Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Camera bags - Tamrac Travel pack 73 review

Tamrac Travel Pack 73 Review

Camera bags are very pricy and can burn a big whole in your pocket, but then it is worth the money as you are going to carry gear worth thousands and sometimes may be lakhs if you are a professional photographer. I set out to purchase a backpack for my DSLR after being bored with the cheapo bag supplied by Canon. My budget was very low around 50-70$ which is 2500 INR/-.  I had almost zeroed down on the lowepro AW series which were the only options in my budget, but the problem was they could hardly carry more than 1 kit lens. I wanted a bag which could carry more than 2-3 lens along with flash and another camera accessories. I was disappointed and thought that I will need to raise my budget which means I will have to wait for another 6 months or so.

While searching I stumbled upon "Tamrac Travel pack Series" which has 2 bags, Tamrac Travel pack 71 and Tamrac Travel pack 73. Flipcart was offering it for a very low price in the market, I read some feedbacks of the buyers on flipcart and decided to buy the back pack 73 for myself.

Here is what Tamrac says about the bag :-

The Tamrac Travel Pack 73 is perfect for holding a DSLR with a lens attached, afew extra lenses, a flash and accessories. The front zippered pocket has paraphernalia pockets and Tamrac's U.S. patented Memory & Battery Management System™, which uses red flags to identify fresh memory cards and batteries from ones that are used up. Mesh pockets in front and on the sides of the pack hold extra accessories. Other features include: padded backpack harness, EasyGrip™ handle, and inner mesh accessory pockets.  Add Tamrac accessories to the Strap Accessory System™ (S.A.S™) and Modular Accessory System™ (M.A.S™) attachment slots to customize this pack.

I finally ordered the bag and got it delivered to my house on the 3rd day of placing order, thanks to the great service of flipcart guys. This is what I feel after having used the bag for some days now.

The bag is small to look than normal bags and people would often give you a astonished look while you carry this bag on your shoulder, it looks different but fits your shoulder and actually looks nice on your back. The quality is very good and seems well made inside out, very well padded and quite sturdy.

There are total 3 compartments inside the bag formed with velcro separaters due to which you can adjust the compartments to fit your lens. You can carry additional 3-4 lenses along with a camera and kit lens in the main compartment. You may carry a flash unit as well. There are 2 small compartments over main compartment where you can store all your accessories such as batteries, memory cards, lens caps, filters etc. Overall the padding is safe and strong. Tamrac claims that the bag is weather/water proof but I haven't risked taking it in pouring rains yet though the zippers have a good weather protection flap which would not allow the water to go inside easily.

Tamrac has additional accessories to sell which can be attached to this bag for carrying more gear or lens. You can attach those accessories on the side of the bag where space is provided for the same.

Over all I am very satisfied with this bag and it seems to be a bang for bucks. If you are on a budget and need a good back pack, "Tamrac travel pack series", Tamrac travel pack 71 and Tamrac travel pack 73 are very good choices to start with.