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Tamrac 5575 Expedition 5 SLR Photo Backpack (Black)
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- The Expedition 5 is the perfect mid-sized pack for a wide range of photographic equipment
- Dual Wing pockets feature Tamracs patented Memory & Battery Management System to identify available memory cards and batteries
- QuickClip tripod attachment system holds tripod centered and balanced while Tripod Foot Pocket holds two tripod legs secure
- State of the art harness system features Dual Density Comfort Pads and Air Flow Channels
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|Item Dimensions||10.1 x 14.5 x 18.3 inches|
|Item Weight||4.5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||4.54 pounds|
The Expedition 5 is the perfect mid-sized pack for a wide range of photographic equipment. Dual "wing" pockets with water-resistant zippers organize and provide quick access to important accessories without disturbing your other gear. These "wing" pockets feature Tamrac's Patented Memory & Battery Management System¿ that uses red flags to identify available memory cards and batteries. Tamrac's QuickClip¿ tripod attachment system holds a tripod centered and balanced, while the lower, plastic-reinforced Tripod Foot Pocket holds two tripod legs secure. The main compartment protects a digital or film SLR, 5-7 lenses and a flash. Two Windowpane-Mesh pockets inside the front flap visibly organize filters, film and other accessories. A plastic, foam-padded platform in the bottom provides shock protection while a LockDown¿ Rain Flap protects the zipper from the elements. The state-of-the-art harness system features Dual-Density Comfort Pads to provide maximum carrying comfort while Air Flow Channels help keep you cool and dry. Compatible with Tamrac's Modular Accessory System¿ and Strap Accessory System¿ products.
Top customer reviews
Second, THIS IS A BACKPACK. You need to remove it in order to get at your equipment. If you want quicker access to your equipment, you need a shoulder bag, "sling" bag, or something similar. I opted for the backpack due to back and neck problems. The backpack distributes the load better than a shoulder bag.
The 5575 is a very generous bag while still fitting on my back quite well. Compared to the smaller bag I used before, it is easier to get on and off because it's wider. I am able to carry a full size SLR with lens, a 70 - 300 mm Vibration Reduction lens with lens shade, an 18 - 35 mm lens with shade (big diameter), a flash unit in its case, the camera battery charger, plus assorted power and video cables in the main compartment with room to spare. I could also carry two to three more lenses with some rearranging. The bag includes a generous number of "Velcro" fastened dividers. I had enough left to add some extra padding at the bottom of the case. The two internal pockets permit ample room for filter cases and other small items. I carry manuals etc. in the secondary compartment. A special feature of this pack is the "wing" pockets. I carry batteries and memory cards in one. The other is still empty. The lower outside compartment is designed to hold the feet of a tripod when it is strapped to the pack.
The 5575 has an exceptionally nice "harness". It is well padded in the shoulder area and has a sternum strap to keep everything in place. The lower part of the pack incorporates a lumbar pad which should help with posture and prevent backaches.
Other features include thin "feet" on the bottom to protect the bag, a rain shield over the main compartment zipper area that can be tightened in place, extra security straps for the main compartment and the necessary fittings for the Tamrac "MAS" and "SAS" components. Fortunately, this bag is big enough that I don't need these accessory cases as I did on smaller bags.
I like this bag very much. The only problem so far is that several of the zippers can close very close to each other, and you have to be careful to use the correct pair. This is a minor concern.
The Tamrac is a much better option. At first I thought the main disadvantage would be having to set the pack on the ground to get my camera out. On the trail, this can sometimes be a muddy proposition. I solved this problem by adding straps to the side strap attachments on the Tamrac bag. Then I can hang the bag from a tree branch, railing, etc.
There is plenty of options inside to organize all my equipment. The main compartment securely holds my Canon 400D with battery grip and 70-200 f/4L lens attached. It also holds my 17-55 f/2.8 lens. My Bogen tripod easily and securely attaches to the provided straps.
This bag is just the right size in my opinion. Not too small and not as big and cumbersome as the larger Tamrac bags surely are.
My only gripe (hence the 4 star rating) is the belt on this bag. I wish it was wider and padded.
I have the following gear being carried in this pack:
Canon 400D body (although there's room for even a 5D body!
Canon 17-40 L lens
Canon 24-105 L lens
Canon 100-400 L lens (yes, the biggie!...even in it's own carry pouch!)
BG-E3 battery grip
Tons of batteries
Lens hoods for all my lenses!
Several CF cards
IR shutter remote
Pad of paper and pen
My camera manual (just in case)
All my gear fits into this pack and the quality is very sturdy!
I highly recommend this pack!
PS, got this to replace an Expedition 3 when I added more gear; I keep the 3 for my 2-lens urban treks; it holds any two of the above and more.