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Tenba Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Olive Green)

B&H # TEMLOL Mfr # 638-232
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You Pay: $109.95
Product Highlights
  • Fits Laptop with Screen up to 17"
  • Fits D- SLR Camera and Three lens Kit
  • Water-repellent Cordura Nylon Bag
  • Removable Photo Insert
  • One Large Zippered Pocket on Flap
  • Two Zippered Pockets on Front Flap
  • Over 20 Assorted Interior Pockets
  • Molded Grip Handle
  • Removable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap

The olive green Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag from Tenba is a padded, lightweight satchel made from U.S. made Cordura nylon with ballistic nylon reinforcement. The bag is made to carry a digital SLR camera body with three lenses, flash, accessories, magazines, files and a laptop computer with a screen up to 17". It has a removable photo insert that allows it to convert quickly from a camera bag to a general-purpose gym bag, book bag, school bag or briefcase. The bag has one large zippered pocket and two zippered pockets on the front flap and over 20 assorted interior pockets for accessories. It is carried by a molded grip handle or an included removable, adjustable shoulder strap.

U.S. made Cordura nylon messenger bag made to carry a digital SLR camera body with three lenses, flash, accessories, magazines, files and a laptop computer with a screen up to 17".
Compartments
  • Main compartment with photo insert

  • Laptop compartment holds a computer up to 17"

A removable photo insert allows you to convert it quickly from a camera bag to a general-purpose gym bag, book bag, school bag or briefcase.
Pockets
  • One large zippered pocket on front flap
  • Two zippered pockets on front flap
  • Over 20 assorted interior pockets
Carrying options
  • Molded grip handle
  • Removable, adjustable shoulder strap
Material Exterior: U.S. made water-repellent Cordura nylon
Exterior: Ballistic nylon reinforcement
Interior: Shock-absorbing padding
Type of Closure Q.R. buckles
Zippers
Exterior Dimensions 18 x 13 x 7.0" (45.7 x 33 x 17.8cm) (WxHxD)
Interior Dimensions 17 x 12 x 6.0" (43.2 x 30.5 x 15.2cm) (WxHxD)
Tripod Holder No
Accommodates Digital SLR camera body with three lenses, flash, accessories, magazines and files
Laptop computer with up to 17" screen
Carrying/Transport Options Carrying handle
Shoulder strap
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.09kg)

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TenbaMessenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Plum)
 
4.6

(based on 232 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (153)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (151)
  • Professional quality (150)
  • Highly compatible (73)
  • Lightweight (71)
  • Compact (57)

Cons

  • Limited compatibility (9)
  • Lacks functionality (6)
  • Poor design (4)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (20)
  • Travel (20)
  • Complex projects (18)
  • Protecting gear (14)
  • Independent films (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (83), Business owner (31), Professional artist (30), Photo enthusiast (11), Film student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (121), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally! The Right Bag!

First, I love the color. It's not a Dayglo orange, but a very nice subdued brownish orange. It's perfect for casual travel, seminars, daily use.
Second, I love the...Read complete review

First, I love the color. It's not a Dayglo orange, but a very nice subdued brownish orange. It's perfect for casual travel, seminars, daily use.
Second, I love the way it fits me. I lengthen the straps to about hip level and it sits there comfortably... no swinging or bumping. I carry it cross-chest and it stays put. The big, comfortable padded strap is easy on my shoulder and neck.
Third, I love the insert. I now have three. I use one in each or my Domke camera bags and one for use in this bag. I can just lift the inserts from either of the Domke bags and drop them into the Tenba, or I can use the insert I've pre-configured to hold a camera body and a couple of lenses and drop that one into the bag. With the insert in the bag, I can also carry my laptop, mouse and cord, along with my regular office organizer stuff... calendar, cards, pens, pencils, note pad, etc... and still have a fairly light and carryable bag.
Fourth, the accessibility is excellent. Without lifting the front flap, I can reach through the zippered port into the bag and pull out nearly anything, including laptop, camera and lens, Bible, paper or other stuff. I still have room for magazines and file folders, flash drives, and cell phone... and lots more.
This bag has more pockets than I've ever seen and they are amazingly accessible. It is well built, stands up on its own (no slouch and collapse like so many bags), and its bottom is waterproofed so the interior stays dry if you encounter a wet spot. The handle is handy and padded.
I am just delighted with this bag and I heartily recommend it to anyone who carries camera gear, laptop, and office items on a regular basis.
Great quality, wonderful design, sturdy construction, and good looks... a hard-to-beat package!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Bag, Tight Fit for 5D

I first tried the small Tenba Laptop Messenger Bag first & it fit my 15" MacBook Pro fine but was tight with a Canon 5D (without battery grip); There was constant...Read complete review

I first tried the small Tenba Laptop Messenger Bag first & it fit my 15" MacBook Pro fine but was tight with a Canon 5D (without battery grip); There was constant pressure against the laptop from the camera body. A smaller camera body would work fine, I believe.

I switched to the larger bag but the padded insert looks to be the same exact one that is in the smaller bag, so you don't get any additional padded internal storage for photo gear. Bag shell appears the same depth, too. So, same problem.

