Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 is camera bag to carries and protects a digital or film SLR with a 3½ inch lens attached, an additional lens, a small flash and accessories. The bag features Main compartment features adjustable, foam-padded dividers and Dual-Foam Technology for shock protection and a custom fit to equipment with Tamrac’s patented Memory & Battery Management System and has Speed Pocket on the front flap secures and provides quick access to small accessories that completed with Adjustable shoulder strap, EasyGrip carrying handle and belt loops provide convenient carrying options. The Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 has Internal Dimensions: 8W x 4¼D x 6¼H/20 x 11 x 16 cm, External Dimensions: 9W x 6¾D x 8½H/23 x 17 x 22 cm, and weight 1 lb. 2.3 oz. (519 g).
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Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 User Reviews
Great for smaller loads (2 lenses or less)
“I bought this bag to have something compact to carry my XTI around with. The padding and overall quality is very good. It has enough room for our SLR with lens (i had to put packing peanuts at the bottom though as my lens won’t quite reach the bottom in that orientation), and it has comfortable space for another lens and the accessories (battery pack, memory cards, cleaning pen, instruction booklet, wires). Overall I am satisfied with the bag.” – By Jerryaki
Great, compact gear bag
“I bought this bag for my Olympus Evolt E500 dSLR with dual lenses. It fits the body and two lenses perfectly. I also managed to fit the new wide angle lens I bought as well. Other than that, though, there isn’t much more room in the main compartment. The zippered pocket in front holds lens covers and additional memory cards. No room for the battery charger, but there would be room for an additional battery. Still, the price is right and it holds and protects my equipment.” – By J. Owens
Very nice, well thought through
“5 stars because I can’t think of any complaints. Fits my Olympus E510 perfectly (along with one extra lens and other misc accessories). It’s definitely worth dropping a few bucks if you’re getting an SLR to keep everything together and protected. Good quality and design” – By C. Gray
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“This product is great! Wonderful quality. Though I did return it as I needed a bigger bag….if you have a smaller camera or want an extra bag to take your camera with a smaller lense, this would be perfect. I did purchase another Tamrac bag that was larger. Love the quality of that one too!” – By W. Repke
Tamrac Explorer 1 DSLR Camera Bag
“Great bag. Fits my Nikon D40 with 18-200 lens attached, Tokina 24-12 lens, SS400 flash, cleaning kit pouch. In front pocket-spare batteries, lens filters & caps etc, lens pen. Back has slip in pocket handy for quick reference card.Zipped pocket inside on lid.Front zipped handy for remote, spare card. Shoulder strap only, ergonomically shaped. Well padded. Top lid clicks in securely for quick shut providing quick access without having to do the main zip. Great bag for taking small kit to events. “ – By PC
Great Camera Bag
“I bought this item for my husband for the Nikon D40 camera, everything fits perfectly in the bag and has room for another lens and equipment. The price on this product is unbeatable and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a handy carrying case.” – By S. Weiler
Great Bag – A Keeper
“this bag has the ability to attach water bottles or lens pouches with the M.A.S accessory system. For me this is great since I look for a small bag that carries alot. With this bag, I can carry my Panasonic G1 DSLR and the pocketable LX3; two water bottles; charger for the LX3; and travel book in the bag. Still have room for things like keys or kleenex etc. So the bag is perfect for travel.” – By Gadget Man
Great starter bag
“This bag is great. It’s sturdy, protects our camera well, has lots of pockets for storage of extras, and is easy to carry and lightweight. It is small, though, which is perfect for us. We just have the camera body and one lens (a Canon Rebel XS with the kit lens – 18-55mm). The camera fits snugly in the bag with the lens attached, and the case would probably fit one more lens and a flash. Right now, we use the extra space in the bag to fit our point-and-shoot, which is pretty handy.” – By Nicki
Perfect for my D3000
“bought this for my D3000 with the stock lens. the cam fit perfectly and the bag has a lot of extra space for another lens or other stuff. it feels pretty solid and that it would protect my camera incase i drop the bag. comfortable to carry, perfect for trips. oh, and the price is really good for what you’ll get.” – By R. King
Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 Expert Reviews
Tamrac 5501 Explorer 1 Features & Specifications
The Explorer 1 carries and protects a DSLR (like Canon’s EOS 500D/T1i or Nikon’s D3000) with a lens attached, an additional lens and accessories. The main compartment features Tamrac’s Dual Foam Technology™ for shock protection and a custom fit to equipment. The front pocket features Tamrac’s patented 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. 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 and an open pocket in the back holds an instruction manual. An adjustable, BioCurve™ non-slip shoulder strap, and an EasyGrip™ carrying handle provide convenient carrying options.
A. Total Coverage Top .
B. Smooth nylon accessory pocket.
C. Shoulder strap with Strap Accessory System™ attachment slots.
D. Modular Accessory System™ attachment slots.
E. Adjustable, foam-padded dividers.
F. Dual Foam Technology™.
G. Easy-Squeeze buckle.
H. Zippered Speed Pocket secures small accessories.
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