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Tamrac Evolution 8 Sling Backpack Bag for Camera/Camcorder - Black

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  • Perfect for a DSLR with a grip and up to an 8" lens attached, several additional lenses, a flash, and accessories
  • When worn as a backpack, the two foam-padded shoulder straps, waist belt, and chest strap distribute the weight
  • Features Tamrac's QuickClip tripod attachment system with a Tripod Foot Pocket
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  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 31.8 x 48.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2 Kg
  • Item model number: 5788 Black
  • ASIN: B003D5TVAO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 April 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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The Evolution 8 offers unprecedented versatility for quick access to photo gear. With its unique harness system, the Evolution 8 can be carried three different ways - as a backpack or as a sling pack worn over the right shoulder or the left shoulder. With Tamrac's Triple Access System, there are also three way to access photo equipment - through the front door and through two side doors. The Evolution 8 is perfect for a DSLR with up to an 8" lens attached, several additional lenses, and a flash.

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Colour Name: Brown Verified Purchase
I bought this in advance of a trip to Ethiopia that included 4 days trekking in the Simien Mountains. I'm glad I made the decision to spend what amounts to quite a lot of money on this bag (although not such a lot in comparison to the value of the equipment it carries!). I used it to carry my Konica Minolta DSLR with KM 18-200 lens attached and a separate Tamron 200-500 lens, along with various accessories and other items (including a Manfrotto MM294 monopod - with 494RC2 ball head - attached to the outside of the bag, which worked well).

Dimension information from the Tamrac website:
Internal Top: 25W x 15D x 19Hcm
Internal Bottom: 28W x 15D x 52Hcm
External 32 x 22 x 48cm
Weight: 2165g

One thing to note is that the internal bottom dimensions are quite conservative. My 200-500 lens is about 27cm long (without hood but with caps on both ends) so it fits in nicely when off the camera. When that lens is attached to the camera body, the longest total dimension is about 32cm. Together, they still fit into the internal width of the bag - although it is admittedly tight and the bag bulges as a result. The protection may therefore be somewhat reduced but I was happy with this arrangement when I had the bag on me (when it was in the back of a 4-wheel-drive on rough terrain in the mountains, I did not pack the equipment in this manner!).

The bag is sturdy - hence its weight. I think the weight is worth it.

The quick release strap system for fast access to the side pockets when wearing the bag as a full backpack is in my opinion redundant because you can just slide the strap off one shoulder instead. That avoids fiddling around with the quick release mechanism when detached and re-attaching the strap.
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I picked up one of these bags late last year to carry my full camera kit and some extras on a 4 month trip around India, this was to be my carry on luggage and front pack.

The bag has a lovely strong build which has kept remarkably clean despite being covered in sand, dust and human ash through my trip. The size is fine as far as carry on goes, perhaps a little snug when fully loaded but otherwise no issues there.

It fits a large range of kit and has a customisable inside which is very flexible, it also has room for laptop and a very small amount of clothing or accessories in the top pocket.

Overall I was pretty pleased with the bag but did find it had a number of downsides.

Firstly the bag is utterly awful as a sling bag, it is simply too bulky and uncomfortable to use on a daily basis as a sling, and as a backpack it does not allow you the access you need quickly. I found myself purchasing another bag on my travels to hold my camera without being so cumbersome.

The tripod holder and pocket is pointless, no serious photographer is going to be able to attach a tripod to this bag and have it actually secured, the pocket needs to be tripled in size as a minimum and secondary fastenings need to be attached in order for any decent tripod to actual stay in place.

Straps are too long by far, I often found myself getting tangled up in the mass of straps that hung down when bag was secured comfortably as backpack or as a sling, whilst some obese people may need an extra 14ft of strap around every part of their body I found this to just get in the way.

The bag does not distribute weight very well, it seems to pull on the back a bit too much even when done up properly, I found it uncomfortable over day long trips.
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Colour Name: Black
I bought this bag hoping that it would carry all my camera equipment plus some additional items (like wallet, phones, creams, magazines etc). It not only met my expectations but is is also very versatile, easy to carry and resistant (I've never seen so much dust in my life and although that bag is brown because of the dust, inside it is intact!). It weights over 7kgs with all my equipment and it is still better to carry than my compact bag.
I really enjoyed this product.
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Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
I researched thoroughly to find a bag that would meet my precise requirements. As I wanted to take my a laptop and all my camera gear when I visit Australia and New Zealand, the bag I required needed to be easy to carry, easy to use and flexible. This bag fits the bill perfectly - and was much cheaper than I expected to pay when I first saw it on the high street. Excellent value and excellent service.
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Colour Name: Black
Excellent rucksack once it arrived.
First package arrived was a Tamrac Expedition rucksack - enormous - much much too big & had to be returned.
The second package was exactly what I wanted & has easy access for all kit stowed. Easy to wear, but would have liked to have had the ability to shorten straps further.
Definitely recommend this for anyone who needs the space with quick & easy access to the camera.
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Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
Despite the Tamrac marketing information saying that this bag is suitable for a DSLR with a grip - it isn't!
The opening on the side of the bag that takes the camera is not deep enough (by several inches) and the flash shoe would certainly tear the bag with repeated use. It does however take a DSLR without a grip quite comfortably (ie a Canon 7D size camera).
One other point to note is that the internal compartments are quite small. They won't take a Canon 70-200mm f2.8L for example, but will take a Canon 70-300mm f4.5 L lens which is quite a lot smaller.
If you want a bag that takes a DSLR with a grip, then go for the next size up; the Tamrac Evolution 9 - which also takes lenses the size of the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L.
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