Again it has been a while since I updated the wallpapers page with any new wallpapers, so today is the day I’m adding two new for you :) And since I like to have a theme each time I add some, the today theme is clouds :)

As always you can download them and many more from the wallpapers page here.

Low couds over ParisSimple beauty

Few months ago I posted my first impressions of the Everyday Messenger Bag. Today, after quite a lot of use of it, I will give you more thoughts on it, how it’s in general use and what I like, don’t like and what’s missing.

Using it

I found the Everyday Messenger to be very comfortable in normal use. I prefer shoulder bags and the wide strap is great in use. As I mentioned before, I had to take it off, together with the waist straps, and turn them around, to be able to use the bag on the left shoulder. But doing this was very easy and took only few minutes. A small clip to keep the straps shape where it’s attached would be really welcomed, but one can get by also without it.

Everyday Messenger BagThe wide strap is great
Everyday Messenger BagA clip to keep the shape would be nice

Carrying a tripod

Carrying a tripod with the bag is easy, and my Gitzo fits perfectly. I ended up connecting the provided rubber band (which is used tho keep the tripod legs together) to the key strap, to avoid loosing it, and I also keep it in the place that is for the keys. I think it works better like this. I would probably loose the band by now if i didn’t do it like this.

Everyday Messenger BagTripod attached to the bag
Everyday Messenger BagAttached rubber band

Capacity

The capacity is great when you are using one camera with up to three lenses in it (I mean full frame DSLR lenses, as those I use). I tried to put in more, but than the top ones are right on the edge of the bag, and I believe they could fall out when I open the flap. Secondly, having the lenses on top of each other makes taking them out much harder. For my last trip I needed to take 4 lenses and 2 camera bodies with me, and there was the Everyday Messanger Bag, just too small for it.

There are a lot of places for small items, but none for medium sized items. For instance, I ended up keeping the Formatt Hitech filters in the tablet pouch, but I had no space for the filter holder. In the end I bought a small bag for that, and I just keep it in the main compartment, which is not that great. I could keep it in the field pouch, but I don’t want to carry it just for that. I had the same problem with my last bag, and I still wish the creators would add an inside square bag, that would take up the space of one lens and could be closed off. Something the size of the lens pouches Sigma provides, just attached by velcro to the inside. .

Everyday Messenger BagNot much room for second row
Everyday Messenger BagI miss something like this

I also don’t understand why there is no way to simply attach the Field pouch to the outside of the bag. There are two attachments on the back of the pouch, so adding the opposite attachments to the cover of the Everyday messenger bag would probably be quite a small change and it would add to the capacity and usability quite a lot.

Back side

I carried the Surface Pro 4 in the computer space, and while it fits nicely, the whole area bulges out a little when the the bag is full, which I don’t like so much when there is a tablet inside. The whole back could be a bit more sturdier, for the bag to keep the shape better. Here is actually also my biggest problem with the bag. Since the back is not sturdy enough, it bends in one area regardless of how I carry it. This makes it sometime harder to unzip, and I fear it could lead to damage in the area after longer use. There is none by now, and I just hope it stays that way.

Everyday Messenger BagThe back bulges out a bit
Everyday Messenger BagThe bag bends in this area

Durability

I noticed no damage or manufacturing problems on my bag. All is as it was the first day I got it.

Overall

Even if this review maybe sounds more negative, don’t be mistaken, this is a great bag. I just went through the good parts more in the first impressions article. This is more what I observed during my use, and how it think this great bag could be made even better.

It’s currently my favorite bag, and I have no problems recommending it, as I think you will also like it. You can find more about it on the Peak Design website.

Please excuse the temporary downtime of the blog. I will be moving the blog to a new host in a few weeks, which should make problems like this a thing of the past. I would have done it right now, but I have 3 weeks of travel in front of me, so I have to deal with that first. But I hope there will be no more downtime until then, and all works as it should.

No new photo for today, but instead two new high-res wallpapers for you :) Still, since the 3440×1440 seems to be the most popular, here are two more in this one (but next time will add some other ones :)). As always, the new ones and all the older ones can be downloaded form the wallpapers page.

The Louvre
Alps

Today is the 6th year anniversary of my first post to this blog and actually also to the day I first created it. I haven’t started daily updates from the first day yet, but quite shortly afterwards :) A lot really has changed from that time, from the look of the blog, look of the photos, and also in my life, with me being able to take photos full-time. I never thought that that would happen when I started, and I still can’t believe it sometime :)

And to celebrate, I’m giving away 6 copies of my video tutorial series, Master exposure blending. So if you want one, just leave a comment on this post, and I will randomly choose from them in a week. And if you don’t know what to comment about, just say how you found about my blog or stumbled across it :)

And if you are curious, here is the photo I posted on the 4th March 2010

Artistmore info on my photo blog https://www.hdrshooter.com

And this is how the page looked like than :)

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