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Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan)

B&H # TA5788BRT Mfr # 578885
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Product Highlights
  • Fits DSLR Camera With 8" Lens Attached
  • Holds Laptops with a Screen up to 15.6"
  • 600D PolyTek with Ballistic Nylon
  • Adjustable, Fully Padded Dividers
  • Many Pockets for Accessories
  • Carry Handle
  • Backpack Harness with 2 Padded Straps

The Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan) can be carried as a backpack and as a sling pack on either shoulder. The pack has a Triple Access System that allows gear to be accessed through the front door and through 2 side doors. It can carry and protect a D-SLR camera and up to an 8.0" lens attached, several additional lenses, a flash and accessories. The rear, completely foam-padded laptop pocket holds most laptop computers with a screen up to 15.6". For quick access to the camera gear, slip off 1 shoulder strap, swing the pack around to the front, and open the side door to access a D-SLR camera with a lens attached. To get to additional equipment, swing the pack around to the opposite shoulder and open the side door on the other side of the pack. When worn as a backpack, the 2 foam-padded shoulder straps, waist belt, and chest strap distribute the weight. To convert to a sling pack, cross-connect a single shoulder strap (red to red) for carrying on the right shoulder, or (blue to blue) for carrying on the left shoulder. The other strap is easily tucked away inside the back harness.

The Evolution 8 pack side doors feature 2 memory card pockets and a pocket to store lens caps while shooting. There is a windowpane-mesh accessory pocket inside the front door for small accessories, a mesh pocket in the top compartment for small accessories and a windowpane-mesh pocket on the inside door panel holds additional small items, In addition each side has a zipper-closing pocket for accessories like a phone or iPod. The pack has a QuickClip tripod attachment system with a Tripod Foot Pocket that allows a tripod to be carried. There is a removable rain cover for use during extreme weather that can be stored in a right-side pocket.

Construction
  • 600 denier PolyTek with ballistic nylon exterior
  • Foam padded interior
  • Internal dividers are foam-padded and fully adjustable
  • Zipper closure
To convert to a sling pack, cross-connect a single shoulder strap (red to red) for carrying on the right shoulder, or (blue to blue) for carrying on the left shoulder. The other strap is easily tucked away inside the back harness
Triple Access System allows gear to be accessed through the front door and through two side doors
For quick access to camera gear, slip off one shoulder strap, swing the pack around to the front, and open the side door to access a D-SLR camera with a lens attached. To get to additional equipment, swing the pack around to the opposite shoulder and open the side door on the other side of the pack. When removed, all gear can be accessed through the door to the main compartment
Foam-padded top compartment for personal gear or photo accessories
Pockets
  • Completely foam-padded laptop pocket holds most laptop computers with a screen up to 15.6"
  • Both side doors feature 2 memory card pockets and a pocket to store lens caps while shooting
  • Windowpane-mesh accessory pocket inside the front door for small accessories
  • Mesh pocket in top compartment for small accessories
  • Windowpane-mesh pocket on inside door panel holds additional small items
  • Each side has a zipper-closing pocket for accessories like a phone or iPod
QuickClip tripod attachment system with a Tripod Foot Pocket allows tripod to be carried
Removable rain cover for use during extreme weather can be stored in a right-side pocket
Carrying options
  • Worn as a backpack there are 2 foam-padded shoulder straps, a waist belt, and a chest strap that distributes the weight
  • When worn as a sling pack it can be used on either shoulder
Compatible with
  • D-SLR camera and up to an 8.0" lens attached, several additional lenses, a flash and accessories
  • Laptops computers with a screen up to 15.6"
Material Exterior: 600 denier PolyTek with ballistic nylon
Interior: Foam padded
Type of Closure Zipper
Exterior Dimensions 12.5 x 8.75 x 19" (32 x 22 x 48cm) (WxDxH)
Interior Dimensions Top Compartment: 10.0 x 5.75 x 7.5" (25 x 15 x 19cm) (WxDxH)
Bottom compartment: 11 x 6.0 x 9.75" (28 x 15 x 25cm) (WxDxH)
Device Compatibility Laptop: 15 x 10.25 x 1.5" (38 x 26 x 4cm) (WxDxH)
Tripod Holder Yes
Waist Belt Yes
Carrying/Transport Options Carry handle
Backpack/sling straps
Weight 4.0 lbs, 12 oz (2.17kg)
Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan)
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  • 5-Year Warranty
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    Tamrac5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 183 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (102)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (70)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily accessible equipment (133)
    • Comfortable (132)
    • Strong construction (125)
    • Adjustable harness (109)
    • Roomy (101)

