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Tamrac Evolution 4 Messenger Camera Case Black

by Tamrac
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
Price: 85.10 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Tamrac 5784 black Evolution Messenger 4 bag - a versatile, slim-profile, messenger-style bag that can be transformed from a camera case into a briefcase. A DSLR camera with a lens attached, a flash and 2 to 3 additional lenses (incl. a 70-200 mm f/2.8) are protected inside a foam padded compartment called ?shuttle?, with adjustable padded inner dividers

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 40.6 x 30.5 cm ; 1.4 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: 5784
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 April 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Product Description

The Evolution 4 is a versatile, slim-profile messenger bag that converts from a camera bag to a briefcase. A DSLR with a lens attached, a flash, and 2 to 3 additional lenses (including a 70-200mm f/2.8) are protected inside a foam-padded compartment called the "shuttle", which features adjustable, foam-padded dividers.

Converts to Briefcase
To convert it to a briefcase, simply remove the shuttle from the bag using the handles. The main compartment can then be filled with files, paperwork, or other necessary items. Since the laptop compartment is part of the bag, a laptop can still be carried. To convert it back into a camera bag, just slip the shuttle full of your camera gear back into the bag.

Foam-padded Computer Compartment
Behind the shuttle is a foam-padded compartment that holds most 15.6" screen laptops.

Zippered Top
The zippered top opens away from the body for fast access to a camera with a lens attached. Gear can also be accessed by unbuckling and lifting the top flap.

Pockets for Accessories
The front zippered pocket has paraphernalia pockets to organize discs, business cards, a phone or iPod, pens, pencils and other items. A zippered pocket on the front flap is perfect for keeping keys and tickets readily accessible. The sides have a mesh pocket for a water bottle and feature Tamrac's Modular Accessory SystemTM attachment slots to customize this bag with Tamrac's optional accessories. A zippered back pocket stores a notepad or magazines.

Carrying Options
Soft, foam-padding in the back provides cushioning while the shoulder strap allows the bag to be easily swung from back to front. A carrying handle lets you grab the bag quickly and Tamrac's Piggy-Back PocketTM allows the bag to be easily slipped over the handle of rolling luggage.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bag for the price 21 Mar 2012
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I spent ages deciding which bag to go for. Until now I had always gone for the 'backpack' type and fancied a change. I was a little concerned about the size but I needn't have worried. It's like the Tardis, bigger on the inside. You could easily fit a body and three lenses in here with plenty of depth for lenses like the 70-200 mm offerings. Depending on their size you could probably squeeze 4 if you've got a couple of short focal length primes or a short wide angle. Or you could swap one lens for a flash and / or a grip.

The only bad points? There are no specific pockets for memory cards like the Lowepro bags and the front flap is held down with the clip and velcro, there's no zip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flexibility 30 May 2014
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My previous gadget bag was too small for my SLR, spare lens + connecting / power cables. This one can take all of these + instruction book, lens wipes etc.
And it can accommodate my slimline laptop too.
It's the 'complete' gadget bag.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Ned 19 April 2012
By Old Ned
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Having Tested this Bag for some time now I still continue to marvel at its Value & Load capacity.
All of the Photographic Kit that we use in a variety of shooting projects we never need to carry in one Bag but this one can! the specialist add ons available enable me to shoot for Surveys in all light conditions where the range of kit required is substantial. Plus at job completion present the results on the Laptop on Site as the bag will carry this TOO!. Well done Amazon for marketing this Brilliant product at a fantastic Price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tamrac Evolution Messenger 4 18 April 2012
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Bought this as a trevel bag for holidays as my backpack is to big for carry on to an aircraft not used yet,But on inspection will carry all I need including my netbook on holidays.
Also has plenty of pockets for travel docs etc very happy with this bag and the offer price was unbeatable
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bag, good choice 1 Oct 2010
By Freezerburn - Published on Amazon.com
Picked up this bag in a hurry for a trip, and it was fantastic. The top zipper gives you quick access to pull your DSLR. I had the new Nikon D3100 in it. Carries all the things I need and it light. The strap is heavy duty and strap to bag fasteners are metal so good quality. I found the back handle useful when you don't have time to put the sling on and need to move fast. My bag became inverted a few times and everything stayed inside. I was thinking this would be a temp bag till I get a thinktank bag but I'm keeping this one. It has Velcro straps on the front so you don't need to clip the front during a shoot, just pull open and get your memory cards or whatever you need and drop it down to hold closed with Velcro. I can put a netbook in the back compartment and that works fine, I find when I put a full 15" laptop in the back it makes the front budge a tad. It's not too annoying, but I see it was done to reduce the size and weight of the bag. Weight is very important to me. I carried this bag all day, didn't get tired of toting it around till mid day. So it's pretty decent and shoulder strap is good, the wide strap provides even coverage over your shoulder so that helps. Only major complaint I have is the front clip, if you're in a hurry and don't align it properly one of the side clipping tongs can bend to the outside of the clip shroud while the other clip is in place. not sure if that made since so yeah the clip design isn't too spectacular but long as you take your time it will be fine. Overall very happy with it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright, but has a lot of issues 22 Dec 2012
By slash - Published on Amazon.com
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Has laptop pocket.
Somewhat adjustable, can fit most lenses.
Side pockets are convenient.
Fairly durably and attractive.
Nice texture.
I've used it several times a week for 3 years and not a single part has broken or even shown much wear.

