The Messenger Camera Bag weighs only 2.5 pounds with the padded photo insert included, and 1.6 pounds without the insert. This is 1 to 2 pounds lighter than most competing bags in this size.
It doesn't look like a traditional camera bag, which is by far the most requested feature from security-conscious photographers.
A zipper in the top cover lets you move camera gear in and out of the bag without having to open up the front flap. This is an added security benefit because it allows a photographer to remove equipment without letting bystanders see all of the equipment inside.
Durability and Weather Resistance:
The exterior is made from military-grade 1000 Denier weatherproof-coated nylon, and the interior is ripstop nylon. In addition, there is a layer of special waterproof material on the bottom of the bag for protection if the bag is put down on a wet surface. As with the current Messenger, the Camera Bag can be machine washed in cold water (and line dried) when needed.
Top Quality Hardware:
YKK zippers and Duraflex clips. There is no better hardware available at any price.
Versatility and Organization:
The Camera Bag can be used with the included padded photo insert for maximum protection, or the insert can be removed to make a lighter, more body-hugging bag. And there are 20 pockets and storage spaces to keep small accessories organized.
1-2 D/SLR bodies, 3-5 lenses, flash and accessories.
The Tenba Messenger Camera Bag is classic, fast-moving, and body hugging a design preferred by the world's best photojournalists for years. Lightweight yetprotective, everything within fast, easy each. Customizable interior, loads of accessory pockets, and exclusive, innovative features geared to the real-world needs of the working pro. A bag that works hard, but doesn't call attention to itself.
Reviewed by 2 customers
This is really a nice bag. It is quite large, so unless you need to carry a lot of gear, you can go smaller.
I use this bag when I'm walking around and anticipate that I'll be using my camera. For example, I took it to a comic book convention in my town and it was perfect. I knew everything I needed was right by my side and that I'd be able to grab gear quickly without having to take the bag off (which is the primary weakness of my backpack). I like the overall construction of the bag and find it has ample room for my gear (right now a body and 3 lenses) plus plenty of room to grow (like another body, a flash, etc). I also find it has more pockets than I know what to do with. I only have two real complaints with the bag. One is that I wish the "cell phone" pocket was either on the other side of the bag or if each side had that pocket. This is because when I wear my bag on my right side, the pocket is behind me which makes me wary to leave anything in there. Of course, I could wear my bag on my other side (which I'll have to do if I want to use that pocket), but I'd rather not do that. The other complaint is that I wish the zippers and pockets were a little more secure. My backpack has loops at the ends of pockets where the zipper can slip in and that seems to make it harder for someone to just open up the zipper without being noticed (because the zipper would get stuck at the loop). Overall, though, I am very happy with this bag and expect to be using it for a very long time.