I have been very privileged to be given the opportunity to test some of Tamrac’s products on long term loan as I genuinely think that that is the best way to be able to evaluate a piece of kit, especially something as integral to the photographic process as your bag! So it's my pleasure to introduce you to both the Tamrac Zuma 4 and the Tamrac Cyberpro flyer, both bags can be used independently but for me it's when they are used in combination that they really become a compelling prospect. The Zuma 4 is a compact, fast-access shoulder bag and the Cyberpro Flyer is a “designed to go anywhere” rolling photo/computer briefcase.
Tamrac Zuma 4 Key Features:
- Compact, yet roomy
- Designed for quick, safe access
- Dedicated ipad / netbook compartment
- Front accessory pocket with “window pane” mesh
- Paraphernalia pockets
- Dual elasticated side positioned mesh pockets
- Modular Accessory System compatible
- Removable rain cover included
Tamrac Cyberpro Flyer Key Features:
- Fully adjustable foam-padded dividers
- Airline carry on compatible
- Compact and well laid out
- Foam padded laptop compartment
- Front accessory pocket with “paraphernalia” pockets
- Weather protected “speed” pocket in the front flap
- Accessory pocket in the top lid
- Ball bearing in-line skate wheels
- Telescoping handle
- Removable shoulder strap
- Both Modular Accessory System and Strap Accessory System compatible
Tamrac Zuma 4 and Cyberpro Flyer Handling and Performance
Now bear in mind that although both these products are more than capable of carrying full-sized DSLR kits I was personally used these bags in a semi-unique way as I wanted to be able to safely transport my mirror-less camera system and enough lights for a competent studio set up.
With that in mind, I was nothing short of amazed what I could, easily, safely and with very little fuss transport in both these bags - you just need to look at the pictures! These bags are genuinely dimensionally transcendental. For the none geeky that's just like Dr Who’s tardis!
In all seriousness this is a well thought out, well designed product. I was confident in the bag's ability to transport my precious OM-D safely and with the internal dividers and ability to divide up the compartments, there was more than enough space for two camera bodies, and seven lenses! Along with all the other bits necessary to make me a working pro.
The picture is the best evidence of what I’ve been carrying, even I was surprised at the volume once it was laid out in front of each bag. However, at no time did it feel overloaded, cramped or was I unable to get to the kit I wanted or needed.
There are some beautiful little touches like the “paraphernalia” pockets, great for stowing light meters, phones etc. The "window mesh" is also very clever as it gave me the ability to see what I was after before opening up compartments. The fact that there were dedicated compartments for both my ipad in the Zuma and my Macbook pro in the Cyberpro was a big thing to me, everything I needed was safely to hand.
I was very impressed with the kit on international duty. The large telescopic handle and the big ball baring in-line skate wheels made it super smooth to pull along. So much so that I don’t recall using it in any other way personally, however my assistant confirms that it's very comfortable on the shoulder. Tamrac’s "piggy back pocket" in the Zuma 4 is a stroke of genius! Basically it's a bottomless pocket on the Zuma which enables the bag to take the Cyberpro’s pull along handle through it thus safely, securely and ever so neatly combining the pair into one very manageable ensemble.
All the bag's fastenings were well put together, their action and operation always smooth, fast and straightforward. The Cyberpro goes one step further over the Zuma in that it has easy fasten “snap lock” buckles in addition to just the zip so if your running about you can happily secure the lid without having to zip it all up. The bags are made of high quality materials as you’d expect from a company with Tamrac's pedigree and in all my time living with the product never once did it cross my mind that the precious cargo was in peril or under protected, the fact that I never thought about it, I feel, speaks volumes.
From my point of view, one more thing I feel compelled to mention is the esthetic, visual look of the bags. They are beautifully subtle and understated and yes, I believe this is a major design advantage. I felt secure and comfortable in using this kit as its business-like, utilitarian, purposeful design kept my goodies safe and away from prying eyes and didn't scream “look at me - I’m carrying thousands of pounds worth of precious bling!”
Value for money
So, value for money? That's a really important consideration. The Zuma has a street price of £80 while the Cyberpro flyer can be yours for around the £180 mark. Having lived, travelled and used these bags on planes, boats, bikes, vans and cars I can honestly say for what they did for me, how easy it made my life in transporting a fully functioning portable studio, the price is simply a steal and as a purchase is a little of a “no brainer” should you be in the market for a new bag. For me, it was ideal for carrying a mirror-less camera system, and I do mean system, but I am equally confident in recommending it to my larger DSLR using friends. I’m certain it will do just as good a job for you and your kit as it has for me and mine. Just remember your kit is bulky so you won't get as many bits in the bag but still, it offers great value for money. These products compare very favourably with the competition.
Tamrac Zuma 4 and Cyberpro Flyer Verdict
I’m impressed and if you take into consideration the street price then I’m very impressed. Add to that the bonus it has given me in how easy it's made my job recently and I’m happy to endorse it - should Tamrac wish me to.
Both these products have clearly been thought about by photographers and sympathetically designed with the end user and usage in mind. They sit favourably in the market place and at their price point should be an easy choice for the keen yet serious photographer.
Your bag should be given great consideration as it's one of the things that is going to protect your investment into the photographic world. It should be well built and capable with great consideration to the job in hand, especially in our ever advancing relentless march to all things digital. I need my laptop or iPad to successfully complete a shoot these days and Tamrac have thought of that and more... beautifully.
My only regret is that I didn’t get to test more parts of either the M.A.S. or S.A.S components that Tamrac have designed to augment the usage of these bags.
Now if the Cyberpro Express is airline carry-on compatible... Tamrac you have my address!
|This bag helps make a photographer's job really easy!
Tamrac Zuma 4 and Cyberpro Flyer Pros
Made from good materials
Great value for money
Tamrac Zuma 4 and Cyberpro Flyer Cons
Doesn't have a quick access point (Velcro flap) on top of the bag
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