Review: Tamrac Photo Messenger 9 Camera Bag

Recently I was looking for a photo messenger bag to purchase.  It seemed like all the ones I kept finding just weren’t the correct size for what I wanted.  I wanted one where I could fit a camera attached to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens into the bag and also put in another large lens or two.  Ideally, one where I could have two bodies with lenses attached in the bag.  Finally I came across this bag, and here’s my review of the Tamrac Photo Messenger 9 Camera Bag, Model 469.

A lot of the messenger style camera bags I found weren’t big enough to be able to fit all that I wanted inside.  You could fit the camera with a small lens attached or just a large lens, but not the large lens attached to the camera body.  Or if you could fit the body with 70-200mm attached in the bag, you weren’t getting any other lenses in the bag.

Another issue I came across was being able to find a bag that had padding.  Most of the messenger style bags that were the correct size or close to it didn’t have padding.  It was just the material, no real padding to protect the gear.  I understand some people don’t want the padding to reduce bulk, but I wanted some padding.

Finally through all my searching I came across the Tamrac Photo Messenger 9 Camera Bag, Model 469.  This bag appeared to be the correct size I wanted, but I wasn’t sure about the padding.  Did it have decent padding or not?  I couldn’t really find any reviews of the bag online!

I decided to take a chance and order the bag, if I didn’t like it I could always return it.  Luckily for me though it was just what I wanted.  I could easily fit two bodies with lenses attached and another third lens into the bag.  I could even put my 17″ laptop into the bag.  On top of that, I still had room to put a couple of flashes into the bag!  The bag also has decent padding to protect your gear.

Since I wasn’t able to find a review, I decided to write-up my own and do a video showing the bag

Internal Dimensions: 15¼ W x 3¾ D x 11½ H (39 x 10 x 29 cm)
External Dimensions: 18 W x 7 D x 13 H (46 x 18 x 33 cm)
(expanded adds 2″ to depth)
Weight: 3 lbs. 11 oz. (1678g)

If you are looking for a large photo messenger bag that’s got decent padding, you will like this bag.  You can purchase this bag for around $235 as of this writing.  I’ve used it a lot recently and have really liked the roominess the bag offers.  I can easily carry my gear to where I’m going and open the bag to get my camera out without having to take the bag off.  Switching lenses while wearing the bag is also a breeze.  If you get one a really like it, leave a comment and let me know!  Or if there’s another bag that you really enjoy, leave a comment about that one for others to read too.

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