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Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 Case - for Film or Digital SLR Camera, 2 Lenses, Flash and Accessories (Black)

B&H # TA5501B Mfr # 550101
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The Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black) is a compact shoulder bag for carrying and protecting a film or digital SLR camera with a short lens attached an additional lens, small flash and accessories. The main compartment uses Dual Foam Technology for shock protection and a custom fit. An external front pocket features a Memory & Battery Management System, which uses red flags to identify which memory cards and batteries are available and which ones are used up. There is a Speed Pocket on the front flap secures and provides quick access to small accessories.

A Total Coverage Top with quick-release buckle and zipper closures provides weather protection. Inside the lid is a smooth nylon pocket for holding lens cleaning paper. There is a BioCurve adjustable non-slip shoulder strap and an EasyGrip carrying handle to carry the bag.

The 5501 case use the M.A.S. (Modular Accessory System) attachment slots and the S.A.S. (Strap Accessory System) that allows you to add optional Tamrac accessories.

A PolyTek gadget bag for a compact camcorder or digital camera with accessories
Main compartment uses Dual-Foam Technology for form-fitting protection
Total Coverage Top with quick-release buckle and zipper closures provides weather protection.
Pockets
  • An external front pocket features the Memory & Battery Management System which uses red flags to identify which memory cards and batteries are available and which ones are used up.
  • A Speed Pocket on the front flap secures and provides quick access to small accessories.
  • Inside the lid is a smooth nylon pocket for holding lens cleaning paper.
M.A.S. (Modular Accessory System) compatible - This system allows photographers to customize and personalize their backpacks, shoulder bags and cases by using accessories that quickly attach to the M.A.S attachment slots. These accessories will also attach to any belt or to the Tamrac Modular Accessory Belt.
S.A.S. (Strap Accessory System) compatible - This system has components that attach to the shoulder strap to allow photographers to personalize and customize their carrying systems.
Carrying options;
  • EasyGrip carrying handle
  • BioCurve adjustable non-slip shoulder strap
Material Exterior: PolyTek double coated fabric
Interior Closed-cell foam and open-cell foam
Type of Closure Quick-release buckle
Zipper
Exterior Dimensions 9.0 x 6 3/4 x 8 1/2" (22.86 x 17.15 x 21.59cm) (WxDxH)
Interior Dimensions 8.0 x 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" (20.32 x 10.8 x 15.88cm) (WxDxH)
Tripod Holder No
Accommodates Compact digital or film SLR with 3 1/2" lens attached, additional lens, flash and accessories
Carrying/Transport Options BioCurve adjustable non-slip shoulder strap
EasyGrip carrying handle
Weight 1.0 lb 2.3 oz (519g)
Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 Case - for Film or Digital SLR Camera, 2 Lenses, Flash and Accessories (Black)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    Tamrac5501 Explorer 1 Case (Blue)
     
    4.4

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (41)
    • Strong construction (41)
    • Comfortable (37)
    • Well padded (37)
    • Easily accessible equipment (34)

    Cons

    • Not enough pockets (8)
    • Hard to access equipment (5)
    • Poor padding (3)

    Best Uses

    • Protecting gear (35)
    • Transporting gear (33)
    • Daily usage (30)
    • Storing gear (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Case, Worth Every Cent and More

    I haven't found anything bad or annoying about this case. It's extremely lightweight, compact, and seems to be well made out of strong materials. I'm carrying this around my deployment in Afghanistan,...Read complete review

    I haven't found anything bad or annoying about this case. It's extremely lightweight, compact, and seems to be well made out of strong materials. I'm carrying this around my deployment in Afghanistan, and it's protecting my gear from constant sand, dust, and bumps.

    Using to protect a Canon Rebel XS with eyepiece extender, 2 lenses (18-55mm attached & 50mm in main compartment), 8-filter wallet, spare battery, charger, lense pen, manuals, and a few other odds and ends. Everything fits well, not tight, with some room to spare. The camera body fits well from top to bottom, but anything taller might not work out so well (i.e. body with battery grip attached, larger bodies). The lid touches against the eyepiece extender, something to consider if you use one.

