Review: Tamrac Goblin Pouches – Great Protection For All Your Accessories

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The Tamrac Goblin series of pouches are available in 15 different sizes: 10 so-called Goblin Lens pouches and 5 so-called Goblin Body pouches. I say “so-called” because this is really just an indication of their shape, and in reality, it doesn’t have much influence on what you can hold in them. With such a wide variety of size options, you can find one that suits pretty much any photographic accessory.

I first came across these in a local camera store and I purchased one of the smaller Goblin 0.7 sizes in bright orange colour. I liked the bright colour of the pouch because I knew I’d be able to quickly scan my bag to see whether or not the pouch was packed. I planned to use it for my 1.4x teleconverter which is a small but crucial part of my kit, and I figured the pouch would give it some protection me some indication that I hadn’t forgotten to pack it. With a teleconverter not being all that big, I don’t like to dedicate a full slot in my camera bag to its storage. Instead, I prefer to just tuck it in wherever it’ll fit. The lightweight padding on the Goblin Lens pouch was just enough to stop bumps and rattles from damaging either the teleconverter or whatever else it was being packed up against.

It worked perfectly for this purpose. So perfectly that almost immediately I decided to pick up a second orange pouch in a slightly larger size for my 2x teleconverter, and a few other sizes for various other accessories. I’m often carrying lens mount adapters to use Canon EF lenses on EOS R cameras, or Canon lenses on Sony cameras, or even just extension tubes for any lenses. These are all similar in size to teleconverters, so they work perfectly in the Goblin pouches too. With prices ranging from $8 to $30, and most of the ones I wanted being on the lower end of that spectrum, I was happy with the cost for the quality of the product you are getting. Stitching is strong and the outer material is tough and even somewhat repellant to water.

The 0.7 and 1.0 sizes are great for teleconverters.

In my bags, orange = teleconverter. Blue = lens mount adapter. Green= other small accessories.

I find this organization method to be very useful, and the lightweight padding of the pouches is just enough that you can pile a whole bunch of these things into your bag and have them be protected, but not too bulky. Of course, you are free to create your own colour rules. Perhaps you might use orange for your 1.4x teleconverter and green for your 2x teleconverter, to name but one example. However you decide to organize your bag, you’ll be better for it. Your small gear items will be protected but also, also more organized and if you’re like me then you’ll find it easier to pack your bag in a hurry.

Today I’m going to look for wildlife? I’ll need my orange pouches then, along with my big lens. Simple.

The inside features quilted padding.
Also perfect for lens mount adapters!

Which Size?

I use a large 5.3 size Goblin for my Really Right Stuff gimbal head.

I have listed the sizes of the Tamrac goblin pouches below, and with so many of them, it’s probably best that you grab a tape measure and measure your gear before you buy. However, what I will say is that the 0.7 size is perfect for a 1.4x teleconverter or lens mount adapter, and a 1.0 size is perfect for a 2x teleconverter. Between brands, these items are almost all the same size so it’s likely these will work for you, as they did for me.

Note: all dimensions are internal dimensions, since this is the one that is important to determine the sizing you need.

Goblin Lens Pouches

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Goblin Body Pouches

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Professional photographer based in Yukon, Canada, and founder of Shutter Muse. His editorial work has been featured in publications all over the world, and his commercial clients include brands such as Nike, Apple, Adobe and Red Bull.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Tamrac Goblin Pouches – Great Protection For All Your Accessories”

  1. Thanks for doing a review about these pouches for lenses and accessories. I’ve found over the years that it’s easy to spend thousands of dollars on camera equipment. It’s nice to be able to spend money on something that will bring you a little joy as a photographer, without being a huge investment. I sometimes do week or two week long trips as a photographer and I’ve been looking for a brightly coloured bag with a drawstring for dirty laundry. Maybe something that also helped to mask the smell of dirty socks etc. I’m still looking for something that would would be great for a travelling photographer.


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