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TamracMirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray)
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Travel (7)
  • Sports/action (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Bag for My Needs!

I spent months trying to find the perfect bag for on-the-go shooting. The Mirage 6 fit my needs perfectly!

My requirements were the following:
- must be hands-free, backpack...Read complete review

I spent months trying to find the perfect bag for on-the-go shooting. The Mirage 6 fit my needs perfectly!

My requirements were the following:
- must be hands-free, backpack style with two shoulder straps
- must hold selected shooting gear (not all of my kit)
- must have attachment points on shoulder straps for camera straps (balancing camera weight with backpack)
- must be airline carry-on compliant
- must have quick access to camera when in the bag (sling-style)
- must have storage for incidentals

You would not believe how hard it is to find a bag that fits all these requirements. On paper, the Mirage 6 was the only bag that addressed my needs and I was hoping it would not be a disappointment when it was received.

To my great pleasure, the Mirage 6 did not disappoint! The layout, materials and construction are first rate. Make no mistake, this bag is designed and built to be much smaller and lighter weight than my KATA backpack...but the KATA is quite bulky and it is not the bag for the active photographer.

Here is what I carry in the Mirage 6:
- Canon 60D with 17-55 f2.8 (with hood) attached
- Sekonic L-358 w/spot view finder in separate case
- Canon battery charger
- Canon 580 EX II flash
- the occasional Canon 10-22 wide angle lens
- iPad 2
- cables, AA batteries, LP-E6 batteries, remote shutter release, memory cards and other accessories

Except for the occasional 10-22 lens, everything fits in the lower compartment leaving the upper compartment free for snacks, light clothing, maps, small first aid kit, wallet/passport, keys, LED flashlight and other things I just can't seem to do without!

So far, I have only discovered a few drawbacks, though minor in nature:

- While the side door makes it easy to open to retrieve the camera "sling-style", I am a bit nervous that, in crowds, someone could open this door. Perhaps a snap-style locking plastic tab on the zipper-pull would put my mind at ease. This is something I can easily modify, however.

- I am broad shouldered and had to fiddle around with the shoulder straps and chest strap to get the fit just right -- I guess this comes with the smaller design of the Mirage 6. Not all folks will have this problem, but it is worth noting. BTW -- I don't usually use the waist belt, but it secures the pack nicely when climbing or biking.

- I was hoping my 60D with its BG-E9 grip would fit in the bag. I knew it might be close based on my research of the specs. However, with my selected kit in the bag, I can *just* fit the gripped 60D in there but it is very hard to remove. I am resigned to packing an extra, fully-charged LP-E6 or two instead of the grip.

If you are looking for a small, lightweight backpack-style bag, the Mirage 6 is definitely worth considering. At the time of this review, it was very new and hadn't made it into may stores. In time, it should become more available. If you have a larger upper-body, you may want to make sure the fit is right for you. I found that the generous strap adjustments did the trick for me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good overall but some issues

I needed a new bag after selling my sling (which I loved except that the sling design hurt my shoulder). Criteria for the new bag were:* backpack style but with side opening...Read complete review

