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Verbatim Melbourne Camera Bag

Verbatim Melbourne Camera Bag - Emma Kay takes a look at the Verbatim Melbourne rucksack, that can be used as a camera bag or every day rucksack.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Verbatim Melbourne
Price : £43
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Melbourne

The Verbatim Melbourne is a large backpack that can be used as a camera backpack, or as a normal every day rucksack by removing the dividers in the main compartment. It can hold a 16 inch laptop, and has plenty of pockets and compartments for all your equipment. The rucksack is part of a wider range of luggage and notebook bags from Verbatim aimed at business travellers. It is available in Black with a signature Verbatim red stripe up the front. The bag comes with a Verbatim 2 year limited warranty.



Verbatim Melbourne Backpack Features

The Verbatim Melbourne is designed to be a flexible bag, that can be used for camera equipment when you need it, and your personal belongings when you don't. It has many compartments and pockets, making it ideal for all your photography equipment and personal effects. 

The front pocket of the bag has a stationery holder, phone pocket and zipping pocket, as well as a mesh elasticated pocket. Behind this is a small top zipped pocket, and behind that you have the main compartment, which like the front pocket has double zips. The zips run all the way down to the bottom of the bag, allowing you to easily load and unload your equipment. There is also a large zipped mesh pocket on the main compartment flap. 



On each side of the bag, there is a mesh pocket and on the left hand side of the bag there is a quick access pocket, which inside it has three small zipped mash pockets and a velcro secured elasticated pocket, for all your small accessories. Finally, at the back there is the 16 inch notebook compartment, which also has a soft lined pocket for a 10 inch tablet. 

Verbatim right open and closed

The main and tablet compartment zips are lockable, to keep your equipment safe in transit, and the bag also features a breast strap and shock absorbing shoulder straps, for when you're carrying heavy equipment. It has a padded carry handle on top as well as a robust handle nearer to the back, and it also has rubber pads on the bottom to help prevent wear when placed down. 

Key Features

  • Fits 16 inch notebooks
  • Comfy padded back and straps
  • Main compartment with with padded organiser dividers
  • Tripod holder
  • Chunky, soft grip handle
  • Shock absorbing straps
  • Tablet Pocket
  • Complies with hand luggage restrictions

Verbatim Melbourne Backpack Handling and Performance

The bag has plenty of options for organising your kit, and it's easy to move the dividers inside the main compartment to suit your needs. As you can see here, there is plenty of space for a DSLR and a few lenses, with additional space left over for a flash gun at the top maybe, and some cabling or other accessories in the other spare compartments. The bag feels comfy to wear, and the straps are easily adjustable to suit your frame.



It feels well made, and all the compartments are padded, ensuring that all your kit is protected. The addition of dedicated locking hoops on the zips to the main and notebook compartments, as can be seen above, are a great idea for added safety, and something that is not seen on a lot of camera rucksacks, surprisingly. 

The bag is smart enough to be used when away on business trips, for example, and has ample space for everything you'd need for a few days away, without being too big or cumbersome. The rucksack doesn't shout 'camera bag' either, which is always a plus point. 



The bag has lots of internal and external pockets and holders, enabling you to access your equipment quickly, or stow it away safely inside the bag. There is a nice balance between space for camera equipment and space for business and personal belongings with this bag, making it really versatile.

When you're not using your camera equipment, you can simply remove all the dividers and use the main compartment of the bag for clothing or other personal belongings. Provided are square dividers as well as ones that reach all the way across the bag, enabling you to create internal separators and keep everything organised, no matter what you want to carry.   



Verbatim Melbourne Backpack Value For Money

The Melbourne is available for around £50 from Amazon. This is quite a good price, and for the flexibility and amount of protection you get for your equipment, it's worth it. Bags of a similar size include the Vanguard Skyborne, which is available from Amazon for £191.12, and the Lowepro Flipside 400AW, which can be found on Amazon for £84.00. At the higher end there is the Kata Revolver-8 DL, which is available for around £260.

You will struggle to find another bag that will fit your needs for both photography and business and personal equipment and belongings like this one does, however it does not feature a waterproof cover, which is a little disappointing. 

Verbatim Melbourne Backpack Verdict

Verbatim is not a name that you would immediately associate with camera bags, but with a background in computer accessories, they know a thing or two about how to keep your things safe and secure, and this is shown in the form of a bag that's both specialised and versatile. 

The bag will be a very good choice if you're travelling, as it fits airline hand luggage regulations, and feels really comfy to wear. It can be used for more than photography equipment too, making it great value for money in that you can use it for anything you like. The only issue is that it doesn't have a raincover, so if you're out and it rains for a long period your equipment could be at risk of getting slightly damp. 


 
 
  The Verbatim Melbourne is well thought out and well made.

Verbatim Melbourne Backpack Pros

Well built 
Lots of space 
Lockable zips on photo and notebook compartments
Rubber feet on bottom

Verbatim Melbourne Backpack Cons

No rain cover supplied
Only available in black


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Verbatim Melbourne Specifications

ManufacturerVerbatim
Bag type
StyleBackpack
MaterialPolyester
Dimensions
Weight1005g
Width35.5mm
Height45mm
Depth21mm

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