Manfrotto Noreg messenger-30 review

It's a messenger bag, a small camera bag, a laptop sleeve, an overnight airline bag... it's everything!

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Manfrotto Noreg Messenger-30 is every bit as versatile as Manfrotto says. You can use it as your commuter bag, take out the camera insert for a lunchtime photo walk and take the laptop sleeve into a meeting. It's a bit of a lump when it's packed to the brim, and the tripod straps at front suit small travel tripods only, but overall it's a great idea that works very well.


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    Versatility and adaptability

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    Camera insert is also a shoulder bag

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    Detachable laptop sleeve


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    Laptop sleeve feels tacked (zipped) on

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    Camera insert leaves little space

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    Small tripods only on the front

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If you're constantly struggling to find the best camera bag, the Manfrotto Noreg messenger-30 could be the answer. Life is complicated, and often we can't set aside time solely for photography and have to mix it in with other daily activities... like going to work, for example.

So there are plenty of messenger bags for photographers that can hold your laptop, your lunch, your office paraphernalia and some camera gear, but do you really want to lug that whole lot around when you go out for a wander at lunchtime? Do you really want to lug your bag into a meeting when all you need is your laptop? Do you really want a camera bag packed with padded dividers and compartments when sometimes you just want a briefcase or an overnight bag?

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at