In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen we are shown the power of combining multiple robots to form the mighty Devastator (who actually isn’t so mighty, but you’ll have to see the movie to find out why). You may also be familiar with the combining of robots in other franchises, like Voltron and Power Rangers. M-ROCK is also down with the combining of powers thing.
I can’t say for sure whether the company was inspired by Transformers, but there is certainly more than meets the eye when it comes to M-ROCK camera bags. The Velcro straps on the side of the Ozark are used to attach itself to the side of the Yellowstone. If you got two Ozarks, you could flank the Yellowstone on either side. This modular design adds a great deal to the versatility of these camera bags. In effect, you can use the Yellowstone for your DSLR and then a pair of Ozarks to hold your lenses. They’re all compartmentalized and well-protected.
But that’s not the only way to combine them either. Feel free to let you imagination run wild, because with all those Velcro straps, hooks, buckles, shoulder straps, and more, the M-ROCK camera bags can be combined and used in a number of different ways.
This isn’t restricted to just the Yellowstone and Ozark either, so don’t hesitate to see what you can do with the rest of the M-ROCK line.
Please Don’t Do This With your M-Rock Bag
On the little product tag attached to the larger M-ROCK 511 Yellowstone, you see a series of images of how you can use this particular camera bag. Based on all those six D-rings and the pair of provided shoulder straps, you could sling it over your shoulder like a messenger bag or set it up as a backpack, for example. That said, please don’t do what is pictured above.
They call this a “chest pack” or “tummy-bag.” Just say no. I’d sooner use the M-ROCK camera bag as a fanny pack than I would as a chest pack. That’s just wrong. It’s also liable to get you labeled a tourist and robbed in a foreign land.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Having a lot of fantastic gadgets and camera equipment doesn’t do you very much good if you can’t take care of said gadgets and equipment while on the move. They have some great messenger bags, briefcases, and backpacks (like the M-Rock Zion 525) to accommodate your laptop, for example. The line of camera bags from M-ROCK seems to be quite solid, no pun intended, for handling your photographic equipment.
While the 505 Ozark and 511 Yellowstone described in this current review aren’t large enough to accommodate the most professional of users, they are perfectly suitable for the pro-sumer enthusiast or the professional who doesn’t need to lug around 100 pounds of equipment. The build quality and materials are quite good, and the overall designs are robust and user-friendly. I particularly like the versatility of being able to combine several bags together to form a custom solution.
The 505 Ozark retails for $32.00 US while the 511 Yellowstone retails for $54.00 US. Both of which come with a 30 day money back guarantee and a lifetime warranty. If you’re in the market for a compact camera bag, M-ROCK is a solid option.
- Very versatile design that allows for combining of bags
- Plenty of padding and protective material
- Nice bonuses of cleaning cloth and rain jacket
- Lots of loops and bungee cords for attachment
- Zipping the main Ozark compartment can be awkward
- May not be big enough for some users
- Will not wear as a tummy bag
Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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