the bag, you can really feel like you are on of the old guard documentary photographers with this bag. The bright orange interior is shocking but otherwise everything is muted, personally I love the brass fittings as well, they feel tough and hard wearing. But let's be honest the looks of a camera bag are secondary.

Carrying Comfort


The Reason I wanted this bag was due to my back issues (still no definitive diagnosis), carrying a large rucksack puts a lot of weight through my back, where as with this style of bag the weight is not as evenly distributed but is more through my shoulders, and I can alleviate some of the strain by switching sides when needed (I hope that is clear). The padded strap is comfortable, although does slip off my shoulder if I am wearing certain cloths (the smooth material of my inner feather jacket some form of grip might have helped here.

So far I have used it with the tripod attached to the bottom just once (my tripod is a little weighty) and I must say it was a little annoying trying to get it in and out of the straps, a smaller tripod or monopod may be better suited to carry.

I have managed to walk my entire patch without struggling too much with pain brought on by the heavy gear I was carrying (not something I managed with either of my other bags), I'm not sure what this is down to but it helps that it is easier to move around and alter carrying position as well as take off when I am looking at photo ops.

Space


So far I have managed to fit quite a bit in this bag, at one time I had my camera (Canon 20D), my macro lens (Canon 100mm f/2.8), my telephoto lens (Canon 400mm f/5.6), my Flash unit (Canon 430) my Binoculars (Swarovski 10x40s), my tripod and a small drinks bottle. As well as a notebook spare batteries and memorycards and some painkillers. Not bad, although it did weigh a fair bit then.

Conclusion


I'd highly recommend this bag if you are after a small walk around messenger type bag, you won't find one better for the money in my opinion.It looks great and feels comfortable on your shoulder, tyhe strap can be extended to fit quite tall people (I'm only 5 '11 and don't need the full strap) or quite short as it reduces to quite small, you can fit in loads in, and it feels secure in there.

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4 comments:

  1. Wow, I really love this bag. Looks great and so convenient that you can for lots in too. Thanks for joining in #GoldenOldies via www.mummy2monkeys.co.uk

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  2. Definitely the best camera bag I've ever had, I switched to micro four thirds a while back and the bag is just ideal for my PEN E-P5 with kit I end, 60mm macro and 300mm teIephoto plus various odds & ends. The carrying straps for my monopod work fine too and I can fit a rolled up water proof in the top section.

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    1. Nice to hear someone else likes it as much as me.

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