Rally Micro: perfect bag for the new Canon EOS-M

Rally Micro & Canon EOS-M

It’s official! Canon has entered the exciting, popular and rapidly growing mirrorless camera craze with the announcement of their new EOS-M camera.  Loaded with some really cool features, including an 18MP APS-C sensor, full HD video with focus tracking, an amazing 3” hi-res touch screen and a wide ISO range for great low-light shots, it has a lot of people anticipating its release this fall.  For all of you that are excited to own one of these cameras, Tamrac has the perfect bag to carry it in. Meet the Rally Micro.

Rally Micro Open Shot

The Rally Micro was specifically designed to work with your mirrorless camera system of choice.  While being stylish and fun, it carries and protects your camera with the kit lens attached, an extra lens, cables, battery charger, memory cards and manual.  The buckle on the top flap makes getting to your camera a breeze and since the exterior design doesn’t scream “CAMERA BAG” you don’t have to worry so much about thieves trying to walk off with your new camera. You can carry your new Canon EOS-M in style and with confidence in the Rally Micro mirrorless bag only from Tamrac.

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For more information on the Tamrac Rally Micro, visit this link:
http://www.tamrac.com/3440.htm

To view all of our mirrorless camera bags, visit this link:
http://catalogs.tamrac.com/?startpage=10&iid=58978

 

Q&A with Tom Carey

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We are so thrilled to have surfing photographer Tom Carey as a Tamrac Sponsored Photographer.  Tom joins our team with an incredible talent at capturing surfers in some of the most extreme and beautiful enviroments.  Since picking up his first camera at the age of 12, Tom Carey has been passionately pursuing his lifelong dream of shooting the best surfers, in the best waves, around the world. Nineteen years later he’s still doing what he enjoys and his photos are a testament to that love.  When not roaming the globe, Tom resides in Costa Mesa, CA with his lovely wife K.C. The 32-year-old Seal Beach native is currently a staff photographer for Volcom Inc. and Surfing Magazine. In 2010 he ranked 1st on the Transworld Business Exposure Meter.

Tom Cary

Self Portrait, Tom Cary

Tamrac: How did you get into surfing photography?
Tom:  I started off with my mom’s Minolta SLR just shooting my friends who were good amateur surfers at the time. This was the film days and my first shots weren’t too bad. A lot of my friends turned pro and I ended up sticking with it.

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: Did you learn to surf before you became a photographer?
Tom: I definitely learned to surf before I became a photographer. I wouldn’t say I’m that great or anything but my timing and wave knowledge is good I think.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: What tip would you give to someone who wants to photograph surfing?
Tom:
I’ve seen the most success from people that buddy up with one great surfer, travel around with them, and meet other great surfers. Really it’s all about connections and opportunities. So knowing the right people always helps.  Otherwise a lot of guys are shooting underwater and empty wave photos only now. They seem to be having some success with that so it just shows you that you don’t have to have someone on the wave to make a great photo.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: You have traveled all over the world, is there a particular location you love to visit?
Tom: A lot of times you end up going to the same places time after time so anywhere new and fresh is always an adventure. Indonesia however seems to have the best waves and weather, which are two combinations we all love.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: What projects are you excited about this summer?
Tom: Well I think Volcom is going to slowly start filming for an upcoming movie, which I hope to contribute to. That might take us over to France, Bali, and really just bring our team together. Its always fun to work on these projects and then see the finished product and say “Wow, I was a part of that .” It’s a good feeling.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: Most of us will never know the feeling of being in a “pipe” or “tube”, can you describe what it is like?
Tom: The vision you get is always amazing. I couldn’t tell you what it feels like to be on a surfboard on a giant Tahiti barrel or anything like that but I’ve had a few tubes on some smaller waves. The feeling of coming up from shooting a big tube is pretty awesome as well. Especially now that our cameras are digital. You usually know when you had a good “hook-up” and you’ll straight away check out your LCD screen. Next thing you know you’re showing the surfer that probably got pounded on the wave if he fell. So they like to know the beating wasn’t for nothing.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Tom: I travel with my Tamrac Expedition 8x Back Pack and either my Super Telephoto Lens Pack to fit my 600mm, or my Tamrac Big Wheels Speed Roller Case.

Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Tom: The durability hands down to me is my number one concern. I abuse my gear constantly with all my travels and Tamrac’s bags are the only ones that seem to hold up. The salt air that I surround my self with corrodes everything, especially zippers. But my back pack has the weather sealed zippers and I never get a single snag. I’ll carry as much gear as I can on the planes these days as well. And my Tamrac’s just seem to fit everything more proficiently.

