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Tamrac5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red)
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (15)
  • Strong construction (15)
  • Adjustable harness (12)
  • Easily accessible equipment (10)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (11)
    • Protecting gear (9)
    • Storing gear (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

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    Compare - Tamrac 3385

    Hello Everyone,

    I am going to start with the weakness of the bag and then go over my uses and pluses. That way you will know the weakness right away before getting...Read complete review

    Hello Everyone,

    I am going to start with the weakness of the bag and then go over my uses and pluses. That way you will know the weakness right away before getting bored with my information:

    Weakness, the bottom bag when loaded and top portion when loaded with camera can be awkward to close/open due to the weight on both ends. The access to the bottom is to unsnap the connector and then open the zipper.

    I have purchased the Tamrac 3385 since then and you will find my comparisons in this review and you can find my review of the Tamrac 3385 on the B&H appropriate page (black version).

    I bought the 5546 several years ago and I have taken it everywhere (eg Chicago, Disneyland, Texas, backwoods, etc). It has served me well. I have utilized it by loading it up with two cameras and my sunglasses and flight information, etc.

    You can find me using it with my Nikon D80 (Digital), Nikon N80 (Film), Mamiya 6 (with two lenses), Baldax (Folder camera), Rolleiflex, Fuji 645, Mamiya 645 with several lenses, several folders, etc.

    This is a very good bag and it is great that it has a pouch in front for such things such as lens cleaners, film, scotch tape (I use it to tape the end of the medium format film), pens, lens filters, etc. The Tamrac 3385 pouch is inside the flap and not as usefull. The Tamrac 3385 was designed with the digital camera in mind. I have had to pack the lens filters in the areas where I could have packed lenses instead (for the Tamrac 3385).

    I have found the ability to use the space efficiently and it is a small enough bag to take everywhere. The 3385 is a bit bigger and I have not taken it on an airplane yet (but I plan to in July to Colorado Springs) and then on a trip to Vegas in July as well.

    I like having water bottles on the sides for drinks and I have been able to take most of my shots (the bag has slowed down only a few shots and I missed a coyote going to attack some wild turkeys due to the need to access the camera in the lower bag. I may have been able to get that shot with the 3385 due to the design have side zipper to get to one camera by design (I can get to two cameras by the way I have loaded and the type of cameras I have put on the side zipper).

    I believe that most people do not think I have cameras in the bag (because it looks like a normal backpack) and therefore they have not tried to steal it. But, I am extra vigilant with the bag and would not let it out of my body's tcuch.

    The bottom pouch is very difficult to get to for a thief and therefore they would have to steal the bag before getting to anything valuable from there. They will not be able to open a zipper and get to something valuable down below. They could open the top portion without you knowing (experts) and steal something, but that is very unlikely due to the way I hold it (with one strap versus two) and its movements would be hard for them to get at it.

    I am keeping the 5546 and the Tamrac 3385. I have found them both usefull as I have found medium, 35mm, digital cameras and camcorders usefull. Everything has its own positives and negatives.

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    Nice, but small, photo pack

    Nice compact pack for a short hike but it is difficult to pack more than one extra lens plus a camera with mounted lens in the photo compartment. Might want to go for the...Read complete review

    Nice compact pack for a short hike but it is difficult to pack more than one extra lens plus a camera with mounted lens in the photo compartment. Might want to go for the next size up. Seems like illustrations for the pack show it to have more room than it actually has in the photo compartment.

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    5.0

    just what I loooking for

    By Madelein the girl

    from Madrid, Spain

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

      A great bag for your cam!
      Ok, this is not a proffesional one as your equipment chouldn't be very big. Cam body size is limit, and you can easily transport 2 objectives. It's perfect for me! But not for you if you have a big camera.
      In the upper part you have space for your private things, like cell phone, wallet, etc.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Smaller then expected

      By Gaby617

      from Boston

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Too Small

      Best Uses

        Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

        5 Stars for being a great bag w/ good craftmanship. I ordered this bag because I was told the Canon 60d w/ 18'135mm lense would fit and still have room for more.... wrong. I wanted a bag I can drop the 60d in w/ lense mounted comfortably. Lense facing down would make the body stick up and putting it sideways leaves barely any room. I can see this back working w/ smaller DSLR and lenses. I really liked the bag and I have no gripes w/ it but it just wanted for me. Best to shop around for a bag having your camera handy to gaurantee fit. I can see this great for something like a T3i w/ 18-55mm.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Perfectly Small

        By SamNYC123

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Small is beautiful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hiking

          Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

          Great for hiking. I travel light so the small size delivers for me. My K10D with 16-50mm is my landscape photo choice. Fit well. All compartments convenient to use. Plenty of room for battery, filters, sd cards, etc.

