Tenba Messenger Photo/Laptop Bag
I was recently on vacation and staying in a cabin that had a nice selection of photography magazines that I made good use of. I kept reading ads or reviews of various Tenba camera bags and finally decided to order one. Sadly, my local camera shop doesn’t carry them and the ones they do are sorely disappointing so I ordered mine online. I picked out the Tenba Large Messenger Bagand so far I am delighted with it.
They advertise that the bag will hold an SLR, 2-3 lenses, a flash, a laptop, and related accessories. It will easily accommodate those items and more. There are in the neighborhood of 20 pockets and compartments, many are held by Velcro which makes sizing things much easier. The hardware is substantial and all of the sewing and seams are top notch.
The two front pockets are ideal for a wallet and camera, both of which fit nicely. The front flap is held by both a quick release clips (adjustable) and Velcro on both sides. The Velcro is generously sized which was a nice touch. Getting it open and your camera in and out is a snap as they say. The adjustable shoulder strap is contoured and deeply padded and the brief case handle is both thick and firm. There is also reflective trim on the front for added night time visibility.
I was very impressed with the quality of construction and overall design. Someone knew what they were doing and clearly that someone is a photographer. My previous camera bag is a testament to poor design and execution. It began to disintegrate the day I bough it and although I have needed a new one for years, I’ve been skeptical of everything I looked at. This one won me over after a few moments of close scrutiny. The section that holds the camera and lenses is actually a removable (and adjustable) insert, so you can remove it when you want to store other items that are not photography related.
As I mentioned, there is ample room for camera, lenses and a laptop. You could have a mobile digital photo-studio with this bag. Take your photos, find a shady spot and then do your editing and posting right there. Now I need to replace my laptop and I’ll be good to go.
I probably sound like a commercial for Tenba but I’ve been looking for a good camera bag for a long time now, and I have a few messenger/bike bags and much of what I have seen has been disappointing if not useless. This is the exception and it rides nicely on the front rack of my bikes and also works fine slung over my shoulder. If you’re in the market for a camera friendly messenger bag I would recommend adding the Tenba Messenger Photo/Laptop bag to your short list of ones to investigate.
Here’s a video from the manufacturer that shows more:
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