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New camera messenger and shoulder bags from Tenba, Think Tank, Domke, Ruggard, and Crumpler make thoughtful and practical holiday gifts for your favorite photographer or photo enthusiast. The bags present a variety of specialty features, some of which include silent touch fasteners, quick-access top zippers, expanding compartments or pockets, and extra protection in the form of water-resistant, sturdy materials or rain covers. With so many options, there is sure to be a bag that shows your favorite photographer how much you care.
The Tenba Photo Laptop Messenger
Stylish and colorful, the first gift option is the Tenba Photo Laptop Messenger Bag, which is available in Mini, Small, or Large sizes. This lightweight, water-repellent bag is made from a tough 1000D Cordura nylon exterior with reinforced ballistic nylon. For quick access to your gear, there is a top zipper that gives you quick and easy access into the main compartment without lifting the top flap, which secures with two quick-release buckles and features touch-fastener patches for extra protection. Inside the main compartment, you'll find a camera insert with padded interior dividers as well as a laptop pocket with a touch-fastened nylon closure. Removing the camera insert allows the bag to be converted from a photo bag to a day bag.
For finding the right bag, three sizes of the Tenba Messenger provide a diverse array of options. The Tenba Mini Messenger allows you to hold a DSLR and two to three lenses between padded dividers in the camera insert and a 13" notebook computer in a dedicated laptop pocket at the back of the main compartment. There is also the Tenba Small Messenger that holds a DSLR, three lenses, and a flash between padded dividers and a 15" laptop in the dedicated laptop section. Finally, the Large Tenba Messenger holds a DSLR, three lenses, a flash, and accessories in the camera compartment and a 17" laptop inside a dedicated pocket. For comfort carrying your gear, there is shock-absorbent, mesh-covered padding on the back of the Tenba, a molded grip handle at the top, and a removable padded shoulder strap.
Multiple exterior and interior pockets provide manageability and storage for gear and accessories. There are two exterior zippered pockets on the front flap. Underneath the flap, there are two slip pockets atop a zippered pocket at the front of the main compartment, and the back of the bag features another zippered pocket with two additional interior slip pockets. In order to secure optional lens pouches or small accessories, the Tenba bag has exterior attachment loops on each side.
As an option for a more meaningful gift, you can personalize the large Tenba Messenger in black, which is available with an engraveable plate at the front. Otherwise, the three sizes of the Tenba Messenger Bag are available in a black, blue, orange, chocolate, olive, plum, and platinum.
The Think Tank Retrospective
The second gift option is the durable Think Tank Retrospective Shoulder Bag, which is available in the 10, 20, and 30 models. Soft and flexible, this water-resistant bag is made from 1100D polyester and sand-washed cotton canvas, which is treated with a Durable Water Repellent and is coated underneath with polyurethane for enhanced water resistance. This Think Tank features its signature Sound Silencer System, which allows you to cover the touch-fastened panels that typically make a loud noise when opening the bag.
Padded, adjustable, touch-fastened interior dividers hold a DSLR with a battery grip and an attached 24-70mm f/2.8 lens facing down, and an additional 70-200mm f/ 2.8 lens inside the Retrospective 10. The Retrospective 20, which is the tallest bag in the collection, holds a DSLR with an attached 70-200mm f/2.8 lens facing down, as well as a 300mm f/2.8 lens. The widest bag in the collection, the Retrospective 30, holds a DSLR with an attached 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and one or two additional lenses.
The outside of the Retrospective Bag is simple, but the inside is filled with features for storing and organizing plenty of gear and accessories. Exterior storage options include a small slip pocket on each side of the bag, a large slip pocket at the back, one to two large slip pockets with an adjustable touch-fastened closure that expands to hold a DSLR body and webbed loops on each side for attaching additional accessories or lens pouches. Interior storage options include a clear business-card pocket inside the front flap, two collapsible nylon pockets with touch-fastened tabs tall enough to hold a flash, and an organizer at the front with three pen slots, a business card pocket, a small slip pocket, a large slip pocket, and a key leash.
To carry the bag comfortably, there is a removable carry handle along the top and an attached, fully adjustable canvas shoulder strap that features a cushioned non-slip comfort pad. For ease and utility in the rain, a convenient, seam-sealed rain cover can be attached without disrupting the carrying handle or shoulder strap. All three sizes of this Think Tank Retrospective Bag are available in a black, blue slate, or pinestone gray.
The Original Domke F-2
A third gift option is the classic, lightweight Original F-2 Shoulder Bag from Domke. It is available in a Black, Sand, or Olive Drab waterproof cotton canvas, or a brown RuggedWear edition made of water-resistant canvas coated with wax and oil. The RuggedWear model features a distressed and weathered look to offer protection while retaining the breathability of cotton. To help retain this special look, it includes refinishing wax for maintenance.
Jim Domke had the first F-2 bag made for himself in 1976, and it is still among the most popular Domke bags today. The F-2 bag features a shoulder strap that winds all the way around for additional security when carrying the bag, a removable four-compartment camera insert, and a removable, stiff padded base.The camera insert and base provide structure to the otherwise soft and flexible bag that molds to your body while wearing it.
