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Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8, Photo / Laptop Sling Backpack, Brown / Tan
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.3 stars
(based on 3 reviews)
67% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Strong construction(3)
Was this a gift?:
No(3)
 
Nice
By KazeyBVerified Reviewer from Euless Texas on 5/26/2011
Pros:
Easily Accessible Equipment, Roomy, Strong Construction
Cons:
Cumbersome, Poor strap design, Poor weight distribution
Best Uses:
Transporting Gear
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Tamrac Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8, Photo / Laptop Sling Backpack, Brown / Tan:

First impression:
I bought this specifically for carrying my equipment with me on airplanes. It's roomier than I expected. 'Turns out I use it for my backup rig and extra equipment for event photography, as well.

Versatility:
I know this bag can be used as a sling for "quick access," but I don't foresee ever using it that way for a couple reasons so I can't comment to it's effectiveness as a sling bag.

So far I only use the backpack configuration – either hauling it on my back or carrying it brief-style at my side merely for transport. I don't work out of this bag, per se. I use different systems for location photography.

I also never use the third access zipper on the bottom section and secure that with a luggage lock so it doesn't inadvertently work it's way open. So I can't comment to it's usefulness, as it serves no purpose for me.

The center/main compartment access doesn't have the "dump" factor I feared. A strap holds the tele in place in the event of accidental non-closure and the surrounding gear is snuggled into their slots enough that they won't easily fall out. That's a nice safety.

Ergonomics/Comfort:
There are a few issues. Understandably, the bag gets brick-like with a computer in the laptop sleeve, so the bag is not contoured to your upper back, causing the straps to pull on your shoulders and leaving your lower back to support the remainder of the weight. This gets uncomfortable fast. But this bag is as (if not more) comfortable than other loaded laptop packs. Without a laptop, the pack fits to the back better, but still not great. There is still shoulder pull. I wish it was designed to distribute the weight better – more evenly across the entire back and shoulders.

The shoulder straps themselves could use some additional ergonomic considerations, as well - to distribute the weight better – across a broader span of the shoulders (Dear Tamrac, see Lowepro media vests or CamelBak hydration packs). Also, the shoulder straps are crazy long. I'm 6' tall and still had to remove the secondary pads to shorten them enough.

The waist strap is also crazy long. And it only adjusts on one side, so the buckle is way off to one side now, which looks kinda' silly to me. I will probably cut and rework the waist belt myself.

The sternum strap is positioned too low on the shoulder straps to be effective (for my height and build) and is not designed to move up or down; making it more of a breast smasher than a shoulder saver. Not comfy and certainly not flattering! I will probably modify the sternum strap so it works better.

I give the ergonomics 2.5 stars when fully loaded. 3 stars without a laptop in it.

Capacity:
I was worried my 70-200 Sigma lens, at nearly 8" in length, wouldn't fit, but it does – and quite comfortably. I couldn't fit other lenses in with the lens hoods on, but I stowed the hoods in the top compartment and the lenses fit along side the 70-200 nicely. Fully loaded with all my usual photo gear and laptop, it weighs about 24 lbs.

With the tele on my camera, I can fit a lot in this bag with very little rearrangement of the dividers from their factory positions. This is everything I get into this bag comfortably:

Bottom compartment:
• Pentax K20D with battery grip and attached Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM tele with lens hood attached
• Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM lens (lens hood in top compartment)
• Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens (lens hood in top compartment)
• Pentax AF-540FGZ Flash
• Sekonic L-358 Flash Master light meter
• Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 & case
• Seagull right-angle view finder & case

Top compartment:
• 2 Pentax D-BC63 Battery Chargers with cords
• 5 Pentax D-LI63 Camera Batteries
• 2 lens hoods for Sigma 10-20mm & 24-70mm
• Tripod collar for Sigma 70-200mm
• Delkin batter tester
• Energizer AA/AAA battery charger & cord
• 2 polarizers in hard cases (77mm & 82MM)
• R Strap with Joey
• Spydercube
• Room to spare

Exterior pockets:
• Lens/body caps
• Several memory cards
• Rain cover (from Tamrac)
• Misc small accessories

Notebook pocket:
• 15" notebook
• Laptop power cord/pack

Tripod foot:
• Manfrotto pro monopod (looks silly, works great)

I could probably carry an extra camera body and another flash in this bag as well, but it'd just be too darn heavy. I could also carry more with my Tamrac SAS pouches.

4.5 stars on capacity.

Overall:
It does what it's supposed to do, looks stylish and doesn't scream "steal me." 4 stars. But I'll keep watching for more comfy packs.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Didn't work as i thought it might
By Don't have a nicknameVerified Purchaser from Evansville,indiana on 2/7/2011
Pros:
Adjustable Harness, Nicely made, Strong Construction
Cons:
Cumbersome, Didnt' fit as a backpack, Hard To Access Equipment, Tripod pocket too small
Best Uses:
Protecting Gear
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Tamrac Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8, Photo / Laptop Sling Backpack, Brown / Tan:

Iwanted a versatle bag that could carry a tripod,however the tripod pocket is too small except for a momopod.I have a vanguard alta pro and could only get one leg in the pocket.I returned it and am looking for another that might work for me.It's a well made and useful bag if it fits ones needs and body.It wasn't comfortable as a backpack for me.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
You won't be sorry if you buy this!
By Toetally Awesome TomVerified Purchaser from Florida on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Adjustable Harness, Comfortable, Easily Accessible Equipment, Roomy, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Protecting Gear, Storing Gear, Transporting Gear
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Tamrac Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8, Photo / Laptop Sling Backpack, Brown / Tan:

Versatile, Comfortable and Easy to Access Gear

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