Tenba DNA 13 DSLR messenger bag review

This well-designed shoulder bag lets you transport your kit in comfort while providing quick access to it

Tenba DNA 13 DSLR Camera Messenger Bag
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The DNA 13 messenger treads a perfect balance between being capacious enough to store a DSLR/mirrorless camera and accessories while being compact and comfortable to carry. The silent 'hook and loop' opening system and top zip access mean you can access your kit quickly and quietly to make the most of sudden photo opportunities. It’s a perfect bag for a day’s shoot in the town or countryside and unlike a bigger Tenba backpack, it won’t blow your budget.


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    Silent Velcro opening system

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    Waterproof base

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    Configurable interior storage

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    Comfortable silicon shoulder strap

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    Weatherwrap for extra protection


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    Fiddly clasps

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Tenba produces a wide range of backpacks and camera shoulder bags that range in size and cost. At one end of the spectrum, you have capacious backpacks such as the Tenba Axis V2 which provides 20L of storage space for your DSLR and accessories. Larger backpacks like the Tenba Axis V2 tend to be quite heavy when fully packed so you need the extra support of shoulder, sternum, and hip straps. 

At the other end of the spectrum, you have the Messenger range of shoulder bags that includes the DNA 13 DSLR Messenger. This cheaper bag is smaller than a backpack and therefore lighter to carry but still capacious enough for you to transport a DSLR or mirrorless camera and 3 lenses.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.