Other reviewers find the fit OK w/5D but with pressure against the laptop, a good bump against the bag might damage the laptop.

Without the laptop inserted, the bag would work great for me. But, I need to use it with the laptop. Item returned.

Reviewed by 232 customers

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4.0

Handsome and Relatively Useful Bag

By Aaron in LA

from West Hills, CA

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Street photography

    Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Chocolate):

    Pros:
    1. good looking bag that does not scream "photo gear inside!"
    2. top zipper allows quick access to your gear while the bag is on your shoulder
    3. easily converts to an ordinary messenger bag
    4. solid construction
    5. holds your camera with a zoom attached with room for a few more lenses
    Cons:
    1. shoulder strap is too long unless you are over 6' tall
    2. although there are plenty of pockets, there is little room after loading your body and lenses for bulky items like camera batteries- the pockets are better suited for thin items like a cell phone, wallet, memory cards, or paperwork
    3. the bag is a bit narrow so if your camera body has a tripod plate or battery grip attached it makes for a tight fit
    4. adjustable dividers are too large to organize smaller items like prime lenses
    5. seems to hold just a little less gear than advertised

    Overall I like the Tenba Messenger with just a few reservations.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Bag!

    By Photo Heather

    from MD

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hiking
      • Photo Shoots
      • Travel

      Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Burnt Orange):

      This bag now carries all of my photo gear. I got the orange so it would be easy to spot if lost/stolen. It's very well made and comfortable to wear. I thought it would be heavy with my camera, four lenses, flash, etc., but that is not so.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Diesel! Perfect color! Spacious!

      By Perdomo Images

      from Miami, FL

      Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Platinum):

      Honestly... Love it...! No complaints other than the strap maybe being a little stiff, personally rather it not have the padding, but that it being nitpicky, it has a nice thick bottom, the fabric seemed to create little bubbles when rained on, so its clearly rain proof, gear stayed dry, has a fantastic section in the back for documents, and if you pull out the foam, it has a little more room, for misc. gear... It is very lightweight, and a great general day bag.

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      5.0

      Great bag

      By drymartini

      from Charlottesville VA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Black):

          Very well made. The access zipper in the top is extremely useful, making it possible to access everything without raising the flap. The velcro is too loud, but because of the zipper access it's rarely necessary to open the velcro.

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          4.0

          Big on the inside

          By beemac

          from NorCal

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Chocolate):

              I wanted a bag that would hold 2 bodies with lenses and still have space for several small primes and a laptop. Most of the available bags will not hold a body with a 60-250 F4 lens attached. This one does. The internal cushioned space is highly customisable; I just wish the outerspace was friendlier to thick items; both inner and outer pockets are thin spaces. The velcro noise factor is mitigated by having top access without opening the flap.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Love this bag!

              By nfrakes

              from Jonesboro, Arkansas

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Black):

                  Everything fits in the bag perfectly. I love the zipper at the top. I think the only thing that would make it better would be a helium balloon under it - Equipment can get heavy. ;-)

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Bag

                  By Tim S

                  from York, PA

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Heavy duty construction
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday bag

                    Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Olive Green):

                    I use this bag for everyday use and storage. I have plenty of room for a Canon 5DMIII, 24-105mm L lens, 70-300 L lens and a 600XT flash. Either lens can be carried mounted to the camera if the hood is reversed.

                    The construction is heavy duty. And I like the quick access to the camera through the opening on the top.

                    My only 2 minor complaints is that it has a lot of pockets but most of them are very small and tight. Also, I wish it had a water bottle holder on the side. Other than that its a great bag.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Best Bag Ever!!!

                    By TennisCaptain

                    from Elkhart, Indiana

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Burnt Orange):

                        I use this for my Guitar Gig Bag. I carry an extra strap, tuner, cables, picks, capo, sheet music, tablet, guitar polish and cloth, batteries, reading glasses, a clip on light and other stuff. I don't need to carry a purse because this bag will hold my wallet and whatever else I need. I liked this bag so much I bought the camera bag for my Canon t4i. The best feature is the zipper that lets you access things without opening the whole top up.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Great Bag!

                        By David B

                        from Washington DC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Black-Engraveable):

                          Durable with toms of space. Fits a pro DSLR, a couple primes, two flashes, 70-200, and an extra small body! Tons of extra pockets.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great bag

                          By Keith

                          from Ca

                          Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Olive Green):

                          This is one if my best camera bags ever. The brief case style is really great and convient to carry. This bag is great for day situations.

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                          5.0

                          Well worth the money.

