Messenger Bag Roundup Part 4 : Tenba Messenger DNA 13
Let’s have a look at the 4th and final messenger bag in the round-up.
The only way to truly review these bags is to use them, and that takes time.
And I use them in different circumstances, to see how the physicality works under real world conditions.
This bag, the Tenba DNA 13 has a ton of the right design elements, containing features spread over all of the rest of the market, making it a right priced, great pick, no matter what the occasion. Combining some of my favorite features, this is fast becoming the day-to-day bag, especially when a laptop is required.
Let’s start on the outside:
The flap has 2 pockets that are perfect for the extra phone battery, and phone storage with a quality zipper pull. On the other side is a pocket with no zipper but designed to keep things safely inside, like the business card holder (yes, still use them) and perhaps some breath freshening gum.
On the sides, are mesh pockets with elastic tops to keep your water bottle, flash, sunglasses, etc., in. Use these pockets all the time.
In the rear is a webbed loop, allowing you to attach your bag to a roller case.
There is a zipped pocket with numerous dividers for pens, cards, cables, lenspen, and a deeper partition for paperwork, travel wallet, etc..Another easy, secure, access, without opening the flap to get in the bag.
2 ways to close: One a sliding magnetic latch, which opens and closes with ease, and security.
The other is a velcro type, with a design that makes it less noisy when pulled down and out. It’s a design and technique for the quieter opening. That part is fine, but would prefer an option to not engage that at all, for complete silence. We’ve all had those looks when opening a bag. Rrrrrriiiippppppp!
The way in is also 2 fold: One is a top zipper, keeping the bag closed, and letting you reach in and grab the gear you need. Love this feature, as I can get to gear fast and without noise. (see above)
The other is the standard opening of the flap.
The addition of side guards kind of keeps it a bit weather protected, but they also include a 2 sided “raincoat” for the bag. One for reflective on hot days, the other side for discretion.
I’ll tell you, after shooting some outdoor concerts in the rain, you’ll be very happy to have this.
This is where it gets more interesting. There is a well padded pocket for a laptop (Macbook Air or tablet), with a securing velcro strap, in the back. This same strap can also be used to help secure the removable, adjustable, camera/lens bucket.
As I’ve said, I’m not a big bucket guy, but those who are, will like this well made piece. With 2 additional divided pockets on the outside of the bucket, and interior divider designs to make it easy to configure, this combines the best of some other designs out there.
In the front are yet MORE pockets, at various depths, divided to keep whatever you absolutely need at hand, which you can see in the above overall photo.
What cameras will I carry in there? Either a Fuji 100t, Fuji X-T1, 14mm, 90mm, and perhaps a 55-200mm. OR a Nikon D810, 24-70mm, 20mm, plus SB-900 flash.
Cameras depend on what I’m shooting, although either set-up includes a laptop (MacBook Air) with charger.
All of that, plus the extras (batts, cables, media cards, USB flash drives, etc.,) stay well-distributed, and comfortable in all day situations.
This camera bag, when compared to the other 3, has an edge as a daily bag when the call is for all of the above, and honestly, looking great when you walk into a professional meeting.
Some of the features I like about this bag are-
* the look – good looking material, with some choices
* outside pockets mesh pockets
* top loading access
* comfort with laptop on board
* outside pockets on flap (not huge deal, but soooo convenient)
* plenty of pockets. Sometimes it caused me to search in every pocket for an item, until I got a system down.
Some features I’m missing-
* complete silence of velcro
* tripod straps
The cost is a reasonable $160, so it sits right in the middle of the range.