2 thoughts on “Tenba 638-354 Small Messenger Camera Bag (Burnt Orange)

  1. Coronet Blue
    25 of 25 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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