Well guys, I got mine today (small) and now things are a bit clearer:
- Bag size is exactly what I was looking for
- Bag is more flexible than I expected
- Bag looks much "leaner" than I expected
- Shoulder strap is comfortable (even more so than my TT UD35's)
- Insert size is perfect
- Insert padding is too thin (50% of std) for comfort
- Insert velcro concept is silly
- Dividers are all but uselsess
- Yes, the 50D + 70-200 sticks way out of the insert... :-/
- ...But fits perfectly in the bag
- "Burnt Orange" s/b labeled "Terracotta" or even "Rust"...
Tenba lists the depth (thickness) of the bag at 18cm (7") but that is really the worst-case scenario, with the bag stuffed from one side to the other. The bottom "foot" is actually only 13cm (5") and with the bag used to carry a Notebook and some office / school stuff, the bag goes from the 13cm, tapering to a nice 8cm (3") at the top!
Of course, with Notebook & APS-C DSLR (my 50D body measures 12cm / 4.7" from tripod mount to flash shoe) it starts to bulk up from bottom to top. But at this point, it's not better or worse than any other camera bag designed to hold that amount of gear... . Overall, a great bag, particularly at that price point!
The insert itself leaves a lot to be desired, but anyone handy with a hotglue gun etc. would be able to add some velcro where it's really needed. I will use dividers from other bags and attach them higher up in the insert.
A couple of shots to go with the above text. I didn't feel the need to write up my own review seeing as tiger & DEMO
have already done a couple of excellent reviews
on a now "classic" bag... : - D*** Click on any photo for higher-res images ***
The top-access idea is great *and* actually works!IMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …99245928_c2b35d9e3f_o.jpg
Fully packed. Yes, it's a book - same size as my Notebook - which was in use...IMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …99246252_5d0deee9f7_o.jpg
An "approximation" of the variation in thickness (see figures for accurate comparison)IMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …98666287_bcce060b9f_o.jpg
There's a 70-200 f/4 under the 50D...IMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …99246366_a81f295a38_o.jpg
That's the stuff in the insert. Smaller gear is stowed in other areas of the bag.IMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …98665811_022929c91c_o.jpg
The silly application of velcro and all but useless dividers...
The yellow one is from my Kata and is representative of std dividersIMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …98665899_a42ef8146a_o.jpg
An attempt to capture the terracotta-rusty-like "Burnt Orange"...IMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …99246946_24860d1e7b_o.jpg
Plan B - when it has to be black...IMAGE LINK: http://farm6.static.flickr.com …98665987_c020a52c34_o.jpg