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Published on May 15th, 2012 | by Kira


Tenba Roadie II: A Bag to the Rescue

As a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher, I def­i­nite­ly rec­og­nize the need for a cam­era bag that is stur­dy, portable, and doesn’t look like a cam­era bag. If you work with ex­pen­sive gear and need to trav­el with it from time to time, you know ex­act­ly what I am talk­ing about.

I of­ten find my­self trav­el­ing to sev­er­al dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on a shoot. I am that tiny girl on the train com­plete­ly load­ed up with gear bags. Just to­day the lo­cal shop girl told her dad how im­pressed she is by how strong I am. He took one look at my 5’2″ 95lb frame, and said I didn’t look it. My re­sponse was my stan­dard one: I am a pho­tog­ra­pher, which is a nice way of say­ing a glo­ri­fied pack mule. I have to be strong. That be­ing said, I will jump at any­thing that will make the job eas­i­er!

The Ten­ba Road­ie II Hy­brid Roller/Back­pack is pre­cise­ly one of those items. It can car­ry a lot of gear. I was even able to fit a small light in the bag, with a cam­era body and a medi­um lens. There is room for a 17″ lap­top in the front, and it can hold up to 400mm 2.8 or 500mm 4.0 lens. It even comes with its own mul­ti-pock­et wal­let for CF or SD mem­o­ry cards. For those in need of a lit­tle less space, we def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend the light, com­fort­able Dis­cov­ery Day­pack that we re­viewed a while ago. And they do of­fer a lot of oth­er op­tions as well, for those with oth­er needs!

The re­al gem of this bag is how per­fect it is for trav­el­ing. The du­al ball bear­ing wheels, help­ful­ly are us­er-change­able, seem to be pret­ty stur­dy. And in a pinch, when you can­not use the wheels, the bag be­comes a back­pack. As to be ex­pect­ed, the load­ed back­pack can be on the heav­ier end. There is a front pock­et for easy ac­cess for a phone or tick­ets or im­por­tant doc­u­ments. It’s the per­fect size to be a car­ry on at the air­port, which is very im­por­tant, since us pho­tog­ra­phers hate the idea of part­ing with our gear. Fi­nal­ly, it does not look much like a cam­era bag. It just looks like a sleek piece of nor­mal lug­gage for any nor­mal trav­el­er, mak­ing you in­con­spic­u­ous, which is al­ways a good thing while you is car­ry­ing around a lot of ex­pen­sive equip­ment.

We love the di­viders, flex­i­ble and re­mov­able, durable and well-padded. And the bot­tom of the bag is wa­ter­proof and held up well against some days on the road. The Ten­ba Road­ie II Hy­brid Roller/Back­pack is on the high­er end of the price range, at around $325, for a rolling cam­era bag, even for one that dou­bles as a back­pack. How­ev­er, as we all know, one pays for qual­i­ty.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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