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Traveling Smart with Tenba Messenger Camera Bags (Podcast 551)

I gave some thought to my travel strategy recently and made a few purchase decisions—one of which indicates a firm thumbs-up for the Tenba Messenger line of camera bags—so today I am going to talk about the reason for my decisions along with a review of my Tenba bags. Most of my...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Rick
    Posted at 03:10h, 29 November Reply

    just linked to B&H, on sale for $39.95 US! They must not have gotten your recommendation yet 🙂
    Thanks for the post.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:11h, 29 November Reply

      I envy the B&H prices. I paid the equivalent of $115 for mine here in Japan! 🙂

  • charlesjaggers
    Posted at 04:59h, 29 November Reply

    There is no perfect camera bag! I have had one of these Tenba Messenger bags since its original release, more than 5 years ago , same colour too. I took it to Cuba on a photograph tour in 2012 but it has rarely left the house since other than as a brief case. I found the shoulder strap too heavy with my Nikon D700 plus 20-35 f/2.8, convenience lens 28-200 and 85 f/1.4 – that is all i took; I relish the day again when I don’t see the need to take more. I removed my 13″ Macbook Air at destination. This year I went light as possible to India with mirrorless Fuji X-T10 and 2 slow XC lenses, plus a Nikon 1 with 70-300 extreme telephoto. I carry all my cameras in their own daybags (Fancier and Lowepro TLZs) and carry-on the lot in a Qantas cabin roller. I need wheels.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:14h, 29 November Reply

      I agree Charles, there is no perfect camera bag, but this comes close for me for the intended use. I don’t find the strap heavy, and I like the padding, so it’s not an issue here. I definitely use these as a laptop bag a lot more than a camera bag too.

      • charlesjaggers
        Posted at 09:26h, 29 November Reply

        Did I miss it above? I find the biggest asset of the Tenba Messenger is the zippered top that can be opened to gain access to cameras and lenses when the flap is closed down.

        • Martin Bailey
          Posted at 09:34h, 29 November Reply

          I only mention it briefly in a different context, but yes, that top zipper is nice.

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