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Tenba Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Navy Blue)

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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 navy blue 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 5.0-8.0" / 44 x 32 x 14-22 cm
Laptop Compartment 16.5 X 11.5 X 1.5-2.0" / 42 X 29 X 4-5.0 cm
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)

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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TenbaMessenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Plum)
 
4.6

(based on 241 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (158)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (155)
  • Professional quality (155)
  • Highly compatible (76)
  • Lightweight (74)
  • Compact (60)

Cons

  • Limited compatibility (9)
  • Lacks functionality (6)
  • Poor design (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (21)
  • Transporting gear (20)
  • Complex projects (18)
  • Protecting gear (14)
  • Independent films (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (85), Business owner (32), Professional artist (31), Photo enthusiast (11), Film student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (127), 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 241 customers

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3.0

Nice bag, but has faults

By Steve W

from Indianapolis

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I'm using this as a second camera bag and it easily holds my 60D, 70-300 zoom and flash. It is well constructed as is normal for Tenba.There are a couple of things I don't like, however...The top flap needs bigger "ears" to cover the sides of the bag at the top when it's all closed up. Don't trust this bag in the rain! The other is the photo insert. It's too small for the bag. I also wish there could be a way to fasten the insert itself to the bag as when pulling out my camera body, I have to hold the insert down so it doesn't pull up with the camera.The bag does have many pockets, some are useful, some aren't.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Camera Bag

        By Allan

        from New York City

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            This is a spacious and well constructed bag. It easily holds my Nikon D4s and d810, each with a long lens attached, as well as three other lenses. A flash unit, memory cards, spare batteries and my laptop are also comfortably inside. The bag is well padded and comes with an array of dividers for individual set-ups. It is also lightweight and fairly priced.

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            • No

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            5.0

            perfict for vacation

            By photo frank

            from mission texas

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

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

              Excellent bag it will hold a two camera bodies and three lenses and a flash two extra batteries, cleaning supplies and a tablet and a laptop.
              It's perfect for traveling.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Good bag, but not great

              By Bob

              from Detroit, MI

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Not Water Tight
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

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

                I bought this to replace a Tenba bag that I have that's wearing out. Unfortunately, it's not as good. The construction is top notch, it's generally well thought out. With one exception, the stupid insert. It takes a nice size bag and chops a bunch of room out of it. I know, you can pull it out and stick other stuff in it. I don't do that, I buy a camera bag to hold cameras.

                I do like that it's not black. The material is very resilient. I don't know how well it will stand up to rain though. That's another fault with the bag the ends are open water can get in in. You can tuck stuff in to keep some of it out, but I wouldn't trust it to keep my gear dry in a heavy rain.

                Lots of pockets, but most of them aren't all that useful.

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                • No

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                4.0

                #Winning

                By CoachK

                from Boise, ID

                About Me Business Owner

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Location Work
                  • Photo journalism
                  • Travel Photography

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

                  My main objective with this bag is to no longer be the guy that without saying a word screams "Photographer!" It carries a 70-200, 24-70, my camera body with any mounted lens I own, a large flashgun, filters, memory cards, color checker, light meter, flash battery pack, extra batteries, and a tablet. The shoulder strap is quite comfortable, and access to my gear from the top is just as easy if not easier to access than my old slingshot bag. The only gripe is that it doesn't carry one extra lens I'd like, a macro, a small sacrifice for being a little less obvious. The removable camera insert is nice, and the padded back that rests against your body is handy if you're carrying any amount of gear. My only critique is anyone with a healthy amount of gear may have a hard time adding the max size laptop, akin to jamming yourself into a pair of pants that are a touch small. They could afford to add a half inch to the width and depth to accommodate a larger laptop. I hate spending over $ for a bag, but it really is worth the investment.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great bag

                  By Gimerly

                  from Houston Tx

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

                  All of my gear fits in this bag! Be careful though because it has a lot of space and it can get heavy!

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                  5.0

                  B3: Big Brown Bag

                  By Jazz

                  from Hawaiʻi

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

                  My friend used this large bag to secure and carry his camera, lights and assorted attachments on assignments requiring air or land travel. Now, I have one too! My laptop, 3 iPads, headphones, DSLR, mini-shotgun mic, assorted mounts/clamps, digital cards, cables, batteries and chargers fit inside padded cells perfectly. I also add another DSLR, when needed, or a couple of GoPros. Under the flap, a MeFoto monopod may be tucked in for transport.

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                  4.0

                  Good bag

                  By Sue

                  from Spring lake, mi

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

                  It holds up very well!! Strap is a little funky though.

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                  5.0

                  I love this bag, does everything i want.

                  By Bon

                  from Australia

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Its just a great bag..

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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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.

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                        • 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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                                        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.

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                                            • 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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