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Tenba 638-342 Messenger Camera Bag (Olive)

by Tenba

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  • 1-2 D/SLR bodies, 3-5 lenses, flash and accessories
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Product Details

Size: Large | Color: Olive
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 16 x 11.5 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002VJJL4E
  • Item model number: 638-342
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 22, 2009

Product Description

Size: Large | Color: Olive

From the Manufacturer



The Tenba Messenger Camera Bag is classic, fast-moving, and body hugging - a design preferred by the world's best photojournalists for years. Lightweight yet protective, everything within fast reach. Customizable interior, loads of accessory pockets, and exclusive, innovative features geared to the real-world needs of the working pro. A bag that works hard, but doesn't call attention to itself.




Side-zip Compartment on cargo pocket for quick access to phone or other slim items




Eclusive TriAngle™ Strap Ringhas clip points for both shoulder and hand strap


Independent Hand-carry Strap can be used whether the bag is open or closed



 

"Silent Mode" Flap covers velcro closure for working in quiet shooting scenarios





Movable Dividerslet you create the ideal interior layout for your equipment

 

Ripstop Nylon Liningis tough yet smooth and equipment friendly. Gray color makes contents easy to find

 





Weight 2.5 lbs (1.6 w/out insert)
Exterior Dimensions 16W X 11.5H X 8.5-10 in. (41 X 29 X 22-25 cm)
Interior Dimensions

12W X 10.5H X 9.5D in. (30 X 27 X 18-23 cm)

Capacity 1-2 D/SLR bodies, 3-5 lenses, flash and accessories

Product Description

The Tenba Messenger Camera Bag is classic, fast-moving, and body hugging—a design preferred by the world’s best photojournalists for years. Lightweight yet protective, everything within fast, easy each. Customizable interior, loads of accessory pockets, and exclusive, innovative features geared to the real-world needs of the working pro. A bag that works hard, but doesn’t call attention to itself. Incredibly tough, 1000 Denier, military-grade nylon exterior is weather- and abrasion-resistant, yet lightweight. The best hardware money can buy. Genuine YKK® zippers, Duraflex® clips and adjusters—everything selected for toughness and long-term reliability. Quick Access zipper lets you grab contents without having to open the top flap. “Silent mode” flap covers velcro closure for working in quiet shooting environments. Side-zip compartment on cargo pocket for quick access to phone or other slim items. Rear trolley strap slides over rolling luggage handle for secure “piggyback” travel. Rubberized bottom protects against abrasion, dirt and moisture. Huge cargo pockets with oversized weather flaps, perfect for stashing extra lens or flash while shooting. Thickly cushioned, articulated pad conforms to the shoulder—non-slip surface keeps it there. Exclusive TriAngle™ strap ring has clip points for both shoulder and hand strap. Independent hand-carry strap can be used whether bag is open or closed.

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It is very well made.
T. Barr
The zipper on the top of the bag allowing access from the outside without having to open the entire bag up is great.
William Tally
I'd say I like this bag just as much as I like my ThinkTank Retro.
Alex

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Coronet Blue VINE VOICE on December 31, 2009
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I guess there is no single bag that meets everyone's needs and all the major manufacturers have features the others lack. Its the same with this Tenba Messenger bag. First, the good. Its light. Current pro digital SLRs are simply too heavy (I've seen guys doing "street shooting" using roll around bags!) so shaving a pound off the bag weight is terrific. Next, the reason I bought the bag--it opens at the top! Eureka. After you've had to use 2 or 3 hands to mess with clips or even set your bag down to open or close it, you realize the easiest & quickest way to open a camera bag (or a box of corn flakes) is from the top. While this bag doesn't have the superior, double zipper arrangement that really gives unlimited access, having just a slit does help conceal what's in the bag. Of course, once you pull out your 5D with giant white L lens, people will probably guess the bag is not full of old socks.

Now for the less good. Remember that great top access? The top flap has no rigidity at all. So, when the bag is on your shoulder and you tug on the zipper, its like trying to zip a jacket that's crumpled up. You have to straighten the two sides of the top flap, so now we're back to needing 2 hands. That's still better than having a bag with clips on the bottom but there's another hitch. Even with everything zipped and latched there's a lot of clearance between the top flap and the interior of the bag. In other words, for small lenses, you don't even need the top zipper; you can reach under the sides of the top flap even when its "closed". So not a bag for wet weather.