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          • No

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          5.0

          very confortable and useful

          By natalia

          from buenos aires

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment

          Cons

          • Hard To Access Equipment

          Best Uses

          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

          confortable

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Can Take A Beating

          By Lekkertree

          from Toronto, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

            I took this backpack with an SLR and two lenses through half of Africa over a 7 month period. It stood up to some of the worst conditions imaginable from the Saharan desert to central African jungles to Ethiopian mountains. It keeps dust out extremely well and doesn't "advertise" you are carrying photo gear as most people assumed it was a regular backpack. If it could survive that trip it can pretty much survive anything.

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            4.0

            I bought two!

            By Jo Elizabeth

            from Barrington, NH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

              It is a wonderful pack for travel and hiking. Very comfortable and sturdy. Fits most equipment. Not enough room for my Canon 5D with my 70-200mm lens. You just need to decide what is important to bring along. Otherwise, no complaints. I like mine so much that I bought one as a gift for a friend.

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              4.0

              Compare - Tamrac 3385

              By Out and about taking photos

              from San Jose, Ca

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Cumbersome

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

              Hello Everyone,

              I am going to start with the weakness of the bag and then go over my uses and pluses. That way you will know the weakness right away before getting bored with my information:

              Weakness, the bottom bag when loaded and top portion when loaded with camera can be awkward to close/open due to the weight on both ends. The access to the bottom is to unsnap the connector and then open the zipper.

              I have purchased the Tamrac 3385 since then and you will find my comparisons in this review and you can find my review of the Tamrac 3385 on the B&H appropriate page (black version).

              I bought the 5546 several years ago and I have taken it everywhere (eg Chicago, Disneyland, Texas, backwoods, etc). It has served me well. I have utilized it by loading it up with two cameras and my sunglasses and flight information, etc.

              You can find me using it with my Nikon D80 (Digital), Nikon N80 (Film), Mamiya 6 (with two lenses), Baldax (Folder camera), Rolleiflex, Fuji 645, Mamiya 645 with several lenses, several folders, etc.

              This is a very good bag and it is great that it has a pouch in front for such things such as lens cleaners, film, scotch tape (I use it to tape the end of the medium format film), pens, lens filters, etc. The Tamrac 3385 pouch is inside the flap and not as usefull. The Tamrac 3385 was designed with the digital camera in mind. I have had to pack the lens filters in the areas where I could have packed lenses instead (for the Tamrac 3385).

              I have found the ability to use the space efficiently and it is a small enough bag to take everywhere. The 3385 is a bit bigger and I have not taken it on an airplane yet (but I plan to in July to Colorado Springs) and then on a trip to Vegas in July as well.

              I like having water bottles on the sides for drinks and I have been able to take most of my shots (the bag has slowed down only a few shots and I missed a coyote going to attack some wild turkeys due to the need to access the camera in the lower bag. I may have been able to get that shot with the 3385 due to the design have side zipper to get to one camera by design (I can get to two cameras by the way I have loaded and the type of cameras I have put on the side zipper).

              I believe that most people do not think I have cameras in the bag (because it looks like a normal backpack) and therefore they have not tried to steal it. But, I am extra vigilant with the bag and would not let it out of my body's tcuch.

              The bottom pouch is very difficult to get to for a thief and therefore they would have to steal the bag before getting to anything valuable from there. They will not be able to open a zipper and get to something valuable down below. They could open the top portion without you knowing (experts) and steal something, but that is very unlikely due to the way I hold it (with one strap versus two) and its movements would be hard for them to get at it.

              I am keeping the 5546 and the Tamrac 3385. I have found them both usefull as I have found medium, 35mm, digital cameras and camcorders usefull. Everything has its own positives and negatives.

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              5.0

              Handy way to take it with you!

              By Photoshooter427

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Camouflage):

                This backpack surprised me with the amount of room, ample padding, and quality construction. I like the ease of packing and the room it provides for extras, including water bottles on the sides. The ability to add straps to the bottom makes it easy to take your tripod with you too.

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                5.0

                Excellant bag!

                By JJ

                from cincy

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

                  I used this camera bag all throughout Italy when I went with my family and it was perfect! My camera was always a zipper away! I was able to use the bag as a carry-on and sat perfectly by my feet the whole way over and back. The top compartment was perfect for snacks and some souvioners! This bag is worth the money!!!

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                  4.0

                  Nice but wish spare pockets were bigger

                  By Stephanie the mom

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Spare pockets too small

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

                  Well made, nice looking, functional product. However, for our lifestyle, the extra compartments aren't big enough. We have 2 kids and always have diapers, sweatshirts, sunscreen, etc. to cart around with us, along with the usual cell phone, sunglasses, and the like. We should've gone with the bigger model. However, the extra compartments are plenty big for an adult without kids.