The front flap of the Domke F-2 attaches with two hook clasps, and for extra security, features a touch-fastened patch. Lifting the front flap reveals a zippered pocket underneath, and two slip pockets for accessories. Then, inside the main compartment, is a removable padded interior divider that accommodates up to four lenses. A DSLR with an attached zoom lens can be stored next to the padded insert. On the outside of the bag there are two spacious touch-fastened side pockets large enough to hold additional DSLR bodies. A wide slip pocket along the back provides room for holding magazines, books, train schedules, or airline tickets.
To carry the bag, there is a removable hand-carrying strap and an attached shoulder strap with a grip-like material underneath to prevent sliding along your shoulder. Additionally, two rings at the back of the bag allow you to attach optional Domke backpack straps.
Lowepro Pro Messenger
The fourth gift option is the slate-gray Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag, available in the 160 AW, 180 AW, or 200 AW size. This soft-sided, canvas-like bag features a quiet FlexFlap design, which folds over to cover and prevent the touch-fastened panels from making any loud noise when opening the bag.
This sleek and modern Lowepro Pro Messenger holds a surprising amount of gear. A zippered front pouch in front of the spacious main compartment is large enough to hold one DSLR body in the 160 AW and 180 AW models, and two DSLR bodies in the 200 AW. Additionally, a flash and three zoom telephoto lenses fit inside the main compartment of the 200 AW. The main compartment of the 160 AW fits a DSLR with a grip, an attached zoom lens, an additional lens, and a flash, while the 180 AW holds a DSLR with a battery grip, a 70-200 f/ 2.8 lens, two additional lenses, and a flash. In all three bags, the main compartment also has a zippered pocket along the back.
For further storage and organization, there is a slip pocket on each exterior side, attachment loops for optional lens pouches, and an interior organization panel with two pen slots, one large and three small slip pockets, and a key leash. At the back of the bag, a dual-purpose pocket holds accessories, or can be converted into a rear trolley sleeve. Additionally, you can carry the Pro Messenger using the padded grip handle at the top or the adjustable shoulder strap with a comfort pad. For extra protection from the elements, an all-weather AW rain cover is included with each of these Lowepro bags.
The Ruggard Legion Messenger
Constructed of durable 900D Oxford nylon, featuring a high-density 1680D ballistic polyester front flap and a soft 150D polyester interior, the sleek Ruggard Legion Messenger Bag is reminiscent of a business briefcase, but expands to hold a significant amount of photo gear. The Ruggard Legion features a removable camera basket with its own drawstring closure and a quick-access top zipper that provides instant access to gear without having to lift the front flap.
Four sizes of the Ruggard Legion hold various-sized laptops and a range of photography equipment. First, the Legion 25 holds a tablet and a compact DSLR with a lens and flash. The Legion 45 holds a 13.3" laptop and a DSLR with two zoom lenses and a flash. Then, inside the Legion 65, a DSLR with a grip, three lenses and two flashes, as well as a laptop up to 13.3" will fit. Finally, the Legion 75 holds a DSLR with a grip, three zoom lenses, two flashes, and a 15" laptop. Select 17" models without a wide bezel will fit inside the Legion 75 as well.
The Legion's exterior features a front flap secured with a quick-release buckle and a hidden zippered pocket on the front. Underneath the front flap, an array of pockets includes two expandable slip pockets, a large slip pocket, two memory card pockets, two small slip pockets, and a zippered mesh pocket. The main compartment has a dedicated padded laptop divider with a touch-fastened closure, and holds the removable camera basket.
The bottom of the Legion is expandable to either one or one-and-a-half inches, and the back has a zippered magazine pocket and a trolley strap. For convenience carrying the bag, there is a top padded grip handle, and a removable adjustable shoulder strap with a comfort pad. The bag includes a luggage tag and a rain cover for extra security against loss and unpredictable weather, respectively.
The Legion Messenger excels because it is versatile, discreet, and convenient. With its two bags in one, it can function in a multitude of scenarios, without looking like a camera bag. Whether you need a sporty messenger bag, a convenient camera bag, or a business briefcase, this Legion has got you covered.
The Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home
Made from a 900D nylon exterior and sporting a padded brushed-nylon interior, this water-resistant Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Bag features a silent touch-fastener system for preventing loud ripping noise, and an EVA laminated internal base that maintains the bag's shape.
Along with silent touch fasteners, the Crumpler features a strong, quick-release-buckled front flap. The flap opens to a front slip pocket with two interior mesh slip pockets built onto the main compartment. This front pocket has gusseted sides, which allows you access without lifting the front flap. Inside the main compartment are sturdy padded interior dividers, and a zippered mesh pocket for accessories. The bag will hold a large DSLR with an attached lens and an additional lens, or a small DSLR with an attached lens, an additional zoom lens, a flash, and another small lens.
The bag’s exterior has two nylon-webbed attachment loops for securing optional lens pouches at the sides. Additionally, an ergonomically padded carry handle and an adjustable shoulder strap allow you to carry the bag comfortably. The tough, expertly constructed Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Bag is available in Black/Black, Navy/Rust, and Purple/Olive Green.
An Abundance of Gifts
From the customizable Tenba to the innovative silent touch fasteners of the Think Tank, Lowepro, and Crumpler; from the versatility of the Ruggard to the rugged and practical Domke F-2—you can now easily choose from an array of sizes and colors to find that ideal gift bag.