I needed a new bag after selling my sling (which I loved except that the sling design hurt my shoulder). Criteria for the new bag were:* backpack style but with side opening so I could take the pack off one shoulder, swing it around, and access my kit without having to put the pack down* fit my kit yet be small enough not to overwhelm my small frame* have separate compartment for daytrip stuff like sunglasses, sunscreen, guidebook, money, passport, etc.* be secure in confined spaces like public transport* be lightweight* not be ostentatious as I often travel in poor countries* well-padded shoulder straps* chest and waist straps* water bottle holder* rain cover* qualifies for carry-onI bought a similar back by another manufacturer that ticked all the above boxes except it was 1" too short to fit my 9.5" gorilla pod. Had to return the bag. Sigh.Pros of this Tamrac bag:* Lightweight. It is lighter than the other bag I bought by 400grms, which is almost the weight of my zoom lens. That means I can get in another lens for the same weight. Bonus.* Fits my whole kit: Fuji X-E1, 18-55mm lens, 10-24mm lens, 50-230mm lens, EF-42 flash, light meter, recharger and cable, gorilla pod. It's tight but it fits. In fact, if I rearrange my kit differently, there is a bit of room to spare.* Inner pockets hold my lens cleaner and blow brush, one large filter, body cap and one lens cap, and my cards.* Card pockets in the side quick access panel are handy for quick change.* Top compartment is large enough for large sunglasses case, sunscreen, snack, and lightweight rain jacket.* the rear tablet compartment I can use for guide books or pad of paper, passport, and money. The pocket extends all the way to the bottom (not obvious from the photos), so you can tuck away your valuables there. * heavier fabric (600 weight) compared to 300 weight of the other bag.* the back tripod holder is handy should I need it* good warranty* seems well-built, but only time will tell* well-padded shoulder straps* comfortable to wear* reasonably compact for travelCons:* the straps are too tight in the clips, making tightening difficult and quick release impossible* the chest strap has been turned over and stitched at the end, making it impossible to widen the chest strap past about 7.5" unless you undo that stitching. The width you see in the videos is nonsense unless you undo the stitching. * I wanted to be able to have quick access to both my spare lenses from the side access; this involved a rather convoluted rearranging of the dividers inside. The bag is really designed for back access for changing lenses.* dividers are over-velcroed. I had to tape over some of it to get that quick access I wanted. I don't want to be fighting velcro when I'm trying to change a lens quickly.* needs another small divider. Unless you need the whole center section for your DSLR and long lens, you have wasted space that can be used for something else like a lens or flash, and you need the padding between items.* it is ridiculous that a bag at this price ($ more than the competitor bag) does not have a built-in rain cover. You have to store the rain cover in the top compartment, using up valuable space, or on the outside under a strap that, while tight, is not foolproof. It's also right above the water bottle pocket, so I can see pulling out your water bottle resulting in the rain cover getting pushed out accidentally and lost. Really, how much would it have cost to store the cover in a bottom sleeve like other bags do?No security clips, which makes it far too easy for someone to open the back compartment and take your kit. You definitely would have to carry the bag across your chest when on crowded transport. In crowded areas one could easily cover the beg with a built-in rain cover, except there isn't one.* the tablet compartment is definitely too narrow for a laptop, so if you are hoping you can squeeze one in, no luck. Width caps out at ~7.5".*"Tripod foot pocket" stencilled on the back advertises the bag as a camera bag, which defeats the purpose of making it look like a regular backpack so as not to advertise your kit.

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5.0

Great backpack for students!

By Kiril

from Flagstaff, AZ

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

    This is a great backpack for a high school students!

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Same Tamrac high quality

    By Off to Italy

    from Kansas City, MO.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

      This is a well made camera case and easy to carry. But I would argue with the description as holding DSLR, flash and 2 lenses. I carry a DSLR, flash, telephoto and charger. The storage compartment is full after that. Not the biggest pack, but well done.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Travel Bag

      By Rich the Traveler

      from Southern California

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Use When Hiking

        Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

        Workmanship is terrific. This pack-pack is extremely well engineered. The lower section will hold a small slr (I am using it for the Olympus OM-D EM10 with a 12-40mm lens). There is room for a medium size flash and an extra lens (I am using it for the 75mm 1.8 Olympus lens). There are two small spaces for recharger and bounce diffuser like the Sto-fen. The upper compartment is sealed unto itself and can be used for additional equipment or anything you wish. The back has a zipper slot for an iPad or Macbook Air (11.6 in screen is perfect). The bag is somewhat rigid and well balanced. When I say rigid, I mean it retains its shape well and is not floppy like some backpacks. The side entry for the camera is easily accessible and will not disturb any of the other equipment. This is perfect when traveling because you do not have to set the bag down to access the camera from the front; however, there is an opening separate from the top opening. This is perfect because in most backpacks the entry is through the top portion and you might have to pull things out to reach others. This is not true with this bag. You will not be disappointed with this pack. Just realize that it is for limited equipment. If you are wanting to carry multiple bodies and multiple lenses look for a larger bag. This will be perfect to take on an airplane and put under the seat. There are multiple little covered and protected pockets for SD cards, cables, and small items. No need to buy an SD card wallet.

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        5.0

        Great Backpack

        By Jim

        from NJ

        Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

        I researched probably 25 different backpacks before I settled on the Mirage 6. I wanted something to hold T5i two lenses with hoods, flash, diffuser, tripod along with spare batteries, chargers, extra memory cards, cable release and some other miscellaneous small items. This pack holds it all securely with room left for snacks, water and a sweater or light jacket. I considered a larger pack, but was concerned fragile equipment would not be held tight enough. The Mirage 6 is just right and plenty heavy enough. The padding is good and was adjustable to provide good fit for each item. The side access to camera without completely taking off pack is overrated. Lens cap gets hung-up even with the 18-55mm lens on. Overall I am very pleased with my selection. As always B & H provided excellent service and price.

