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Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • For DSLR 4" Lens, Lenses, Flash, Extras

The black 5502 Explorer 2 Case is a compact shoulder bag for carrying and protecting a DSLR camera with a 4" lens attached, a few additional lenses, a 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, EasyGrip carrying handle and belt loops to provide convenient carrying options for the Micro Explorer.

The 5502 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.
  • Open pocket in the back holds an instruction manual
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 is a smooth, very tightly woven, extremely strong and double coated fabric to provide superior weatherproofing.
Interior: Dual Foam Technology combines closed-cell foam to provide maximum shock protection with open-cell foam for vibration dampening and a custom fit.
Type of Closure Quick release buckle
Zipper
Exterior Dimensions 9.5 x 7.25 x 9.0" (24.13 x 18.41 x 22.86 cm) (WxDxH)
Interior Dimensions 8.25 x 5.0 x 7.75" (20.96 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm) (WxDxH)
Tripod Holder No
Accommodates DSLR with a 4" lens attached, a few extra lenses, a flash and accessories
Carrying/Transport Options BioCurve adjustable non slip shoulder strap
EasyGrip carrying handle
Weight 1.0 lb 6.3 oz (632.19g)
Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • 5 Year Warranty
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    Tamrac5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Well padded (27)
    • Strong construction (24)
    • Comfortable (22)
    • Lightweight (22)
    • Easily accessible equipment (21)

    Cons

    • Cumbersome (6)
    • Hard to access equipment (5)

    Best Uses

    • Protecting gear (20)
    • Transporting gear (20)
    • Daily usage (16)
    • Storing gear (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (10), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect for my needs.

    This case works exactly as I thought it would for my needs. In the main compartment are my Rebel T1i, the 28 - 105 mm telephoto lens (attached) and my 100mm Macro Lens...Read complete review

    This case works exactly as I thought it would for my needs. In the main compartment are my Rebel T1i, the 28 - 105 mm telephoto lens (attached) and my 100mm Macro Lens along with my gorilla tripod (with one leg detached). In the other compartments are all the accesories for my camera, cards, battery charger, manual, and cables with space to spare. I was even able to fit the bag's strap (since I don't think I'll be using it but you never know) within the main compartment so I'll always have it with me. And nothing is really crammed in there where I would have to take everything out to be able to get to it, its all very easily accessible.

    Everything seems well protected as far as padding goes and I'm very confident that nothing will get in (water, dust etc) to damage my equipment.

    The only real problem I have with it is with the strap that attaches the top cover. While I like the clip and how easy it is to do and undo, there is no way to tighten that strap and it seems it was left slightly long. This means that if I leave the main compartment unzipped but clip the top cover over there is a good 2 inches of space between the cover and the top zipper on the bag. That extra leeway could give my equipment just enough room to be jostled around. If there were some way of tightening that strap I would be able to cinch it down but there is none, therefor I will rarely leave the bag unzipped.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too small for my needs

    [...]I have a Nikon D5000 with a 18-55mm lens and a 300mm lens. I also wanted room for a an extra battery, charger, misc. cords, and a filter. ...Read complete review

    [...]I have a Nikon D5000 with a 18-55mm lens and a 300mm lens. I also wanted room for a an extra battery, charger, misc. cords, and a filter. This case would not hold my camera and lens safely, in my opinion. The 300mm lens would fit, but it was tight on all sides and left little room for other items. Also, not as much padding as I expected. [...]This would work without the extra lens.

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    4.0

    Nice Bag

    By Kellenito

    from Kalamazoo

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Fit

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

    Perfect for my 60D, however can't fit all three of my lenses in the bag with accessories. Camera with attached lens, additional lens, accessories, full.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good Bag

    By Haris

    from Qatar

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

      Flexible
      Good value for money
      Well constructed

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      • No

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      5.0

      This is exactly that I want

      By gallego

      from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

          I used when I need four o less equipment

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          • No

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          4.0

          decent little travel bag

          By JDA

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Padding

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

            Nice little travel bag, but could only fit a couple extra lenses or a lens and a flash... so it doesn't accommodate a whole lot, but its easy access to the camera, and its good to take on hikes and whatnot.. or if you simply don't have more than one or two extra smaller lenses.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Even if I was blind I could handle this

            By adi

            from israel

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Well Padded

            Cons

            • Cumbersome
            • Hard To Access Equipment

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear

            Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

            The Case is quite new, it looks durable and strong but not so convenient to operate.
            Its price is lower than in other cases, is worth the consideration he gives up his price.
            I'm pretty happy with portfolio in the short time I use it.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice Bag

            By KKoz

            from Maple Grove, MN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Too small for what I need

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage

            Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

            I bought this for my mom who has a larger Tamrac bag, but wanted something smaller. She really liked the size, unfortunately, it was just a bit too small to fit her 12" x 12" handle that she attaches to her camera (I wasn't aware that she had an add-on handle when I bought this). The bag itself is nice, well made, it just didn't fit the extra handle that she needs to take with her. If she (or I) needed a bag for just the camera and several lens, I'd buy this bag again.

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            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good quality, compact size

            By Col from OZ

            from Melbourne Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                  I carry three zoom lenses and a DSLR camera body as well as battery charger, cables and other bits and pieces. It is a snug fit, but still a compact size bag to carry all my gear, which is what I wanted.

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Option of choice?

                  By LittleLisa

                  from Richmond, Va

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Access Equipment

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                    When I bought my camera this bag came with it. When I saw it online it looked a lot bigger than it really is. It may be a decent bag for a trip that may last an afternoon but for long term use I knew I wouldn't like it as much. The biggest problem I had was that I felt like the underlying compartments were hard to get to.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera Bag

                    By Tigersmurf

                    from Richmond Hill, GA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage
                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                      This case is fantastic! Plenty of room for everything and lots of pockets to make sure everything is organized and easy to find. Can carry everything without becoming too heavy.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect for my needs.

