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Tamrac 5588 Expedition 8x Photo/Laptop Backpack (Black)
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- The Expedition 8x is Tamrac's largest pack for the most extensive collection of photo equipment.
- Two "wing" accessory pockets with water-resistant zippers organize and provide quick access to important accessories
- A tripod is carried between these pockets with Tamrac's QuickClip tripod attachment system.
- An SLR with lens attached is held on 2 vertical, foam-padded dividers.
- Two Windowpane-Mesh pockets organize filters and accessories.
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|Item Dimensions||22 x 13.5 x 13 inches|
|Item Display Weight||3,282 grams|
|Item Weight||7.26 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||5 Year Materials & Workmanship|
|Shipping Weight||7 pounds|
The Expedition 8x is Tamrac's largest pack for 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 and film SLRs with lenses attached, a full range of lenses, and flashes. A foam-padded front pocket with a water-resistant zipper holds most 17" screen laptops. Two "wing" accessory pockets with water-resistant zippers organize and provide quick access to important accessories without disturbing the photo gear. These "wing" accessory pockets also feature Tamrac's patented Memory & Battery Management System that uses red flags to identify available memory cards and batteries from ones that have been used up. A tripod is carried between these pockets with Tamrac's QuickClip tripod attachment system. Inside, the camera with a long zoom lens attached is suspended on two vertical, foam-padded dividers that are internally reinforced with rigid plastic. A restraint strap holds lens firmly in place. A Dual-Hinge Divider System allows a second SLR to be carried with a lens attached. Three 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 the LockDown Rain Flap protects the zipper from the elements. 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 a BioCurve dual-pivoting waist belt and an expandable sternum strap. Internal Dimensions: 11W x 6.25D x 20.5H. External Dimensions: 13W x 13.5D x 22H. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Top Customer Reviews
This bag also fit my frame better than the others I tried. One thing I highly recommend is to go to a local camera store and try the bag on before you order it on Amazon. Make sure it fits you well because these things are bulky and costly to ship back if you want to return it. A return will quickly offset the significant cost savings you find on these bags on Amazon over reatil store prices (can be as much as 25% cheaper than retail).
I recommend this bag. A couple of minor things I would change, hence the 4 stars, but for me this bag works well and meets the need.
Unfortunately, my experience with the backpack did not survive the first encounter. I loaded the backpack up with my camera gear (2 D/SLRs, 5 lenses, three flashes, batteries and PSD and other gear) and the laptop. The total weight including the backpack itself was 30.2lb. The first time I tried to heft up the pack to wear it, the top of the left strap began to tear from the bag. That was it. That was all it took to convince me to return it to Amazon. I'm sorry, if something as fundamental as the shoulder strap of the backpack can't hold the weight, then I have no confidence in the durability or the workmanship of the pack.
For those interested, I've uploaded a photo of the damaged strap.
In the main compartment, I store two D300's with battery grips on, with a 70-200mm f/2.8 on one and an 17-55mm f/2.8 mounted on the other, along with 3 other lenses, a TC, 3 extra battery packs for the grips, bulky (Black Rapid and UPstrap) straps, 2 speedlights, and I STILL have some room I haven't used.
On the inside of the large flap that covers the main compartment, there are 3 rows of clear pockets that hold all of my accessories - filters, expodisc, demb diffuser, rocket blower, lens pens, gels.....
Finally, on the outside of the pack there are two long pockets that hold a ton of batteries (easily 48) & many memory cards (there are four little pockets in each side that could easily hold 3 CF cards each, so that is 24 CF cards...or maybe some more batteries). Between these two pockets there are straps that can hold a tripod, with a bottom pocket/pouch to support the tripod. There are also straps on the sides of the pack to attach additional M.A.S. (or LowePro, or Think Tank) modular components.
The shoulder straps and waist belt are well padded, very durably constructed (IDK what happened with the guy who's strap tore, bad luck, I'd assume), and very comfortable.
The only drawback I can see to it (assuming you need a bag this big), is that it doesn't come with a rain cover. The main compartment zipper has a rain flap to go over it, but I would have liked to have an integrated rain cover like many of the LowePro and Think Tank products do. You can by a separate rain cover to add to it, however.
Overall, an excellent very large back pack.
It can carry a TON of stuff. Two or three camera bodies (with motor drives / battery packs attached) depending on how you pack them, 200 or 300mm lens on their sides (or attached to a body) as well as a slew of primes and smaller zooms (24-105 etc.) on their ends. Filters, batteries, straps, flash, chargers, manuals, film and memory cards - and a lot more.
Even when fully loaded with camera gear, you can stuff some of the largest "laptop" workstations in to the computer slot.
The bag has been very durable for me even when heavily loaded - like 40lbs. I have carried it for hundreds of miles through all kinds of brush, forest, and sand. When cleaned it still ends up looking almost new. I have bounced it around in the back of pickup trucks and jeeps for thousands of miles. Best of all, no damaged gear to date.
Very thick and well padded wide straps - they don't cut in to your shoulders or make your arms go numb.
Excellent padding for your back and lower back, very comfortable to wear for long periods of time (over 6 hours at a stretch).
It has places on the sides to attach even more stuff - I have a couple of 400+ mm lens that I can strap one per side, and a tripod down the center (two quick connect straps). I have never carried the thing that way for more than 25 feet around the house to go to the scale and weigh it - nearly 75lbs...
There are even attachment locations on the straps for things like phones, film, batteries, and flashlights.
Light rain, wet trees, and morning dew is no big deal, no extra covers or wraps needed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I replaced by old notebook computer, my new one would not fit into my existing Tamrac 5549 Adventure. It's 17" screen was just about a half inch too big to fit. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. C. LEONARD
A perfect size for my entire rig. 6 lenses including my 50-500mm and 70-200 and two flashes with all accessories and my fx body and grip. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brad
Great use it to store as well as transport photographic equipmentPublished 10 months ago by Robert S. Balaban
Tons of space, super customizable, very well made, and is comfortable to wear even when completely full of gear. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Justin Yngelmo
Fathers birthday gift loved the bag. Perfect for his camrea gear as well as traveling.Published 11 months ago by Kerel C.
I've run through what seems like countless numbers of large camera backpacks by many different brands...and the Expedition 8X is probably the best all-around bag for my purposes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by TyCoop
Best backpack in the market, don't hesitate to buy it. Amazing build qualityPublished 16 months ago by Alejandro
If you are hauling a lot of glass and cameras this is the guy to do it withPublished 23 months ago by Thomas C. Ellis
I used to have the same one just one size smaller for about 8 years. I used it almost every day and abused the heck out of it. Read morePublished on October 22, 2014 by David Hofmann