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Tamrac Compact Digital Camera Bag 5690 - £10.98 on Amazon
This is a smart little bag that protects my Sony compact camera perfectly even though it is not one of the makes on the first glance category list of compatible cameras. I have a history of leaving cameras behind in locations like the seaside. The last camera drowned under waves so I needed to purchase a bag that had more significance then a soft drawstring holder. A friend uses this Tamrac make and has been very pleased with it so rather than spend wasted hours trawling the internet and browsing the shops I took her word for it and how glad I am that I did.
I go out in all weathers and got soaked whilst waiting for the Women's Olympic race to begin in London. I thought that even tucked inside this case my camera was bound to get wet. Luckily for me the rain petered out by the time I caught site of the first runners. I took my compact out and found it was as dry as when it when into the bag. I suspect it might even survive the sea but don't quote me on that.
What I love most about the bag is the camera is so well padded with foam inside the bag that it protects my camera. My poor camera has been dropped onto woodland floors, roads, sandy and pebbled beaches and worse, onto, the jagged rocks of Snowdonia. All right, so I might be a little clumsy sometimes but thankfully the bag does what it says on the advert. The bag provides maximum shock protection. My poor compact would never have survived without it and there isn't a scratch on this camera. The same cannot be said of my old one, the one that drowned in the sea, as opposed to the one that got left in a playground on a climbing frame.
You can wear this on a belt with the strap provided but I've never tried this. I carry it over my shoulder with their adjustable shoulder strap. The strap can also be removed. I also like that the branding is nothing more than a discreet badge with the 'tarmac' name on. It's not bold and obvious as I've seen with other makes.
There is plenty of room in a zipped compartment for memory sticks and up to four spare batteries that can be fitted neatly into a mesh. I don't actually use it for this. In fact, on day outings I don't even take my handbag. I can squeeze in a tissue, lip balm, a little loose change and a ten pound note or more and a credit/debit card if I want to do some spending. I've even slipped in a compact pen and a piece of paper just in case I need it. Alternatively, if I know I'm going to be at a friend's or relative's house, I might put in the USB cable but that will mean bigger pockets or a separate handbag for other things. I also find it very good to store and protect bus and train tickets. No more rummaging for them. I know exactly where everything is in my trusted tarmac compact camera case. Sadly, my mobile doesn't fit in too but I have pockets in my clothes for that. So if I want to go out and have some fun taking photographs I don't need to lug around a handbag as well. Men you don't need your wallets either.
I can tell this bag is so strong and sturdy that the seams won't fray and pull. I really believe this will be long- lasting.
If I ever need a different size or this one should need replacing I am certain that I will stick to the Tamrac make at these high standards as this case has survived all my batteries and assaults. It is a super bag for camera protection.