Tenba Packlite- the completely collapsible, self-stowing camera bag

By technical editor Matt Allard:

When I am travelling there are a lot of times when I want to pack a bag away into a suitcase or larger bag to be used once I arrive at my destination. This is often problamatic as I don’t want waste valuable space having an empty bag taking up room inside another bag. Tenba seem to have come up with an interesting solution called Packlite. The bag system consists of an outer bag which you then fill with the company’s BYOB inserts. Both can be packed away to take up minimal space.

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Tenba claims Packlite is the world’s first completely collapsible, self-stowing camera bag. Packlite bags take up almost zero space and have virtually no weight (under half a pound), but when you pull the bag out from its self-stowing mesh pocket and drop in a Tenba BYOB insert, you have an instant, super lightweight camera bag complete with a quick-access top zipper and a side mesh pocket for a water bottle.

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This from Tenba:
Photographers and filmmakers often travel with a bag, backpack or rolling case filled with 1-2 camera bodies and anywhere between 4 and 8 lenses. But what happens when you get to your location, whether for work or holiday, and you only want to walk around with a much smaller kit consisting of one camera and a couple of lenses? The Packlite bag is the answer.

Shown with an optional BYOB insert
Shown with an optional BYOB insert

Packlite bags come in four sizes to pair up with each of Tenba’s BYOB inserts. They can carry everything from the smallest mirrorless camera systems in the Packlite 7, to mid-size mirrorless in the Packlite 8, a DSLR with an attached 24-70mm 2.8 in the Packlite 10, up to a pro body with a 70-200mm 2.8 in the Packlite 13.

The bags can be stowed inside any larger camera bag, or even clipped to the outside, so you always have a smaller, lightweight camera bag option wherever you go.

The Packlite bags are available from $19.95 US up to $28.95 depending on what size you choose. More information can be found over at the Tenba website.

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