                          By Preacherman

                          from Oregon, USA

                          About Me Picture Taker

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Functional Design
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Day Jobs In The Field

                          Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Chocolate):

                          I have a lot of camera bags. The one I made was not strong enough. I carry about 12 pounds of equipment, a Canon 1Dx, EF70-200mm f2.8,&/or EF24-70,f2.8; &/or EF50mm,f1.4, and/or EF16-35,f2.8 plus flash, cables, sometimes a laptop. You get the idea. For bigger jobs I use the Tenba Roadie II. This messenger bag feels strong enough for 12 to 14 pounds. Well sewn, strong fabric, zippers slide well. I valued most the fact that it carried most of what I needed for a day job, had a zippered top which allowed quick access to the camera; had a shoulder strap that actually stayed on your shoulder and felt comfortable; had dividers with fold over tabs that cushioned horizontally as well as vertically; padded side that was soft on the hip; I may find other pluses but what I have described is what has pleased me most. So far, no downside. Picked chocolate color because everything else I have is black. I can locate it quickly.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Just a great bag

                          By fstopman

                          from Florida

                          About Me Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Olive Green):

                                Great bag. Carries everything I needed to take with me: 10" tablet, Nikon D600, Tamron 24-70, Tamron 18-270, Nikon 50mm, chargers, point and shoot camera, SD cards, and some Cokin filters. The top zipper that opens the bag from the top came in real handy.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent working bag.

                                By Larry T

                                from Eastpointe, MI

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Chocolate):

                                    I carried two cameras, four lenses, and my laptop in this Tenba bag on a weekend trip to Pennsylvania. It worked flawlessly, providing easy access to my equipment, looks great too.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    great bag!

                                    By Noahb78

                                    from Sea Cliff, NY

                                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Olive Green):

                                        use it for a pro body and several lenses, and also my 4x5 field camera and lenses. not together obviously. Bag is a little too wide to just swing around a hip, and my 5D3 with battery grip makes it a bit too snug when closed. But the feel and features are still worth it. love the top load feature.

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Tenba Messenger

                                        By Bak4mas

                                        from Arizona

                                        About Me Professional Artist

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Improves Performance
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Burnt Orange):

                                            Handy bag! I needed a practical sized bag to carry my basic gear. It carries my Nikon D3S, 80-200mm, 85mm, 16-35mm, flash and meter. Because of the size of the D3S I had to be creative in how the bag is loaded. Having the body attached to the 80-200 lens down in center space. Lenses stacked with a small divider on one end and the flash & meter on the other end it all works great. The bag is easy to access from zippered top. With my gear loaded there is still room for miscellaneous items in the smaller zippered areas. I would have given it five stars if it could have accommodated the camera body better. That being said, I love the bag and the color is awesome!

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                                            • No

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                                            4.0

                                            Decent bag,

                                            By JaredR

                                            from Hartford CT

                                            About Me Photojournalist

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact Design
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Professional Quality

                                            Cons

                                            • Tight fit

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Gear Hauling

                                            Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Black):

                                            I bought this bag because I was sick of hauling around a briefcase and a camera bag every day. Its a great bag, I just wish it was a slight bit bigger. I use it to carry my laptop. Canon 50D with grip, 70-200 2.8, 28-70mm 2.8 and a flash unit. As well as the usual extras that are in a camera bag. Its a tight fit for those two lenses and the camera, if the insert was just a hair wider there wouldnt be an issue. Other than that great bag. I love that it doesnt look like a camera bag. Great padded comfortable strap.

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                                            • No

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                                            4.0

                                            Almost Perfect

                                            By demjame

                                            from New York, NY

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Professional Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Navy Blue):

                                                This bag is very well made and has a nice padded strap. If your willing to stuff it this bag can carry a ton. I use it for both my DSLR and MF camera systems. It can fit my D800, grip, 70-200mm,28mm,50mm, and 85mm or my Phase Back and camera plus a 50mm, 80mm, and 110mm. Along with either system it also accommodates my 17in Macbook Pro and other odds and ends like light meters and filters. If you need more space I suggest a large backpack. My only wish is that it had a sleeve on the back to attach it to the handle of rolling luggage.

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Great Bag

                                                By Tim Luukkonen

                                                from San Antonio, TX

                                                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Highly Compatible
                                                • Improves Performance
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Professional Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Travel Photography

                                                  Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Platinum):

                                                  I scoured the web for a bag that would suit my needs and eventually settled on the Tenba Large Photo/Laptop Bag. All things considered, this bag did exactly what I needed it to do. And the zipper on top allowed for easy access to my gear inside. The bag had a nice wide strap, so even when it was loaded down, it wasn't too uncomfortable.

                                                  Things I had in the bag at one time:

                                                  15 in laptop
                                                  Canon 5d Mark II
                                                  24-105 Lens
                                                  17-40 Lens
                                                  70-200 Lens
                                                  580 Ex II
                                                  Lens Hoods, Memory Cars, a Book, Headphones.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great for camera gear and laptop

                                                  By Dave Sr

                                                  from Milford, NH

                                                  About Me Hobbyist

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Highly Compatible
                                                  • Professional Quality

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Burnt Orange):

                                                      I use it as carry on for plane travel(fits under seat) and great as daily camera bag. Fits camera, tree lenses+, and laptop. Has lots of pockets for extras.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Tenba Large photo/laptop bag

                                                      By Letternut

                                                      from WA

                                                      About Me Hobbyist

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Use

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Navy Blue):

                                                          I have only had this bag for about a week, but I love it already. Access to the camera is easy. I feel the gear is well protected and there is a lot of room for other items I carry frequently. (Papers, laptop, chargers)The padded camera section is easily removable if I choose to use it as a travel bag. Highly recommended.

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