Action & Adventure Photo Contest

We’re in the semi-finals of our latest Instagram photo contest! Check out these top submissions and be sure to follow us on Instagram @tamracphoto to vote for your favorite. Special thanks to Travis Burke (www.travisburkephotography.com) for partnering up with us to make this contest happen!

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You & Me Photo Contest Semi Finalists Announced

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Photo Credit: @tedcraig

Our panel of judges have selected 16 semi-finalists to move on to the first public voting round of our latest Instagram Contest! We’ve posted the 16 submissions below for your viewing pleasure.

If you’d like to vote or see the rest of the submissions, follow us on Instagram @TamracPhoto for all the detail.

The winners will receive a free Tamrac Rally Messenger bag, and a free wooden iPhone case and pair of sunglasses from tmbrs.com!

For more on Tamrac, check out our Facebook page: fb.com/tamrac.inc
For more on tmbr, check out their website: tmbrs.com
For more on Ted Craig, check out his website: www.tedcraigphoto.com

Tamrac Fright Photo Contest

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Tamrac Fright Photo Contest is our latest photo contest running on Instagram. We’ve gotten some dreadfully delicious submissions and wanted to share a random sampling with our online community! To see all of the submissions, look up #tamracfrightpic in Instagram. The contest is in its last day, so if you’d like to enter, check us out @tamracphoto for details! Special thanks to Ted Craig, one of our new and exciting sponsored photographers, for partnering with us for this contest!  Enjoy!

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Evo 9 and ZipShot spend 11 days in Yosemite

Hey folks! We recently partnered up with Chadwick Trentham, the Visual Storyteller at Azusa Pacific University, for an 11 day filming project that took Chadwick and his team over the mountains and through the valleys of California’s Yosemite Nation Park. We set him up with an Evolution backpack and a few ZipShot tripods to use and abuse on the trek, and abuse he did! We’re excited to share with you the visual story of Tamrac in Yosemite and Chadwick’s detailed account of the adventure! Enjoy!

11 days in the wilderness with the Tamrac Evolution 9 and a ZipShot tripod from Chadwick Trentham on Vimeo.

Chadwick in the wilderness
As a storyteller for Azusa Pacific University, my job includes producing films covering a range of topics: alumni, academics, campus events, and student life. That’s a pretty diverse task for a filmmaker—you never know what you might shoot next. One week I’m in the middle of the African bush filming an alumnus, and the next week I’m running alongside APU’s football team as they take the field for a home game (and trying not to get hit). As you can imagine, what I carry my gear in is very important; it has to be able to travel and function well in any situation.
The Crew
My most recent project took me on an 11-day backpacking trip with students into the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Northern California. I love to hike, so I was excited about this trip. Capturing the beauty of the outdoors would be the easy part. But 11 days on the trail also presented a few challenges. No showers, for instance. No outlets to charge my batteries either, which meant packing in plenty of extra batteries. Packing light? Not really an option.

The biggest challenge was finding a bag that would hold all my gear and keep it dust free, dry, and ready to go at a moment’s notice. The bag also had to fit inside the main compartment of my large backpacking pack, and be easy to use as a daypack. After researching my options, I landed on the Tamrac Evolution 9. It offered all the compartments and pouches I wanted, and looked like it was built for the rugged outdoors, including a rubber bottom to protect it from the dirt. It even came with a rain cover, and how could I say no to that? (That rain cover came in handy.)

It looked sturdy enough to hold all my gear, which included:
2 Canon 60Ds, 2 GoPro Hero2s
Canon 24mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 24-105mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
2 ZipShot tripods with a set of  ZipShot quick release plates
Manfroto 190XDB tripod with 701HDV head
Manfrotto 561bhdv1 monopod
Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier
Zoom H1, H4n
Evo next to river
The Evolution 9 was a perfect fit. Other than a few strap-ends being a little too long, it met all my needs and kept the gear safe, clean, and dry. I could set it down on the damp ground by a lake and know the gear was well protected. Toward the end of the trip, we got trapped in a three-day rainstorm complete with thunder and hail. As soon as I felt the first raindrop, I put the rain cover over the Evolution bag, put it in side my pack, and put another rain cover over that. When the rain stopped, I took the bag out of my pack and it was completely dry.

The pack also functioned really well for day hikes. On the day we repelled with the students, I needed to shoot from the bottom, so I used the chest and waist straps, put my tripod on the back of the bag, and repelled with all my gear on my back. Dangling about 100 feet off the ground, I knew that pack wasn’t going anywhere. After traveling with this bag, I’m not sure I would trust any other bag company. Tamrac’s lightweight, well-constructed bag met all my expectations. If it can survive 11 days in the wilderness, it can handle just about anything I throw at it.
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I also used the ZipShot tripods, a new item for me. I needed a second option for filming but wanted something lightweight. The fact that it’s so light, compact, and can be set up in about a second sold me instantly. I used them almost daily on the trip, including once for an interview when I used my second 60D. It supported the camera’s weight, stabilized quickly, and got the job done. But the ZipShots really shined when I used them with the GoPros for time lapses, filming, and as a pole for a higher shot. They provided perfect support for the weight and were really easy to use with the ZipShot quick release plates. These will be a must have for any future trips.