    Cons

    • Heavy (18)
    • Cumbersome (7)
    • Hard to access equipment (6)
    • Too small (6)

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (133)
    • Protecting gear (109)
    • Storing gear (78)
    • Travel (12)
    • Hiking (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (78), Semi-pro photographer (36), Casual photographer (17), Pro photographer (17), Photography student (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (135), Yes (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What I was looking for.

    First things first, Nothing is perfect so I wont claim this to be. Finding the right camera bag is tough and very personal, but I think this could work for alot of people....Read complete review

    First things first, Nothing is perfect so I wont claim this to be. Finding the right camera bag is tough and very personal, but I think this could work for alot of people. I was looking for a new secondary / "day bag" for times when I didn't want to bring all of my gear or when I am out with my family. I was using a Tamrac Velocity 8x and while I love the quick access and construction quality I did not like how heavy it was and that it did not have alot of space for personal items. Looking around I found this bag and decided to give it a try.

    Storage:
    Despite what other reviewers have said it does hold all the gear I wanted it to. I currently have it holding a,
    Canon 5D mark II with Battery Grip
    24-105 f/4L IS w/ hood
    70-200 f/4L IS w/ hood
    85 f/1.8 w/ hood
    & 430EX II.
    it is arranged so that I can store the camera with any lens attached. There are other pockets for things like memory cards, batteries, filters, etc. that all seem fine though I don't really use them. The top compartment is a nice size and has netting and a pouch for personal items. I use this to store diapers, wipes, snacks, maps, keys and pretty much everything else one would need for a day out with a small child. This is a big plus because we no longer have to carry two bags and my wife doesn't need a purse.

    Size and Comfort:
    The Evolution is about as big as a normal sized backpack. I don't find it too bulky to carry at all. I have not flown with it yet but have taken larger bags with me as carry-ons. Comfort wise is where this bag won me over. I use it as a backpack and although the padding isn't super thick on the straps it feels just right. Even with everything loaded into it I don't feel it getting too heavy. It doesn't put all the weight on one spot like a sling would.

    Access:
    Access is where this bag falls a bit short but I'm willing to compromise due to it's comfort and storage options. You can get into the camera section from either side or from the front. As a backpack you take one arm out of the strap and bring it around to get the camera. This work very well and isn't any trouble but this only gets you access to the camera not the extra lenses and such. You are supposed to flip the bag to the other side for extra lenses or take off the pack and get them through the front. This is not as easy as the Velocity series where everything is right there. What I have found however is that since the flaps are velcro'd in place I can just undo the flap and grab what I need then redo the velcro. It's not ideal but it does work.

    Verdict: Every bag has compromises and for my needs I like this model. I would recommend it to someone who has a small kit as their main bag but I think the best use is for a day-trip bag. The comfort and storage are great and it still will let me grab my camera and change lenses on the fly. I wish it had a M.A.S. attachment for my water bottle holder but I just wear it on my belt instead. If you are looking at this bag just take a minute and think about what features you need and what you can compromise on and you'll know if this will work for you.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    So close, but one flaw...

    I bought this bag as it was said to fit a DSLR with grip and a 15.4 computer. When I got home with it I was in love with the design, but upon trying...Read complete review

    I bought this bag as it was said to fit a DSLR with grip and a 15.4 computer. When I got home with it I was in love with the design, but upon trying to fit my camera a Canon 50D with grip in it, the bag wasn't tall enough... You could fit it with a 50mm lens but it still sticks out really bad offering zero for protection to the camera if you bump it.

