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Tamrac Evolution SpeedRoller Backpack Bag for Camera/Camcorder
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- Holds a DSLR with large telephoto lens attached, another DSLR with 6" lens attached, 2 extra lenses, flash, 15.6" laptop and accessories
- Ball Bearing Wheels / Telescopic Handle
- Dual Top/Bottom Compartments for Gear
- Quick-Clip Tripod Attachment System
- Removable Rain Cover
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With a unique combination of wheels and a backpack harness, this versatile rolling backpack is ideal for getting around town or traveling around the world. Whenever possible, you can roll your heavy photo gear on smooth ball-bearing wheels. The telescoping handle opens and closes with the push of a button. The bottom compartment holds a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached (up to 8”), several extra lenses and a flash. A Windowpane-Mesh pocket inside the front panel keeps accessories like memory cards and batteries organized and visible. The top compartment is completely foam padded with adjustable, removable foam-padded dividers that hold a second camera with a 6” lens attached and two small lenses. With the dividers removed, the top compartment provides storage for personal items. A Windowpane-Mesh accessory pocket inside the top lid keeps small accessories within easy reach. In the back of the top compartment, a foam-padded pocket holds up to a 15.6” screen laptop. On the front, Tamrac’s Quick-Clip Tripod Attachment System carries a tripod securely. Two mesh side pockets hold a water bottle, maps or other necessities. Each side also features a zip-closing accessory pocket to keep small items organized and secure. The Tuck-A-Way harness system keeps the backpack harness straps tucked away inside the padded back when used as a rolling bag. When the road turns rugged, the padded harness with expandable sternum strap can be removed and worn, providing comfort and stability. A removable rain cover is included for extreme weather.
Tamrac Evolution SpeedRoller Backpack 5797
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i absolutely love it
it fits all of my stuff and keeps things well protected
do not be discouraged by the 2 compartments as you can take out the middle part and have it as one big compartment
and it is stylish... not just a square cut bag
great buy and would buy it again
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1. Carryon for camera equipment, in the bottom, with my purse essentials in the top, to simplify travel.
2. Camera in the top and lighting equipment in the bottom, for walking around taking photos, such as macro photos in a botanical garden.
3. The tripod can actually fit inside the bag, along one side, if desired, because the division between the top section and the bottom section is done with velcro. You can open up one side and get the tripod in, if it is on the small side.
4. All the camera dividers can be removed and you have one big rolling backpack.
I'll never use it as a backpack but love the fact that you can open from the top access your camera while it is standing upright, and everything does not fall out. Plus you don't have to bend down as far to put the camera back in as you do with a regular camera bag. This is helpful for us folks on the far side of middle age.
- Excellent quality, as usual from Tamrac.
- Laptop pouch is large, allows for large laptops, and is well padded.
- Size! Very important, particularly when traveling to Europe, many airlines do not allow more than 9 inches depth. This bag is about 9 inches thick. Only some airlines give you grief if over 8 inches, but most other backback roller cases are 12-13 inches, which is not OK even for most US airlines.
- Shape and weight, this is a light-weight bag for its size. I like the tapered edges, which make it look much smaller than the below mentioned competitor, and less of an obviously oversized bag, which it is.
- Well thought out shoulder straps, they can be disconnected and attached cross-wise to make it a shoulder sling bag (not sure how well that works when fully loaded, though). Also well thought out storage for these straps, but they have to be disconnected for storage.
- Good, thick back cushion
- The spandex side pocket holds a standard sized water bottle, which is excellent
- several very useful side pockets, zippered and large enough for filters, batteries and other camera goodies or munchies for travel. Bottle will cover one of the pockets.
- included rain cover, stored in one of those side pockets (can be put elsewhere)
- the extensible pull handle is long enough, albeit shorter than those of competitors. It is a one-column solution, which stows neatly and fully recessed, but the handle cannot be covered (e.g., to protect it from dust and sand).
- Very sturdy and replaceable wheels (Philips screw driver)
- Clear, zippered storage under each of its two cover flaps
- The biggest problem is that the bag has only one carrying handle for regular carry-on handling, there is no handle on the side and the one on top is so close to the extensible handle that they get into each other's way. More importantly, that top handle is so small that I cannot use it. I have fairly large hands, but certainly not unusually large for somebody who opts to carry this much weight on his back.
- Storage is not very useful. The idea of the split compartment is good and is one reason why I bought it (camera equipment on bottom, travel items on top). However, I have so much camera equipment that I need both spaces and once the large camera (Nikon D700) with lens attached is in the top compartment, the space on either side is too small to pack any significant items. I was able to squeeze my headset in, but the problem is that the tapered nature of the bag has all sides (also on the bottom) covered with about one inch of material, making it very difficult to get stuff in and out, even without overloading it. And the split compartments severely limits customization of the space with dividers etc.
- Add-on accessories (such as those from Tamrac) cannot be used, because there are no loops to accommodate those, except for one on the top flap (not reachable when carrying as a back pack).
- whereas it is very large and padded, the laptop pouch is inside the bag, close to your back and causes pressure from both your back and the equipment as well as all the weight of the camera equipment when lying flat. The tapered top also makes it awkward to get the laptop in and out, especially if it is an oversized laptop and if your bag is filled all the way with a large camera body.
- also, the inside solution makes it difficult to get it out quickly for airport security checks. A separate, outside accessible pouch is better for that purpose.
In the end, it was the carry handle that is too small as well as the limited space, caused mainly by the split compartments and tapered form factor, which made this bag a bad solution for what I needed. As I said, there is lots to like about it and people who have less or smaller equipment to carry may like this bag a lot. I uploaded a couple of images for reference. I really liked the tapered form factor and look, but that is exactly what makes it a bad solution for me.
I also compared this to the Think Tank Airport Takeoff Rolling Backpack and, even though it is almost identical in outer dimensions, the Tamrac solution has much less usable space and did not allow for all of my equipment, let alone additional travel items.
I used this bag extensive for 5 days straight. I found that I could safely access all my gear with the bag either standing upright with the two compartments unzipped or lying flat on the ground, which was super convenient. The two inner clear zippered compartments behind each of the two zippered flaps are roomy enough, but they don't offer the kind of compartmentalization found in the ThinkTank. The upper compartment is somewhat limited by the thickness of the 5DM3 body. If I knew I wouldn't need my strobe, I could easily carry my 1DM3 body in the lower section.
Wheels rolled easily. Yes, it does have only the top carrying handle, but my hand fit fine. However, it's a bit tricky getting to it since the grip of the pull handle is adjacent. Only problem I had was that this pull handle wouldn't retract fully into the recess in the back of the case by the 3rd full-day of use. Took it back to my local shop and they swapped me out ASAP. Also, I occasionally had my 13" MacBook Pro in the inside pocket or my iPad. Tight fit, but they did fit. Not sure I'd ever want to use the backpack straps unless there were a ton of stairs I had to negotiate.
I had to walk blocks pulling this heavy bag but not having the weight on my shoulders was truly divine.