Tenba BYOB and Packlite – the answer to a photographer’s dilemma

If you are a traveling photographer, chances are you take more gear than you need for any one given outing.  Today, maybe it’s an indoor event and you take your short lenses. Tommorrow, maybe it’s wildlife and you need your long lenses. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bag when you arrive that would let you just take a couple of those lenses and leave the rest behind?

Tenba BYOB and Packlite

Tenba Packlite and BYOB

Tenba knows photogs and finally came up with just the answer. Now, you can stuff your Tenba Transport case or your Pelican case with all your gear, using the BYOB inserts for organization, and then pull out just what you need on location, stuffing it into a Packlite Travel Bag for the day’s activities.

The Packlite lives up to its name – packing down to something smaller than your fist. Even the biggest model (the 13) folds up into the palm of my hand. You can carry one or two of these in just about any spare corner of your case.  The strap is without padding, but it’s wide enough to be comfortable with any load you’d probably carry.

 

Despite its light weight, the Packlite is built for durability, being constructed of water-repellant silicone ripstop nylon.  Sturdy YKK zippers should last a lifetime.

Tenba BYOB

The BYOB inserts (like the Packlite) come in four sizes:  7, 9, 10 and 13.  7 is ideal for GoPro, point and shoots, mirrorless, etc.  9 would work for a compact DSLR with 2 or 3 lenses, while 10 can handle up to a 24-70 f2.8.  I use the 13, which can handle a mounted 70-200 f2.8, either vertically or horizontally in the bag.

When it comes to sizing the Packlite, you can match sizes or order a larger size for additional “stuff”.

Specs for the BYOB 13:

Catalog #

636-224

Weight

0.8 lbs

Exterior Dimensions

13.5W X 9.5H X 5.5D in. (34 X 24 X 14 cm)

Interior Dimensions

13W X 9H X 5D in. (33 X 23 X 13 cm)

Specs for the Packlite 13:

Catalog #

636-229

Weight

0.4 lbs(0.18 kg)

Exterior Dimensions

16W X 10H X 6D in. (41 X 25 X 15 cm)

Interior Dimensions

16W X 10H X 6D in. (41 X 25 X 15 cm)

Packed 5 x 4 x 2.5 inches

This is a great idea – glad Tenba finally thought of it.  I’ll be packing it off to Norway next week, so stay tuned for some Midnight Sun pics with Artisan Travel.

 

Disclaimer:  Tenba provided the BYOB and Packlite for me to do this review.