A messenger bag for MacBook Pro 15" & a DSLR (with grip) + long lens.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nghia Nguyen, May 3, 2010.

  1. Nghia Nguyen macrumors member

    Nghia Nguyen

    Apr 11, 2010
    As the title says, I'm looking for a messenger bag (backpack is good as well) for my MBP i5 and my 40D (with grip and a pretty bulky lens 35mm f/1.4L). I'm looking through Crumpler (a lot people recommended me that brand) but can't find a good one yet.

    My budget is $100 and under. Any input is welcome. Thanks.
  2. DreamJ macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    from what i know, crumpler only have either camera or laptop bag ... i don't remember they have any bag that can use to protect both ... even they do i don't recommend it as you don't want laptop and dslr clashing each other inside the bag ... but good luck for finding it :)
  3. Thommo macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2010
    Canberra, Australia
    Crumpler have the Brazillion dollar home, but its alot more than $100
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    1. I wouldn't recommend a messenger bag that will carry both your DSLR and a laptop. It weighs enough when carrying a backpack. A messenger bag will kill your shoulders.

    2. Your $100 budget for what you're asking for is funny. Unrealistic, and funny. ;)
  5. King Apple macrumors regular

    King Apple

    Mar 17, 2010
    I also do not recommend a messenger bag. I personally have the northface recon for college, and I love it. Check it out.
  6. alau0115 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2009
    Markham, ON, Canada
    I personally won't recommend a messenger bag either, it can become too heavy. For backpack, if you are looking into one with more bells & whistles, try Kata bags. They have thoughtful design with great protection.


    They have a few product lines that are designed to carry both DSLR and laptop. (eg. 3N1, Beetle, Bumblebee, etc)

    They also do have at least one messenger bag that allows a DSLR with basic accessories and a laptop.

    Try to look up for DB-455 in particular. The inside has a very soft material and an inner bag that holds the DSLR is removable.

    Also navigating through their web site is a pretty good experience. They even use diagram to show the detailed dimensions of their bags.
  7. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

    Sharky II

    Jan 6, 2004
    United Kingdom
  8. the Western zoo macrumors 6502

    the Western zoo

    May 16, 2006
    Aarhus C, Denmark
    I use a Crumpler "New Delhi 510" (I don't think you have it in the states) to carry my Nikon D90 w 18-200 mm zoom, 35 mm 1.8, Fisheye, Battery grip, MacBook, chargers and cables. And though it does get a bit heavy it is bearable, even when you lug it around all day...

    Edit: But it's more than double the price point you mentioned (approx. $230) here in Denmark; just wanted to point out that a messenger is a possibility...
  9. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    Please post what you find around $100 that is designed to carry a laptop and DSLR. The Brazillion dollar home does that but costs significantly more. You can check the buy/sell sections of photography forums and maybe pick up a used one.
  10. ApacheZ4 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2010
    I feel people were a bit unfair with you here. I was in a similar situation to you and was able to find an excellent fit for my needs.

    The bag is called the Tenba Messenger Bag (Large). It comes in a variety of colour options and is more than capable of holding a dslr, plus lenses as well as a 15" laptop. When I received this bag I was thoroughly surprised at the quality of this bag. The shoulder strap has a very large padded cushion which will definately help in times when you are carrying a heavy load. Additionally, this bag has what seems like an unlimited number of pockets everywhere, including a quick access pocket on the top for your dslr.

    The best part is that it sells for $101.93 on Amazon.com and includes free shipping. Link here: http://www.amazon.com/Tenba-638-231...1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1272914394&sr=8-2-fkmr1

    I relied on some pictures and videos for this bag which I will link you to as well.
    Pics: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=694314&highlight=Tenba+Messenger
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIj-iPAuEd8

    Best of luck.
  11. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    Nice find and it fits in the budget too. Looks like it has good padding/protection for your gear.
  12. Jwalker9 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2006
  13. Nexcin macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Very constructive post... :mad:
  14. matoch macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2006
    That's a decent looking bag. I wish I had come across it when I was looking.
  15. jkester macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
  16. unamused macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    im not sure ud want to carry a prodslr+grip + long lens + laptop...

    I have a crumpler 8mdh and my kit.... d700/grip, 70-200 2.8 VR1, 105 VR micro, 85 1.4, 50 1.4, 20mm 2.8, sb-900 will definitely make my shoulder hurt. I suppose its doable if you hold your camera all the time but i honestly wouldnt want to.
  17. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    I have a LowePro Fastpack 350, and it fits my MBP and my camera gear.

    A messenger, for me, is not the way to go. I would NEVER take it hiking. 10 miles with a messenger would be crazy. I really like the weight distribution on the backpack.
  18. gorbyno1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010


    I was looking for the same. The two options are

    1. Kata CS-17

    2. Tenba Photoshootout

    Both fit 15" laptops and also a SLR with a 70-200 lens attached. However both cost between 140-150 $ at Amazon.

    The other option is Think Tank Photo's Urban disguise 70 Pro (US$190-presently out of stock)

    I decided on the Kata..should arrive in 2 days. Good luck with your decision.

  19. Juan A macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2010
    I have a Tamrac 3385 That I am really enjoying. I have a 15" late 2009 MBP and a Canon XSI gripped with a Sigma 70-200mm mounted on the camera. I also store a Sigma 10/22, Sigma 1.4x extender, Sigma 24-70mm and Canon 50mm f/1.8 in the bag. My favorite thing about the bag is that there is plenty of storage in the top compartment for any other stuff I need to carry. I love this bag. it is not too expensive for all the features.
  20. Cortozld macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010

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