    The buckle and flap design is very useful. As stated in another review, it allows the case to be used similar to a holster, without having to dig under the flap for zippers. Just leave the zipper open and use the buckle as a quick closure. This is great if you're doing activities like hiking or sightseeing. The buckle is also good for tucking away and storing the shoulder strap. Suggestion: turn the strap so the case opens away from your body for easier access.

    An excellent value!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as big as advertized

    The bag is comfortable, easily accessible, and has lots of pockets for little accessories (it's also sufficiently rainproof to have my confidence in a downpour). But the main compartment is barely large...Read complete review

    The bag is comfortable, easily accessible, and has lots of pockets for little accessories (it's also sufficiently rainproof to have my confidence in a downpour). But the main compartment is barely large enough, and it takes some jockeying, to hold my 18-55mm, 55-250mm and Rebel XTi (which is pretty small by DSLR standards).
    If I were also carrying a flash, it certainly wouldn't fit. Of course, the 18-55 and 55-250 together are probably four or five times the size of a standard prime lens, so if you were carrying two small lenses, then you could fit a flash or another lens in the bag.

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    4.0

    Nice bag

    By just a mom

    from Hebron, KY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Blue):

      This bag is the perfect size for me to carry around my Nikon D3100 with attached 18-55mm attached and an additional 75-300mm lense. I took out one of the foam dividers. My charger fits perfectly in the front pocket. It seems sturdy. The only thing I don't like about it (although I knew it had this feature when I purchased it) is the flap at the front. You have to lift up the flap in order to unzip the top. Just a minor annoyance. Overall, a great bag that I'm sure I will get a lot ot use out of.

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      5.0

      Perfect Camera Case

      By Tom The Photographer

      from New Jersey

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage

        Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Blue):

        Perfect for my D3100, Flash, and two lenses. I use it for taking the camera to family and school events. Everything fits nice and is easily accessible.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great bag!

        By Barak the Rock

        from All over, USA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction
        • Well Padded

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

          Perfect bag for my DSLR, extra lens, and even my point-and-shoot digital camera, as well as all accessories!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very NICE

          By Pi Brasil

          from Sao Paulo

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Blue):

            Optimal Quality in the various compartments. I strongly recommend!

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            It's in the bag!

            By Dan

            from Ft. Hood, Texas

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor Padding

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

            I got a package when I bought my camera. This bag holds everything and has room for more. I love it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            great case!

            By ferdiphoto

            from New York

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

            perfect size - small and compact - perfect for travel. I also bought the lowepro gear sling which i use everyday, its a bit larger. Both are complimentary to one another.

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            5.0

            Perfect

            By VISTAj

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage

              Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

              Everything fits well in this case. Perfect for carrying sensitive camera and lens in addition to the necessary supplemental supplies.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Product!

              By Zach

              from Scarsdale, NY

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight
              • Perfect Size
              • Strong Construction
              • Well Padded

              Cons

              • Not Enough Pockets

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage
              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

              Big space, very good for my camera, a Canon T2i.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Perfect Case for Day Trips

              By Brittany

              from Maine

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction
              • Well Padded

              Cons

              • Hard To Access Equipment

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage
              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

              This case is wonderful. It carries my Canon t2i, one additional lens, the battery chargers, and all my little accesories with ease. I also love that if needed I can purchase M.A.S. and S.A.S accessories to go with it. Only downfall is having to fold up the lid to get to the zipper to open it but I suppose if caught in the rain this is a good feature to have.

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              4.0

              too small

              By lizzylou

              from montclair

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction
              • Well Padded

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Usage
                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                I think the product is good but it does not fit two lenses and a camera. Barely fits one long lens and camera.

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                5.0

                Perfect for on the go

                By Jane Clark

                from St. Louis MO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Expandable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Usage

                  Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                  I'm small and need to carry everything when I shoot a remote summer camp. I've carried this bag for 12 summers. It's rugged, holds everything I need for a day's shoot and the pockets are very convenient. I can expand the case with two lens cases, but I usually leave one behind because I don't want to be encumbered. ITS PERFECT!

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                  5.0

                  More Than Adequate

                  By Heretic

                  from Bronx, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Well Padded

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Blue):

                    My review headline says it all. I bought this bag/case in Sept 2009 for my Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, and it holds everything i need safely and securely (including the camera of course) with space to spare. Very good all around design and construction.