    I am really frustrated because if they would have simply made it a 1/2-1 inch taller it would work perfectly with a grip sized DSLR. So my thoughts are if you don't have a grip sized camera this bag is amazing and you should pick it up for sure, but if you do have a grip sized DSLR it's not going to work out so well....

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    5.0

    Awesome Backpack!!

    By davir105

    from Stroudsburg, Pa.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

      Shopped around to replace my sling bag. Although they all say they will fit a camera with battery grip, they don't! Tamrac does! Well constructed and designed. Especially like the side access for my camera!

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      5.0

      Great Bag

      By Noel

      from South Carolina

      Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

      Well-made, rugged, strong. Can pack a full frame camera, three lenses, and miscellaneous items. Great for longer trips when you need additional equipment. Only complaint, which isn't much of one, is that the straps are too long for a smaller person like myself.

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      5.0

      tough as nails!

      By Will

      from California

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Padded

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

        This bag is well built and nicely padded, holds 15" laptop, 2 DSLR's and one Mirrorless all with lenses attached, plus 4 extra lenses and many accessories, has a strap for your tripod and various ways you can setup the back straps. My bag was left on my jeep tire on an expedition and was ran over, all that was damaged severely was the strap and my laptop, but my cameras and all other equipment was left undamaged! right now im only using my back up hand bag, but I will be buying another tamrac.

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Nice Bag

        By Bobby B

        from Knoxville TN

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear

          Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

          I liked the bag. The lay out was not really what I was looking for. The quality is great.

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          • No

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          5.0

          pretty close to perfect

          By geecheeboy

          from Charleston, SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

            I recently purchased this after purchasing the Evo 9 and deciding it was too large. To be fair, the Evo 9 may be perfect if you're on assignment for National Geographic and have to carry a full complement of fast lenses, but I found it a bit overwhelming. Additionally, the Evo 8 fits comfortably in an overhead bin, I doubt a fully loaded Evo 9 would.

            This was my first side-access bag to take hiking (the Mist Trail at Yosemite), and I must say that it is a wonderful feature. It easily held a D800 w/ 200 Micro-Nikkor ready for access in 4 seconds on one side, and another camera with wide-angle lens on the other. The shoulder straps are comfortable, and the choice of sternum and / or waist straps are a welcome addition. The only slight bummer about using it on the trail was that I felt all the extra padding required for the laptop compartment was waisted when hiking, although that feature is extraordinarily useful during air travel. Indeed, the various pockets on the sides are perfect for holding tickets, wallet, etc., better than any other pack I've used.

            I've come to the conclusion that there are possibly perfect packs for transporting your gear while traveling, and there may be perfect packs for hiking, but they are not one and the same. I guess I'm going to have to order an Evo 6 and see if it's the ideal trail pack, or maybe just look for an insert to put into a Camelback for hiking (none of the Evo's have mesh pockets for water bottles). It's really not a problem, those of us who worry about such things are blessed.

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            5.0

            100%

            By The Beach Flea

            from Bend, OR

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

              This backpack is perfect for a light gear pack. It holds the 4 lenses I travel with as well as 2 backs. The side gear doors work very well.

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              5.0

              "Top Notch"

              By Eddie

              from Katy, Texas

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

                I bought this backpack for a trip to Africa. The size was the most important point due to restrictions by the airline. This bag fits that to a tee. Lots of room and really easy to reach all the pockets and zippers. The construction of this bag is top of the line.

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                5.0

                Great Travel / Day pack

                By Jaybyrd

                from Oceanside, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Fits Under Airline Seats
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction
                • Very Versatile

                Cons

                • Chest Strap Too High
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear
                • Travel Daypack

                Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

                Just returned from 12 days in Alaska. Independent touring and a cruise. Purchased the Evol 8 for the trip. It performed exceptionally well and is very well constructed. The camera compartment held the D7000, an 18-140, 70-300, binoculars, a charger, sunglasses and cell charger. With room to spare. The top section was good for passports, camera "raincoat", meds, a book, lunches, and a stainless steel coffee mug. The computer compartment was used to hold my rain shell and pants. Fit great. and the two outside compartments were good for stuff like chap stick, bug and glasses wipes, etc.The bag fits easily under airplane and tour buss seats and stood up well, absorbing all of the bumping and kicking, never phasing the equipment.The biggest challenge was getting it to fit/ride comfortably. When loaded, it is substantially heavy, and I am 5'6, 150#. But with some patience and using the waist belt, I got it to fit well and ride comfortably even while hiking.I was very pleased with it's performance.It is a bit bulky and big for me as an everyday bag, but was perfect for the trip.

