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jacobsen1
11-17-2009, 02:22 PM
it's here!

pics:
note the weird buckle:
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4356.jpg

that's 2x77mm filters and 1x3 stop GND x-pro filter in the lid:
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4357.jpg

loaded with a 24-70 on camera, 70-300 on one side, 14-24 on the other, flaps in. Notice the TT pixel pocket on the left (memory card wallet in the cell phone holder pocket, AWESOME!). The camera isn't flat here but COULD be, the hood hangs up on the lower velcro a bit:
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4354.jpg

same from above, flaps out. You can see my X-pro holder in the front pouch on the left and canon s90 on the right:
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4353.jpg

flaps in:
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4355.jpg

this is the 24-70 on the D700 with the hood in use. This is a ~10" combo and it's ~1" shot of perfect. The top WILL close, it's just not flat:
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4358.jpg

same as above (it's basically high by the width of the RRS L-bracket):
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4359.jpg

L-R, 70-300, 24-70, 14-24, all with hoods on, all reversed except the 14-24's (it's permanent):
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4360.jpg

size comparison (boda, musto navigator bag w/tenba insert, tamrac):
http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tamrac-5534/img_4350.jpg

also note, all these shots were taken with the 5Dii and 35mm IN MANUAL FOCUS and with the aperture LOCKED at f/2... So not as much DOF as I'd normally use for product shots, especially when my focus was off.

As for the bag, it looks to be about perfect for what I wanted. it's a tad tight now (maybe it'll stretch a bit?) with those massive hoods, but I wanted as small a bag as would fit these 3 lenses and my filters (my landscape kit) and this works. The front buckle's weird shape make it a bit less than ideal, but I'm sure I'll get used to it (you have to work to line it up perfect to make it work).

In three months I'll know if I really like it though.

Markitos
11-17-2009, 02:33 PM
Wow, you even got the same color as mine. :)

thomps6s
11-17-2009, 02:35 PM
Nice review. Love that bag and use it almost daily.

jacobsen1
11-17-2009, 02:35 PM
Wow, you even got the same color as mine. :)

:lol:

I was wondering which color you had. I'm sure you could guess I'd prefer ALL black, but the black/gray just bugged me as it's almost right but not quite... :diaf: Plus, All my other bags right now are black with red accents (just not this much) AND it IS the forum's color scheme after all!

thomps6s
11-17-2009, 02:36 PM
I went for black gray because it stood out less. Black red was a bit too flashy for me.

Markitos
11-17-2009, 02:37 PM
Yeah, I need to see if Tamrac has a bigger similar bag in black/gray that will fit my wedding kit... The Crumpler isn't professional looking enough, IMO, and the Tamrac's too small.

jacobsen1
11-17-2009, 02:49 PM
I went for black gray because it stood out less. Black red was a bit too flashy for me.

it's one of my concerns as well, but for landscaping it'll just keep the hunters away (:lol:) and otherwise???


Yeah, I need to see if Tamrac has a bigger similar bag in black/gray that will fit my wedding kit... The Crumpler isn't professional looking enough, IMO, and the Tamrac's too small.

lowepro stealth reporter? The 650 is a nice warehouse. :lol:

also maybe the crumpler brazillion? It's less non professional?

oh, and I like this one:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/221042-REG/Tamrac_46901_469_Photo_Messenger_9.html
except for the price and the fact it'd probably be too tight for the 1?

Markitos
11-17-2009, 02:52 PM
I've thought about the 650 or similar, but not sure if I want THAT big... I want something that juuuuuuuust fits everything--that way, it's a PITA to carry around full, but can hold everything once I set it down, or I can keep in on my shoulder with both cameras out and it's not so heavy.

PhatheadWRX
11-17-2009, 02:58 PM
I want to see how big the bag is on one of you guys...

jacobsen1
11-19-2009, 05:54 PM
bump!

OK, after two whole days, I'm liking this bag a lot so far. I've just skipped using the clip on the front for now (I held the bag upside down loaded over the bed, velcro held, that's good enough for me). I've also taken the 24-70 hood off completely and put it over the skinny end of the 14-24 (since it's always thick due to the built in hood) which has helped a bunch. It's got the same **** in it as my other bags did, if not more right now, and just seems TINY (but heavy! :lol:). I'll be debadging it soon enough, but so far so good, it's about perfect. Once I get all my filter crap out of it it'll be even slimmer!

thechickencow
11-19-2009, 08:19 PM
You should've gone with camo if you wanted to blend in!

Thanks for the review, I wanted it before, now I want it more as it'll suit my needs perfectly at a cheaper price than I'd expect.

jacobsen1
03-01-2010, 11:39 PM
video review is up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLZN90_l9AU

Angelo
03-02-2010, 12:03 AM
Nice video review, Ben!


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MoLS
03-02-2010, 01:28 AM
Newton ftw!

case sensitive
03-02-2010, 07:51 AM
super dork, ftw!


does the adventure 4 have a flap in the back with a zipper like my express 7 does? it's not very useful, but it does hold business cards nicely.

jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 09:13 AM
Newton ftw!

actually it's black point. ;)


super dork, ftw!

what's bad specifically?


does the adventure 4 have a flap in the back with a zipper like my express 7 does? it's not very useful, but it does hold business cards nicely.

yeah, As you said though, it's good for cards or maybe a piece of paper folded in half. :lol:

Angelo
03-02-2010, 09:19 AM
what's bad specifically?

