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  • - Today we are going to talk about the best camera bag

  • that I've had in my entire life.

  • And I've had quite a few camera bags.

  • But the best one overall is the Tenba DNA Messenger Bag.

  • I've had this bag for just about four years now.

  • And sometimes with reviews there this push to be first

  • and this new thing comes out

  • and you want to review it, and share it.

  • But really, some of the best review information

  • you can get is from really long term performance.

  • And so, after four years of using this bag,

  • I feel like I know it pretty well,

  • and I can vouch for it pretty well.

  • So, this is a messenger style bag.

  • This is the cobalt color,

  • but it comes in a bunch of other colors.

  • Usually sells for about $160-ish, which when I bought it

  • was the most I'd ever spend on a camera bag.

  • But it's lasted for four years,

  • and it still basically looks brand new.

  • This hasn't just been my camera bag for the last four years,

  • this has actually just been my daily bag

  • that I use at work every single day

  • even when I'm not using a camera.

  • And actually to be fair, one of the things

  • that I love about this bag,

  • since it's a messenger style bag,

  • (Velcro scrapes)

  • it does have a laptop compartment which is awesome.

  • But, as you might know, a little while ago,

  • I upgraded to the new beautiful 16 inch MacBook Pro.

  • And unfortunately it doesn't fit in the 13 inch bag.

  • Which kind of makes sense, because it's 16, 13,

  • and those aren't the same numbers.

  • So I needed a new bag that would fit my computer.

  • And I decided if it's not broke don't fix it.

  • So I ended up just getting the 15 inch version

  • of the same bag.

  • So, technically the bag that

  • I've been using every day, I've only been using

  • for about three months now.

  • But it's the same quality as the one I've been using

  • for the past four year before that.

  • So I can speak to it pretty well.

  • And let's jump into what's so great about this bag.

  • And I guess if you're curious about the difference in size,

  • this is the 15 inch version.

  • And this is the 13 inch version.

  • They're basically the same in every way,

  • just scaled up and scaled down.

  • The one thing is when I went with the 15 inch version,

  • I got the slim edition.

  • So if I turn these sideways, you might be able to see

  • the 13 is actually a little bit wider than the 15 inch.

  • And that's just because I thought if I was gonna get

  • a bigger bag, I didn't want it to be this giant thing

  • that was bulging off of my side,

  • since it's a messenger style bag.

  • It's great, I love it.

  • Basically both of these bags have stood up.

  • And really let's talk about durability first.

  • So that's where I'm gonna jump to my older bag.

  • So in terms of durability, this bag is about four years old

  • and really it looks just like it did the day that I got it.

  • There's a little bit of wear and tear on this pad,

  • like the shoulder pad has these rubber grippy things

  • that are starting to peel a little bit.

  • And that's kind of it.

  • The bottom of the bag is this really tough (scratches nails)

  • material, I don't know what it is.

  • It's super tough, I mean it's been on the floor

  • of everything and it's held up great.

  • And it's been in all kinds of weather.

  • But it does have these little marks kind of on the corners

  • where it's sort of starting to fray a little bit.

  • Like a tiny fraction of an inch,

  • little bits of wear and tear.

  • And that seems totally fair after four years,

  • and that's it, otherwise, (rustles bag)

  • it's just like the day that I took it out of the packaging.

  • And I have taken this thing literally all over the world

  • in like every weather condition you can imagine.

  • From scorching hot deserts to crazy rainfalls,

  • snowstorms even, crazy wind.

  • It constantly carries computers and cameras

  • and expensive gear that I need to take care of.

  • And that gear has never gotten dirty,

  • never gotten wet, never gotten damaged.

  • So obviously it's a messenger style bag.

  • If you're looking for a great camera backpack,

  • I have a couple camera backpacks that I love,

  • I just don't use those every day.

  • I use them on specific trips when I know I want

  • a camera backpack.

  • But this, it's just kind of a daily driver,

  • my go-to quick trip photo bag is awesome.

  • So no matter which version you get,

  • the 13 inch or the 15 inch.

  • It comes with a camera block that looks

  • pretty much the same.

  • This is the 15 inch,

  • this is the 13 inch. (bags rustling)

  • They come with these sort of standard camera cubes,

  • camera blocks I guess they're sometimes called.

  • They're almost the same size.

  • Obviously the 15's a little bit bigger,

  • but they're the same basic structure.

  • You can easily fit a DLSR, a lens.

  • They're tall enough to accommodate

  • a 70 to 200 millimeter lens if it's not on the camera.

  • But I have no problem fitting cameras, full size DSLRs,

  • even with battery grips, in these camera blocks.

  • And as you saw, the camera block is removable

  • from the bag itself.

  • So if you don't want to use it as a camera bag,

  • you can take that out and then it just becomes

  • just a messenger bag.

  • Which you know, (rustles bag) can be a little bit slimmer

  • since there's not that camera block inside of it.

  • Whichever size bag you have the pockets are the same.

  • You've got a laptop compartment.

  • You've got like a small tablet compartment

  • that doesn't really fit an iPad.

