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Tamrac 5612 Pro 12 Bag Review

 
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Nov 20, 2009 06:21 |  #1

Over the past eighteen months I have purchased three bags. The first was the Lowepro Fastpack 250, which I found good for its general purpose of walking around with reasonably fast access to the camera.

The next was a Kata T216 Torso Pack. I needed this because I was already carrying a belt for my work as a tv cameraman and wanted something I could wear that would hold a 40D and three lenses. This pack did the job that was required as well. But it was very compact and I needed more space for my growing kit.

Enter the Tamrac 5612 Pro 12. This shoulder bag is one of Tamrac’s larger offerings boasting enough space for two bodies, four lenses and a flash (according to their promotional material).

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Whilst I don’t have two bodies, I have managed to fill this bag quite easily with the following:

40D with grip
EFS 17-55 f2.8 IS usually attached to the camera
EF 70-200 f2.8 IS
EF 50 f1.8 II
Tokina 11-16 f2.8
580 EX II Flash
2 x Vivitar 285HV Flashes
Skyport radio trigger with three receivers
Medium Rocket Blower
Assorted chargers, cables, memory cards and manuals

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The internal dimensions of the bag are 15W x 6 3/4D x 8 1/4H.

There are pockets with Velcro closures on each end of the bag for such things as cleaning accessories.

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There are two zippered pockets on the front of the bag under the weather flap. These have pouches for memory cards and batteries and further zippered see through areas to store cables and small accessories. The pouches also have what Tamrac calls its Memory and Battery Management System. Basically it involves a red flap that you can fold out over the pouch to show that its contents have been used. I feel this feature is a bit gimmicky but I’m sure others would find it useful. I use some of these pouches to store my Skyports.

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The inside of the lid on the main compartment also has two zippered see through pockets for manuals and other flat items. Because these pockets intrude into the main compartment and therefore the gear below, they need to remain fairly flat.

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I really like Tamrac’s Lens Bridge System. It basically allows the camera to lay horizontal on the top of the dividers and the lens is cradled in a cut out divider. This allows the camera and lens to have a snug, almost custom like fit in the bag. Rather than just floating around in a compartment not specifically shaped to the camera.

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The top flap keeps everything secure. It can be zipped up and then closed with four plastic buckles, or if quicker access is needed then only the buckles need be used. When this bag is loaded up it is heavy although this isn’t a fault of the bag. I wouldn’t want to carry the full weight of the bag around by the handle with just the buckles done up, not because they are no good, but because of the substantial deformation in the lid when the zipper is undone when under load.

The shoulder strap is substantial. It’s well padded, wide and shaped to the shoulder. I haven’t used it for extended periods but it’s as comfortable as expected. One thing I don’t like about it, is the fact that it isn’t easily removable. It can be removed, but lacks the metal spring clips that you see on Lowepro shoulder bags.

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There are also some tripod straps on the front bottom of the bag. Whilst these are functional I probably wont use them because adding my Manfrotto 055XPROB / 488RC2 combo adds considerable weight and bulk to the bag.

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In conclusion I would recommend this bag to anyone looking for a sizable shoulder bag that is considerably cheaper but just as well made as the Lowepro equivalent.

Darren

5D III, 7D, 40D, EF-S 18-55 IS, EF-S 55-250 IS, EF 50 II, Tokina 11-16 f2.8, EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS, EF 24-70 F2.8L II, EF 70-200L f2.8 IS, EF 24-105L f4 IS, 580EXII, Elinchrom Skyports, 2xVivitar 285HV Flashes

  
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Nov 20, 2009 07:48 |  #2

nice, thanks for the pics/write up. The more tamrac bags I see the more impressed I am with their designs, especially for the money. :)


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Nov 20, 2009 09:18 |  #3

Very well written article. This is the bag that gets the most use out of my small collections of bags.

One caveat-if you have more than one telephoto you're going to find yourself doing some major reconfiguration of the bag, especially if you like keeping one of the 70-200's on your camera body. I can get both the 70-200 2.8 IS and the Bigmos in the bag, but it looks a bit ugly and it won't leave room for a second body (though it does leave room for a fourth lens).

Ditto on the tripod straps-forget the tripod, my Manfrotto Neotec 685B monopod makes the whole affair unwieldy, so I don't use them.


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Nov 20, 2009 09:27 |  #4

:cool: Great review. Thanks.


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Feb 15, 2010 10:49 as a reply to  @ FLiPMaRC's post |  #5

I just bought one and it fits everything that is in my gear list(except the pro printer , trimmer and other big stuff...haha you get my point) ...and that's a lot of stuff.

Great bag! has pockets everywhere!.


