This post on traveling with camera gear is brought to you by Tenba®. I was sent a Roadie Roller 18 for review at no charge. All opinions are my own.
Back in the olden days – before cameras were digital – when the hubby and I traveled he had a 35mm camera with a variety of lenses. He also had an underwater case for it so he could take it diving. When he took his photos he shot slides as he thought they gave the sharpest shots.
I had a little Kodak Instamatic. Remember them?
We would each take rolls and rolls and rolls of film and then get it developed when we came home. If we were lucky half of the pictures would be good. His percentage of good shots was much higher than mine.
Digital photography has obviously changed everything! It’s now easier to take thousands of photos with little cost and opened up the field of photography to anyone who wants to try. One thing that hasn’t really changed is traveling with camera gear. You still want to make sure your camera bodies and lenses are safe and protected when you hit the road.
Traveling with Camera Gear
While it is easier to take photos and you don’t have to pay for photo processing you still have camera bodies and lenses. In addition, if you want to see the photos effectively you need a laptop – of course you can see them on the camera but true viewing requires a computer. When you are traveling with your camera gear you want a bag that can hold your laptop as well as protect your equipment.
I have used several different types of bags through the years, from hard cases to backpacks. Each one has served its purpose. This is also the first time in my life that I have had two camera bodies and lenses; one is a DSLR and one is a mirrorless. This means that I needed a larger bag for travel with room for both cameras and their lenses. I’m so appreciative that Tenba® sent me their Roadie Roller 18 . It is the perfect bag for my needs.
I love that it meets carry on restrictions for most domestic and international carriers. It is designed to hold two camera bodies and several lenses – obviously that is totally dependent on the size of all pieces.
There is a separate compartment for a laptop of up to 15″. As you can see there are lots of little pockets to put extras. It is padded on the front with a hard back. This makes me confident that my laptop will also be safe while traveling.
The inner compartment has a series of removable pieces so you can arrange it to suit your equipment. They are very easy to take out and adjust to your needs. Especially when you have two hands to work with. I was holding the camera to video so that is why I look like I am struggling – with both hands there is no issue at all.
I was able to fit both of my camera bodies and all of my lenses and other accouterments in the bag. The Canon has three lenses including one long lens and the Olympus has two lenses. I’m sure you can see there is room for growth. I’ve also got my battery chargers, filters and speedlight in there. There is still plenty of room for other equipment.
The Tenba® also comes with a raincoat! The case material is water repellent but if you are somewhere and it really starts to pour or snow for that matter, you just need to pull out the WeatherWrap™ and it gives an extra layer of protection. This feature just made me smile.
Lock it Up
Obviously what you are putting in your Tenba Roadie is valuable. Camera equipment is not cheap. The Roadie was specifically designed to look like any other carry on so that if you end up having to check it instead of bringing it with you it doesn’t scream I’M TRAVELING WITH CAMERA GEAR. Sometimes no matter how well you plan you end up having to gate check your bag and the design of the Tenba gives a level of comfort.
There are two locking features; a TSA approved lock on the main part of the bag. This lets you lock up your expensive gear and know it is safe.
In addition there is another lock on a cable in a little pocket. This lets you lock the case onto something while you are on a location.
Out on a Shoot
If you are taking your camera gear out on a shoot you are more than likely going to need a tripod. I know the last time I went out I had the hubby as my sherpa so it was great; he just hauled around everything I needed.
If I were by myself I would have had a problem trying to manage the camera, lenses and the tripod. With my new Tenba Roadie I won’t have to worry any longer because there is a special pocket just for the tripod. There is even a strap to tighten around it so it doesn’t fall out. Totally cool.
So Much More
There are so many cool features to this bag. I haven’t had an opportunity to take it on a trip as of yet but I can’t wait. There is a compartment in the back where you can put a portable battery so you have the ability to charge your phone or computer.
The wheels glide very smoothly. I was rolling it up and down my hallway. No hiccups at all. It turned like a dream. It is a bit heavy but that is to be expected considering the amount of gear inside and the construction of the bag.
Harry also thinks it makes an awesome cat bed. I put it up on the bed to open it and start loading it up. I turned to get one of the cameras, turned back and found him sitting on top of it. He did not want to move.
I am very impressed with the quality of the Tenba® Roadie Roller. I know that the next time I go traveling with camera gear it will be well protected. That leaves me with one less worry on a trip.
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