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Tamrac Pro System 12 (5612)
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100% of reviewers £64.00 8.5
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Description: Internal Dimensions: 15 W x 6¾ D x 8¼ H
38 x 17 x 21 cm
External Dimensions: 19½ W x 10½ D x 10 H
50 x 27 x 25 cm
Weight: 4 lb. 7 oz. (2013 g)
Color: Black

The largest of our 5000 Series professional camera bags, the Pro 12 protects two digital or film SLRs with lenses attached, multiple additional lenses and accessories. The front pocket features Tamrac’s U.S. patented Memory & Battery Management System™ that uses red flags to identify available memory cards and batteries from ones that are used up.

The foam-padded main compartment features Tamrac’s USA patented Lens-Bridge® Divider System. The Dual Action Top™ has quick-access Easy Squeeze™ buckles plus an internal zipper for extra protection. Pockets inside the top keep filters and accessories visible and organized. The two ZipDrop™ front pockets feature mesh and paraphernalia pockets to organize accessories and personal items.

Other features include foam-padded end pockets, tripod straps, a foam-padded plastic bottom, a zippered back pocket, EasyGrip™ handle, BioCurve™ shoulder strap and Piggy-Back Pocket™. You can add Tamrac accessories using the attachment slots for our Strap Accessory System™ (S.A.S.™) products to customize this large pro bag to perfectly fit your needs.

A Total Coverage Top
B Lens-Bridge® divider system.
C Metal "D" rings.
D Shoulder strap with S.A.S.™ attachment slots.
E Foam-padded platform for shock protection.
F Large, padded end pockets.
G Foam padded main compartment.
H Accessory pocket inside lid.
I Easy-Squeeze Buckle.
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dabhand16
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Registered: June 2006
Location: Dunstable Bedfordshire UK
Posts: 30308
Review Date: Sun September 7, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £60.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build quality, price, value for money
Cons: Acessibility of some compartments - Not the complete answer for carrying two cameras

Tamrac Pro 12

My first reaction to opening this bag was disappointment.

I realised straight away that the only way that either of my f2.8 lenses could be accommodated if not on a camera was to put it under a camera body, or to only carry one camera. The bag is not wide enough to allow a physically long lens to sit vertically next to a lens that is attached to a camera.

As I bought it by mail order, being unable to find one to look at in a shop locally, I did consider sending it back, but after some consideration decided to keep it as a one camera bag as it is such good value for money.

But let’s not get too far in front of ourselves, and backtrack a little.

I bought the bag from e-bay. Buy it now for £69.99, or best offer. I offered £60 and it was accepted. For this money, the bag is seriously great value for money. It is well made and has a quality look and feel.

Two quite large side pockets with Velcro fastenings are at each end and are accessible with the lid closed. The lid itself has a very deep front lip that covers the front pockets and it is fastened with a zip around the circumference of the bag, four plastic clips, two at the front and two on the sides, and a couple of Velcro pads on the front. I think the clips are only there to feed the loading from the carry handle on the top of the lid into the main body of the bag. In normal use, I tend to close the lid and the Velcro on the inside of the lip keeps it in place. It would certainly be a pain to release the four clips and have to unzip the lid every time you wanted to open it. The front clips or the zip could be used to provide extra security.

Inside the lid are two large individual transparent pockets, with a single zip serving to access them both.

The two individual front pockets on the front of the bag are overlapped by the very deep front lip of the lid of the bag and need to have the front clips open to access them. Once open they have a transparent pocket on the inside of the lids and on the bag wall there are two memory card pockets with a red flag system to indicate if they are used and two pockets that will take batteries (or anything else the size of a battery). Both front pockets have the same layout.

On the back of the Bag there is a zipped pocket that will take paperwork, maps or other thin items. There is also a zip at the bottom of this rear pocket that allows it to act as a loop that fits over the handle of a trolley suitcase. I guess with this zip closed you could use the gap between the pocket and the bag as another document store.

Inside the main compartment there are four central cells each with a full height divider (making eight compartments) and two low central lengthways dividers that also act as lens supports for lenses attached to the cameras on the upper layer. Neither my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 nor my Sigma 10-20 would fit into these compartments without the full height dividers being removed. More infuriatingly, there is no room for a lens that is longer than the height of the low dividers in any of the central compartments if you also want to put a camera with a lens attached in that end of the bag too!

At both ends of the bag there is a platform level with the top of the low dividers that takes a camera body and the adjacent divider has a ‘U’ shaped cut out to allow any lens attached to a camera to pass through. The low central dividers to the main compartment serve to support the lenses. As said earlier, the compartments under the camera supports are the only places you can put lenses longer than the height of the low dividers in the main compartment if you want to carry two cameras. To access these storage spaces under the camera bodies requires the removal of the camera body support shelf, and it is velcro’d on all four sides. For me, that is just too much hassle to wrest it from the bag and replace it. I do like an easy life! (What do you mean it’s automatic? I’ve got to push this button, don’t I?) The sheer hassle of removing and replacing these platforms makes this (for me) not a place to keep anything that might be needed fairly frequently. It is a shame that the camera platforms are not hinged in some way. This would make a big difference to their usability.

So at the moment under the camera platforms I have the leads, battery charger etc. Stuff I don’t need to access very often. The lower layer has my 50mm f1,8, the 1.4x converter and the Sigma 10-20 (just the same height as the central dividers). The Sigma 70-200 f2.8 occupies a central cell and the SB-800 slots into a slim compartment alongside the lens that is on the camera. The space for the second camera will accept either of my diffusers comfortably, with room for other things, or both at a pinch. I won’t go into the detail of what I’ve put into the various pockets, suffice it to say there is plenty of room for bits and pieces.

There are tripod loops and it accepts the Tamrac Strap Accessory System (SAS) that consists of extra pouches that fit onto the carrying strap and can hold filters, batteries, memory cards or film etc. There are about four or five different SAS pouches available. The supplied shoulder strap is comfortable and seems to have reasonable grip.

So what are my overall impressions? As a two camera bag you have little option as to where you store lenses. If you have a camera with a physically short lens, you might be able to accommodate another with a 70-200 attached, so, in short, it is not the complete answer for those who want to carry two cameras with anything other than physically small lenses. As a one camera bag it works far better, offing more flexibility and good capacity.

Would I recommend it? Well for the price I paid it is excellent value for money, and if you want to use it as a one camera bag I don’t think you would be disappointed. If you want a two camera bag I’d say try before you buy. For me, it does not quite make the grade.
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Dave
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Registered: July 2005
Posts: 18309
Review Date: Wed January 14, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £68.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: High quality, lots of pockets,
Cons: Bit of a squeeze if you have pro lenses

Graham has done a decent review, so I'm just going to share some photos with gear in place

Shot before camera is put in place



1. Canon 580EX II flash
2. Canon 580EX II flash
3. Canon 50mm lens
4. Lens hood for Canon 70-200 f4 L
5. Canon 85mm lens
6. Canon 70-200 F4 L lens
7. Sigma 12-24mm lens

& now with 1 camera in place



8. Canon 24-105 F4 IS L lens with hood
9. Canon 1D MKII

As you can see you could replicate the camera with same lens on other side.

Things to note :-
1) The 24-105 plus 12-24 are both 77mm radius lenses, so are causing a bit of a squeeze next to each other in this setup.
2) The bag still closes easily even when jammed packed like this

Even though a bit tight with all this gear in place, I would rather have gear kept in place, than slop about in more space. Also, how often are you going to go out with all this gear ? (eg, do you need 2 flashes for landscape work )

Overall very happy with this bag, which I will use for weddings & portrait work.
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