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                  3.0

                  Small

                  By Bryan

                  from Ames, Ia.

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Access Equipment
                  • Uncomfortable Fit

                  Best Uses

                  • Storing Gear

                  Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Camouflage):

                  This backpack is definitely MUCH smaller than it appears in the photo. With much difficulty, I've managed to pack in 3 (small) lenses +1 on the camera body. Also, to me, concerning the size of the bag, it is very unnecessary to have so many harnesses on the bag. (Chest and waist)

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                  5.0

                  Very nice and compact

                  By Cindy

                  from Millersburg, PA

                  About Me Getting started

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Extra storage space
                    • Protecting Gear

                    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

                    I was looking for something compact but with enough protection for my camera. I also wanted space to bring other items, separate from where I would put my camera. This is great for this dual purpose.

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                    3.0

                    Nice, but small, photo pack

                    By AZ Hiker

                    from Tucson, AZ

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Smaller than shown

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Short hikes

                    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Camouflage):

                    Nice compact pack for a short hike but it is difficult to pack more than one extra lens plus a camera with mounted lens in the photo compartment. Might want to go for the next size up. Seems like illustrations for the pack show it to have more room than it actually has in the photo compartment.

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                    4.0

                    Great Backpack

                    By Josh the Realtor

                    from Houston, tx

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

                      I got this backpack to trek across Europe with and it held up well, is very well padded and perfect for daytrips!

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                      5.0

                      Small Backpack Makes Traveling Easy

                      By Cat Silverthorne

                      from Clearwater, Fl

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

                        This is a great backpack to carry on the plane or train. It's small enough to fit under the seat or above your head, and with the upper compartment and the side nets for water bottles, it makes a compact carry-on. The lower compartment fits my D60 w/ lens, my zoom, and flash with little room to spare. There is room for an extra battery and spare memory cards. Be careful to support the bottom when you unzip the camera bag or it can flip open on you quickly. The straps are well padded and comfortable and easy to adjust. It was well worth the price for this well constructed little backpack.

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                        5.0

                        Great, but depends on what you have

                        By Scott R

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • storing a few gear

                          Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

                          This is a great bag if you don't have a lot. I was fine with it with my D80 and 18-135mm kit and filters. But after a year of use, I added 70-300 VR and SB-600 Flash, there's no room for it.

                          Great for day hikes where you know you won't need to bring all the gadgets you have.

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                          4.0

                          Light, strong and roomy

                          By Shearerbug

                          from San Jose, CA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Storing Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red):

                            I love this pack. It is compact, yet roomy enough to hold my Nikon D80 with 18mm - 135mm lens, plus filters, batteries, memory cards, etc. in lower portion and in the top I can put my tripod ballhead, snacks and a light jacket. Great for field trips or travel.

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                            4.0

                            A great idea, just not quite big enough

                            By Andy

                            from Grand Junction, CO

                            Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

                            I bought this bag after seeing it in person, and fitting mycamera stuff into it. It is small, but about perfect for thebeginning DSLR user. Without the optional grip on my CanonRebel XTi, it fits very nicely. I actually like the size,but my camera is getting bigger and bigger, with anotherlens, and battery grip. It's a very tight fit now. I'mplanning on replacing this bag with another that has similarfeatures. I don't know how big the Adventure 7 is, but I maygive it a shot. The top compartment is only big enough for,as Tamrac puts it, A light Jacket. That's the truth. Iwanted to be able to carry some more stuff, but with aMag-Lite, and my camera books and stuff that wouldn't fit inthe bottom compartment, it's just not big enough anymore. Itserved its purpose well, though.

                            Problems Encountered: The bag isn't really too small, Tamrac designed it for smallDSLRs and small lenses and accessories, my stuff is growingall the time. it's time for an upgrade. Get it only if youhave a Nikon D40 or D50, a Canon Rebel XTi or Xt, and if youaren't planning on adding much to your camera (battery grip,large lens, or really anything else that is going to stay onyour camera most of the time) I even have to take off mystrap to put my camera in the bag, now.

                            Previous Equivalent Items Owned: None.

                            Items I Recommend: Well, I guess the accessory lash straps for a tripod.

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                            3.0

                            Too small for 5D

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

                            I went to store thinking I was going to buy the Tenbabackpack, the salesman convinced me otherwise with theweight of the Tenba, when I got home I realized it barelyfit my 5D and I should have gone with the Tenba--betterdesign to slick

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                            3.0

                            Smaller than it looks...

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

                            I was shocked at how small this bag was when I received it... I'm returning it ASAP to try again for something bigger. I shoot with a D200 w/grip and it wasn't even close to fitting (and it says I should be able to fit another lens and a flash??? )

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