Tenba Bags Guide: The Role of Tenba Bags in Warren Keelan's Ocean Photography

Tenba Bags Guide: The Role of Tenba Bags in Warren Keelan's Ocean Photography

Warren Keelan is not your typical photographer. Based in the ‘Gong’ on the southeast coast of Australia, Keelan has devoted his creative passion to capturing the ocean as shown in our latest Georges CamerasTV feature.


Importance of Gear and the Significance of Tenba Bags

To safely shoot in the water, Warren uses Aquatech Housings, citing them as the most reliable and durable equipment he owns. But when storing and transporting his gear, he relies on Tenba bags, particularly the Axis Series.

Tenba Axis Bags

What makes Tenba bags indispensable to Warren's ocean photography? 

First and foremost, they are waterproof. As he often shoots in and around the ocean, the waterproof nature of the Tenba bags is crucial for keeping his gear safe, dry, and protected. Moreover, the bags are designed to hold all the required equipment, making them practical and efficient.


Another noteworthy feature is their portability. Warren notes that the bags can easily fit on a plane, allowing him to carry his gear around the globe. Their durability is also a significant advantage. The Tenba bags are robust and lightweight, and he finds them extremely comfortable. For him, so long as he can focus on getting the perfect shot, knowing that his equipment is secure in his Tenba bag, that is all he needs.


Who Makes Tenba Bags?

Founded in 1977 by New York City-based photographer Robert Weinreb, Tenba revolutionised the industry by introducing the world's first soft-sided professional camera bags. Before Tenba, Robert used makeshift solutions like wrapping his camera lenses in knit winter hats and storing them in standard outdoor backpacks.


His need for a specialised carrying solution led him to create the prototype with the help of a sewing shop in Manhattan's SoHo area. Since then, the Tenba brand has been committed to innovation and quality, evolving over the decades to meet the changing needs of photographers.

 Tenba Bags

Why Tenba Bags?

From the versatile DNA series ideal for photographers requiring quick access to their gear to the luxury Cooper series crafted from fine materials, Tenba provides bags and accessories for every need and every setting. For instance, products like the Shootout and Axis series offer unique features like water resistance and are aimed at outdoor adventurers like Warren and amateur photographers, respectively. Plus, for individual lenses there’s exceptionally well-made Protective Wraps and Gear Organisers to help store and protect your equipment.

Tenba Bag Protective Cover

Type of Tenba Bags Available for Photographers, Cinematographers and Content Creators

Photography and videography require a wide range of equipment and the means to transport it safely. Tenba Bags has been a go-to brand for those looking for specialised, robust carrying solutions. Below is the extent of the current range of bags, who they are best suited for and the type of equipment you can carry and protect.



Tenba Axis Series

Built for extreme outdoor conditions, Tenba's Axis bags are designed to withstand the elements. From the hydrophobic exterior to the heavily padded interior, these bags are built to protect expensive equipment from both impact and weather.  

Tenba Axis

Who are these bags for?

Tailored for adventure photographers and videographers who shoot in challenging environments.

Key Features

  • Hydrophobic exterior
  • Padded interior
  • Customisable compartments
  • Weather-sealed zippers
  • Exterior straps for tripods or monopods

What gear can you hold in a Tenba Axis Bag?

Capable of carrying a full professional camera setup, including DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, multiple lenses, and even drones.

Tenba DNA Series

The DNA series from Tenba is an all-rounder bag that combines style, functionality, and durability. Constructed with weather-resistant materials, these bags come in various sizes and forms, including backpacks and messenger bags. The quick-access top zipper and multiple pockets make it easy to grab your equipment quickly, while the padded compartments ensure the safety of your gear.

 Tenba DNA Messenger bags

Who are these bags for?

Primarily targeted at photographers and videographers who are always on the move and need quick and secure access to their gear.

Key Features

  • Quick-access top zipper
  • Multiple storage pockets
  • Weather-resistant material
  • Customisable padded compartments
  • Versatile design suitable for various carrying styles


What gear can you hold using a Tenba DNA Series Bag?

From small mirrorless setups to larger DSLRs, the DNA series can accommodate multiple lenses, a laptop, and other accessories like memory cards and batteries.



Tenba Shootout Series

Tenba's Shootout bags are designed for the heavy-duty needs of professional photographers and videographers. These are built to endure the harshest conditions, offering optimum protection for your equipment. The bag has water-resistant material, a waist belt, and a specialised compartment for hydration reservoirs, making it ideal for outdoor shoots.

Teba Shootout Series

Who are these bags for?

Designed for professional photographers and videographers, especially those who engage in outdoor and adventure shoots.

Key Features

  • Water-resistant construction
  • Waist belt for added stability
  • Hydration reservoir compartment
  • Rugged, durable design
  • Multiple customisable compartments


What gear can you hold using a Tenba Shootout Series Bag?

Suited for a comprehensive DSLR or Mirrorless setup, including multiple lenses, flash units, and even drones. It also has a compartment for a hydration reservoir.

