Review – Chrome Niko Messenger camera bag

Like most photographers I’m always on the lookout for a new camera bag and since I shoot only Micro Four Thirds it has to be small. A few weeks ago I was headed to one of my favorite food carts in downtown Portland, Oregon when I came across the Chrome store. Chrome is known for their stylish messenger bags and use of seat belt buckles on the strap for quick removal.

Chrome Backpack

Chrome Backpack

I wasn’t really in the market for a new camera bag, but when I saw Niko Messenger camera bag I had to have it. It holds my GH3 plus two lenses, a flash and battery charger in the main compartment. The small area at the top of the bag easily holds my GX1 with the Lensbaby Edge 80 and my SD cards. That’s two cameras and four lenses! Plus it’s weatherproof which is a necessity here in the Northwest. Chrome Backpack MToal-1020300

I’ll be the first to confess that I bought the bag because it looks stunning, I’m sure you’ve never done that! On my first trip I fell in love with the bag. It’ not only comfortable to wear, but I can take it off and put it on much faster than a backpack. I’ve never received so many great comments about a camera bag.

As I wrote this blog I noticed that Chrome has a new bag, the Niko Camera Sling. Guess I’m headed back to the food cart again.

Chrome Backpack Chrome Backpack

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About Mark Toal

Mark Toal is a former professional photographer who now works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at or at

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4 Responses to Review – Chrome Niko Messenger camera bag

  1. clgent March 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    I have had my Chrome Niko for a while, and love it! It is very versatile, easy to use, and I can get my camera out really quick.

  2. Antonio Carrasco March 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Chrome make awesome bags that are super durable and really nice looking.


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