                      By Chris

                      from Ashland, Va

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Top cover not tight

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage
                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                      This case works exactly as I thought it would for my needs. In the main compartment are my Rebel T1i, the 28 - 105 mm telephoto lens (attached) and my 100mm Macro Lens along with my gorilla tripod (with one leg detached). In the other compartments are all the accesories for my camera, cards, battery charger, manual, and cables with space to spare. I was even able to fit the bag's strap (since I don't think I'll be using it but you never know) within the main compartment so I'll always have it with me. And nothing is really crammed in there where I would have to take everything out to be able to get to it, its all very easily accessible.

                      Everything seems well protected as far as padding goes and I'm very confident that nothing will get in (water, dust etc) to damage my equipment.

                      The only real problem I have with it is with the strap that attaches the top cover. While I like the clip and how easy it is to do and undo, there is no way to tighten that strap and it seems it was left slightly long. This means that if I leave the main compartment unzipped but clip the top cover over there is a good 2 inches of space between the cover and the top zipper on the bag. That extra leeway could give my equipment just enough room to be jostled around. If there were some way of tightening that strap I would be able to cinch it down but there is none, therefor I will rarely leave the bag unzipped.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Perfect hold-it-all for my Canon T2i

                      By RuralCity

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                        Recently purchased this explorer case for my new Canon T2i and lenses. The bag fit my 3 lenses comfortably (kit lens, macro, and super-wide angle) and will comfortably hold an additional lens or accessories. Super lightweight and comfortable during a recent shoot in a busy city.

                        Only annoyance at this point is the awkwardness of lifting the flap up and out of the way of the zipper. Definitely not a quick process if trying to get your gear out to catch a shot.

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                        5.0

                        Nice size for vacation

                        By Knitty girl

                        from Lehigh Valley PA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Lightweight
                        • Well Padded

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                          This bag was great for taking the camera and extras for vacation. My husband did have some difficulty with the buckle.

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                          4.0

                          Great

                          By tobeap

                          from brooklyn NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Cumbersome

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage
                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                          It has room for everything I need but is a bit cumbersome.

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                          4.0

                          looks bigger than it is, but works

                          By tony the tiger

                          from St. Paul, MN

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                          • Hard To Access Equipment

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                          Upon looking at the case, it looks fairly large, thinking it will have a lot of space to store things, but after opening it, it really doesn't. However, this isn't a bag that is going to store 2+ body's and 4-5 lens. Being just a hobby and not a career, I just needed a soft case to travel with my single body, 50mm lens and 75-300mm lens. It's more of just a day pack so I did not put all the other accessories I have in it, but it does comfortably fit the body with the 75-300 lens attached, with the 50mm lens in a side pocket. It does have a front pocket that has enough room for memory cards and a spare battery with the charger and there was enough room inside of the case on the side opposite of the 50mm lens for possibly another smaller lens or whatever you may want there. It's sturdy and the gear would be protected from a drop if it fell from my shoulder. Overall, a good day pack for the hobbyist, just be aware you can't fit the kitchen sink in it and that you will most likely have to leave things at home.

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                          3.0

                          Larger than expected

                          By Mira the Designer

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                          • Cumbersome
                          • Uncomfortable Fit

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                            I bought this case through the Canon EOS T1i kit [...] The bag is much larger than I wanted it to be (about twice the size of the camera+lens).Unless you plan to carry multiple lenses with this bag, it is just too bulky for a casual photographer like myself. I plan to buy something much smaller.

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                            5.0

                            The perfect fit

                            By Parker

                            from Westland, Mich

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Not Enough Pockets

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage
                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                            Another pocket would be nice about 4x5 2" thick. Just enought to slide my video camera in also

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                            2.0

                            Too small for my needs

                            By Minnesotamike

                            from SE Minnesota

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Not Enough Pockets
                            • Poor Padding

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage

                            Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                            [...]I have a Nikon D5000 with a 18-55mm lens and a 300mm lens. I also wanted room for a an extra battery, charger, misc. cords, and a filter. This case would not hold my camera and lens safely, in my opinion. The 300mm lens would fit, but it was tight on all sides and left little room for other items. Also, not as much padding as I expected. [...]This would work without the extra lens.

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                            4.0

                            Good Storage...not great travel

                            By RachABug

                            from Saratoga Springs NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Strong Construction
                            • Well Padded

                            Cons

                            • Cumbersome

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                            I got this when i bought my new Canon Digital SLR
                            Has lots of pockets and great padding and protect just seems little large...i purchased a separate smaller case for hiking.

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                            2.0

                            Not to impressed

                            By Ozzie

                            from San Diego

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Cumbersome
                            • Hard To Access Equipment

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                              I received this bag with a DSLR kit. Also purchased a slingshot 102 to go along with it and glad i did. I really don't like the way the explorer opens on top. Its like you have to unfold backwards the top, then undo the zipper. Maybe I'm being picky, but for the extra 30 bucks for the slingshot, to me, it was well worth it. Going to sell the explorer when i get a chance.

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                              5.0

                              Protection and Value

                              By 1000 Words

                              from San Ramon, CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Strong Construction
                              • Well Padded

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Protecting Gear
                                • Transporting Gear

                                Comments about Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black):

                                Holds a Canon 7D and 28-135 w/hood and a Crumpler shoulder strap but not much else. It works for me since I was not planning on carrying an additional lens. Without the heavy duty strap and hood, you could fit in another lens (or two - long and short?). With a smaller body camera, additional lenses and accessories should not be a problem. Hard to beat the level of protection for the price.

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