Tenba Cineluxe Backpack 21 Shoulder Bag BackPack Hybrid

I shoot with (3) BlackMagic Design Ursa Mini 4.6K cameras, and that comes with a few challenges. When traveling I do like to have all my gear in one case, but it's not always ideal when our shooters have to split up. A single case to hold 3 camera setups also gets heavy real quick.

When we run into these situations we need to pack each of the camera rigs into separate bags. Because of the size of the Ursa Mini 4.6K cameras we typically have to break them down to fit into most bags or backpacks - which really slows you down during production. So over the last few weeks i've been searching for various bags that can accept a fully 'rigged' camera.

After searching through a few possible large bag choices from companies like Porta Brace and Think Tank, I happened upon the Tenba Cineluxe 21 and asked B&H to send me one of these bags for me to test out. What is most intriguing about the Tenba Cineluxe 21 that this bag can operate as a Shoulder Bag or a Backpack, and when worn as a backpack your hands are free to carry extra items such as your Tripod and Lighting gear.

It's an excellent fit for the height, width, and length required by Cinema or Professional Camcorder style cameras like the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K or even Sony FS7 without breaking them down and has decent space for your accessories. Once your camera is placed inside, there is a strap to lock it down. The exterior dimensions fits Carry-On requirements when you need to fly with your gear.

When compared to the options from the other top camera bag brands, it also happens to be more affordable as well. I think Tenba has a winner here in the Cineluxe 21.

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5 thoughts on “Tenba Cineluxe Backpack 21 Shoulder Bag BackPack Hybrid

  1. Antonis Antoniadis


    Do you think that it will fit the Ursa mini with blackmagic's top handle and extension arm attached?


  2. Josh

    Do you have photos on how you were able to fold the straps to the top pocket? I can't figure out how to do it unless I stretch the straps from the bottom loose all the way.
    The waist straps are removeable since it's actually velcroed from inside - try shoving your hand between the bag and the strap it actually separates.
    Yeah it's a super versatile bag I like it! But now I'm back from the trip I have to figure out what to do with the case.

  3. Post author

    @Josh - You're right. The Top straps don't disconnect, but you can fold them into the top pockets. The waist support can be tucked into the bottom pockets. I've done it on mine. The middle velcro straps are advertised to be used to strap the bag onto the top (handle) of a rolling case. I guess you can just use it to pin down backpack straps too. Either way the ability to go from shoulder bag to backpack is a handy feature. Seems like a great versatile bag.

  4. Josh

    I just traveled on an international job for a month with Cineluxe 21 bag.
    - When I traveled on flight, I was able to use the included lens wraps and padded bag to put important, easily scratched items like lenses and monitors to be protected, which was awesome.
    - I was able to leave my 15 inch Macbook Pro way on top of everything and still close the case.
    - It fits on overhead bin on flights easily.
    - Once I land at my destination, I just took out my personal stuff, filled with camera stuff.
    - The blue divider has some sort of bendable aluminum bar in it which allows you to shape it however you want. I was able to fit things just right.
    - It primarily served as a backpack I used for my Movi Pro. Wireless follow focus unit with Monitor attached fit right in properly.

    A couple of things I noiced from Em's video -
    1. The zipper by the waist padded strap isn't a bag for cards and wallet - it's a water bottle holder.
    2. The straps aren't removable to be folded back inside. Instead there is a strap of Velcro in the middle, which can be used to keep the strap attached to the case.

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