Naneu Pro Tango Upgrade

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This is how you fix the Naneu Pro Tango bag to get rid of the ridiculous shoulder strap thing that nobody can figure out. It is a waste of weight, makes the bag thicker for no reason, and is built too cheaply to use even if it was a useful design.

You’ll need:

  • Sharp knife
  • Lighter
  • Seam ripper (ask your wife)
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters (heavy duty)
  • About 15 minutes

Start with your new Naneu Pro Tango bag:

Begin by cutting the strap from the bag with your sharp knife as indicated here:

Do not try to cut the whole thing off where it is connected. Do it as I have done above. Having to take out the stitching by doing so would require re-sewing the major seam in the pocket, and I wanted this to be a task for beginners. I could have turned this into a difficult tutorial, but then it wouldn’t have helped that many people. Trust me, you’ll like the results.

After you’ve cut as shown, get a seam ripper and remove the stitching as indicated here:

When done, the flimsy webbing should be completely exposed in the pocket formed by your removing that seam stitching:

Now is hen your sharp knife will come in handy. Carefully cut away all the black rubber webbing. Try to cut it as close to its seam as possible, but don’t cut the pocket you are removing the webbing from.

Do this by first cutting the fabric folds on the edges, then move in to take out as much webbing as possible:

When done, there should be none of the webbing left. Did you notice how flimsy and cheap the webbing was? I was able to tear it off by hand. Now we should have a clean, empty pocket:

I used a lighter to burn off the threads and melt them so they wouldn’t unravel later:

Clean up all the loose threads, and you have:

Now we need to take care of the plastic latch that the webbing was supposed to connect to. I found this rig extremely uncomfortable. The latch/snap is on the side and looks like this:

All you need here is the wire cutters. Take a chunk out of it like this:

So this is what is left:


I attach the LowePro lens cases to the side of my Tango bag. I use a 1 and a 1W. The 1 can take my Canon 50mm f/1.2L without shroud, the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 with shroud, or my Canon EFS 18-55mm, so it is versatile. I can also use these outboard cases for cables or knick knacks! The 1W does all the above, PLUS it can take the Canon 50mm f/1.2L WITH the shroud. I love installing these externally, as that leaves me room for:

-Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM WITH Lowepro killer lens case (not the flimsy Canon one the lens comes with)
-Gary Fong diffuser & cover
-Canon 580 EX II inside its case
-Cokin P Series filter case (10 filters) plus mounts for 72mm and 77mm
-Canon 1.4x teleconverter for 70-200 in it’s bag
-Canon 40D with either the 50mm, 18-55, or 18-50mm installed
-B&W Polarizer and adapter rings in inside pockets

…and that is just on the INSIDE of the Tango bag! This is why I like this bag. It is big enough (if you pull out the orange padding it comes with) to carry a LOT of gear, yet when loaded it really looks inconspicuous. Even the outboard LowePro lens cases look inconspicuous as the bag is worn (by me) slung back behind me.

Check it out:


Be sure to ditch the low quality strap that the bag comes with and install a PacSafe strap on both your camera and bag:

Check out how the bag strap attaches! It is actually bolted on for security, and safety:

The padding on both is exceptionally thick:

So in closing, I really like this look for the upgrade. It is clean, and doesn’t create a short piece of fabric that would have gotten caught in the zipper. This is the reason I kept it at 1-1/2″:

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