I think you mixed up "Tamrac" and "Tamron" once or twice. :lol:


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jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 09:38 AM
I think you mixed up "Tamrac" and "Tamron" once or twice. :lol:

yeah, at least once. I floated corrections over 3 errors but I think I left that fly. I actually corrected myself on one in the audio. But yeah, I wing these so there will be mistakes. I'm not going to take multiple takes or edit anything when I do these so I have to live with that. I just want something that's helpful w/o being too long (like all the other reviews I've seen online).

Angelo
03-02-2010, 09:44 AM
yeah, at least once. I floated corrections over 3 errors but I think I left that fly. I actually corrected myself on one in the audio. But yeah, I wing these so there will be mistakes. I'm not going to take multiple takes or edit anything when I do these so I have to live with that. I just want something that's helpful w/o being too long (like all the other reviews I've seen online).

I think it's perfect for what it is. Are you putting videos like these up on your blog as gear reviews? It's something I've been thinking about doing.


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jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 10:03 AM
yeah, they're going on gear.bjp.com for now, but I'm thinking of making another sub domain of review.bjp.com that has JUST reviews and not my gearfaggotry posts. :lol: Not sure yet. But yeah, I want to make written reviews and include these videos in them.

Angelo
03-02-2010, 10:24 AM
Really, another subdomain? I personally feel that too many domains/subdomains splinters your web presence and kinda makes it a pain in the ass to keep things organized. Why not just use categories?


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jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 10:31 AM
yeah, I'm struggling with that myself. I have 3 active blogs right now that are technically related. BJ.com, BJP.com and g.BJP.com. I've kept the gear separate because I don't need my family looking at everything I buy thinking I'm spending any real money when they know we're broke. I also don't want my clients looking at it all the time either. BJ.com basically gets just elias updates with some cross posting of landscapes. BJP gets landscapes and arch work, basically anything that is either paid or for sale. I could easily keep the reviews on g.BJP.com though...

but would you merge BJ.com and BJP.com and setup categories so BJ.com goes to the Elias category, but they're all on the same blog? I could even make a category for BJP that was "photography" so that link goes just there as well, but then there could be a link to the straight up blog with EVERYTHING on it?

Angelo
03-02-2010, 10:36 AM
I would at the very least combine the *.BJP.com domains. I can understand wanting to keep BJ.com for family/friends only, but then I would typically just use Facebook for that instead -- it's better suited to it, as it's easier to create conversations around a post of any kind (photos, videos, notes, links, &cet.).


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jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 10:40 AM
yeah, the BJ blog is for family and friends to keep up with Elias. Of my family, my sister is the only one on fb so it NEEDS to be it's own blog. It is of course linked into my fb account and posts links there when I post to the blog, flickr or YT... ;)

FB is great for people who use it, but my grandparents don't and my parents and their siblings also don't.

Angelo
03-02-2010, 10:53 AM
I totally understand that, I'm the black sheep in a family of Luddites. We've taken this way off-topic from your bag review, sorry, but one more comment -- how do you feel about linking between BJ.com and BJP.com? More specifically, how do you feel about your clients/review readers being able to see your more family-oriented stuff (even if they have to click through to another blog/site to see it)?


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jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 10:57 AM
there's a link on the BJP.com about page to BOTH BJ.com and g.BJP.com. You can't read them as text really, but it's a link to "my family blog" and another to "my gear" or something like that:
http://benjacobsenphoto.com/about/

also, if you go to gear.benjacobsenphoto.com the site's title actually links to all three blogs. Click gear and it's back to gear. Click benjacobsen and it's off to benjacobsen.com. Click photo and it's off to benjacobsenphoto.com. This WON'T work as I start to promote the site, but right now it's the only site of mine I bookmark then I use that to get to where I want to go. :lol:

BJ.com also has links to BJP.com and NSOP and g.BJP.com has links to everything as well. Basically, none of this is hidden by any means, I just don't want to bore clients or potential clients with my less professional family blog posts or a million pictures of Elias.

case sensitive
03-02-2010, 12:52 PM
what's bad specifically?

yeah, As you said though, it's good for cards or maybe a piece of paper folded in half. :lol:

have you met yourself? hell, i would have said the same damn thing about myself.

jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 12:59 PM
:daniel:

yeah, I was just wondering if there was something to watch for next time. ;)

thechickencow
03-02-2010, 05:22 PM
I like the video, pretty much hits on what I think of the bag as well. Dead nuts on about the gripped camera part, it just doesn't work well and the top won't close right without a lot of fussing.

case sensitive
03-02-2010, 05:44 PM
:daniel:

yeah, I was just wondering if there was something to watch for next time. ;)

take off that silly ass hat - chris rock.

jacobsen1
03-02-2010, 08:42 PM
take off that silly ass hat - chris rock.

:lol:

the whole plan was to keep my head/face completely out of the frame though... ;)