It’s a Wrap! Comparing the Domke and Tenba Camera Wraps

It’s a Wrap! Comparing the Domke and Tenba Camera Wraps

We don’t always have the luxury of toting around a bag with perfectly fitted and padded compartments for our gear. For less than $20, camera wraps provide just enough protection to avoid scratches and bumps on your expensive equipment if you’re willing to deal with a little bit of bulk.

I was skeptical about the value of wraps in the past. For many types of photography, quick accessibility to gear is crucial to getting the shot. But improperly storing your gear while traveling can add unnecessary wear and tear that affects the longevity or resale value of your equipment.

Both Tenba and Domke offer wraps in varying sizes and colors. Domke offers 11”, 15” and 19” squares. While Tenba has 12”, 16” and 20” squares in their Tenba Tools line.

The small sizes will fit a compact lens like a 50mm or small devices like a portable recorder.

Domke’s 15″ wrap comfortably fits a Sigma 135mm f/1.8 lens

The mid size 15 or 16” will fit a medium size lens like a 24-70mm zoom or medium telephoto.

A 13″ Macbook Pro in the Tenba Tools 20″ wrap

The 19” and 20” is large enough to fit a 13” or even a 15” laptop.

The Domke wraps are thinner than the Tenba counterpart. The velcro attachments are long and rectangular, and the stitching is a wide zig zag that appears to be very sturdy.

The Tenba Tools wrap has thicker padding, round velcro attachments with a double stitch. And the back of the wrap features a small label window, which is handy if you’re using a large number of wraps.

Tenba features round velcro while Domke wraps have rectangular attachments

At first glance, the Domke wraps seems slightly more durable and the velcro has more surface area than the Tenba. The trade-off is less padding and if you’re not inclined to label your wraps with duct tape and a sharpie, then you’ll probably appreciate the clear label window.

A clear label window helps you identify what’s in the wrap

Either product will do the job of protecting your gear from minor scratches. Neither wrap is designed to protect your gear from drops at any height, and make sure you don’t try to overstuff the wrap.

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter. He co-hosts the "I Love Photography" podcast on iTunes.

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