GEAR REVIEW - TAMRAC MODULAR ACCESSORY SYSTEM (M.A.S.)
The Tamrac M.A.S. is a fantastic addition to your kit and something I highly recommend. It enables you to create a customized equipment carrying system based upon your own gear requirements. Whether you're a studio, wedding, event photographer, or even just out for the day with a couple of lenses, the Modular Accessory System is for you!
The belt attaches easily and comfortably around your waist, which if you're humping gear around all day long, is essential. It comes in 3 sizes, small, medium and salad dodger - I mean large. Each is adjustable to fit the wearer. You then attach pouches for your camera, lenses, flash, filters and even a drinks holder.
The pouches come in all manner of sizes to suit your smaller primes, up to 70-200mm f/2.8 pro glass. Made from tough fabric and well padded, your camera and lenses are kept safe from the majority of knocks and bumps. Being close to the body they aren't swinging around the place either. More importantly it keeps your glass within easy reach for quick changes. No more sliding sling bags around and foraging around in compartments and missing shots.
What I like most about it is you can modify it to suit your daily needs. If you're travelling light or bringing all your glass with you, there's room to fit everything you need. Even in the studio the M.A.S. comes in handy. Often there is limited space or if time is of the essence, its easy to just put a lens on the floor, on a shelf or table where it runs the risk of getting knocked over of dropped. With the belt on, you can simply drop it into a pouch and zip it up for safe keeping and if I want to change back in a hurry, its right there on my waist.
If you do a lot of location portrait photography again, the Tamrac system comes into its own. If your bag is heavy and weighing you down, it's also nice being able to distribute the weight and give your back an easier time of it. To prevent the belt from sagging due to heavy gear in the pouches, an optional shoulder harness is available.
MAS LENS CASES (PRO AND STANDARD)
LENS CASE PRO 50 (MX5341) - Suits wide angle zooms like a 16-35mm f/2.8 with the hood reversed as well as other similar lenses up to 14cm in length and filter size of 82mm. Internal Dimensions: 10 x 15cm
LENS CASE PRO 100 (MX5343) - Suits professional standard zooms like 24-70mm f/2.8 with the hood reversed and similar lenses up to 16.5cm in length and filter size of 77mm. Internal Dimensions: 10 x 17cm
LENS CASE PRO 200 (MX5347) - Suits professional telephoto zoom lenses like 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood reversed and similar lenses up to 24cm in length with filter size of 77mm. Internal Dimensions: 10 x 25cm
LENS CASE MEDIUM (MX5375) - Suits lenses up to 11cm in length with filter size of 58mm. Internal Dimensions: 8 x 11cm
LENS CASE LARGE (MX5378) - Suits lenses up to 13cm in length with filter size of 58mm. Internal Dimensions: 9 x 15cm
LENS CASE EXTRA LARGE (MX5380) - Suits lenses like the Canon and Nikon 70-300mm super telephoto zooms. Internal Dimensions: 10 x 17cm
If you're planning on having the camera pouch too, then I recommend you just go for the Pro Digit Zoom 10 (Model No 5630). This will cover up to a 70-200mm lens, so even if you don't own one currently, it future proofs you from having to upgrade and selling a smaller model at a loss, privately.
Tamrac also do the S.A.S. (Strap Accessory System) which has pouches for your batteries, memory cards and other small sundry items. Which you may want to check out too, although I'm quite happy keeping mine in the bag. The M.A.S. is a highly flexible and intuitive way of transporting your lenses out in the field or when you want to change glass quickly, on the fly. Its easily customized to suit your long or short term needs and as you purchase newer and bigger lenses, you simply add to the pouches if necessary. You no longer have to walk back to your bag, mess about with a sling bag or rest your lenses on dirty surfaces which risk damage. Make your life a bit easier with the Tamrac Modular Accessory System. I highly recommend it.