A Camera Bag Too Good to Resist

You’ve probably heard the term ‘hoarder’. It refers to people who cannot throw out or give away their possessions and end up with a mess of a cluttered house. Well, I have a confession to make. I’m a camera bag hoarder.

I have them all : backpacks, roller bags, shoulder bags, sling bags, waist bags, bags for tripods, bags for light stands, bags for laptops, bags for lenses and even, bags for bags. And not just one of each. I have a garage full and cannot get myself to part with any of them. Sometimes I’ll run across a long lost bag that I forgot I had and in a moment of temporary sanity, think to myself “Why did I ever buy this?” But can I throw it out? Nope. A true sickness.

That said, I found myself a bag I can’t resist! Almost the perfect bag for me because the designers at Tenba did this one right. Every detail of this bag was developed with the input of working videographers and filmmakers across a broad range of styles and pursuits to ensure that this bag could adapt to meet a wide variety of needs.

Photos by Michael Maloney

The Roadie II HDSLR/Video Backpack was designed from the ground up with video gear in mind but don’t let that discourage you if you don’t shoot video. This is still the bag for you. This backpack will fit the latest DSLR systems from Canon (5D Mark III, EOS-1D X) and Nikon (D4, D800), and larger video cameras from RED (Epic, Scarlet), Canon (C300) and Sony, along with a full assortment of accessories including a padded sleeve for a 17″ laptop computer. Video-specific features are found throughout, such as side shotgun mic pockets, a quick to reach top audio compartment and versatile dividers inside that can adjust to fit everything from DSLRs to full-size video cameras.

Your gear is well protected with ample padded dividers

The quick access top is a great place to put those items you need to grab quickly

What I like best about this backpack however is the way you access your gear. No more muddy shoulder straps and back when I’m out shooting landscapes in inclement weather. I set the bag down and zip it open on the harness side, keeping the shoulder straps and waist belt mud free. Who cares if the other side gets muddy, at least that mud stays off my shoulders and back. Another added benefit of this is that you are secure knowing that your expensive gear cannot be unzipped and stolen while wearing the backpack – something to consider in questionable areas.

No more muddy shoulder straps and back thanks to the harness side access to the main compartment

Another plus is that the bag will stand upright on its reinforced waterproof bottom. It can stand this way all day in the rain and your equipment will stay dry with the included custom rain cover.

There is no provision to attach a big tripod however I found a solution. Two deep pockets on the side hold my tripod perfectly fine. My only other wish is that there were tie down bungy cords on the back. I find these are handy to secure extra clothing.

A nice touch : heavy duty YKK zipper pulls are extra long to help when wearing gloves.

The Roadie II Backpack is made of a rugged, foam laminated, weather-proofed ballistic nylon exterior which along with the YKK zippers, rip-stop nylon interior, stress point reinforcements and infinitely-configurable photo/video gear compartments will keep your expensive gear well protected. Not only that, but most importantly it feels like a real backpack, meaning it is designed so that you can wear it all day, fully packed in comfort. The harness system is top notch and I’m able to adjust the well padded waist belt so that my hips carry most of the load helping with comfort and balance while out on the trail.

The Roadie II meets the strictest international carry-on standards. A stationary clip on the right side of the waist belt allows the belt to be compressed against the bag, making it easier to stow the bag in an overhead compartment.

Here are some specs for you :

  • Capacity: 2 DSLRs, 6-8 lenses (up to 300mm f2.8), monopod and shotgun mic, headphones, recorder
  • Weight : 5.5 lbs
  • Exterior Dimensions : 15.5W X 20H X 9.5D in.
  • Interior Dimensions : 11W X 19H X 6.5D in.
  • Laptop Compartment : 11W X 16H X 1D in. Fits most laptops up to 17 inches

The Roadie II HDSLR/Video Backpack is $299.95, and in stock at Camera West.

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