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Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black)

B&H # TEMDB Mfr # 638-291
You Pay: $153.95
Product Highlights
  • Fits SLR Camera 2-3 Lens Kit
  • Fits 15" Laptop or 17" MacBook Pro
  • 1000 Denier Military-grade Nylon
  • Closed-cell Foam Padded Interior
  • 30 Pockets for Accessories
  • Carry Handle
  • Backpack Harness

The Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black) is a lightweight backpack/daypack with a removable photo insert designed to carry a SLR camera with 2-3 lenses, flash, accessories, magazines and files. A laptop compartment will hold a computer with a screen up to 15" or an Apple MacBook pro notebook computer. The bag is made from weather and abrasion resistant 1000 denier military-grade nylon with closed-cell, crossed-link foam padded interior. A "wide mouth" top drawstring opening accesses the padded laptop compartment and a flexible storage space. There is a tilt-out front panel with a removable, adjustable photo insert that offers fast, quick-draw access to an SLR camera 2-3 lens kit. There is a full overlap top flap that provides weather protection and security. Dual, military-grade web straps provide additional security to both top flap and front photo section.
The Photo/Laptop Daypack has 30 various pockets, slots and storage spaces, including large side cargo pockets that hold cables, media cards and much more, an organizer inside the top flap keeps portable devices and accessories quickly accessible plus an accessory organizer in the top section holds a hard drive, USB thumb drives and more. There is additional fast storage and easy access to small items in the front zip pocket. Color-coded media windows separate used flash cards from empty ones. The pack can be carried by a padded handle or an expedition-grade harness system that is lined with ventilated mesh for serious carrying comfort.

Construction
  • Weather and abrasion resistant 1000 denier military-grade nylon
  • Closed-cell, crossed-link foam padded interior
  • Genuine YKK zippers
  • Duraflex clips and adjuster
  • Rubberized bottom panel protects fabric from moisture and abrasion.
"Wide mouth" top drawstring opening accesses padded laptop compartment and flexible storage space
Full overlap top flap provides weather protection and security
Dual, military-grade web straps provide additional security to both top flap and front photo section
Compartments
  • Tilt-out front panel with removable, adjustable photo insert offers fast, quick-draw access to an SLR camera 2-3 lens kit
  • Laptop compartment holds a computer with a screen up to 15" or an Apple MacBook pro notebook and accessories
Photo insert can be used as daypack, weekend travel pack or laptop bag
Pockets
    30 pockets, slots and storage spaces designed to carry almost every accessory including the following
  • Large side cargo pockets hold cables, media cards and much more
  • Organizer inside top flap keeps portable devices and accessories quickly accessible
  • Accessory organizer in top section holds hard drive, USB thumb drives and more
  • Additional fast storage and easy access to small items in front zip pocket
  • Color-coded media windows separate used flash cards from empty ones
Carrying options
  • Padded carry handle
  • Expedition-grade harness system lined with ventilated mesh for serious carrying comfort.
Material Exterior: Weather and abrasion resistant 1000 denier military-grade nylon
Interior: Closed-cell, crossed-link foam padding
Type of Closure YKK zippers
Exterior Dimensions 13 x 17.5 x 8.5" (33 x 44 x 22cm) (WxHxD)
Interior Dimensions 10 x 8.5 x 5.0-6.5" (25 x 22 x 13-17cm) (WxHxD)
Laptop Compartment: 10.5 x 15.5 x 1.0-1.5" (27 x 39 x 2.54-3.81cm) (WxHxD)
Tripod Holder No
Waist Belt No
Accommodates SLR camera body, 2-3 lenses, flash, accessories, magazines and files
Fits most laptops up to 15" plus 17" Apple MacBook Pro
Carrying/Transport Options Carry handle
Backpack harness
Weight 3.3 lbs (1.2kg)
Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black)
  • Photo Insert
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    TenbaMessenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black)
     
    4.2

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (8)
    • Large capacity (3)
    • Lightweight (3)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

    • Hard to access equipment (4)

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Day hikes (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (3)
      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort driven (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

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    5.0

    Beautiful, multi-purpose bag

    By Teo

    from New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

    I came to this bag looking for a multi-purpose day bag that I could also carry on as hand baggage for flights, alongside a roll-on suitcase. It houses my 13" laptop well.

    I love the side pockets - they have a number of nice compartments for batteries, power bars, etc.

    The belt strap is solid, unlike some brands that encourage you to buy another strap to make up for their weak designs. I chose this bag over similar ThinkTank designs.

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    • No

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    3.0

    Good Bag - but some problems

    By Levent

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment

    Best Uses

    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

    Overall it's a good bag. I would have given it 5 stars, except for the fact that the stitching was loose on the inside of the bag. It was not a big deal and it only took a few minutes to repair with a needle and thread. But it was sold as a NEW bag, so I have to deduct one star for bad quality control by the Tenba company.

    Also in the top most zipper the fabric keeps getting caught in the zipper, when you try to open it. So I have to take away another star because of this is clearly a design error by Tenba.

    For about 8 years I had another backpack that had allowed me to easily access and swap lenses without taking the bag off of my shoulder. Sadly that bag wore out and I hoped that this bag would allow me to do the same thing via the side pockets. Unfortunately the high placement of the side pocket and the stiffness of the Zippers is making this hard to do, but until I can find another backpack that does this better, I am stuck using this Tenba. But overall it's a good bag, that sits comfortably on the back and the laptop compartment works well.

