Manfrotto Unica V Messenger bag
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Author : Phil Hall
Read our review on the Manfrotto Unica V messenger bag, with enough space for camera, kit and other essentials.
|Pros:||Design, flexibility, build-quality, tripod compartment|
The Unica V Messenger bag forms part of a growing range of bags from Manfrotto. Available in either black, white, red or ‘bungee cord', the Unica V is a stylish looking bag, with Manfrotto's tripod logo forming part of the design and a large metal buckle at the front. The quality of finish is very good, and there's a well-padded shoulder strap for added comfort on the move.
The bag is 31 x 42 x 19cm externally, so its relatively bulky, but not where it really becomes an issue. Open the bag up by releasing the metal buckle and Velcro pads on the sides and you get to the main internal compartment. This measures 20 x 40 x 10.5cm, which includes two dividers that can be adjusted at one end of the bag. This is not an out-and-out photography bag, but there's space for a large DSLR (without a grip), standard zoom and small prime. The other side of the bag is intended for non-photographic items, but we squeezed a large 70-200mm f/2.8 in there as well on more than one occasion. There's a separate laptop compartment which will accommodate anything up to a 17in Macbook - dimensions for the compartment are 28 x 38 x 3.5cm.
On the front, there's a large zipped pocket that runs the length of the bag, with sections for mobile phones, memory cards and pens. One of the really nice touches though of this bag is the tripod compartment at the bottom of the bag. This zipped compartment can hold a small travel size tripod - we got the Gitzo Traveler 1580 TQR5 in there, while Manfrotto's lightweight MKC3-PF tripod for around £40 will also fit happily in there.
If there are any niggles, then it has to be the buckle. While it looks very slick, in use its large size means that it can be a faff to get it to lock when you're on the move. That said, there's a handy zip top-opening that bypasses the need to use the buckle, allowing you to get to your kit quickly.
If you've got a lot of kit, this bag isn't for you. If however, you're looking for a versatile bag that'll store a bit of camera kit safely and other items that you need, then this pretty much ticks every box.