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!