This is just my personal taste but the type of shoulder pad Tenba uses on this bag is like an SUV. Big enough to call attention to itself yet not very comfortable. True, it does not slip but it tugs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By stillinamerica on December 21, 2010
Color Name: OliveSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I spent a lot of time looking fpr the right bag, this is clearly it.
when i first pulled it out I was dissapointed, it didnt look any bigger than my standard canon bag. however I have grown to love it.
this is what I currently havein mine:
canon 60 d
canon xsi
sigma 50mm 1.4 with hood on
sigma 17-70 with hood on
canon 135mm f2
2x canon430ex
1gary fong lightspere
IPAD

I still have room left, lots of cool pockets for memory cards etc.
the quick access flap is very cool and functional also.

one added feature, it fits an IPAD perfectly down the side, not a designed feature, but works great, I even have my Ipad in a leather case
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By photogeezer on September 21, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large
I subjected my new Tenba large Messenger camera bag to an admittedly severe test in France the past three weeks. I carried a Canon 5D2, a 70-200 zoom and four small primes all over Normandy and Brittany. Through airports I added my small laptop and a mesh bag of chargers, cards, card reader and other assorted stuff. So, the bag was admittedly rather heavy.

First of all, I really like this bag. It carries well, at least in part because of the well-padded strap. I am under no illusion that it does not look like a camera bag. Fully loaded, it couldn't be anything else. I do like the upper zipper access to the bag, allowing quick access to my camera with current choice of lens. I even did lens changes through the upper zipper. The bag accommodated my 70-200 zoom, even with the hood attached. In rainy weather, I kept a folded Velcro wrap between the lid and the contents. A user would do well to keep a plastic sheet to put over the entire bag in a downpour.

I carried it in very crowded cities and had some concern that a skilled pickpocket could access my lenses through the gap in the top on each side of the bag. I have heard other users say a zipper closure might be helpful in such situations.

In general, whatever one carries in the bag, whether body, lenses or small laptop is easily accessible, which is what I wanted.

I have one concern. After a few days of carrying the bag, I noticed tiny metal bits around the attachment points for the strap clips. On closer inspection, I see fairly deep cuts in the rounded portions of the strap clips. If I were a pro, carrying this bag often with this kind of weight to press conferences or to weddings, it looks as if I could expect one of these clips to snap eventually, dumping my gear in the floor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Tally on November 1, 2012
Color Name: Burnt OrangeSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I admit that I like to carry all of my equipment with me whenever I go out. Fortunately I am big enough to carry a heavy bag without too much problem. I have had this bag for about six months and I have to say that it is the best camera bag I have ever used. I currently am carrying a Nikon d300, a Nikon d700 (attached to), Nikon 17-55mm; Tokina 11-16mm, Nikon 35mm, Nikon 50mm, Nikon 70-300mm, Nikon SB700 flash unit and the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens that I use for close up photography. This makes for a heavy bag, but that's my choice. All the items are easily accessible. The zipper on the top of the bag allowing access from the outside without having to open the entire bag up is great. It is true that this is not a rigid zipper. You do have to swing the bag to the front of your body to open effectively. However, I don't find that much of a problem. When I am out I am using wearing one camera with a Black Rapid strap with the other camera inside the bag, lens attached ready to pull out. Since I can use both hands to accomplish this, I have had no problem shooting with both cameras when necessary. I have read some reviews that complain about the bag not being secure because the cover flap does not zipper down and can puff out in a way that theoretically could give someone access to your camera. In other words, the complaint is that the bag is not as secure as it could be. I have had no trouble with this aspect of the bag. In fact, despite the fact that I have the bag loaded with gear, the top easily covers the edges of the bag, leaving nothing in plain site to outsiders. I use the side pockets for cables and such. This bag does not have the capability of carrying a laptop, but I didn't buy it for that purpose. The bag is a little bulky when loaded down.Read more ›
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