The Perfect Bag For Your C100 And C300

July 11, 201318 Comments

The Canon Cinema EOS cameras are fantastic but they have a strange shape that’s like no other camera. The handle on the C100 makes it a tall camera and the handle plus a LCD/audio input attachment on the C300 makes this camera even taller. Although they look funny the handles work very well. Since moving over to these cameras I’ve struggled to get them into a bag or case. I don’t have one that works. I’ve been looking for a couple of months and I think I found one.

The main specifications I’m looking for is a bag that allows both cameras to be stored with the handle attached. This is the big one. I dont want to take the camera apart every time I pull it out of the bag. That is just a pain in the….. The bag also has to be small enough to easily carry on a cart or even with a shoulder strap. So what did I find?

The Tenba Roadie II HDSLR/Video Shoulder Bag  looks like the perfect fit for my needs. 

Tenba Roadie II HDSLR/Video Shoulder Bag

Tenba Roadie II HDSLR/Video Shoulder Bag

Here is the C300 all tucked away in the bag with the handle on. I dont need room for lenses and other stuff in the main compartment since I also have a ThinkTank backpack that I use for my lenses and any other optical related gear. I like the backpack way of carrying the lenses because when I shoot on the move without a bag I only want to carry my tripod and the camera with my hands. If I have a third piece of gear it slows me down. This is for shoot and move situations like going out shooting a review of some gear at a park or busy location.

The bag also has nice big pockets on the side that can hold wireless mic systems and cables. Lots of pockets all around. Even comes with a separate audio tray bag that’s designed to sit on top of the main compartment.  With the tall C100 camera the try doesn’t fit but still nice to have.


I have my C100 in the bag with a Zacuto Gorilla Plate and rails attached with a Canon 24-105. In front of the camera is a Zacuto EVF. In the second row under the Rode shotgun mic is a charger, follow focus, Ninja 2 and EVF arm. Batteries and some cables are in pockets. I’m still arranging things but I like how it’s coming together. I didn’t want the bag to be to big and heavy. So far the Tenba Roadie II is working out very well.

Specifications for the The Tenba Roadie II HDSLR/Video Shoulder Bag


5 lbs(2.3 kg)

Exterior Dimensions

19W X 12.5H X 12.5D in. (50 X 32 X 30 cm)

Interior Dimensions

16W X 11.5H X 11D in. (41 X 29 X 28 cm)

Laptop Compartment

15W X 11.5H X 1D in. (38W X 29H X 3D cm)

Fits most laptops up to 15 inches

Removable Audio Gear Tray — A top audio tray allows quick access to audio gear and accessories like headphones, lav and shotgun mics, recorders and anything else that you need to get at easily. Independent side handles and zippered top cover allow the audio tray to be removed from the bag and used separately, or removed when the full height of the bag interior is needed for large camera rigs and full-size video cameras with matte boxes, follow focus knobs, rails etc.

Built-in Protected Laptop Storage — A rear padded sleeve protects a laptop up to 15 inches, and is quick and easy to open at airport security

Huge, Unobstructed Opening — Allows rails, matte boxes, follow focus knobs and monitors to stay mounted in the bag

Durability and Weather Resistance — The bag is built with the finest materials and hardware, including a weather-proof coated 1680D ballistic nylon exterior, a brushed tricot interior, YKK® zippers, welded steel D-rings and heavily-reinforced stitching

Waterproof Bottom Panel — Keeps the bag dry and protected if you have to put it down on a wet surface

Included Accessories — Includes Tenba’s exclusive WeatherWrap removable rain cover, a collapsable water bottle/beverage holder, and a 10-pocket media wallet that fits both CF and SD cards.

Airline Carry-on Compatible — The shoulder bag meets airline carry-on standards

Versatile Interior with Adjustable Dividers — The main camera compartment includes a versatile padded divider kit that can be customized for both DSLRs and larger video camera systems

Side Accessory Compartments — Large zippered compartments on both sides of the bag provide storage for batteries, chargers, cables and other accessories

Front Accessory Compartment — Pockets to organize small accessories like cables, hard drives, filters etc.

Hypalon Accessory Loops — Heavy-duty, Hypalon® loops on the sides of the bag provide mounting points for accessory pouches, carabiners, keys etc.

Rear Trolley Strap — Allows the bag to slide over the extended handle of a rolling suitcase or equipment case for easy transport through the airport

Heavy-Duty, Padded Shoulder Strap — Giant, padded shoulder strap provides comfort and support when carrying large camera systems. High-density foam padding won’t compress or break down over time or with heavy use, and oversized clips and welded steel D-rings ensure a secure connection to the bag.

Due to it’s shorter length I dont think the camera with a a rig will fit. I will test it out. I dont use a rig very often and would only add a Zacuto Gorilla plate for a follow focus when needed. We shall see.

