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Manfrotto Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (White)

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Product Highlights
  • For DSLR With Lens, Extra Lens, Flash
  • Holds 15.4" Laptop or 17" Apple Laptop
  • Water-Repellent Exterior
  • Zipper and Quick-Release Clasp Access
  • Internal Pocket Tripod Storage Area
  • Organizer Pocket for Phone, MP3, Cables
  • Adjustable, Movable Padded Dividers
  • Extra Space for Glasses, Book, Personals
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap

The white Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag from Manfrotto is the kind of quality bag you'll want with you whether on a day trip to the country or international airline journey. On the surface, this bag may appear to be just a garden variety shoulder tote but once examined, you find that it has many features that make it a stand-out among such bags. Let's take a closer look at what the Unica 5 offers.

The main compartment is 15.7" (39.9cm) tall and holds a DSLR with a mounted lens in shooting position. In addition, you can also bring along an extra lens, flash, various accessories plus a 17" (43.2cm) Apple laptop or a 15.4" standard laptop - all this in a bag that weighs a mere 2.2 lb (1.0kg). The organizer pocket stores your iPhone, MP3 player, map, pens, computer support cables, batteries, memory cards and sunglasses. That's quite a bundle of gear for a bag. And, it's all organized by a system of padded, movable dividers that can be arranged to suit your needs. But it doesn't stop there. Sooner or later, every photographer uses a tripod and this bag will allow to you to store a Manfrotto pocket tripod inside its own space. Now you can get those night or long exposure shots.

There are times when you need instant access to your equipment. You can reach the contents by two methods. First, the main compartment has a rear zipper that is used to quickly get your laptop out for airport security checkpoints. Or, if you prefer, use the quick-release compression clasp to open and close the protective flap that guards the interior of the bag. Made from a water-repellent nylon, the bag is carried by a comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap that has a padded cushion.

The Unica 5 Messenger Bag offers you a host of features at a reasonable price that should make it an appealing choice when you're in the market for a lightweight, functional and stylish shoulder bag that is manufactured by Manfrotto, a company with a solid track record of producing high-quality photo gear.

Note! PC laptop sizes can vary, please verify that your notebook conforms to the interior dimensions of this bag prior to purchasing

Interchangeable Dividers
Both modular and easy to use, these dividers allow you to custom fit the inside of your bag around your gear by creating the exact size compartment for your gear
Internal Tripod Compartment
This bag comes with a special compartment to carry your tripod internally
Laptop Compatible
Holds a 17" (43.2cm) Macbook or 15.4" (39.1cm) laptop - PC laptop sizes can vary, please verify that your notebook conforms to the interior dimensions of this bag prior to purchasing
Single Pocket for Pocket Tripods
An integrated pocket is perfect for fitting Manfrotto pocket series tripods
Water-Repellent
A specially applied coating to the fabric keeps it moisture-resistant

Unica 5 Tripod Compatibility

Pocket Support Small (Black)(MP1-C01)
Pocket Support Large (Black) (MP3-D01)
Carry-On Form Factor
FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice, please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement that is equal to or less than 45.0" (114.3 cm). The external dimensions of this case add up to 36.2" (91.9 cm)
Material Nylon
Type of Closure Zipper
Quick-release compression clasp
Exterior Dimensions 7.5 x 12.2 x 16.5" (19.0 x 31.0 x 42.0cm)
Interior Dimensions Internal Main Compartment: 4.1 x 7.9 x 15.7" (10.5 x 20.0 x 40cm)
Laptop Compartment: 1.4 x 11.0 x 15.0" (3.5 x 28.0 x 38.0cm)
Tripod Compartment: 4.7 x 3.1 x 14.2" (12.0 x 8.0 x 36.0cm)
Tripod Holder Yes - internal
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder strap
Weight 2.2 lb (1.0kg)
Manfrotto Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (White)
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    ManfrottoStile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Bungee Cord)
     
    4.5

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (8)
    • Comfortable (7)
    • Easily accessible equipment (6)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Well padded (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily usage (5)
      • Transporting gear (5)
      • Travel (4)
      • Daily transport (3)
      • Protecting gear (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Almost perfect bag

      I looked at hundreds of bags, but few met my modest criteria. I wanted the bag to look as discreet as possible, so that it would not look like a camera bag, especially...Read complete review

      I looked at hundreds of bags, but few met my modest criteria. I wanted the bag to look as discreet as possible, so that it would not look like a camera bag, especially since I would be carrying a camera with attached 18-135 zoom lens and another camera with a prime lens attached, and both lenses wearing flexible rubber hoods. It would also have to have enough room for at least two or three other prime lenses, 62mm polarizer and 62mm UV filters, SDHC cards, etc.