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        3.0

        Good overall but some issues

        By Michelle

        from Vancouver, Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

          I needed a new bag after selling my sling (which I loved except that the sling design hurt my shoulder). Criteria for the new bag were:* backpack style but with side opening so I could take the pack off one shoulder, swing it around, and access my kit without having to put the pack down* fit my kit yet be small enough not to overwhelm my small frame* have separate compartment for daytrip stuff like sunglasses, sunscreen, guidebook, money, passport, etc.* be secure in confined spaces like public transport* be lightweight* not be ostentatious as I often travel in poor countries* well-padded shoulder straps* chest and waist straps* water bottle holder* rain cover* qualifies for carry-onI bought a similar back by another manufacturer that ticked all the above boxes except it was 1" too short to fit my 9.5" gorilla pod. Had to return the bag. Sigh.Pros of this Tamrac bag:* Lightweight. It is lighter than the other bag I bought by 400grms, which is almost the weight of my zoom lens. That means I can get in another lens for the same weight. Bonus.* Fits my whole kit: Fuji X-E1, 18-55mm lens, 10-24mm lens, 50-230mm lens, EF-42 flash, light meter, recharger and cable, gorilla pod. It's tight but it fits. In fact, if I rearrange my kit differently, there is a bit of room to spare.* Inner pockets hold my lens cleaner and blow brush, one large filter, body cap and one lens cap, and my cards.* Card pockets in the side quick access panel are handy for quick change.* Top compartment is large enough for large sunglasses case, sunscreen, snack, and lightweight rain jacket.* the rear tablet compartment I can use for guide books or pad of paper, passport, and money. The pocket extends all the way to the bottom (not obvious from the photos), so you can tuck away your valuables there. * heavier fabric (600 weight) compared to 300 weight of the other bag.* the back tripod holder is handy should I need it* good warranty* seems well-built, but only time will tell* well-padded shoulder straps* comfortable to wear* reasonably compact for travelCons:* the straps are too tight in the clips, making tightening difficult and quick release impossible* the chest strap has been turned over and stitched at the end, making it impossible to widen the chest strap past about 7.5" unless you undo that stitching. The width you see in the videos is nonsense unless you undo the stitching. * I wanted to be able to have quick access to both my spare lenses from the side access; this involved a rather convoluted rearranging of the dividers inside. The bag is really designed for back access for changing lenses.* dividers are over-velcroed. I had to tape over some of it to get that quick access I wanted. I don't want to be fighting velcro when I'm trying to change a lens quickly.* needs another small divider. Unless you need the whole center section for your DSLR and long lens, you have wasted space that can be used for something else like a lens or flash, and you need the padding between items.* it is ridiculous that a bag at this price ($ more than the competitor bag) does not have a built-in rain cover. You have to store the rain cover in the top compartment, using up valuable space, or on the outside under a strap that, while tight, is not foolproof. It's also right above the water bottle pocket, so I can see pulling out your water bottle resulting in the rain cover getting pushed out accidentally and lost. Really, how much would it have cost to store the cover in a bottom sleeve like other bags do?No security clips, which makes it far too easy for someone to open the back compartment and take your kit. You definitely would have to carry the bag across your chest when on crowded transport. In crowded areas one could easily cover the beg with a built-in rain cover, except there isn't one.* the tablet compartment is definitely too narrow for a laptop, so if you are hoping you can squeeze one in, no luck. Width caps out at ~7.5".*"Tripod foot pocket" stencilled on the back advertises the bag as a camera bag, which defeats the purpose of making it look like a regular backpack so as not to advertise your kit.

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          4.0

          Nice compact pact.

          By jwphoto

          from So. Cal

          Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

          This pack will now become my #1kit pack. Holds lg full frame body and three lg lenses.lots of storage pockets and tripod pouch.

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          5.0

          I love this backpack!!!

