Tamrac 5588 Expedition 8x Backpack for SLR Camera, Flash with Accessories & 17" Laptops, Black

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About Tamrac

The Expedition 8x is Tamrac's largest backpack for carrying the most extensive collection of photo equipment. The main compartment is completely foam padded with numerous adjustable, foam-padded dividers to protect multiple pro-size digital or film SLRs, a full range of lenses and flashes.

A camera with a long zoom lens attached is suspended on two vertical, foam-padded dividers that are internally reinforced with rigid plastic. Restraint straps hold the lens firmly in place. Three Windowpane-Mesh pockets inside the front flap visibly organize filters and other accessories. A plastic, foam-padded platform in bottom provides shock protection while a LockDown rain flap protects the zipper from the elements.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Comfortable (9),Strong construction (8),Roomy (7),Adjustable harness (6),Easily accessible equipment (6),Easy to load (3),Good padding (3),Highly adjustable (3),Large capacity / good size (3)
Cons:
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Transporting gear (9),Protecting gear (8),Storing gear (4),Backpacking (3)

Tamrac Features

  • Foam-padded Computer Pocket: Foam-padded front pocket with water-resistant zipper protects laptops with up to 12" screens and provides easy access without disturbing photo gear
  • Dual Hinge Divider System: Dual Hinge Divider System adjusts to allow two digital or film SLRs to be carried with lenses attached
  • "Wing" Accessory Pockets: Dual "wing" pockets with water-resistant zippers organize and provide quick access to important accessories without disturbing your other gear. These "wing" pockets also feature Tamrac's U.S.- patented Memory & Battery Management System
  • QuickClip Tripod Attachment System: A tripod is cradled (centered and balanced) securely between these pockets with Tamrac's QuickClip tripod attachment system while the lower, plastic-reinforced Tripod Foot Pocket holds two of the tripod legs secure
  • The Harness: The state-of-the-art harness system with Dual-Density Comfort Pads provides maximum carrying comfort while Air Flow Channels help keep you cool and dry during extended use. The pack is also equipped with an adjustable waist belt and an expandable sternum strap for finer adjustments
  • M.A.S. and S.A.S. Compatible: Strap Accessory System (S.A.S.) and Modular Accessory System (M.A.S.) attachment slots on the pack provide a convenient place to carry Tamrac's optional M.A.S. and S.A.S. products. Four SpiderTabs provide additional attachment points

Tamrac Specifications

Accommodates
Digital or film SLRs, a full range of lenses, flashes & 17" laptops
Internal Dimensions
11 W x 6 1/4 D x 20 1/2 H
28 x 16 x 52 cm
External Dimensions
13 W x 13 1/2 D x 22 H
33 x 34 x 56 cm
Weight
7 lb. 4 oz. (3293g)
Warranty
Tamrac 5 Year Warranty

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Phenomenal Bag

I could not be more pleased with this bag. I'm able to simultaneously store the following with no issues: Nikon D3 with 70-200 lens attached Nikon D3 with 14-24 lens attached 4 Speedlights 1 Speedlight Commander 4 other lenses of vaious sizes 3 collapsible reflectors in the laptop section It took some creative thinking to adjust the dividers but it all fits nice and secure. Very heavy with all this inside but the well-padded waistbelt makes it comfortable to carry. As an example, I got this b...

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I could not be more pleased with this bag. I'm able to simultaneously store the following with no issues: Nikon D3 with 70-200 lens attached Nikon D3 with 14-24 lens attached 4 Speedlights 1 Speedlight Commander 4 other lenses of vaious sizes 3 collapsible reflectors in the laptop section It took some creative thinking to adjust the dividers but it all fits nice and secure. Very heavy with all this inside but the well-padded waistbelt makes it comfortable to carry. As an example, I got this bag 2 days before traveling to Pittsburgh. It's sized to be used as carry-on but the plane's overhead bins were too small so they made me check it at the gate despite my protests. To my shock everything came out fine. I wouldn't recommend checking this bag but it's nice to know your equipment has a fighting chance.

Reviewed by 11 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what I wanted

By

from Black Forest, CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

The only disadvantage with this product is that it is so well built that you can put too much into it for an aging back. I have looked at many backpacks for camera equipment and found this fit my needs and quality requirements better than other packs. Bought it used from Adorama at an excellent price and it looked like new to me when I received it! The evaluation by Adorama was conservative; it was in better condition than I expected. The back is constructed with a special pad for the small of your back so it fits very snuggly and comfortably!

