The Messenger M bag is part of the Manfrotto Windsor series and is one of the best DSLR messenger bag, unveiled at 2016 photokina, which includes three bags and a backpack. We appreciate the originality and the vintage look of this series. The M is the largest of the three saddlebags (42 x 33 x 15 cm on the outside and 39 x 28 x 13.5 cm on the inside). They have four models and it usually only varies in size. The color of the bag is light gray and anthracite with brown finish. The straps are leather straps and the finishes has good quality. We particularly appreciate the thick interior padding that provides comfort and safety.
The Messenger M is large enough to fit a professional DSLR with multiple lenses or other small accessories. We could easily put a professional DSLR with two large telephoto lenses, as well as a action-cam and personal effects (notebook, phone, etc.) camera. We can easily add other elements into the bag. Thus, the Messenger M will be perfect for professionals who appreciate this bag format. There are four separators which can be removed easily. And organizing the bag is very simple. One of the separator that is red in color, fits perfectly in the shape of the lens and allows to wedge it to perfection.
A large inner pocket is provided to accommodate a 15 “computer and a tablet. It is very convenient and it has an indisputable argument in the purchase of a camera bag. Inside the main compartment, there are two small mesh pockets that completes the set and are ideal for storing memory cards or other small items.
According to Manfrotto, the Messenger M can also carry a DJI Mavic Pro drone with its accessories.
The compartment can be accessed in two ways: either with magnetic straps, or by a central zipper. Therefore we can quickly reach the camera equipment. If we remove the separators we can use it for other purposes as well.
Another large zippered pocket at the front serves to store a range of accessories like notebook, pens, phone, etc.
The Messenger M bag has a handle, always in leather, to carry it by hand. It is compatible with trolley and it is a very useful at the time of travelling.
We mainly regret the lack of fixation to carry a tripod. For the moment, only the Peak Design Messenger bag offers this option among the shoulder bags that we tested. The Messenger M is a relatively large bag but is not less comfortable. The strap is adjustable and accompanied by a small reinforcement to place on the shoulder, essential for better support and support long walks.