The bag will be here next and I will update this post with how I configured the bag. And if I really love it I might even do a video review! Ha! If you find a great bag for your Canon Cinema EOS camera please share in the comments section. It has to fit WITH the handle on okay. Without the handle on almost any bag will work.

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  1. Jonathan says:

    Thanks for the info and review. I had the same question in mind and was looking for a bag. I don’t have zacuto viewfinder nor Atomos Ninja. So I may be able to look for something even smaller.

    • Erik Naso says:

      It’s not a big bag and holds as much as you need. I didn’t want to put everything I own in a bag because it gets heavy but I like that I have room for several lenses if I choose to carry them in the bag. Great to have options.

  2. John says:

    Hi Erik…thanks for the great info. Is it a tight fit height-wise for the C100 with Zacuto Gorilla Plate (with tripod plate attached) and shotgun mic? Looks like the perfect bag but not sure if it’s tall enough. Also, what cold shoe adapter are you using for the rear 1/4-20 mount? That looks perfect too. Happy shooting!

  3. Simon says:

    Do you use the EVF + Ninja at the same time? If so, what’s your set up for this? Obviously you’ve only got one HDMI output!

  4. Arpad says:

    Hi Erik,

    I saw that the RODE NTG is attached to the C100. How did you attached it, because the outer diameter of the NTG is much smaller than the inner diameter of the Mic holder on the C100.

  5. Len Kaufman says:

    Hi Erik…Thanx for this info. I’ll be checking out the bag you referenced. In the meanwhile, I’ve been using a canvas bag that came with my new Porter Cable 20V electric drill. Works quite well. Though there’s no shoulder strap, that would be easy enough to attach. And I’ve been carrying my Atomos Ninja Blade in a Domke pouch that I had. I’ve also attached a belt clip to the Blade, and carry it on my belt, instead of on top of the camera, when I’m trying to keep a low profile, and not using the Blade’s screen, which is difficult to use in the Florida sun.And my Zacuto rubber eyecup stays on better using one of those plastic zip ties.

  6. Jeff Martini says:

    thanks so much for all of your info! Super helpful. Was wondering how this bag is working out for you.
    I’m trying to keep my camera as setup as possible – been seat-belting my c100 in the front seat when I drive to shoots (shape rig, tilda follow focus, zacuto grip relocator, marshall monitor, boom mic – all set to go). Would love to find a case that allows me to keep the setup intact. The Tenba looks just a bit too tight, unless you remove the audio tray. Anyhow was wondering if you saw this
    The camrade looks pretty pricey but would prob fit my needs.
    Thanks for your time!

    • Erik Naso says:

      I like the Tenba bag. I dont have my C100 anymore. Sold it. Was a tough decision. The bag is now my production bag and carries all the extras. I saw those CamRade bags. They look nice. The shape is right. Measure the C100 and make sure the interior size of the bag is tall enough so you dont have to take the handle off.

      • Jeff Martini says:

        Thanks Eric!
        So yes I got out the measuring tape. I think it’s going to work with the camRade. I pulled the purchase trigger today and will let you know how it goes.
        wow so you’ve sold the c100? What did you go to next?? Were 4k and slo-mo some of your needs? Or are you shooting on the c300?
        I’m still loving it for now – I shoot on it all the time and love matching it with my other canon dslrs (although not perfect but pretty good – 5d, 70d, 7d – with my canon glass).. Anyhow I’m trying to hold off making the next Camera purchase for a little longer. It’s starting to feel like a yearly upgrade. Thanks again for you time and info. It’s so helpful when trying to make the right purchases for my business. Best,

  7. Mark says:

    I have a new MKII C100 and I, too, have been looking for a bag that holds the C100. It’s tricky to get one tall enough to hold the camera intact, yet small enough for airlines. I’m grateful to have stumbled upon this thread — thanks!

    The Sachtler D3 bag is also a good one but likely too wide for airlines. Sachtler bought Petrol bags.


    • erick says:

      Hi everyone. I got a C100 MKii recently and removing the handle and disconnecting the cable is not something I want to do every time (I confess that I don’t trust the cable connector to last too long. I have a hard time disconnecting it)…
      anyway. I use a Shape Baseplate with the C100 which makes it a bit long and also a follow focus. I tried the Tenba Roadie 2 and it felt very tight- besides I will never use the dividers or the top tray which won’t fit…
      so I ended up getting a Sachtler (formerly Petrol) Dr Bag 3 and this one has more room and it’s not that much bigger than the Tenba. I also looked at a Manfrotto Pro Light CC-197 PL but this one was huge…too long I think. Didn’t like the shape.
      So the new Sachtler is a nice one for me.
      Just an opinion.

  8. Jack says:

    Erick, the Dr Bag 3 Looks like it comes in 4 different dimensions at B&H… Which one did you get to fit the c100 handle and all?

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