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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but the best I've found so far, September 5, 2012
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This review is from: Tamrac 5725 Zuma 5 Photo/Laptop Bag - Black/Gray (Electronics)
This bag is meant for simultaneously transporting PC and photo gear. It mostly succeeds. I would have given a 5-star rating if the bag was literally a half-inch wider front to back, and if the front zipper pouch was a half-inch wider front to back. I have a 13.3 notebook with a built-in optical drive, and while it fits with my camera gear, it's snug. I can get my minimal photo accessories in the front pouch, but no provision was made for my notebook's charger and a compact mouse. Both the main-bag zipper and front-pouch zipper are really hard to close. In fact, I popped the pouch zipper once and luckily it repaired itself once I got the pouch fully unzippered. The next bigger bag (Zuma 7) is overkill for the amount of photo gear I carry.

The back-side slash pocket is unusable once I insert my notebook. And I was surprised Tamrac didn't include the typical trolley strap to hang the bag over a collapsible roller bag handle.

A PC notebook is almost a requirement for travelling dSLR camera users. If you fly, carry-on restrictions make it near impossible to carry separate PC and photo gear bags. At the same time, I want a bag that keeps my photo gear at the ready when I am walking or hiking. Backpacks are useless in this regard, and if you need a backpack for water, jacket, snacks, souvenirs, photo backpacks rarely have space for much non-photo gear.

While Tamrac bags are well made, bag makers in general need to study their markets a bit better.
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