          By Alex's personal photographer

          from Prescott Valley, AZ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

            I'm an amateur photographer using this pack for my Canon and 3 lenses. There is room for all of the lenses but it's tight. I'll likely put the least used lens in the top pouch. The quality of the pack is great, this is my second Tamrac case and I'm sure it'll hold up just as well as the first. The slot for the tablet is tight (I have a defender case on mine) but it's handy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Nice practical camera backpack

            By Tallman

            from Adelaide, Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

              This backpack is perfect for my photo equipment.
              Fuji X-E1 with three zoom lenses and small flash,
              plus accessories. Tripod holder on the outside is a bonus. Top storage compartment is big enough for a
              jumper, snack or something else.
              Nice shape, sits very well on my back, seems to be
              made well.There is a tablet compartment, into which
              I managed to put 13" laptop, although it was very tight fit. Highly recommended.But be sure, that YOUR gear will fit in.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Tamrac Mirage 6 backpack

              By bnk

              from minnesota

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

                good access to camera - Nikon D7100 w/ 18-300 lens fits like a glove; like the tripod strap with a pouch for one of the legs to give it support - and its in the middle and not on side. Handy adjustable pouches for making compartments; place for water/coffee bottle/cup on side. Looking forward to using it on my trip to Alaska this year.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great Medium sized bag

                By Jey

                from Plano, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • A Little Small With Multi

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

                  Great bag if you have a few lenses and a iPad. However it can get a little cramped but solid construction and usability.

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                  5.0

                  I love this bag!

                  By ced

                  from Delaware

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

                    Lots of space. Outstanding layout, great iPad compartment.

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                    4.0

                    Excellent Bag for My Needs!

                    By Theo

                    from New England

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Carry-on Compliant
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Small For Gripped Body

                    Best Uses

                    • Active Photographer
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamrac Mirage 6 Photo/Tablet Backpack (Black/Gray):

                    I spent months trying to find the perfect bag for on-the-go shooting. The Mirage 6 fit my needs perfectly!

                    My requirements were the following:
                    - must be hands-free, backpack style with two shoulder straps
                    - must hold selected shooting gear (not all of my kit)
                    - must have attachment points on shoulder straps for camera straps (balancing camera weight with backpack)
                    - must be airline carry-on compliant
                    - must have quick access to camera when in the bag (sling-style)
                    - must have storage for incidentals

                    You would not believe how hard it is to find a bag that fits all these requirements. On paper, the Mirage 6 was the only bag that addressed my needs and I was hoping it would not be a disappointment when it was received.

                    To my great pleasure, the Mirage 6 did not disappoint! The layout, materials and construction are first rate. Make no mistake, this bag is designed and built to be much smaller and lighter weight than my KATA backpack...but the KATA is quite bulky and it is not the bag for the active photographer.

                    Here is what I carry in the Mirage 6:
                    - Canon 60D with 17-55 f2.8 (with hood) attached
                    - Sekonic L-358 w/spot view finder in separate case
                    - Canon battery charger
                    - Canon 580 EX II flash
                    - the occasional Canon 10-22 wide angle lens
                    - iPad 2
                    - cables, AA batteries, LP-E6 batteries, remote shutter release, memory cards and other accessories

                    Except for the occasional 10-22 lens, everything fits in the lower compartment leaving the upper compartment free for snacks, light clothing, maps, small first aid kit, wallet/passport, keys, LED flashlight and other things I just can't seem to do without!

                    So far, I have only discovered a few drawbacks, though minor in nature:

                    - While the side door makes it easy to open to retrieve the camera "sling-style", I am a bit nervous that, in crowds, someone could open this door. Perhaps a snap-style locking plastic tab on the zipper-pull would put my mind at ease. This is something I can easily modify, however.

                    - I am broad shouldered and had to fiddle around with the shoulder straps and chest strap to get the fit just right -- I guess this comes with the smaller design of the Mirage 6. Not all folks will have this problem, but it is worth noting. BTW -- I don't usually use the waist belt, but it secures the pack nicely when climbing or biking.

                    - I was hoping my 60D with its BG-E9 grip would fit in the bag. I knew it might be close based on my research of the specs. However, with my selected kit in the bag, I can *just* fit the gripped 60D in there but it is very hard to remove. I am resigned to packing an extra, fully-charged LP-E6 or two instead of the grip.

                    If you are looking for a small, lightweight backpack-style bag, the Mirage 6 is definitely worth considering. At the time of this review, it was very new and hadn't made it into may stores. In time, it should become more available. If you have a larger upper-body, you may want to make sure the fit is right for you. I found that the generous strap adjustments did the trick for me.

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                    • No

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