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                5.0

                Great line of packs

                By SkyE

                from Tahoe

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                  I have owned a evolution 9 for about a year and love it. I got this smaller model as a 2nd pack for my assistant. It works really well. I love the side access for quickly getting a camera out. I also love the various pouches and pockets for stashing batteries, cards, filters, etc. I have put my evolution 9 through some serious hikes, including a downpour in Olympia that would have soaked all my gear if not for the awesome included rain fly. All the zippers are still smooth and in good shape, which is what usually goes out first for me. (the evolution 8 is identical to the 9 except for being slightly smaller)

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                  5.0

                  Great bag

                  By MAKI

                  from Franklin, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Straps too long

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                  Wanted a bag to hold camera, laptop and general stuff for vacation. Loved it so much that it's become my daily bag. Very well made and comfortable to wear. My only issue is that the straps are extra long to be able too use as cross body bag, but if you're normally using as a backpack the extra length a pain to deal with, and really don't want to cut them yet, just in case.

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                  3.0

                  Good space, uncomfortable straps

                  By Alex

                  from Gainesville, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy

                  Cons

                  • Uncomfortable Straps

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

                    Checked out this backpack for use in traveling/hiking. I have a Nikon D60 with a 28-300 lens, memory cards, batteries, personal items, and often travel with a 15" laptop. This pack had plenty of room for all these items, and the side access to get to the camera would have been a plus. However, I tried the pack on with my lpatop and camera/lens loaded and the straps were very uncomfortable. The inner side of the straps has a rough, leather like pad. I assume this is to prevent it slipping, but resulting in bad rubbing on the shoulders. The chest strap is at an ackwark location across the chest and not adjustable up and down. The waist strap seems to be intended for a wide range of girths. For my average frame this resulted in the buckle being far to the right after adjustment with a long length of excess strap. I would definitely recommend trying this backpack on with some weight in it to see how it fits you before making a permanent purchase. Fortunately, B&H has a good return policy.

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                    4.0

                    Very Well Thoughtout

                    By Nobodeuno

                    from WNC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                      This is one of the better working bags around for hikes as well as location work. Very easy to access everything, has plenty of room for a fairly large kit. Works to hold several lenses and a couple pro bodies...it is not too bulky and offers very good protection as Tamrac is known for. Other makers sacrifice some durability and protection in order to save a pound. Bag is very customizable and they have placed allot of velcro in the main compartment for arranging dividers. Craftsmanship and materials are excellent...zippers are smooth and safe. I despise sticky hard to use zippers that some companies use. I love that you can hide ALL external straps for a clean package and I fit it on my rolling luggage for airport transit. Brown is a great color too. Overall a great bag...I carry a ton of stuff in an under the plane seat backpack. As with any loaded bag it can get heavy, but the design and dimensions are fairly compact for such a large capacity bag. It is fairly comfortable, not the most I've used though. I do like the versatility of the strap configuration. If traveling internationally I pack the awesome Lowpro Shoulder Sport 18L, which I pack in my carryon and it completely folds flat for sightseeing when I don't need a huge kit. So IMO, this is a keeper!

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                      5.0

                      Good functionality and light weight

                      By Stuart B.

                      from Greenwich, CT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Roomy
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

                        I like the fact that one can swing the bag across your chest to get reasonably quick access to your camera.

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                        5.0

                        Best bag ever

                        By Vi

                        from Montana

                        Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

                        Perfect size and protection for traveling. Strong material and lots of storage and accessible pockets. Not too bulky but amazing space for your laptop and camera with lens.

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                        4.0

                        Holds a lot

                        By Producer Jon

                        from Mission Viejo, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Side access

                        Cons

                        • Cumbersome

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Black):

                        I like all it holds. It's a little big for running around.

