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Article by Oliver Peate May 2009
The Tamrac Velocity 10x is a top-loading sling bag which carries enough photo gear to satisfy all but the most chronic of ‘new gear syndrome’ sufferers. The sling design is a hybrid fusion, promising the comfort of a backpack and the accessibility of a shoulder bag.
The main compartment of the Velocity 10x has adjustable dividers, initially set into three columns plus horizontal dividers to make two rows. The Velocity 10x can comfortably hold up to two pro digital SLRs, each with a standard or telephoto zoom attached (70-200mm f2.8 hood reversed or 24-70mm f2.8 hood attached) with space for a flashgun or additional smaller lenses in the centre column.
With one digital SLR in the bag I found that it’s possible to carry a large standard zoom (Nikon 17-55mm f2.8), five prime lenses, and a Nikon SB-800 Speedlight - with room to spare! The seemingly endless capacity of the bag is certainly impressive, nearing black-hole qualities, if you mildly exaggerate.
The front compartment is spacious enough for a filter system, accessories and a small reflector (no more than 29cm diameter when folded, such as a 82cm reflector). There are three 9cm wide pockets which could fit a photo viewer drive (Epson P7000), mobile phone or wallet. On each of the three pockets is Tamrac’s Memory & Battery Management System™. This is a small red ‘flag’ which can be tucked in or pulled out depending on whether the memory card or battery is fresh or used.
With a bag capable of carrying so much equipment its potential downfall is comfort. Tamrac have recognised this: the shoulder strap is just shy of 7cm wide, with heavy padding to compliment. The rear of the bag is also padded for comfort (as I’m reliably informed a lens imprint along your back isn’t a good look).
Putting the Velocity 10x on and adjusting the shoulder strap is easy. The strap crosses from your left shoulder down and across to the right, just below the ribcage. I discovered the bag to be most comfortable in a high position, on the upper back. However this means it’s difficult to swing the bag round and grab your camera, unless you have greased armpits. The practical, less disturbing, alternative is to loosen the strap before swinging the bag round. Re-adjusting the strap every time the bag is swung round is a little frustrating, but I can see how it’s not plausible to have the same walk and swing position whilst maintaining a comfortable fit.
Strolling around with the Tamrac Velocity 10x is enjoyable, the weight of the photo gear mountain on your back isn’t noticeable over medium distances. To extend the range or speed you can move with the Velocity 10x there is waist belt stowed away along the rear of the bag. The waist belt takes weight off your shoulder and provides a snug fit. One caveat of using the waist belt is it has to be undone, in addition to loosening the shoulder strap, before swinging the bag around. Whilst this is quicker than putting down a full photo backpack, the process isn’t quite as rapid as the name of the bag implies.
Tamrac have a video demonstrating the sling action and waist belt:
The Velocity 10x is an adequate design, executed superbly by Tamrac: the workmanship and materials are fantastic, it’s waterproof, holds a mountain of photo gear, and it won’t break your back. What lets it down slightly is re-adjusting the strap to swing the bag round, but this could easily become second nature. The Verdict: Positive.
The Velocity 10x is a large bag, if you prefer to travel light here are some additional options:
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