Chadwick Trentham
Visual Storyteller for Azusa Pacific University
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©Chadwick Trentham 2012, www.chadwicktrentham.com

For more information on the Evolution Series backpacks, visit: www.tamrac.com

For more information on the ZipShot Tripod, visit: www.zipshottripod.com

Aero Speed Pack 75 vs. Army Fuel Truck

As I’ve said before, we love hearing about how our bags help keep your gear safe in the most unforeseen circumstances; like when your Honda Pilot gets tangled up with an army fuel truck and your camera gear is thrown from the car through a shattered rear window at highway speed as your roll end over end. Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the accident, but what about the camera gear? Read on to find out!

I’ve owned this backpack for two years and have always been very happy with it. Recently I’ve become even happier.

On August 17, 2012, my family and I were heading from Portage Michigan to Madison Wisconsin to attend a wedding. Early in our trip my wife, who was driving, pulled into the left lane of the highway to pass an Army tractor-trailer fuel tanker. As we were passing, the driver of the tanker made a sharp left turn into our lane. My wife swerved left in an attempt to miss the truck, but it didn’t work: the right front of our vehicle hit the front of the truck. According to witnesses, we went airborne and rolled four times before we stopped. We were stunned and bruised, but okay.

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The Honda Pilot minutes after the accident.

After we got out of the car, and got some semblance of understanding for what had happened, I began looking at the trail of debris our car had left on the highway. My heart sank when I saw my backpack sitting in the median. It had been behind the rear seats of our Honda Pilot. It must have been tossed out of the rear (shattered) window. I had my Nikon D700, several lenses, a flash, and a portable hard drive in it. I feared for the worst but, when I opened it and began to look around I saw all the items were unscathed. I used the camera to take a few quick shots of the accident, and everything functioned perfectly.

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Here you can see the army fuel truck and the shattered rear window of the Honda Pilot through which Lee’s Speed Pack 75 took flight.

So I commend you, and thank you, for building such a quality product. I’ve told several people about this, and will continue to sing your company’s praises. I thought you should know too.

Lee D. W.

 

Thanks so much, Lee, for sending in your story along with the pictures to illustrate it! If any of you readers have a similar story, feel free to send it to us!

For more information on the Aero Speed Pack 85, check it out here: http://www.tamrac.com/3375.htm

Your Backpack Saved My Camera Gear

We work hard to design bags that are easy to use, last a long time, and protect your valuable camera gear without compromise. Our reward for a job well done are the stories from our customers that are putting our bags to the test day in and day out. Here’s a story we received a few days ago. Enjoy!

Dear Tamrac,

I want to thank you for producing a truly excellent camera backpack. I have an Aero Speed 75, and this past weekend the backpack saved my gear from certain disaster.

Into Infinity

Into Infinity, Sean Goebel

A friend and I decided to shoot a long-abandoned whaling pier located in a rarely-visited strip of coastline north of Santa Cruz, California. After shooting some photos looking down on the pier (see above), we rock climbed down the crumbling 150-ft sandstone cliff to the beach. The small beach behind the pier had steep, loose sand and was choked with rotting kelp.

I had warned my friend of the importance of keeping our backpacks on at all times, but like fools we set them down on the beach 20 feet behind (and 5 feet above) us. I watched several waves slam into the first piling of the pier and set up my 5D Mark II on a tripod for some long exposures. Although the waves came quite close, the beach was so steep that the surge stopped quickly.

Almost my Last Photo Ever

Almost My Last Photo Ever, Sean Geobel

I took one photo (see above) and was recomposing when a freakishly huge wave rolled in. It slammed into the pier, spraying sea water far over my head. I grabbed my tripod, with the camera on it, and spun, shielding it with my body. Suddenly waist-deep in water, I watched in horror as the wave surged over my backpack, spinning it around and flipping it. The backpack contained four lenses, a flash, radio triggers, and assorted other accessories, and I took several steps before being knocked over by the wave. I held the camera above the surface of the water until I could struggle to my feet and dive for the backpack. It had been under the water for several seconds at this point. My tripod case, which was strapped to the outside, had been sucked away.

After running to dry sand, I opened up the backpack and took out all the contents. Although some sea water had penetrated the pack, it was not enough to damage the lenses. We removed them and shook the water out of the backpack. We dried off the lenses as best as we could before repacking everything.

Climbing

Photo by: Simone Anne, www.simoneanne.com

Completely soaked, I began the rock climb back up the cliff face (see above). Although I didn’t get the photos I had in mind, I was lucky that any of my gear had survived. Thank you again for your awesome product. It may claim to be rain resistant, but in my testing it withstood a bit more than that.

Happy shooting,
Sean Goebel

Thanks for sharing your Tamrac story with us, Sean! The photos are awesome and all of us in the office are stoked that your camera gear is safe and sound so you can continue capturing these beautiful images.

Do any of you readers have a Tamrac story of your own? Please feel free to share it in a comment below!

Cheers!

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

 

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.