  • But it holds notebooks and things really well,

  • depending on an iPad model, you might be able

  • to fit one straight up.

  • But I just use it as an organizer.

  • And it's got the big main compartments,

  • and a few smaller pockets and pen holders.

  • There is a zippered interior pocket.

  • And on the outside, each side does have

  • a stretchy mesh water bottle holder, accessory holder.

  • There's pockets on the outside.

  • There's two layers of pockets actually that are pretty deep.

  • And then on the lid of the bag,

  • (zipper scrapes)

  • you have a zippered pocket here,

  • and a smaller zippered pocket here.

  • You've also got on the back.

  • (zipper scrapes)

  • This is a very thin pocket which when the bag's full

  • you can't really fit much more than papers in here.

  • But it is another pocket with some pen holders

  • and little organizers and things like that.

  • So there's plenty of pockets all over the bag.

  • And there is a zipper on the top,

  • (zipper scrapes)

  • that actually lets you access everything inside the bag

  • without opening the flap.

  • So it's great when it's just on your shoulder,

  • and you need to take something out of the bag.

  • This top zipper makes that super easy to do.

  • And even though I don't use camera's with it every day,

  • I actually keep the camera block in it.

  • Because I have found the compartments

  • are awesome organizers.

  • So, for example I usually keep my MacBook charger

  • and charging cable in here.

  • (charger thuds) I usually keep a couple

  • of hard drives in here.

  • And then, a lot of times like my lunch or snacks,

  • or whatever, I just put that here.

  • I notice whenever I review bags I always mention

  • the compartments to store snacks.

  • And I guess that's a priority that I didn't realize I had.

  • But it's a really important priority.

  • Like where's your snacks gonna go in your bag?

  • This is probably worth pointing out.

  • On the 13 inch version of the bag on the front flap,

  • this pocket has a zipper.

  • But the smaller one is just sort of like,

  • it doesn't have a zipper, it's just open.

  • And on the bigger bag both pockets have zippers,

  • I think because now this pocket is a little bit larger.

  • I usually keep like business cards,

  • sometimes mints or something in there.

  • And then in here I usually keep stuff like a cleaning cloth

  • or just small little snacks.

  • The bags do come with a shoulder strap

  • which is surprisingly comfortable and padded,

  • and super strong.

  • All of the connectors are made out of metal.

  • And they're just these, I don't know what these are called,

  • but just sort of these standard grabby hook things.

  • Which go right on there.

  • This is the newer bag that's only three months old,

  • but my four year old bag, they honestly look identical.

  • So there's not really wear and tear.

  • There's no damage, they're not ripping,

  • or anything like that, they work really well.

  • To close the bag, you do have a couple options.

  • There is Velcro (scrapes fastener) that keeps the bag,

  • there are strips of Velcro that keep the bag shut.

  • And then there are these magnetic latches,

  • which very satisfyingly, watch this.

  • (magnet clicks)

  • They just kind of latch on there and then

  • they quickly slide off.

  • But they can't be pulled off, which is kind of neat.

  • Once they're on there, you can't pull it off,

  • it has to be slid off in a certain direction.

  • And then the Velcro, it has these giant Velcro pads

  • to make sure this lid stays shut.

  • So your computer, camera, all your gear is protected.

  • When you open it, (Velcro scrapes)

  • it makes that crazy Velcro sound.

  • So you don't want to be in the middle of a wedding,

  • or an important event or something,

  • and you're trying to discreetly grab another camera body,

  • or a battery out of your bag.

  • 'Cause everyone's saying their vows and you're just like.

  • (Velcro scrapes)

  • But, there's some kind of voodoo witchcraft on here,

  • which is great, (smacks bag)

  • because not only do those Velcro pads keep the bag closed,

  • but if you kind of pull down and open,

  • it hardly makes any sound at all.

  • It's really no louder than just like rustling clothes

  • and no one's gonna notice it,

  • and no one's gonna be distracted by it.

  • It's a really cool design, 'cause Velcro's so useful,

  • but it can be so annoying with the loud sounds.

  • And this kind of just avoids that altogether.

  • And just to clarify the DNA 15 does fit

  • the 16 inch MacBook Pro.

  • So there is no 16 inch version of this bag,

  • but the 16 inch MacBook Pro,

  • (Velcro scrapes)

  • fits in here.

  • (fabric rustles)

  • No problem, there's no pressure being put anywhere,

  • it totally fits.

  • Since I just got this computer and I really love it,

  • and I'm paranoid about it,

  • I pretty much always keep it in a sleeve,

  • just to keep it extra protected.

  • (zipper scrapes) And then, I know this is like

  • the nerdiest, dumbest thing in the world,

  • beautiful I usually then keep the sleeve (laughs)

  • in the bag, which is dumb, 'cause I just makes

  • the bag poofier and bulkier.

  • But then I know like

  • that really expensive really important computer

  • is safe and secure.

  • And just to be fair, it's not a perfect bag.

  • I think it's probably about as close as you can get.

  • But I have found three things that kind of bother me