For more information on Tom and to see more of his amazing work, visit his website! tomcareyphoto.com

Customer Satisfaction: Scott M.

We pride ourselves on our customer service and are always ecstatic when the customer is pleased with our service. So here’s the latest e-mail that got us ecstatic!

Aloha,

I have one of your Expedition 7 bags, that I’ve owned, I think, for about six years. I trek and shoot throughout the Hawaiian island chain, and by far, it has been the most durable bag I have ever owned. In its tenure, it’s been checked as luggage, scraped along jagged lava, has seen its fair share of ocean waves and pouring rain, meaning it’s also wallowed in a lot of mud and baked in the sun. Yet it still cleans up nicely and shows minimal wear. More importantly, the bag has fully protected my gear – no matter the weather, if I’ve taken a spill in a stream or had it take a 10-foot drop – with nary a piece of damaged equipment.

On a recent shoot on Kauai, I somehow lost the male portion of the waist belt buckle/clasp. Returning to the studio, I called the customer service department, and asked if I could purchase another buckle. The woman I spoke with (I cannot remember her name), asked for my address, and to my surprise, said there was no charge. A week later, a new buckle/clasp set arrived.

I basically wanted to let all of you know how much I appreciate your quality of product and the incredible customer service. Most companies today, after hearing that the customer had lost a part, for a product that was way out of warranty (and has been put through the proverbial wringer for several years), would charge for the item, plus shipping. Tamrac, on the other hand, just sent me another part.

You guys are great.

Mahalo nui loa for making an incredible product, and for taking care of your customers (me) long after the sale. If my Expedition 7 ever wears out, I’m unequivocally buying another one!

With warm aloha,

Scott M.

Q&A with Matt Beard

Matt Beard in action

Matt Beard in action

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Los Angeles based photographer extraordinaire, Matt Beard. Matt has spent the last 20 years capturing the visual essence of clients including Apple, Nike, Levis, Lucky Jeans, Sony, Maroon 5, and Cirque Du Soleil. To introduce you to Matt, here’s a little Q&A session with our new friend. Enjoy some of Matt’s tips, tricks and funny moments!

Matt Beard

photo of Matt Beard by: Corinne Saffell

Tamrac: How did you get into photography?
Matt: I’ve always loved photography, even as a young kid I was experimenting with my folks 126 and 110 film cameras.  In 9th grade, my parents lent me their 35mm canon A-1, and I started taking b&w photography classes at Venice High with Larry Shapiro…and the journey begins!

Tamrac: What is the one piece of camera equipment you always take with you?
Matt: My Canon 5D Mark2.

Maroon 5 Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

Tamrac: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Matt: If you always produce the best work you can, every job will lead to another…and so forth.

Maroon 5 Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

Tamrac: What projects do you have coming up that you are excited about?
Matt: Can’t say, top secret.

Switchfoot Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

Tamrac: Do you have any unique or funny moments while shooting on location?
Matt: There’s quite a few, especially from the assisting days.  Once I was told that we were doing a top-secret photo shoot, and it was very hush-hush.  NO cell phones allowed, and we couldn’t reveal our location to anyone.  I didn’t know where we were going, or who we were shooting until we were about a mile away from the location.  At first I thought we were photographing the president.  But, it turned out to be Kobe Bryant’s wedding.  So I got to shoot at Kobe’s wedding… pretty cool!

Carmen Electra Matt Beard

Carmen Electra Shoot

Tamrac: You get to meet and photograph a lot of really cool bands…what music do you enjoy listening too?
Matt: Oddly enough, I’ve always listened more to the news than to music.  However, I really like a lot of different genres of music.  I grew up with everything from Rock, Metal, Ska, Punk and Pop…to Hip Hop, House, Trance and Techno.  I also love classical music, Jazz, swing, big band, reggae and rockabilly.  I’m a fan of anything unique and creative, which has a feeling of the artist’s soul in it.

John Cryer Matt Beard

John Cryer Promo Shoot

Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Matt: I use a Big Wheels SpeedRoller 2x, Rally 7 Messenger BagZuma Compact and a Tamrac Medium Tripod Bag.  I also have an older 692 Big Wheels Rolling StrongBox.  It is still in really great shape after all these years and still works great.  I also have a Tamrac Pro-9 Backpack that I’ve used for years, and love!

Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Matt
: They are affordable, easy to use, and they last a really long time.  They are also fairly inconspicuous and can look more like regular luggage than a camera case…which helps with airline travel…and those run-and-gun guerrilla shoots.

For more information on Matt and to see more of his photography, go to his website: http://www.mattbeard.com/

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