The main pocket doesn't seal. The cover just velcros over it, but if keep any small items in there, they can fall out. Also exposes your camera and lenses to humidity and potentially rain/dirt.
There is NO WAY to make this thing stand upright when you put it down. The weight distribution of your gear will make it fall forward every time, possibly dumping everything in your loose pockets onto the ground.
Shortage of storage options, the main pocket is the only place that will hold lenses or bodies. A large body (1D, 5Dm2) can basically take up so much of the main pocket that unless you're putting tiny 50mm lenses in there, the body (and attached lens) might be the only thing that will fit. This makes its usefulness very limited. Don't count on having much room for any other large items like speedlights.
The accessory pocket is OK, and has a zipper, but none of the inner pockets seal at all. It has pouches for memory cards, batteries, filters, which are fine. But as soon as you put the bag down, it will tip over and dump everything out of these organized pockets and when you unzip it, everything will be in a big pile. Not cool, especially if you're trying to hold glass filters or something.
I'm sure this is an issue with most messenger bag styles but leaning over will make this thing swing like a big pendulum and crash into stuff, especially if you have a laptop or heavy lenses in there.

I don't recommend the single strap if you carry your laptop and a large body + lenses in here. It will make your shoulder sore quickly. Get a backpack.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great carry-on bag (as "personal item") 10 Sep 2012
By sll - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this bag since I needed to carry my camera and laptop as personal item for an upcoming trip. Most other backpacks I've seen are to big to pass as second carry-on in economy class. This bag is barely bigger than my regular laptop bag and yet I can get my Canon 50D with 4 lenses (1 large and 3 small) in it, plus my MacBook Air 11" and the iPad with all chargers and it. It's not something I want to carry for a long day, but as a travel photo bag this is perfect.

On the negative side, I do share the sentiment about the clip others have voiced. It looks fancy but you have to be careful to align it correctly or it not only will not close, but it will get stuck good. The shoulder padding could have been a bit more generous and the hardware could be a bit "beefier".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for traveling 14 Aug 2010
By Jose Vazquez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent bag for traveling, very light, good capacity, enough to carry one flash, one camera body, two lenses, cables, batteries, memory cards, cellular phone, documents!
I would recommend it specially for women!
Love it!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Combo Bag, Typical Tamrac Superior Quality 1 Jun 2011
By GarageBoy - Published on Amazon.com
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First, the rating's actually 5/7 for reasons below, because I would hate to rate a Tamrac product lower than 5 stars. It works great for my D7000 + 18-200 lens & 13", MacBook or iPad. There's plenty of room for cell phones, iPods, another short lens or two, and the usual chargers, cables, mini-hard drive, etc. t's construction is the usually Tamrac superior grade that lasts forever. I have Tamrac bags over 20 years old that have been abused but show little wear, and this one's at least as good. Two minor cons: There's only one carrying handle on the top, which makes hand carrying a little awkward. The pockets on the inside for storing accessories like batteries and memory cards are deep and narrow making it difficult to reach in. The Amazon price is great considering the quality of this bag.
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