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                    5.0

                    Perfection

                    By Orange1

                    from Brooklyn, New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Lots of pockets
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage
                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                      Bought this for a friend who needed a case with room for an extra lens.
                      It was the perfect bag. It has a pocket for everything including a special red pocket for used cards.
                      It's a great price for great quality: room for everything and good protection.

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                      5.0

                      great bag

                      By DJ

                      from NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                            It is light weight, can fit an extra lens. Has usefull pockets for other stuff. Can't think of anything bad about it.

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                            5.0

                            Great little bag

                            By ijyoung

                            from Brooklyn, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Usage

                              Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                              Fits my t2i body, a 35 prime and an 11-16mm in the pouch, as well as an extra battery and a leatherman. It's everything I could hope for in a little bag.

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                              4.0

                              Compact yet highly functional case

                              By Jo the amateur

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Well Padded

                              Cons

                              • Not Enough Pockets

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Usage
                              • Protecting Gear
                              • Transporting Gear

                              Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                              This case is perfect for a Canon Rebel with extra lens. There are a multitude of compartments that keep necessary items well organized and easy to utilize. A cell phone attachment might be my only addition for an on-the-go photographer.

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                              5.0

                              Not too big not too small

                              By Dave the cyclist

                              from Norfolk Ma

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Well Padded

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Usage
                                • Protecting Gear
                                • Transporting Gear

                                Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                                This is is a great day bag

                                I can put my camera one lens and small items in it
                                like the color

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                                5.0

                                1 Small SLR + Short Zoom or Large Bridge

                                By emiramar

                                from New Jersey USA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily Usage
                                  • Protecting Gear
                                  • Transporting Gear

                                  Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Blue):

                                  Good for 1 entry-level or APS-C (DX) DSLR with short zoom attached in vertical position + a prime lens + small flash unit, or a large Bridge camera in vertical position + small flash unit + battery charger. Protective filters attached on all lenses, when the lens allows filters.

                                  I could fit in either of the following 3 combinations:
                                  - Nikon D3100 DSLR camera with 18-55mm zoom lens with protective filter + Nikon 85mm/1.8 prime lens and protective filter + Nikon SB-400 flash + Nikon battery charger;
                                  - Canon SX10IS bridge camera + Canon 270EX flash + Energizer 4AA battery charger with batteries inserted;
                                  - Fujifilm HS10 bridge camera + 2 4AA Energizer battery chargers with batteries inserted.

                                  Spare AA Lithium batteries for the flash units and extra memory cards fit in the front pockets. At least 1 sun-shade (hood) can be placed inside the case in each of the described instances.

                                  I could not fit in a Nikon D7000 + Nikon 18-200mm ... for which I am considering a larger Tamrac case. Tamrac seems to offer slightly better internal compartment organization than Lowepro, though Lowepro look extremely strong.

                                  The case is well built, with an inner zipper for extra protection, and the blue-black color combination makes it attractive. Comfortable shoulder strap. However, for more expensive, larger and heavier equipment (e.g. a Nikon D7000 + zoom lenses + small flash + battery charger) a larger case with even better protective padding is required.

                                  Especially when buying by mail, it seems necessary not just to look at the picture and read the tempting description of this case (any case, for that matter), but also pay attention to the interior dimensions, and correlate with the dimensions of the items intended to be placed in the case. Assume the thickness of the interior padding dividers is approx 0.25inch (6mm). Some math required !

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                                  5.0

                                  small and functional

                                  By slick

                                  from san jose, ca

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction
                                  • Well Padded

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Daily Usage
                                    • Protecting Gear
                                    • Transporting Gear

                                    Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Blue):

                                    Perfect size for rebel with 18-55 and mid size tele. lens. Good number and size of pockest.

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                                    3.0

                                    I found it small

                                    By Luciana

                                    from belo horizonte, minas gerais, brazil

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Hard To Access Equipment
                                    • Not Enough Pockets

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Protecting Gear

                                    Comments about 5501 Explorer 1 Case (Black):

                                    I found it too small to carrie two lenses and the camera. Altought it is very good.

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