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Tenba 638-222 Small Messenger (Olive)
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- Fits most 15-inch laptops
- Removable photo insert
- Easily holds D/SLR body, 3 lenses, flash, magazines and files, in addition to your laptop
- The most time-tested and proven outdoor textile ever; the optimal combination of strength, durability, and light weight
- Over 20 pockets and compartments to keep mobile hard drives, cell phone, MP3 player, cables, chargers, pens, and business cards
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|Item Dimensions||8.66 x 11.42 x 16.54 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.95 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
Air Mesh Back Panel
All Messenger bags have a padded, ventilated and moisture wicking back panel that provides cushioning and comfort at the contact points.
This is especially important when you are carrying the bag for long stretches on hot days.
Tough 1000 Denier Nylon Exterior
Nylon is more rugged, water- and tear-resistant than polyester, that’s why it’s used in all of the best adventure travel gear. A nylon exterior ensures that Messenger bags are built for serious everydaybuse, yet they remain extremely lightweight. And Tenba’s military-grade nylon has a polyurethane coating to make it extremely water-repellant.
The Finest Hardware Available
We use YKK zippers, Duraflex clips and steel D-rings because that’s what you need in a bag that you use every day
Waterproof Bottom Panel
You never know when you might have to put your bag down on a wet surface. And you might not even know what put the 'wet' in 'wet surface'. Messenger bags feature a special abrasion and moisture resistant panel on the bottom to keep the bag dry and protected no matter what’s on the ground.
Top Customer Reviews
The 6.5" depth is not a true measurement as there are two internal padded sections to provide for a laptop and this reduces the interior depth for a camera to 5.5" at best. Not a problem with a small DSLR like a Canon 50D or a Nikon D90 but very tight for a full size pro DSLR (which needs a full 6.5 inches).
The small holds a full size DSLR with a medium lens attached (135mm or less) and there is room for one full size lens like a 24-120 or 24-70 lens and one side section that will hold a standard flash or a small lens (50mm prime for example). The interior is well padded and comes in two different colors, a dark gray and a very light gray. The lighter inside makes it a lot easier to find camera items which tend to be black. The large bag is 1" taller and so will do a better job with a 70-200mm lens but on the whole it will not hold much more than the "small" one as it is only 1.5" wider and the same depth.
The bag has a large flap with a lot of Velcro to secure it along with the two buckles. There is a top zipper so you can access the inside of the bag without unbuckling it but it is not going to work with a full size DSLR. The strap is well made and has an offset section that is well padded and "grippy" so it will not slip of the shoulder. As you cannot put more than about 9 lbs. of gear inside for a total weight of 12 lbs. in total these shoulder is quite adequate.Read more ›
Camera Portion (this padded portion is removable):
Nikon 80-200mm zoom lens
Tokina 12-24mm in Tamrac holster pouch
2x Wireless Flash Triggers
2x Wireless Flash Receivers
Wireless Camera Remote
Foldable Flash Softbox
Nikon D70s w/ 24-75mm lens attached (the camera rests ontop of the Tamrac holster and padding which holds the wireless flash units)
Outside the Removable Camera Portion (but in the same bag compartment):
Lithium Battery Charger
Three Memory Cards
1x Lens Filter
Extra Lens Cap
With all of this, the bag is bulky. In fact, so much so that it bulges and I have yet to carry my MacBook in the Laptop Portion fearing that the bulging would damage the screen. The Laptop portion is well padded with about an inch of combined padding between the laptop and the camera gear. However, the padding is not rigid, so it succumbs to bulging. I'm planning on buying a Tom Bihn Brain Cell for the laptop. It is made with extremely rigid padding. I would then perform surgery on the bag, taking out the padding in the laptop portion as the Brain Cell would provide all the protection I would need and removing the extra padding would reduce weight and bulging. I'll edit this post when I go through with the transformation.
Great things about the bag:
1. Quick access zipper! No need to unbuckle the flap to get to the gear.
2. Extremely strong velcro on the flap.
3. Long buckle leashes allows me to sandwich a monopod in the flap (with a carabiner holding the monopod in place)
4. Anti-theft internal flap.Read more ›
The bag comes in a number of colors. I chose the olive green. Had Amazon sold the gray I'd probably have gone that route, but you do have options. I would assume Tenba is not exactly weighing aesthetic high on their list of priorities, so I'm not exactly sure why they offer so many color options, but they do exist. This is not to say the bag is ugly, but it's not shockingly good looking either. When comparing it to other camera bags, however, it's often preferable in the looks department.
More importantly, the functionality of the bag is absolutely phenomenal. Amazon has a nice little video from Tenba on the page, and though their videos try to do the Apple product presentation kind of thing and are pretty much missing the mark, the video is very informative and gets all the high points of the bag across that you will want to know about. Two of my favorites are the waterproof bottom of the bag--I shouldn't have to explain why that is such a wonderful thing--and the extremely tough hooks that hold the strap to the bag.
Speaking of the strap, let's talk about comfort. I'd always been under the impression that every strap was uncomfortable when the bag was made heavy from being overpacked by a neurotic individual (me).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great bag! Going to be great to use on an upcoming trip. Lots of room to store lots of things securely. Only thing I don't really like is the strap... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rob &.
This works great for my basic camera needs. If you have more than 2 lens and lot of accessories you probably would like the larger bag. I love the color and all the pockets. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
At first this bag seemed like it would be too big but after trying the small and medium size, this turned out to be perfect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R C
This is the second Tenba bay that I have bought. Build quality is pretty good. I had used my first Tenba bag on a recent Alska cruise trip and had found it very useful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kunhallur Suresh
Perfect size for what I need! I like the fact that I can take out the camera compartments. The bindings seem very sturdy.Published 1 month ago by Kathy
Great bag! Looks great, built well and lots of padding/support for my DSLR and lenses.Published 1 month ago by Joseph
Awesome bag. Great price, excellent materials and lots of room. Love itPublished 1 month ago by Tdubl