      The only shortcoming is that this bag does not have enough compartments for my stated needs, probably because it is not exclusively a camera bag, but serves multiple purposes. B & H to the rescue! I perused the large section of padded bag inserts and after checking the measurements of the inside of my bag, found that the Tenba Photo Insert F/Pro Digital 2.0 fit perfectly in the main section of the Unica V. Camera heaven?

      I can now place both cameras face down, with lenses and flexible hoods attached. This provides easy, safe and quick access to them for grab shots, since there is also a zipper opening on the top of the Manfrotto Unica V bag. I do not use camera straps, so the cameras can be accessed instantly. I have wrist straps attached, but only use them, if I will be using the camera for more than a few grab shots. The bag looks quite stylish, yet discreet, which should not be a surprise, since it was designed by Prada. It does not scream designer bag or camera bag.

      I recommend this bag, especially if you want to carry two bodies with attached lenses, like I do, without having a bag sticking out a foot from your body. If your cameras are larger than my Pentax K-x and K-5, then you could consider the Unica VII, which is of identical design, but with more volume.

      An added bonus is that this bag also has a bottom compartment, with zipper closure, that can carry a small travel tripod. I selected the Oben AT-3400 4-Section Aluminum Folding Tripod w/ BA-00T Ball Head. With head removed, it can fold onto itself and is only about one foot long, but is very solid. Amazing!

      I have tried quite a few bags over the years, but this arrangement is close to perfect, as is the price.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      good in theory, big in person

      this bag is the best... in THEORY. It can fit everything in unique ways --throw an umbrella in the tripod portion when it's raining, put another insert bag, fit a 17...Read complete review

      this bag is the best... in THEORY. It can fit everything in unique ways --throw an umbrella in the tripod portion when it's raining, put another insert bag, fit a 17 inch laptop, and doesn't look like a camera bag... but it is just SO LARGE! Abnormally large. I would feel less nerdy in a backpack, possibly. The padding feels week and I don't feel entirely secure putting my brand new equipment in there. If you are trying to carry a laptop, lens, camera body, flash, AKA over $5000 of gear then you better support your equipment well and as much as I hate them, get a back pack.You just cant carry all of those things subtly. It gets real heavy if you stuff it, too. Get a messenger bag for when you are just carrying a camera.

      Nonetheless, I think I will keep it as a "eh, I'll just try to squeeze everything in here" bag, as the quick access is super convenient when going on long bus rides, or when you are trying to switch lenses quickly on a shoot. It's also cheap enough that you don't feel like returning it.

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      5.0

      Love this bag!

      By Gingersnap

      from Virginia Beach, VA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Durable
      • Good Protection
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Transport
        • Storage
        • Travel

        Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (White):

        I use this bag for my camera equipment. It holds EVERYTHING! The separated compartments make organizing so easy. The adjustable strap makes it comfortable over the shoulder or across the body.

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        5.0

        great affordable camera bag

        By contrast freak

        from philadelphia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Durable
        • Good Protection
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Transport
          • Travel

          Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Bungee Cord):

          bougt this manfrotto unica a few weeks ago prior to a wedding and totally loved it.it s roomy and lightweight with a style.it is italian so desingn and look is top notch.doesnt scream like a classical camera bag so i am using it in my daily life .takes my books,coffe mug,headphones ,cell phone etc..best part is;it costs around just [$] bucks.

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          3.0

          good in theory, big in person

          By ktphoto

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Inadequate Protection
          • Not Enough Pocket Room
          • Too Bulky

          Best Uses

            Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Black):

            this bag is the best... in THEORY. It can fit everything in unique ways --throw an umbrella in the tripod portion when it's raining, put another insert bag, fit a 17 inch laptop, and doesn't look like a camera bag... but it is just SO LARGE! Abnormally large. I would feel less nerdy in a backpack, possibly. The padding feels week and I don't feel entirely secure putting my brand new equipment in there. If you are trying to carry a laptop, lens, camera body, flash, AKA over $5000 of gear then you better support your equipment well and as much as I hate them, get a back pack.You just cant carry all of those things subtly. It gets real heavy if you stuff it, too. Get a messenger bag for when you are just carrying a camera.

