Messenger bag help

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I have a large-ish backpack (Naneu Pro U110) that holds everything I have including computer and used mostly for the travel leg of trips (car, airport, ect) and storage at home. I have a small sling (Tamrac Velocity 6) that holds my D50 w/ my 28-300mm mounted and one other lens (or usually flash) which is used mainly for tourist activities.

Now I'm looking for something smaller to carry when I don't need EVERYTHING (and I rarely do) but still want more than just the bare bones. I'm thinking I'd like a messenger style bag that's somewhat flat. I'd like it it to hold the following:

D50 + Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DF w/ hood reversed
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX D HSM w/ hood reversed
Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-5.6 EX DG
Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Sigma EF-500 DG ST iTTL Flash
Phone, batteries, memory, notepad, lens cloth, fiters

The Sigma 28-70mm is small for an f/2.8 zoom even w/ the hood on, probably about the size of a 17-55mm w/ the hood OFF. The Sigma 70-200mm is quite a bit shorter than the Nikkor equiavalent... w/ the hood ON it's about the same as the Nikkor VR w/ the hood OFF. The Sigma 15-30mm is a pretty large lens for its focal length, measuring in at 5" long and 82mm filter, about the size of the Beast but a little fatter and not nearly as heavy. The 50mm f/2.8 Macro is about the same size as a Nikkor 60mm micro. The EF-500 flash is identical in size to the Nikon flashes.

Right now the bag I'm eyeing is the Tamrac Adventure Messenger 4 but by the looks of it I'll either have to not carry the 15-30mm (not an option) or carry the flash in the outer compartment (not an idea I like, not much protection).

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Can anyone suggest a similar form-factor messenger that can hold what I want without becoming fat like a stereotypical camera bag? I'd like to keep things one-item deep to keep the messenger bag look.
 
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hmm that's a lot of gear for the Tamrac 4.. i have the Crumpler 6 million and i think you can put all that stuff in there.. i don't find it too bulky.. i'll try and post a pic later when i get home from work so you can see how it looks when worn
 
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Being the value (i.e. cheap) shopper I am I think I can get the older Tamrac Velocity 3 which is the same design as the Adventure Messenger 4 w/out the newer Adventure series asthetics. I'll have to drop one item to make it fit but I think I can make it work... I'll probably drop the 28-70mm f/2.8 and leave the 15-30mm mounted, 70-200mm to the right, flash to the left, and hopefully the 50mm macro below the body/lens in the main compartment. A black Velocity 3 just ended at $15 w/ no bids on eBay and I can get it in blue for $25 from Adorama. The original velocity line was just replaced and I think the Adventure Messenger 4 is actually the Velocity 3's direct replacement.
 
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Anyone have some loaded/unloaded pics of the Velocity 3 or Adventure Messenger 4? The pics on cambags.com don't really show much (plus they're both Canon!). Based on what I'm seeing there it looks like my layouts will be as follows:

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Is there any chance of fitting the flash in an outer pocket with the inner pocked loaded as in the second pic? Thanks!
 
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