3 thoughts on “Tenba 638-344 Messenger Camera Bag (Burned Orange)

  1. Coronet Blue
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A mixed bag, December 31, 2009
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    Coronet Blue (California) –
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    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. My preference is the suede pads used on the better Tamrac bags, which miraculously don’t slip yet are super comfortable. But that’s personal taste and I can just clip on a Tamrac strap. Lastly–and this shows Tenba really does listen–this bag has the usual enormous strip of Velcro but it also has a fold-down flap to cover the Velcro so you don’t announce yourself every time you need to take a photo.

    All taken into account, on a dry day, with the top flap unzipped, and for just over $100, its a nice bag but (my opinion) not as well thought out as other Tenba bags.

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  2. stillinamerica
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    great bag, December 21, 2010
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    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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  3. Amazon Customer
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Perfect Camera Bag For Lugging Around, November 1, 2012
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    This review is from: Tenba 638-344 Messenger Camera Bag (Burnt Orange) (Electronics)
    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. I have done several walking tours with this bag and have had no problem. I don’t know how I would feel if I were doing some serious hiking and climbing, but I’m not. The front flap of the bag is roomy enough to carry small note pads, etc. I use mine to carry additional CF and SD cards. There are two nice sized pockets on the front of the bag under the over flap that is big enough to carry additional drives. The shoulder strap is padded and comfortable and does not dig into you even if you are wearing a T-shirt. There are a million ways you can configure this bag to meet your needs. If you are carrying more than one camera body and more than one lens around this is the camera bag for you.

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