            Nonetheless, I think I will keep it as a "eh, I'll just try to squeeze everything in here" bag, as the quick access is super convenient when going on long bus rides, or when you are trying to switch lenses quickly on a shoot. It's also cheap enough that you don't feel like returning it.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great travel bag

            By Kekko the Italian

            from Gaithesburg, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Strap
            • Good Protection
            • Lightweight
            • Well priced

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Storage
              • Travel

              Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Black):

              If you are looking to buy strictly a camera bag this bag will not suit you unless you are carrying lots of equipment (camera couple lenses and flashes, small tripod and accessories) because of it's size. It is however a grat travel bag. You can indeed safely store (like I do) a dslr with extra lens, possibly a laptop, a compact tripod a flash and still have room for personal belongings like a bottle of water and a small drink and a book for instance. It is also very stilish and does not "scream out Camera bag" at first glance. It's overall well built and a great deal for the price.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Very happy with the buy

              By jre

              from St Louis, Mo

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Strap
              • Compact
              • Good Protection
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport
                • Storage
                • Travel

                Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Black):

                fit my laptop, extrenal hard drive, Wacom tablet, and all of my cords in this bag. everything fits really nicely in there and its very light weight.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Bag

                By Blair

                from Halifax Nova Scotia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (White):

                  This bag can hold everything that I need to bring to a shoot. I can carry my laptop, canon 1ds mkii, 24-70and 70-200 easily. I even put my polaroid camera in there with the extra film hidden in the tripod section. Has lots of pockets for CF cards, business cards, or whatever else.

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                  5.0

                  Great for small video camera

                  By Josh

                  from Costa Mesa, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Well Padded

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Black):

                    I'm using this bag for a Canon XA10. It's big enough to fit the camera with a shotgun microphone attached and has plenty of room for lav mics, hand held mics, xlr cables, extra batteries, and a DSLR. After that It's full

                    The only things I don't like are 1) the zippers are really jingly and noisy, but I wrapped them in gaff tape to stop this, and 2) the metal buckle dings like a bell when you hit it on something when it's not latched to the latch part.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy, great construction, convenient

                    By Storee16

                    from Tamuning, Guam

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage

                      Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Black):

                      This is my daily camera bag. It easily fits all of the following at the same time with space to boot:

                      * Canon T3i with a battery grip and an EF-S 18-200 lens with tulip lens hood all attached

                      * Canon XSi with an EF-S 10-22 lens and tulip lens attached

                      * Extra Canon 50mm lens

                      * Canon Speedlite 580EX II (in carrying case)

                      * Canon Speedlite 320EX (in carrying case)

                      * Flash Bounce Dome (Diffuser)

                      * Two extra batteries for the T3i, one extra battery for the XSi

                      * Eight extra Eneloop double A rechargeable batteries

                      * Charging units for Eneloop batteries and also for the batteries for the T3i and XSi

                      * Canon Powershot point and shoot camera and the charging unit for the camera

                      * Notebooks

                      * Pens

                      I can still fit more items in the bag - the compartment on the bottom is empty. Although it all fits easily, it can get heavy. I feel secure using the bag though - the inner padding and lining feel and look like more expensive camera bags and it's not too bulky at all.

                      The other great thing about this bag is that there are two options to open the main compartment of the bag - you can undo the clasp and open it like a messenger bag, or you can open the top with the zipper - it's just very convenient.

                      Last, the bag doesn't scream "Camera and Equipment inside!" It is quite the stylish camera bag. It comes in different colors, too - I just chose the black version.

                      The only drawback is if I don't feel like putting the strap on my shoulder, hand-carrying the bag feels a bit awkward.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Not as sturdy as I thought it would be

                      By RDSivori

                      from Lexington, KY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Accessible Equipment

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Black):

                        Overall, this bag is roomy and stylish. However, the bottom zip enclosure, if empty, causes the bag to become unbalanced to the point where it will fall over. I left the cardboard stuffing in it until the event comes where I have something that needs to go in the bottom. If I were to buy something else, I would look for something with a more sturdy support at the bottom.

