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Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« on: December 05, 2006, 02:07:47 AM »
Hi All,

I'm planning on building a belt system and I would like to hear your input or personal experiences about these two products. Which do you recommend if the following will be considered:

1. Protection for your camera, lenses and accesories.
2. Comfort level during long hours of walking and shooting.
3. Accesibility of getting gears in or out of bag/cases.

Lets say i'll be bringing a camera with grip + 1 medium range lens + 1 telephoto lens + 2 flashes + batteries and memory cards.
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Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« on: December 05, 2006, 02:07:47 AM »

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2006, 02:32:54 AM »
I went from the Tamrac MAS to the LowePro S&F system a few weeks back, but only because I felt LowePro suited my needs better. Here are my thoughts on the points you raised:

1. Protection for your camera, lenses and accesories - both systems are adequately padded, so it was quite even for me on this point.

2. Comfort level during long hours of walking and shooting - here's where I made my decision. The Tamrac belt is more padded and wider than the LowePro belt, but what I like about the LowePro is the slotted SlipLock compartments on the belt. On the Tamrac, my lens cases slipped around whenever I moved, which on location is a lot. With the LowePro, the cases stay in place. If I want to move them around my waist, I move the belt as a whole.

3. Accesibility of getting gears in or out of bag/cases - Quite even on his point as well.

As a system, I feel LowePro costs more than Tamrac. I made the switch as a matter of convenience. Check out both systems and see which one works for you :D

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2006, 12:20:47 AM »
Thank you very much sir for your comments! It sure was helpful!  :)
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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2006, 06:43:21 AM »
You might also want to look at the Mekko system. It is priced very reasonably. Check out Aperture Trading along Banawe, near Orthopedic :D

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2006, 07:12:19 AM »
lowepro S&F Vest Harness..if i may suggest...

[at least distributed and bigat ng equipment mo to your shoulders and waist]...just imagine kung lahat yan eh nakakabit sa bewang mo at subukan mong maglakad ng 3-4kms..


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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2006, 07:51:25 AM »
Hi Jasondeg,

I'm also interested in lowepro belt system, can you share what (bag) models are you using.

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2006, 08:10:00 AM »
stick to one belt system as both brands have different locking mechanism.

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2006, 07:33:19 PM »
You may always try to drop by in our Makati Showroom and try it for yourself :)

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2006, 08:53:42 AM »
how much rin itong mga ganito?
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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2006, 10:38:50 AM »
I use a lowepro light belt... I put a lens case 4 (70-200 2.8), 2x lens case 1s (50mm, 28-105), lens case 3 or is it 2? (water bottle) and a sliplock pouch for my 350d with grip... I went for lowepro because my co-shooters told me that the tamrac slips... sa sports mahirap na kasi galaw ka rin ng galaw...

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2006, 12:44:42 PM »
Same here. I use the LowePro S&F Light belt with a Lens Case 4 for my 70-200 f/2.8L IS. I only have 2 main lenses, so one is always on the camera. In addition, I have a Quicksilver water bottle pouch and a small Bench pouch for my Lensbaby :D

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2006, 01:04:26 PM »
how much rin itong mga ganito?

it really depends on where you get it...

got my belt at infomax at 2.5k I think... then the lens case 2 or 3 for around 1.9k... asked a friend to get the others (2x lens case 1s, 1x lens case 4, 60 AW pouch) at singapore for less than the cost of the belt I think!

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2006, 02:28:45 PM »
i have the light belt, lens case 3, lens case 1W, and the slip lock pouch 60 AW.  the belt and 2 lens cases i got from singapore for about PhP 800 each on the average.  the 60 aw, i got from stronghand for 1.25k. works pretty well. i chose lowepro because of the testimonials of my fellow shooters like erworm.
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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2006, 03:08:54 PM »
stick to one belt system as both brands have different locking mechanism.

They call their locking systems differently, but they all work similarly, you can actually use generic pouches on either belt or use generic (gun) belt with their pocuhes.

I have a Tamrac belt but with various brands of pouches, HAMA, Tamrac and Lowepro all attatched to it.

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2006, 05:02:41 PM »
i prefer and use lowepro.  i previously borrowed a friend's tamrac, i also liked it since it was cheaper compared to lowepro, but i had a difficult time putting it on since all the pouches would bunch up on one side since there isn't anything separating the pouches.  that's the main reason i opted for lowepro, the dividers make sure the pouches remain in place.

as for the pouches, i find the foam used by lowepro thicker, especially for their larger cases

although i haven't been using my belt system for some time now.

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would be nice if kinesis is available locally. haven't seen a real one but they look really nice.
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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2006, 12:03:52 AM »
I think on the issue of pouches, both Tamrac and LowePro are about equal. Both offer padded protection, both have case sizes for popular lenses, and both are made of durable material.

I think the LowePro belt has the better design though since it keeps all the cases in their places whereas the Tamrac belt allows the cases to move around. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you'd want your belt configured. Some may want to be able to swing all their cases to one side for accessibility. Personally, I prefer that they stay in place.

Tamrac cases are generally cheaper, but they will not fit into the slots of the LowePro belt. If they did, I'd go with a LowePro belt and Tamrac case set-up in a heartbeat :D

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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2006, 08:35:18 AM »
I use the Tamrac belt system, some tamrac lens cases and pouches, also some other pouches from Mekko, Lowepro and Smartrip.  :D
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Re: Belt system: Tamrac vs Lowepro
« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2009, 10:37:21 PM »
Does the lowpro belt fit the tamrac cases?
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