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                        5.0

                        Well designed and comfortable to wear

                        By JerryJ

                        from Kennewick, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Comfortable
                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Roomy
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                        I'm an adventure travel enthusiast. Seeing a new country from a hiking trail, bicycle, kayak, or horseback beats seeing it from a fast moving bus any day. I bought this backpack to carry my new Olympus OMD E-M5, lenses, filters, tripod, and other accessories on my travels, both on the trail and on the plane. The bag is solidly built and comfortable to wear. Perhaps a little bit heavier than I'd hoped, but a price you pay for the ample protection of my photography gear. The upper compartment is large enough to hold essential trail necessities like a lunch, rain jacket, and small first aid kit. The only improvement I'd like to see is the addition of a webbed pocket or two for water bottles. I'm anxious to give this pack a workout on an upcoming trip to the canyon lands of southern Utah.

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                        4.0

                        Just what I was looking for

                        By Mike

                        from Southern Illinois

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Storing Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                          I was looking for a backpack that I could take on a couple of extended trips. I needed a backpack that I could carry a 5D MkII, a couple of lenses, flash, & accessories. I also needed one that would work as a carry-on because I certainly don't want to surrender my equipment to airline personnel. My laptop fits fine, I will store it in the backpack for the plane ride. I also like the idea that you can convert the pack to a sling pack.

                          I haven't actually used the backpack yet, but my research on this showed a couple of minuses. First, the straps may not be as comfortable as other backpacks. Secondly, the tripod holder will only accomodate compact tripods. For that reason, I bought a couple of straps that will fit in loops at the bottom of the pack. I plan to strap my tripod underneath the pack.

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                          4.0

                          Great camera backpack

                          By Forest guy

                          from Foresthill, ca

                          Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                          Good solid, stable backpack. Only thing I would add to future backpacks is to have more padding on front part of backpack and different tripod support pocket. Good for traveling

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                          4.0

                          An excellent bag that serves me well.

                          By Padraig

                          from McHenry, IL

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Harness
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Roomy

                          Cons

                          • High Chest Strap

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                          I carry a Rebel 3Ti camera kit with an additional 75-300mm lens, a second Panasonic camera and a Sony camcorder. Everything is well protected and the dividers are adjustable. I just wish the inside would be of a light color. I appreciate the multiple pouches to hold filters, memory cards, etc.. There is room to spare for accessories such as a charger and spare batteries. The compartment above the main photo compartment is spacious enough for a small water bottle or anything small that is not photo equipment related. I have an iPad with its case in the very deep padded pocket and I still could put a few magazines or books.

                          The versatility for carrying and accessing the bag is by far its main advantage. It may take you a while to use it to its full potential but, once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy it. The strap set up is very clever so that you can unclip one to use as a sling bag, the one strap not being used gets tucked in so that it's out of the way. One can also tuck in the waist strap. I find the chest strap a little bit high for me. Being able to swing the bag in front of you to access either of the two side compartments is very convenient. Just make sure that when you do, the side compartment not being accessed is closed! The ability to carry a compact tripod is welcome although it has to be a compact one.

                          This is a comfortable to carry as a backpack. You don't feel the weight. Actually it feels much lighter than when you simply lift it from the ground, which was a very nice surprise.

                          The bag seems well made with solid fabric and stitching. I particularly like the strong zipper pulls. I can't address the durability issue as I've had the bag for only two weeks. The rain cover is not attached so that you don't have to put a wet cover back into its compartment like with most bags, a nice feature.

                          So far I am a very happy buyer and I love the brown and tan color.

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                          5.0

                          Camera Backpack

                          By patlit

                          from Alexandria, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Harness
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Roomy
                          • Strong Construction

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                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Storing Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                            Teh versatility of this product is why I purchased it. The ability to be able to load and unload my camera in different ways is key for me. Many times while on travel to museums and castles I have to put the camera away quickly and then have a short window to take pictures minutes later. My old camera bag was small and it took minutes to get set up as I had to remove and then replace the lense.
                            There are s ton of pockets of different shapes and sizes that are very helpful. I also have room for an iPad and travel books. Not too big, not too small! Sturdy with great strong zippers.

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