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As you may or may not be aware. I’m currently planning a rather adventures travel through South East Asia in September. Not only have I been busy putting together an itinerary, I’ve also been upgrading my camera equipment.

Tamrac Adventure 9 camera bagWith travel in mind (and lots of it) my choice of camera bag was very important to me. This isn’t just a bag to keep my camera safe, it needed to be something I could happily carry for hours every day in 30C heat. Something that could accommodate everything I’d want to take with me whilst being comfortable.

After a fair bit of review reading and scouting around I decided upon the Tamrac Adventure 9 camera bag.

Ruck Sack Style

I chose a ruck sack rather than a shoulder bag because i want to evenly distribute the weight across my shoulders. Having the weight of a camera plus lenses, etc on one shoulder for hours a day is not a good idea. It can seriously effect your general posture, cause back and shoulder pains. It would also mean a smaller bag so I would be limited to what I could fit in.

Compartment Size

One very important thing for me was being able to fit all my gear in. There’s a wide range of ruck sack style camera bags out there and the size of each compartment varies massively. The Tamrac Adventure 9 has ample space for my 5d Mark II, my 70-200mm F4 and my 24-105 F4. It also has a slot against the back for a 15″ laptop and another compartment for cables, snacks, whatever else you need for the day.

It also has a large number of pouches, zip up areas, and slots to put all manner of accessories in. Memory cards, filters, spare batteries, etc. All of which can fit in the main camera compartment which flips open easily to allow access to everything quickly.

Tamrac Adventure 9 camera bagWeather Proof

While I’ve not tested it in Monsoon like conditions, I’m pretty confident it’ll keep all my gear dry even in big downpours. All the zips are waterproofed including the more exposed laptop slot zip. Other zips have fold over flaps and the camera compartment has 3 extra straps for tightly fastening down the flap to stop wind lifting it or rain getting in. To be on the safe side I plan to purchase some resealable plastic bags to put my gear in. I’ll no doubt report more on it’s performance once I’m in Vietnam!

Attaching Extra Gear

The Tamrac Adventure 9 has a whole bunch of straps and fasteners on the outside so if you want to quickly attach something to it for easy access, you can. It also has two net style pouches on either side, perfect for a drinks bottle or a flash if you need easy access. I’ve even put a monopod in there and it’s held it in place no problem.

The bag also has 2 slots underneath it. I purchased some attachment straps and now strap my lightweight tripod to the bottom of my bag easily. Having it horizontally underneath helps spread the weight evenly which is best when carrying.

Very Happy

All in all I’m very happy with my bag. It wasn’t cheap but it’s very comprehensive in it’s features and abilities. It’s always comfortable to wear. It Does a great job of evenly distributing weight. Has easy access compartments and the extra straps give it more flexibility. I feel confident it will serve me well as i trek through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Worth reading

Check out this great blog on how to pack your camera bag! very important!

Your experience

As ever your thoughts and comments are welcome. What bag do you own and why?

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3 Comments

  1. I was looking at this bag too but in the end it came down to the Lopwepro Flipside 400 cos i don’t really need to carry a laptop with me. Did you have a look at the Lowepro Computrekker? Pretty roomy bag…
    Take care
    //Mileta

    • I’ll be using my laptop a fair bit as we travel and having the ability to take it out with me for the day along with my camera gear all in one bag makes life a lot easier. I do like the seperate compartment on the tamrac for other gear too. The Lowepro bags look great. What swung it for me was being able to try out the Tamrac at a local store too. I’m thinking of getting a small one camera + lens bag for the days I want to travel very light. Undecided on that yet. Anybody got any recommendations?

  2. I used to walk around wearing Lowepro Micro Trekker 200, but it was just TOO small to be comfortable on my back, and too big for my needs πŸ™‚ (Oxymoron, I know)
    I switched it to minimal – model 5630 by Tamrac. One body, one wide lens, and comfortable on my shoulder.
    Of course, it won’t fit your needs, but.. Just sharing my own bag experience πŸ™‚


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