Five Low Profile Messenger-Style Camera Bags

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Many photographers love messenger bags; but they also love their gear inside quite a bit more. So when you’re going about choosing a camera bag you should choose something that is a bit less flashy. For example, logos can be big on attracting people to your bag unless they’re very subtle: so making them blend into the rest of a bag is very big. Plus also not looking generally like a camera bag is something that is important. So here are five of our favorites.

Cub and Co Shooter Camera Bag

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Co Shooter Camera Bag product images (12 of 12)ISO 1001-400 sec at f - 3.2

In our review, we state:

“But it’s also just great for the photographer that will edit at home, shoot on the location, or for the film shooter. Lots of my personal work is done on film; and that’s why the more low profile look of the Shooter camera bag and the emphasis on just shooting really jives with me. It’s evident in much of the looks starting with the front of the bag. What you see here is the brown canvas, the dark leather strap fasteners, the leather top for protection, and the Cub and Co branding on the front.”

Tenba Cooper 13 Inch Messenger

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tenba Cooper bag review images (1 of 13)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 4.0

In our review, we state:

“A heck of a lot of work went into the construction of these bags, and it clearly shows. It’s got leather trim, weather sealing inside, a soft to the touch feel, and can accommodate lots of mirrorless camera gear. I honestly don’t have a single complaint about this bag’s build quality as not a single piece of it feels cheaply built.”

Zkin Champ

Zkin Champ

In our review, we state:

“The bag so far has been able to stand up to a lot of the abuses that commuting on the NYC subway system entails with folks bumping into the bag like fish in a bucket. The contents were always well protected. With that said though, I modified the interior a bit so that the padding allows me to carry more stuff. In fact, I was able to stick a Voigtlander Bessa R, Fujifilm X Pro 1, Olympus OMD and a Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 in here with no real trouble.”

LowePro Event Messenger Bag 250

Lowepro Event Messenger 250 interior

In our review, we state:

“So, what’s my verdict on this bag? Simply put: for me, this is the perfect shoulder bag. If you’re a shoulder bag type at all, it doesn’t really get much better than this. Bigger, yes. Made from fancy ostrich leather, probably. But doing it all right at once? Probably not. It has a great size, being neither too large nor too small. It’s made from durable materials. It has a clever design with a customizable interior and lots of extra pockets, and it’s also pretty comfortable for a shoulder bag. And also, it comes in at a reasonable price. My only point of contention is how the small handle on the back side of the bag is attached, but I already mentioned that.”

Billingham F-Stop f1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Billingham f1.4 camera bag review (12 of 14)

In our review we state:

“This is a beautiful, stealthy looking bag with a simple, timeless appeal. I could see a Leica shooter following the Leica’s philosophy as a perfect person who might enjoy this bag.

While it won’t hold a ton of things like other bags, this one is meant to carry a small amount of things to keep the weight down.

One thing I do wish had come with the bag instead of being an accessory was a leather shoulder pad for the bag strap. You might want to consider it if you need a little extra support if you are carrying some heavier items.”

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.