Tamrac 5202 Photo Explorer 2 Soft Case

5202 Photo Explorer 2

This slim camera bag is designed to carry a 35mm or APS SLR camera with attached lens up to 6" long, an extra lens up to 7" long plus a flash and accessories. . Remove the padded shoulder strap and this shoulder bag quickly converts to a convenient hip pack for hands free action photography.

User Reviews (7)

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ugi   Intermediate [Jul 23, 2004]
Strength:

great size economy of space price reliability

Weakness:

none, though I would like to see a version where the flap opens away from you and doesn't overhang as much, which would give quicker access (like a holster bag).

I have three of these. Tamrac seems to make a hundred different iterations based on the same basic frame and size. Everytime i need a bag for a camera I decide that I want something new, but I always walk out of the store with one of these. They look compact on the outside but are very roomy inside. The boxy shape is key. It's like one of those takeout boxes from a Chinese restaurant that looks tiny but will fit a whole meal inside. Well, these bags won't fit a whole meal, but they'll fit one SLR with a regular lens attached, plus maybe one flash unit. A good quickie day pack. Very useful and portable. Good padding without becoming too thick that it's obstrusive. Good basic, reliable construction. Good price. Reliable in every way.

Similar Products Used: Lowepro, F64, Crumpler
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
tagger   Casual [May 28, 2002]
Strength:

- good size, good materials, good finishing -looks good - inexpensive

Weakness:

- no rain protection

You think this bag is small? - It realy is and that's why I like it so much. It's just perfect to take my EOS 30 (ELAN7e) with battery-pack and zoom-lens, 2 filters, a few films and something to write. And that's exactly what I need most of the times, nothing more! This is the perfect bag to have with you ALL the time as it is small enough to be taken everywhere everytime and large enough to take the most essential things with you. Carrying comfort is great and I'm using it as my everyday bag, no matter where I go.

Similar Products Used: Lowepro: - Pro Mag 2 AW - Orion Trekker - Orion Mini
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ryan   Beginner [Jul 31, 2000]
Strength:

Made from sturdy yet soft fabric which feels good to carry around. Held up to a sudden downpour in Montreal.

Weakness:

No good mechanism to add features.

A good quality bag that can easily fit my large SLR body (Nikon 2020), zoom lens (tamron 28-105) as well as an external flash (Promaster 7000M which is a bit of a squeeze since it's so long). I don't know that you would be able to cram much more into the main compartment of the bag. I wish it had some straps on the side that would be suitable for attaching accessories -- ie a water bottle, or an extra lense case. The bag is large enough that I would like it to also carry around things like a map, or a book, but there really is no good place for stuff like that.
I carried it around for several days, and it was very comfortable. I found when it got tiresome to shoulder it, I could put on the waist straps and it spread the weight out great.

Customer Service

N/A.

Similar Products Used: Smaller Loweprowe (TLZ Mini) which fits only my camera and lens - no flash.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
I. Peters   Casual [Feb 16, 2000]
Model Reviewed: 5202 Photo Explorer 2
Strength:

Very compact and slim; love the hip belt; the bag does not feel heavy even when fully packed and carried as shoulder bag. Holds a lot more than you'd think.

Weakness:

I find the velcro-fastened dividers a little tedious to deal with. Then again: you pretty much do it only once anyway, to arrange it for your personal preferences...

A very nice bag for a reasonable price. Has the look and feel of a quality product. Great compact, slim size for air travel carry-on if you are like me - always traveling with a good-size purse, a carry-on bag AND a photo bag - now I simply stash theTamrac 5202 into my carry-on and don't have to deal with any more bags than I have hands! Recommended!!

Customer Service

N/A

Similar Products Used: Just looked at a similar LowePro; didn't buy it because I found the Tamrac bag to be more flexible; also, with the
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Charlie   Casual [Jan 13, 2000]
Model Reviewed: 5202 Photo Explorer 2
Strength:

Good size, well organized, will hold much more than it looks like it will!

Weakness:

None

I got this bad for $23 from cameraworld! Can't beat that, holds my canon Elan II with spare batteries, 8 rolls of film and extra lens without a problem. Plenty for an beginner like myself

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Rinat Bikineyev   Intermediate [Feb 02, 2001]
Strength:

Very good size

Weakness:

Not enough protection from rain.

Recomendet

Customer Service

No

Similar Products Used: LowePro Orion - too big for my equipment
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
darren   Casual [Nov 04, 1999]
Model Reviewed: 5202 Photo Explorer 2
Strength:

Not too big, and not too small...just right. Fits my canon rebel 2000 with battery pack attached. Plus has room for my canon speedlight and an additional lens. Many compartments available for film and accesories. There is even a fanny pack belt that hides away when not in use. Great protection offered.

Weakness:

none

Perfect match for my camera needs. Stylish too.

Customer Service

none

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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