Saturday, 5 March 2011

Tamrac Adventure 9 Backpack/Bag Full review

I took the Tamrac Adventure 9 backpack to New Zealand for my recent trip.
It was a difficult choice to decided what kit to take with me when I needed to keep weight and bulk to a minimum but also to be able to make the most of the photography opportunities with travel to such a beautiful place along with some wedding photography during the trip.
Tamrac Adventure 9 compared to Crumpler Zoomiverse (right)
In the end I decided to take the following items:

Canon 5D Mark2 camera body (rather than the Mark 1 which meant I could also shoot video)
Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS lens
Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS lens
Canon 50mm f1.4 lens
Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye (to get shots such as the one below at Louise and Brendan's wedding on the beach)
Canon 430EX flashgun (lighter than my normal 580EX)

This combination along with my Acer netbook fitted perfectly in the main space of Tamrac Adventure 9 with the netbook to the rear pocket. This still left the top bag of the Tamrac to store day kit such as money, cards and sunglasses. Water bottles could be stored in the side pockets of the backpack. The total weight of the bag with the full kit listed was almost 10kg which was over the limit for carry on baggage but out of 8 flights we only had a query on one which involved removing the laptop into another bag.
Tamrac Adventure 9 field test review

The rear zip pocket for the laptop is sealed with rubber thus preventing sand or other dirt working its way into the pocket. The bag has many clips to secure the contents when being carried and even with the full 10kg weight it was comfortable to carry during the day.

The Tamrac adventure 9 performed perfectly for the trip and I would recommend it for anyone who is travelling and looking to transport their cameras and other photography gear for overseas trips. The Tamrac would be equally useful for day trips in the UK given the quantity of kit that can be carried.
Tamrac Adventure 9 field test review
 The photo above shows the main compartment on left and the top pocket on right with another body stored in it. This is not padded so needs to be used with care.