Tenba Tripack Series

The Tripack is an ingenious solution from Tenba for those who need to carry oversized, non-conventional equipment. These bags are designed for tripods, booms, light stands, and backgrounds. They are not only spacious but are also built to withstand the rigours of constant travel and use.

Tenba TriPak Series 

Who are these bags for?

Ideal for videographers, cinematographers, and photographers who require a multitude of large and unconventional gear.

Key Features

  • Extremely spacious
  • Durable construction
  • Suitable for non-conventional equipment
  • Easy to transport
  • Built for heavy-duty use

What gear can you hold using the Tenba Tripack Bag?

Perfect for carrying oversized tripods, light stands, backgrounds, booms, and grip gear.

Tenba Car Cases

Tenba's Car Cases bring together the best of both worlds: the robust protection of hard cases and the portability of soft bags. These cases are specifically designed for moving lighting kits and grip gear across town or between cities. They provide hard case safety with the added benefit of lightweight convenience.

 Tenba Car Cases

Who are these bags for?

Photographers and filmmakers who need to transport lighting kits and grip gear frequently.

Key Features

  • Hard case safety
  • Lightweight construction
  • Ideal for transporting lighting kits and grip gear
  • Easy portability
  • Customisable interior

What gear can you hold using a Tenba Car Case?

Designed to carry lighting kits, C-stands, and grip gear, offering substantial protection and easy transportation.

Tenba Fulton Series

Fulton backpacks are Tenba's answer to those looking for a blend of vintage style and modern functionality. Crafted from soft, lightweight canvas, these backpacks offer a full range of professional-grade features like secure rear camera access and an expandable rolltop opening.

 Tenba Fulton Backpacks

Who are these bags for?

Targeted at photographers and content creators who prioritise style without sacrificing functionality.

Key Features

  • Vintage style
  • Modern functionality
  • Secure rear camera access
  • Expandable rolltop opening
  • Padded tablet sleeve

What gear can you hold using a Tenba Fulton Backpack?

Suitable for a DSLR or mirrorless camera setup, these bags also offer room for a padded tablet sleeve and support tripods and monopods.

Tenba Attaché Series

The Attaché Collection, part of Tenba's Air Case line, offers lighter and more rugged cases than traditional plastic cases. These cases come in various styles and sizes, making them versatile options for photographers and filmmakers alike.

Tenba Attaché Series

Who are these bags for?

Ideal for both photographers and filmmakers who need rugged but lightweight cases for their equipment.

Key Features

  • Lightweight yet rugged construction
  • Variety of styles and sizes
  • Designed for heavy-duty use
  • Customisable interior
  • Secure locking mechanisms

What gear can you hold using a Tenba Attaché Case?

With various sizes available, the Attaché cases can hold anything from a basic DSLR setup to professional video equipment.

Tenba Solstice Series

Tenba's Solstice series offers a balance between comfort and storage. Designed to ensure easy access and high security, these backpacks feature a rear opening to prevent theft. The bags are also weather-resistant, making them reliable companions for outdoor adventures.

Tenba Solstice Series

Who are these bags for?

These bags are intended for photographers and videographers who often shoot in diverse weather conditions.

Key Features

  • Rear opening for security
  • Weather-resistant material
  • Comfortable shoulder straps
  • Padded compartments
  • Quick-access pockets

What gear can you hold using a Tenba Solstice Bag?

Solstice bags can accommodate a DSLR with multiple lenses and often feature compartments for tablets and laptops.

Tenba Roadie Series

Tenba's Roadie collection is designed for the serious professional on the move. These rolling cases provide ample storage and the convenience of smooth transportation thanks to their high-quality wheels and handles.

Tenba Roadie Series

Who are these bags for?

Ideal for professional photographers and cinematographers who travel extensively and require a mobile storage solution.

Key Features

  • Rolling convenience
  • Spacious compartments
  • High-quality wheels and handles
  • Specialised compartments for electronics
  • Durable construction

What gear can you hold?

Capable of holding professional-grade cameras, multiple lenses, lighting equipment, and even audio gear, with specialised compartments for laptops and tablets.

Tenba Skyline Series

The Skyline series is Tenba's budget-friendly offering that doesn't compromise on quality. While not as feature-rich as other lines, these bags provide adequate protection and storage for budding photographers.

Tenba Skyline Series

Who are these bags for?

Best suited for amateur photographers and casual shooters who require a basic yet reliable carrying solution.

Key Features

  • Budget-friendly
  • Durable construction
  • Basic compartments
  • Easy-access zippers
  • Comfortable straps

What gear can you hold in a Tenba Skyline Bag?

Ideal for smaller camera setups, such as entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, with room for one or two lenses.


Final Thoughts

Whether you are an aspiring photographer like Keelan, needing to protect your gear in challenging environments, or a professional on the go looking for practicality with the Roadie line, Tenba offers specialised carrying solutions for a wide range of photography and videography needs. The reliability and effectiveness of Tenba bags, as evidenced by Keelan's endorsement, are a testament to the brand's commitment to quality and functionality. To learn more about the Tenba range contact one of the Georges team in-store, via live chat or over the phone.