When I went to using a Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera, I found that many of the camera bags I had been using with my DLSR were simply too big. They work just fine but, at times, they are overkill. The Torkia TC-4500 Professional Camera Case I received for review is, to quote Goldilocks, “just right”.
The Torkia TC-4500 is anything but fancy. Measuring in at an external measurement of 5.75″ by 6″ by 4.5″, it isn’t large either. (This external dimensions translate to an internal dimension of 4.75″ by 5″ by 3.5″.) It is designed to hold one digital camera and an attached zoom measuring up to 3.5″ long. An outer pocket on the front is large enough for an extra battery and perhaps a cable or two. That’s all the storage it offers, so if you need to carry more, or if you require more organization, you should look elsewhere. The Torkia TC-4500 is a “small, lightweight holster-style camera case that will keep you shooting far into the future”. What this case lacks in size and organization it makes up in protection and carry ability. It’s made from good quality materials that are thick, padded, and tough. All the pieces fit together nicely, and everything is at least double reinforced. You can carry the bag by the handle on the top, using the included detachable shoulder strap, or with the reinforced “hook and loop adjustable belt strap”. I don’t ever see carrying a camera with the camera bag on my belt, but obviously there are people who do.
Torkia describes the bag this way:
Bigger is not always better, especially when better starts weighing you down. For those seeking the best in protection without sacrificing mobility, look no further than the Torkia TC-4500. Created from durable material guaranteed to withstand the harshest treatment, this case will shield a camera and zoom lens up to 3.5 inches in length from whatever life throws in your way. With an adjustable plastic buckle on the front, and strong clip-and-loop fastenings on the side, we aim to keep your goods safe from the elements. And with a fastening belt loop and an adjustable shoulder strap, there isn’t an easier way to protect your gear. A front pocket gives you extra space for batteries or other accessories, and the whole package is presented in a bare-bone, minimalist design. The Torkia TC-4500 is a small, lightweight holster-style camera case that will keep you shooting far into the future.
The company lists some of the cameras that are a perfect fit for this bag. Among them are,
CANON M1 w/ 22mm, Canon M1 w/18-55mm kit lens, Coolpix L820, E-P1 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-P2 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-P3 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-P5 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-PL1 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-PL2 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-PL3 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-PL5 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-PM1 w/14-42mm kit lens, E-PM2 w/14-42mm kit lens, NEX 3N w/ kit lens, NEX F3 w/ kit lens, NIKON 1 w/10-30 kit, S4500, SL300, SONY H200, Stylus 1, Stylus XZ2, X10, X100, X100s, X20
In other words, if your camera is anywhere in the ballpark of these from the perspective of size, you should do quite well with the Torkia TC-4500 Professional Camera Case
I had been looking for a way to protect and carry my Sony NEX-6 on its own or, more likely, protect it when throwing the camera into another bag. The TC-4500 fits the bill perfectly. It is small, light, highly protective, doesn’t call too much attention to itself, and at $49.99 with an available price of just $29.99 on Amazon, it is a good deal. Check it out here. Buy it here in our Amazon Affiliate Store.
What I Like: Small; Light; Highly protective; Doesn’t call too much attention to itself; Priced well
What Needs Improvement: The belt hook and loop are extra bulk and weight I will never use.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Torkia TC-4500 Professional Camera Case