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Using the Lowepro Event Messenger 100 Bag with the Olympus OM-D

I've been searching for a day bag for my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera.  I recently purchased the Lowepro Event Messenger 100 Camera Bag for a trip to India.  I will be using the Event Messenger with the Olympus OM-D EM-1, Olympus 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 lens, and Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens. 

Lowepro Event Messenger 100

Lowepro Event Messenger 100

The bag worked well for this combination of lenses with the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  I had to remove the second divider to fit the OM-D E-M1, Panasonic 100-300mm, and Olympus 12-50mm. 

In order to use both dividers in the Lowepro Event Messenger 100, I had to remove the lens from the camera and store the camera in the middle section.  I don’t see any advantage to keeping both dividers in the bag as the lens capacity is the same, and having the lens attached to the camera gives quicker access to take a photo.

Basically, the Lowepro Event Messenger 100 is a good fit for an Olympus OM-D and two lenses.  I also tried several other combinations of lenses with the OM-D E-M1 and the OM-D E-M5 to give you an idea of what will fit in the bag and also the front pouch.

Lowepro Event Messenger 100  with Olympus OM-D E-M1

Lowepro Event Messenger 100 with Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasonic 100-300 f/4.0-5.6

Camera Lens Combinations

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 with lens hood and the lens attached to the body, Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6.  This combination was snug, but fit.

Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens with lens hood and the lens attached to the body, Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6. This combination was also snug, but fit.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens attached to the body, Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens with lens hood, Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens.  This combination didn’t fit in the bag with the second divider.

Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens attached to the body, Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-f6.3 kit lens with lens hood, Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens.  This combination didn’t fit in the bag with the second divider.

Note: I was able to make the above combinations fit by removing the 2nd divider and placing the Olympus 60mm macro next to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 17mm f1.8.  However, this setup doesn’t put any padding between the lenses. This setup also worked on the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  However, the lenses were tightly packed against on another.

Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens attached to the body, Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-f6.3 Pro lens with lens hood with two dividers placed in the bag.  This only left room in the third section for a skinny flash or a couple of filters.

Lowepro Event Messenger 100  Front Pouch

Lowepro Event Messenger 100  Front Pouch

Front Pouch

I found that the front pouch on the Lowepro Event Messenger 100 met my needs.  I was able to fit the following items in the front pouch.

  • 2 Extra Olympus OM-D Batteries
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lens pen
  • SD card holder for 8 SD cards
  • 52mm circular polarizer filter in a case

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2 Comments

  • Skyring

    With a small bag like that, you could carry it aboard a plane as an extra, rather than packing cameras and lenses into a backpack. The real bottleneck isn't how much you can carry in the field, it's how much you can safely carry aboard a plane, because nobody likes checking in photographic equipment – you get to the far end, it may not be there.

    So I appreciate the detail you put into various different combinations and how safely they are packed.

    I've got four LowePro bags of various sizes – they make good kit.

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