Upload & Sell: Off
Well, I was pretty much down to the TT Retrospective and the Lowepro Pro Messenger 180. On Saturday I was in Frys Electronics and tripped across messenger bag by Voyager, a manufacturer I had never heard of. I really liked the bag, but it was a little large. I had to keep reminding myself that the objective was to have a reasonably sized bag that doesn't get left behind because its too big. I did a little research on Voyager and found a smaller version of the same bag. I ordered an Up-Rise 33 from Amazon on Sat for just over $100. It arrived yesterday (how do they do that?). This bag is awesome! Its 13 x 11 x 4, so its not tiny, but its not a bag of cement either. And, it's expandable so you can get another two inches of depth by unzipping the two halves of the bag. Extremely well made, well padded, removable camera gear insert, rain cover, plenty of storage for a lenses, small laptop/tablet, batteries, filters, charger, cards, and other accessories. It is tall enough that it carries my 5d3 with a 70-200 f/2.8 attached. Based on my search, its one of the only bags in this class that will handle this lens on camera. Here are the additional items I have in the bag: 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 580 EX, MacBook Air (13"), filters, memory cards, charger, extra battery, and misc accessories. Things are comfortably snug (as in well protected) but not overly tight. One of my favorite features is the access zipper on the top of the bag. It allows you to get to your gear without opening the flap every time. The bag is made of ballistic nylon with sturdy seams and has a well padded shoulder strap. If I have one gripe it's that with the sides expanded the balance of the bag is a little off when using the handle. This turned into a bit of a review but I wanted to share my enthusiasm because I spent many hours looking for the right bag and I couldn't be happier with this one.