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    4.0

    Great for when you don't need everything

    By Greentoe

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Lots of organizer pockets
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment
    • Heavy
    • Small Top Space

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Short trips
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

    Great travel bag/ airplane carry on when you are going on a vacation and you don't need to bring every piece of camera equipment you own. Super comfortable with great support for all day hikes around town or in the woods. It would benefit from additional anchor points to attach equipment (tripods/monopods) or small accessory bags. As well you do have to take the bag off to access your gear. Loaded with lots of pockets to keep all your essentials organized and if you are like me and own several bags each with a specific purpose you won't be sorry adding this one to your arsenal.

    It would also benefit from a little more space up top for personal items and a waterproof cover.

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    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Having mixed feelings

    By Chicago_Al

    from Chicago IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

    There are many things I like about this backpack. It is built tough, yet comfortable to carry. It is obvious that a lot of thought was put into its design. However, there is one thing that I really really dislike about this backpack. The upper compartment does not have a zipper. It can be partly closed by only a drawstring. No matter how tight you pull the drawstring, the top is still left open by several square inches. Even though the "flap" comes down over the top compartment, this does not change the fact that the top compartment is actually open. I do not feel comfortable leaving any small items inside an open compartment. In my view, this is a major design flaw. Tenba could have easily used a zipper to close the top. The only reason why I would not recommend this product is due to the absence of this zipper. Otherwise, I am fine with everything else and I would have given it a 5-star rating. I also agree with another reviewer that ONE Tenba logo is enough. Tenba has placed so many logos on this backpack that I lost count. There are other less important nuisances. Certain zippers get caught in the inner linings of the backpack. This makes it difficult to open and close them. The camera section can be opened only after opening the top flap. This makes it rather difficult to access the camera. I like the laptop compartment. It has been nicely designed.

    I bought this bag a few days ago. I am still not sure about keeping it. I checked out camera bags made by other manufacturers. This Tenba model was the most comfortable of them all.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    perfect bag !!!

    By oli.le.rouge

    from montreal quebec

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Large Capacity
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • No tripod attachement

    Best Uses

    • Day Hikes
    • Travel

    Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

    love it ! perfect for my kit ( d300,24f1.4,50f1,4 and105f2.8vr) plus my mac book and all the wired for everything !!! dosent look like a luxuries bag. very well build. perfect bag for traveling... i am going for a 3 month trip in south east asia, and this is the bag im leaving with... the only down side is that their is no tripod attachment possible...

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    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Bag

    By Monte

    from Charlottesville

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Load
    • Large Capacity

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Day Hikes
      • Extended Hikes
      • Travel

      Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

      This bag is as described and reviewed. Went with this bag over the standard messenger bag for travel. Have not yet used the bag, but will have ample space for non camera items as a carry on. The camera insert is removable, and fits nicely in a couple of other bags/packs which is a nice feature. Great fit an finish, very durable looking. And B&H was perfect as well, [...]

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      • Comfort Driven
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      • No

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      5.0

      Fantastic Bag, multiple pockets.

      By Benny Two Eyes

      from NYC, NY

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Load
      • Highly Adjustable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

        Camera pouch is removable from bag, meaning you can insert into another bag to make that your camera case. Spot for laptop as well. Very compact and easy to travel with.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great All Purpose Bag

        By wm

        from San Francisco

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Good style
        • Just the right size

        Cons

        • Too many stupid logos

        Best Uses

        • Urban shooting

        Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

        All in all this is a great general use bag. The best feature is you don't look like a dork! or look like your carrying expensive camera gear. I toured NYC for a week with more kit than I needed and never got hassled or broke a sweat.

        The good thing they don't tell you in the product specs is you can remove the over-engineered waist belt...in case you're not hiking a mountain.

        The bad thing is Tenba really over did it with Tenba logos on this Tenba bag made by Tenba. There are 12 Tenba logos on this thing, including the ridiculously large one on the waist belt. Makes you look like TENBA-Man.

        in all, buy it.

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        • Comfort Driven
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        • No

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love the Bag

        By The Mermaid

        from Savannah, GA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Large Capacity
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Day Hikes
          • Heavy Loads
          • Light Loads
          • Travel

          Comments about Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black):

          I bought this bag for a business trip to Europe because I wanted to combine business (laptop) with a little pleasure (photography) and I did not want to carry two separate bags. I first ordered a different bag that turned out to be just too large as a reasonable carryon. Opted for this one and it was perfect. All the pockets are a nice feature. Like the zip top compartment on top for stashing those quick to retrieve items - passport, money, phone, etc. Limited room, but enough for the essentials. Next layer down is for keeping additional things you want with you, but not necessarily for quick access. The area is lareger than the top and has room for a change of clothes (shirt, shorts) filters, lunch, etc. The bottom portion is for photo equipment and held my camera body with lens attached (80-200), extra lens (400mm), and flash. So very roomy and like the way it pulls forward and out to expose whatever you need to access. Camera section when zipped fits a small lock when the two zippers are brought together. This is useful when traveling to areas where pickpocketers are prevalent. Hip/waist strap can be removed if not needed. Shoulder straps very comfortable and easily adjustable. It would have been nice if they had included some areas where items could be clipped on rather than using handle or strap. Tenba has other models where a waterproof cover is included in the bottom, but I do have a separate unit that works fine. Also would have been nice to have a zipper on the back to access the computer without having to unsnap and open middle compartment. Not all that troublesome, but would make airport security a bit easier. I have yet to go back to my old photo bag or computer bag for work. It is the perfect combo I was looking for or can be used as a total computer/work pack or camera pack. Highly recommend. Also have to commend B&H for getting it to me in time for my trip. I ordered from another vendor and they told me days after I placed the order that it was on backorder.

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