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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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.
Tamrac Evolution 8 Sling Backpack - Black 5788
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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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I really enjoyed this product.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for backpack for my camera gear which would be accepted as carry on baggage on airlines. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Flowers
Using this as my mid size bag. Getting 4 lenses ranging from 17-200 and my 5D Mk3 plus lots of accessories. Great quality product. Read morePublished 15 months ago by MR KERRY J WOOLNOUGH
This is a fantastic day sack. The large pocket should be able to hold a laptop without any problems. The bottom main section is the capable of holding a 70D with lens attached. Read morePublished 18 months ago by cjdawson
It's so difficult to select the perfect camera bag. You get one that's too big, you put too much in it and it's crazy heavy on the back. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. D A Hall
Absolutely brilliant bag holds all my equipment easily brought this as already had a smaller one for my other camera and was really pleased with that too and this bag did not... Read morePublished 18 months ago by marie conlin
Very sturdy, superb padding, inspired design. The number of possible configurations is added by the discovery that the floor of the upper compartment is also removable - something... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rose
I've only taken the bag out once so far, and only for a few hours. However, it held a sony 700 mounted to the 70-400G SSM II, and my Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr Ed Hasting-Evans