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May 05, 2010 19:27 |  #6

yep great review, just brought one and it fits two 5D's in it with lenses attached. 3 flashes, rocker blower and all other misc items. Brought it off a member here for a bargain $50 !

Highly recommended bag and would suit certain specific tasks.




  
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Sep 22, 2010 05:39 |  #7

I've had the Tamrac pro 12 since July 2010. Very pleased with the bag untill yesterday, when the shoulder strap D ring broke. Bag was not overloaded - just had the 1d with 300 f4 L + 1.4t/c, 50D with 135L :(


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Sep 22, 2010 08:45 as a reply to  @ buzzyrabbit's post |  #8

Wow! I hope your equipment was not damaged. A failure of that sort is certainly not typical of their products. I have a number of their bags and straps, the oldest bag being about 30 years old, and have never had a problem. Have you contacted Tamrac so they can correct the problem under their warranty?




  
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Sep 22, 2010 09:24 |  #9

Nice review and thanks for the detailed pics.

seems like a good bag... materials are not cheap looking and seems well made... the stitch density count could be a tad higher but i'm sure it'll serve it's purpose...

one major complaint i have is...

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this is one feature i HATE to see on any load bearing bags...

1) webbing is too soft and it bunches up into a narrow area... it seems that the bag uses 2" wide webbing strap but see how it bunches up into an area of 1"... and hence not distributing the weight evenly across the D-ring.

2) D-Ring should not have that curved surface as it aids in bunching up the webbing under load.

3) D-Ring quality can be tad better and beefier...

but aside from that, seems like a nice bag...
thanks for the review.


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Sep 22, 2010 10:45 |  #10

kinghong1970 wrote in post #10955823 (external link)
one major complaint i have is...

this is one feature i HATE to see on any load bearing bags...

1) webbing is too soft and it bunches up into a narrow area... it seems that the bag uses 2" wide webbing strap but see how it bunches up into an area of 1"... and hence not distributing the weight evenly across the D-ring.

2) D-Ring should not have that curved surface as it aids in bunching up the webbing under load.

3) D-Ring quality can be tad better and beefier...

but aside from that, seems like a nice bag...
thanks for the review.

You too, huh? Unfortunately, all of Tamrac's shoulder bags (I have the Pro 5, Pro 8 and System 6 as well) have this.

I'd much rather see the strap end actually cross-stitched to the bag itself, but hey...


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Sep 22, 2010 10:47 |  #11

DeaconG wrote in post #10956308 (external link)
You too, huh? Unfortunately, all of Tamrac's shoulder bags (I have the Pro 5, Pro 8 and System 6 as well) have this.

I'd much rather see the strap end actually cross-stitched to the bag itself, but hey...

moi?

no i don't own the bag, just posting my initial impressions based on my experience in garment/bag/footwear manufacturing...
and if you see my reviews, i'm a bit OCD about material use and construction... especially webbings...

it's really only pennies to a dime a piece for these manufacturers to use "better" materials... hence when i was actively manufacturing, i've always never cheaped out on the accs...


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Sep 22, 2010 10:53 |  #12

kinghong1970 wrote in post #10956320 (external link)
moi?

no i don't own the bag, just posting my initial impressions based on my experience in garment/bag/footwear manufacturing...
and if you see my reviews, i'm a bit OCD about material use and construction... especially webbings...

it's really only pennies to a dime a piece for these manufacturers to use "better" materials... hence when i was actively manufacturing, i've always never cheaped out on the accs...

No probs...I actually do appreciate your reviews, you tend to verbalize what I'm thinking more often than not.

Tamrac's Pro series are generally a great deal, but not perfect, as you mentioned with the d-rings. It made me start grinding my teeth together after a few uses with a fully loaded Pro 12.


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Sep 22, 2010 10:57 as a reply to  @ DeaconG's post |  #13

do you think its deep enough to house a 300 f/4 IS?


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Sep 22, 2010 11:05 |  #14

Koshin wrote in post #10956381 (external link)
do you think its deep enough to house a 300 f/4 IS?

OP's got a 70-200(?) in there and it seems to stick out a tad...

according to this:
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens: 3.4 x 7.8" (86 x 197mm)
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens: 3.5 x 8.7"(90 x 221mm)

i think IF it can fit but it'll be a very tight one as te 300 f/3 is 1" longer...

sorry for that mess... cleaned it up some...


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Sep 22, 2010 11:26 as a reply to  @ kinghong1970's post |  #15

I saw that it was sticking out a bit. Ive never used one of those bags before. Thanks

Im am on the hunt for a gear bag that will accomidate all my stuff becasue I bring it all everytime I shoot. I made a thread in this forum for advise.


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