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Tamrac5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey)
 
4.2

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (33)
  • Strong construction (31)
  • Adjustable harness (26)
  • Easily accessible equipment (19)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

  • Too small (7)
  • Hard to access equipment (5)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (25)
  • Protecting gear (20)
  • Storing gear (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Good things come in small packages

By DPT

from Boston, MA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Construction
  • Nicely Divided Storage
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day Pack For Misc Items
    • Doubles As A Day Bag
    • Supplmental Pack

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

    I photograph with a two camera body harness, so this little pack is clearly not the bag for me to "haul" gear, but once you are where you want to be and ready to go, it is tidy, convenient and just the thing to pull together the bits and pieces that you always need when out working. I got the idea to buy this from a friend who had his along for one of our photography outings. Once we were at the launch site, he packed it up with stuff from his main pack plus misc stuff; it worked great. Filters, an extra lens, cleaning clothes, stash some snacks, a light jacket, extra gloves, hat, bug spray, sunscreen, lip balm etc....they all go in nicely. It does not come with a tripod attachment and you can buy the accessory, but you can simply put the feet of the tripod in one of the mesh side pockets and bungie cord the other end to the top handle and it works. The water bottle can go on the other side. I use it out and about town too. The front outside ZIP pocket has some depth to it and holds a surprising amount of stuff that you might want quick access to in town, like a cell phone, transit card, lip balm etc when kicking around town. It stands up nicely and I like that when the zipper between the sections is undone, the top drops backward giving full inside access. All in all, I am extremely pleased with this purchase. Should have known - my photography buddy really knows his gear!

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    5.0

    Just right

    By Chris

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • None For Me

    Best Uses

    • Hiking Beach City Walks

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

    This is the perfect pack for hikes, city walks or days on the beach. I love the split bag with the lower compartment that provides super fast-and-easy access to my camera when slung over one shoulder. Very few bags on the market like this.

    Holds essential gear including my Canon DSLR with 70-200 zoom attached (when lower compartment dividers are removed). I agree with other comments suggesting that some straps for a small tripod would be good... but not essential for me.

    Would love to see the bag in brown/tan to make it less conspicious as a photo bag. Have had my bag for 7 years of active use. Looking to buy another as a backup.

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    3.0

    Adequate for camera but small as backpack

    By Joe

    from Bolton, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment
    • No Good Tripod Straps
    • Too Small

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

    I wanted an easy way to carry my Sony NEX-6 and lenses, along with a tripod and extra clothing or gear for day hikes. This bag was on sale and, though small, mostly fits my needs. I would definitely recommend it as an alternative to a standard camera bag, and for short day hikes. I especially like the front section, where I can store memory cards and spare batteries.

    There are tie-ons for strapping a tripod underneath the pack, but this does not make tripod use very easy.

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    5.0

    Nice pack

    By Joe Z

    from Connecticut

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

    This pack is great, I can load my Nikon grab some lenses and go. It protects my DSL, easy to access everything and durable. Nice

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    2.0

    Small, not fit for one DSL Camera

    By Alex

    from Philly

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

    I just open the box and very disappointed. Backpack quality is poor, material so hard, looks like product from China. I have another Tamrac back, but that is big difference. If you have just one body with 1-2 lenses and filters I will not recommend to buy this product.

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    3.0

    Tiny Backpack

    By clint

    from Virginia

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey):

    Seems to be well made but tiny. Maybe would work for low end dslr with kit lens and small flash. Not much good for anything bigger.

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    5.0

    very good construction

    By Fredy

    from Erie PA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Too Small

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

    The size is small, but is very comfortable, and I can take all that I need for taking landscapes.

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    4.0

    The best TINY stealth backpack

    By GeekInVegas

    from Las Vegas, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment
    • Too Small

    Best Uses

    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

    NO PLACE FOR TRIPOD! Even if you buy the accessory straps for putting your tripod on the bottom (a real problem if you try to walk on Las Vegas strip), it is not good for tripod.

    BUT this bag is Great for my mirrorLess system cameras. CANON/NIKON DSLR not so much.

    - Bottom Stealth camera gear compartment Fits my GH4, 12-35/35-70/45/14.

    -Front compartment fits 2-spare batteries, 8 spare rechargeable -AA and my SD cards in waterproof rugged holder.

    - Top section is bigger than it looks BUT IT IS SMALL. Inside top, I have Manfroto tabletop tripod, water bottle (outside webbing does not hold bottle it pops out.) Rode Video Mic Pro, GoPro Hero4, sneezer news paper mic trans/rcvr. It is PACKED at this point.

    Would be 5-start: IF it had a decent place to put a mini tripod like a mefoto backpack. Was about 4" longer on bottom to fit my 100-300 lens.