 
5.0

Big Bag - Quality Construction

By

from Cookeville, TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I wanted a bag to carry all of my equipment to and from on-location shoots. Previously, my gear was split into two bags which proved quite inconvenient. This bag is certainly roomy. I cannot attest to how comfortable it is to hike with on long trips - in my opinion, it's not really made for that. Why? There's no storage area set aside for anything but camera gear. It's made to carry a lot of camera gear and nothing else. And it does that perfectly. How much can this bag hold? Well, let's see... In the main compartment: Canon 5D Mark II Canon 7D Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Kenko 1.4x Teleconverter (3) umbrella swivels 58mm ND filter 77mm B+W ND filter 77mm B+W CPOL 77mm Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo Various step-up rings Extra body/rear element caps Tascam DR-07 audio recorder Windscreen In the outer pockets: Wired remote trigger Wireless trigger RC-1 Lens cleaning cloths Extra DSLR batteries Several memory cards Gaffer's tape And, admittedly, I haven't really filled the outer pockets. My point? This bag is designed to carry a lot of equipment. For that, it works very well. I've been pleasantly surprised by the durability and ruggedness of this bag so far. If you're looking for a bag that can carry most of your camera equipment with you wherever you go, this is the bag for you.

 
5.0

everything fits

By

from Jacksonville florida  -  Casual Photographer

perfect for transporting gear. able to keep everything close at hand.

 
4.0

Big

By

from San Antonio, TX  -  Pro Photographer

This thing is huge. The only thing that I don't like about it is that the hip straps can not be removed and it will not fit as a carry on for airplanes. Other than that, it is fantastic.

 
5.0

Excellent / Comfortable

By

from Ron.jansen[@]  -  Casual Photographer

A great purchase, comfortable roomy backback unit with expandable options.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Phenomenal Bag

By

from Boston, MA  -  Pro Photographer

I could not be more pleased with this bag. I'm able to simultaneously store the following with no issues: Nikon D3 with 70-200 lens attached Nikon D3 with 14-24 lens attached 4 Speedlights 1 Speedlight Commander 4 other lenses of vaious sizes 3 collapsible reflectors in the laptop section It took some creative thinking to adjust the dividers but it all fits nice and secure. Very heavy with all this inside but the well-padded waistbelt makes it comfortable to carry. As an example, I got this bag 2 days before traveling to Pittsburgh. It's sized to be used as carry-on but the plane's overhead bins were too small so they made me check it at the gate despite my protests. To my shock everything came out fine. I wouldn't recommend checking this bag but it's nice to know your equipment has a fighting chance.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sturdy Comfortable and Secure

By

from Portland, OR  -  Photo Enthusiast

This Bag is very well constructed and well designed for camera equipment and a lap top. My bag has been to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Asia and Europe. The rain seal and covered zippers are very good at keeping out both rain and desert dust. The bag fits in most airline over head luggage compartments but is too big to fit under seats. My only complaint is that with a name like Expedition, you would think there would be compartments for personal gear like a few clothes or trekking gear.

 
5.0

It's Huge

By

from Marietta GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

While this bag is not for everyone, serious photogs have got to love it! Serious protection for lots of gear, easy organization ol lenses and accessories. The sorting system for batteries and mem cards is both ingenious and user friendly. I believe anyone with 2 bodies and multiple lenses, flash, etc, will be impressed with this bags usability. It can be somewhat heavy though!!!

 
4.0

Lot's of Room

By

from McKinney, TX

I like to use backpacks for my camera gear even though I don't use it for hiking. This pack holds a ton of stuff, but it is designed for outdoor use as it states. I'm happy with it overall and it definitely holds my equipment, but would love it if it had a few less straps and wasn't quite so bulky.

 
5.0

A real Cadillac of a backpack

By

from Allenton,WI.  -  Casual Adventurer

Super plush pack with loads of padding on the straps as well as on the back.If your looking for comfort and loads of space for your gear this is the one for you.I also am able to attach a fairly good sized tripod to it to tote around.Also it has a good sized pocket for a laptop.A SUPER PACK.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOHN B B  I needed additional room for my gear and my 17" computer. This offered the most space in a backpack style unit. I do have a unit on wheels that I use from time to time but I like having the equipment on my back.
EDWARD C  Will the Expedition 8x hold a Nikon D800 with battery grip, a 400mm f2.8,and several other pro lenses? Will a 70-200mm f2.8 lens be able to stand straight up or need to lay down in this bag?
RICHARD H  Might be tight, but not knowing the size of the lenses, here are some dimensions that might help you decide. I measured the inside dimensions of mine - with my D700 and battery pack, there is abut 16 inches of lens space left. Inside depth (top to bottom) is about 6.5-7 inches. Inside width is about 12.5 inches. Overall, really nice bag - I use it anytime I take my full complement of gear, but only pack a Nikon 200mm 2.8 as largest lens. I carry a 300mm 2.8 in a separate lens case. Good luck.
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