Rated 3 out of
Needs work"In practical use the Lowepro Pro Messenger 200AW never has rigidity to the sides or bottom of the bag.
When the bag is hanging from your shoulder the soft bottom causes all four soft sides of the bag to sag toward the middle of the bag. The result is that even when the Lowepro Pro Messenger 200AW is on a flat surface, seating the camera so that the camera will not fall out when the bag is hanging from your shoulder and you open the flap, requires extra care.
For all practical purposes it is impossible to seat a D800 with lens and no grip back into the bag without danger of the camera spilling out when you next open the flap, while the Lowepro Pro Messenger 200AW is hanging from your shoulder. And it?s not all that easy to remove the D800 from the bag when it is hanging from your shoulder, either.
Honestly, all I want is to be able to pull my camera out of my Lowepro Pro Messenger 200AW camera bag when the bag is hanging from my shoulder, and then put it back into the bag while the bag is hanging from my shoulder, without chancing my camera falling out the next time I open the bag. I have not found that to be a possibility with the Lowepro Pro Messenger 200AW without installing a plexiglass bottom reinforcement and buying stiff shoulder bag dividers from another manufacturer. Which I did.
Do you like dust? For the first month I had to use a sticky roller to remove the dust, dander, and hair before I picked it up or set it down. After six months the dust problem settled down, and I only had to use the sticky roller most of the time when I open or close the bag, and after a year I only have to use the sticky roller sometimes. You'll also need a sticky roller to remove dust from the inside exterior edge of the bag and from the camera compartment itself.
That said the Lowepro Pro Messenger 200AW is a good bag because it absolutely does not look like a camera bag. When you need to put your camera back into the bag just remove it from your shoulder. There is usually a flat surface to set your camera bag on, even wet dirt or a city sidewalk will do."