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Very nice style

                        By RIred

                        from Warwick, RI

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage

                          Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Bungee Cord):

                          lots of room. Plenty of space to put odds and ends.
                          The only "negative" is the big latch. Little stiff to open but hopefully will get easier to open over time

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                          5.0

                          Just what I need

                          By TobySwiss

                          from Lincoln, Ne

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                          • Pricy
                          • Quite heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage
                          • Street city

                          Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Bungee Cord):

                          I'm a passionate amateur, and I searched for a shoulder bag which hadn't this "Camera bag" look, something a bit more discrete.
                          And another criteria was that it should also hold my laptop and some other stuff, like a notebook and accessories for my time out on the "field" (more street and cities).
                          This bag met all my expectations, it's a great everyday bag, for 1 Camera (7D with 24-105 attached) + another lens + accessories.
                          For me it's the perfect bag, the only inconvenience is the price, it's not really cheap.

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                          • No

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Almost perfect bag

                          By Follow the Light

                          from Toronto, Canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage
                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (Black):

                            I looked at hundreds of bags, but few met my modest criteria. I wanted the bag to look as discreet as possible, so that it would not look like a camera bag, especially since I would be carrying a camera with attached 18-135 zoom lens and another camera with a prime lens attached, and both lenses wearing flexible rubber hoods. It would also have to have enough room for at least two or three other prime lenses, 62mm polarizer and 62mm UV filters, SDHC cards, etc.

                            The only shortcoming is that this bag does not have enough compartments for my stated needs, probably because it is not exclusively a camera bag, but serves multiple purposes. B & H to the rescue! I perused the large section of padded bag inserts and after checking the measurements of the inside of my bag, found that the Tenba Photo Insert F/Pro Digital 2.0 fit perfectly in the main section of the Unica V. Camera heaven?

                            I can now place both cameras face down, with lenses and flexible hoods attached. This provides easy, safe and quick access to them for grab shots, since there is also a zipper opening on the top of the Manfrotto Unica V bag. I do not use camera straps, so the cameras can be accessed instantly. I have wrist straps attached, but only use them, if I will be using the camera for more than a few grab shots. The bag looks quite stylish, yet discreet, which should not be a surprise, since it was designed by Prada. It does not scream designer bag or camera bag.

                            I recommend this bag, especially if you want to carry two bodies with attached lenses, like I do, without having a bag sticking out a foot from your body. If your cameras are larger than my Pentax K-x and K-5, then you could consider the Unica VII, which is of identical design, but with more volume.

                            An added bonus is that this bag also has a bottom compartment, with zipper closure, that can carry a small travel tripod. I selected the Oben AT-3400 4-Section Aluminum Folding Tripod w/ BA-00T Ball Head. With head removed, it can fold onto itself and is only about one foot long, but is very solid. Amazing!

                            I have tried quite a few bags over the years, but this arrangement is close to perfect, as is the price.

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                            • No

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Very happy with this bag.

                            By Mother of Pearl

                            from St. Joseph, MO

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Well Padded

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Usage
                              • Protecting Gear
                              • Transporting Gear

                              Comments about Stile Collection: Unica V Messenger Bag (White):

                              I shopped for a long time for a bag to hold my Nikon D7000, the 18-105 kit lens, a 55-300, and a 50 mm prime, along with my wallet, keys, phone and possibly a 13" macbook pro. I looked at a Crumpler and a few other "recommended" bags, but they were a lot more money, not particularly attractive, and not that convenient to use for a family out with the kids. I also didn't want a bag that screamed "expensive camera in here". This bag met my qualifications for size (I do not have a tripod and actually use that compartment for my wallet and a few personal items), is comfortable to carry, adequately padded, and reasonably attractive. I really like the quick-access zipper on the top of the bag and the fact that the tripod compartment puts a few extra inches between my camera/lenses and the ground (only bag I found with that feature), as well as the organizer pocket (the slot for a mini tripod will hold an iphone in an Otterbox), and the zipper compartment in the back (perfect for tickets and other items I need quick access to on vacation). I debated between this bag and the next one larger, and am glad I got this one - it's about as big as I'd want to carry unless I was going on an overseas trip with all my equipment, laptop, etc. If it matters to you, the bottom and back of the bag are actually black. I didn't care for that at first, but it will probably keep the bag a lot cleaner! If this bag has any faults, I do wish the main compartment had velcro and dividers all the way across instead of just 1/2 way.

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