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    5.0

    Not large, but exactly what I needed

    By Bob

    from Portland, Oregon

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Comfortable
    • Compact Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Carrying Peronal Items
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

      I will be traveling with a group to China and Tibet and needed a day pack for my camera, extra lens, tripod and personal items. The Adventure 6 Backpack fit the bill. I was able to put my Pentax K3 with 18-135 mm zoom lens, my Pentax 10-17 mm fisheye zoom, filters, spare camera battery and other accessories in the bottom section of the pack. There was room in the top section for a down jacket, snacks and other personal items. I will be strapping a Sirui T-025x tripod to the bottom of the pack. The water bottle goes in one side pocket while the umbrella goes into the other. My raincoat / windbreaker fits under the strap that connects the top and bottom compartments. I was a bit cncerned that the camera equipment and other items might not fit, but this lightweight, compact backpack accommodates all that I want to take on day trips. Construction is excellent. It is comfortable, water resistant and affordable.

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      4.0

      Compact and built well

      By Lou V

      from New York

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Too Small

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

      Great for essential gear on hikes.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Small, But Very Functional

      By rallisonr

      from Charlottesville, VA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

        I'll admit it, this bag is a little smaller than I thought it would be, but I've been carrying it with me every day for the last couple weeks, and I really like it. I have a T3i, and with a 50mm lens on it, I can fit that and two other Nikon AIS lenses too. It's just enough for those people like me who die a little inside when you leave the house with only one lens. The top part is big enough for wallet, phone, ipod, 3x5 notebooks, keys, and a sandwich depending on whether you love hoagies.

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        2.0

        Smaller than it appears

        By blongtadave

        from Chattanooga, TN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Too Small

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

        It is well built but it is smaller than it appears.

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        5.0

        Great Camera Pack

        By ghellmann

        from Harrisburg, PA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

          Great compact pack for camera & accompanying accessories. Easy access to pouched & compartments.

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          5.0

          Great backpack!

          By Jim

          from New Castle, 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 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

            I bought the Tamrac 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack because I wanted a light weight camera bag with enough room for the equipment I need with me. It has proven to be perfect for my needs. I have plenty of room for a camera with a lens attached, several extra lenses, a flash and I was able to include a second camera body too. There is enough room in the pockets to hold a variety of filters, cable release and extra batteries and memory cards. The product is light and easy to carry and comfortable. This is an exceptional value and I will highly recommend it o anyone looking for an inexpensive and at the same time a sturdy well built product.

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            3.0

            Too expensive for the size.

            By cabano

            from Montreal

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Too Small

            Best Uses

            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

            Good quality but too small for the price. No "backpack" for a Laptop.

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            4.0

            Good small compact bag

            By omar

            from atlanta, ga

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

                Good backpack for small day trips. fits a normal size camera and lens. enough room for personal items and some filters. comfortable to carry and easy access. i would recommend

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                4.0

                Great Compact backpack

                By Jialin

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

                  The Tamrac is a snug fit for my camera. My lens is a little too bit but the material gives so it can still fit. There are a lot of straps, most of which I have no need for but they fold away neatly. Overall a great weather resistant bag with plenty of room for my camera

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                  4.0

                  Compact Quality

                  By Lost in the Juncle

                  from Greensboro, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Minimal Size

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

                  The Adventure 6 backpack is a great addition to your "grab it" and go DSLR setup. I give it four stars only because I would have preferred a bit more padding in the upper section. The fit and finish is excellent, and the chest strap makes the smaller size of the pack work well.

                  It is a grab and go setup - the pack is small, so you are not going to be able to properly protect more than a couple of shorter lenses and your camera, but that's the point - adventure.

                  If you are hiking, biking, dirt cycling, climbing, skiing, whatever, this pack will work fine. To complement the chest strap that keeps the shoulder straps in place during activities, there is a waist strap, also, though it is not a padded strap - no matter, it is just there to keep the pack on your back, and not bouncing around.

                  Lots of places to add carabiners, or other clip ons to attach stuff on the outside, two side pockets for water or other items. For a minimalist photo adventure this is a great buy. If you want to bring along that 200-400 zoom and a DSLR with a vertical battery pack, you may need something larger.

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                  5.0

                  Nice size for travel

                  By fotoMo

                  from Florida

                  Comments about 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black):

                  Nice size for travel. To small for my Canon 7d, but just right for my Canon T5i.

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                  5.0

                  Great deal on a great Pack for Camera!!

                  By Aeromat209

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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/Black):

                    The straps are coated on the inside so not to slide off your shoulder and all compartments are easy to store extra lenses and accessories! Put the shoulder straps over your shoulder for hands free !

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