Tamrac Velocity 9: My initial impressions

Started Apr 12, 2004 | Discussions thread
Alex Permit
Alex Permit Senior Member • Posts: 2,799
Don't forget to use the belt strap

I have the same bag, and love it. Fully loaded (with two lens cases on the side) I fit my 10D, 16-35 f2.8L, 50 f1.4, 85 f1.2L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, 24-70 f2.8L, 28-135 f3.5 IS and 550EX. I wouldn't go out all day that heavy, just when I'm traveling between cities. But I do routinely go out with the 70-200 f2.8L, 16-35 f2.8L, 50 f1.4, 550EX, and either 24-70 or 28-135.

Using the belt strap makes a big difference. I adjust the straps so the weight is evenly distributed between my shoulders and waist. Makes a big difference. The key is keeping the shoulder strap loose enough so that sone of the weight rests on your waist. This also has the benefit of taking some of the weight off your shoulder and onto your chest.

Adrian Tung wrote:

Link for reference:

I just got it last night from my friend and tried using it for a
day. It's carries a lot less than my LowePro MiniTrekker AW - I had
to loose a lot of stuff including some adapter rings, filters,
blower, 50mm f/1.8II and Tamron 28-300XR. So what I have in the bag
is only:

  • 10D with BigEd + Tamron 90mm macro

  • Canon 28-135IS

  • 550EX + StoFen omnibounce

  • Kenko 2X teleconverter

  • Extra batteries, CF cards, remote cable, 72mm CPL filter, silica gel

  • Misc oddments including PDA, pen/pencil, my sample photos, etc.

It's nice for regular day-to-day use, but for specific photo
outings and trips I'll still use my LowePro backpack as I can carry
more stuff and it feels more secure.

The shoulder strap takes a while to get used to though, coming from
someone who's never used this kind of bag before. Putting it on
alone took a while to figure out, and I have yet to figure out the
best way to take it off, LOL!

I did some practice moves to swing the bag in front, take the
camera out, put the camera back in and swing the bag back and I
love the practicality that this bag offers - it's a whole lot
easier to get the camera out with this bag compared to my LowePro

However, the stuff that I carry is a bit heavy (and planning to add
a 70-200 f/2.8 in the near future) - the single strap puts a bit of
strain on my left shoulder. I have yet to carry the whole thing all
day, so I'm not sure how my shoulder will hold up to this kind of
"punishment" yet.

Anyway, overall I still like the bag. It's great if you need speed
and mobility - no wonder they call it the Velocity sling bag!

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