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Tamrac5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (45)
  • Comfortable (40)
  • Adjustable harness (37)
  • Easily accessible equipment (35)
  • Roomy (24)

Cons

  • Hard to access equipment (4)
  • Too small (3)

Best Uses

  • Protecting gear (39)
  • Transporting gear (39)
  • Storing gear (22)
  • Hiking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (16), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC FOR TRAVEL!!!

Having just returned from a 2 week trip to Greece & Turkey, I want every photographer traveling with a camera to know this backpack camera bag is simply perfect!
I packed...Read complete review

Having just returned from a 2 week trip to Greece & Turkey, I want every photographer traveling with a camera to know this backpack camera bag is simply perfect!
I packed my new EOS 1DS Mk III, 16-28, 24-70, 70-200IS, 580EX flash, IR Transmitter, cable release, batteries, charger, 40 16GB extreme III compact flash cards, books, passports, Leitz tabletop tripod and ball head along with a whole bunch of AA batteries.
The bag easily fit in the overhead bin and was extremely easy to wear all day while out touring the sites. Being waterproof, it helped protect the gear during the occasional showers and best of all, going through security was a breeze.
This is the perfect sized bag for travel.
I highly recommend this one. It is very well made, well thought out and great to wear.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very Uncomfortable Backpack

What a disappointment when I got this home and actually put something in it. I find this backpack to be extremely uncomfortable. Once I packed in all my gear and started to wear...Read complete review

What a disappointment when I got this home and actually put something in it. I find this backpack to be extremely uncomfortable. Once I packed in all my gear and started to wear it, it almost instantly became uncomfortable. It puts a lot of strain on my neck and feels like it's yanking my shoulders back. My wife even commented how it didn't look like it was riding my back comfortably and I hadn't even voiced my concerns aloud yet. No matter the adjustment, I just can't get this bag to feel comfortable. My old, lower priced lowepro sling bag was packed to the brim with all my equipment and it still was more comfortable than this bag.

The inside of the bag is well done and it's very roomy for my t2i, 3 lenses and my flash. I also fit in my gorrila pods and Sony point and shoot camera and video camera easily. The outside compartments are hard to zip/unzip on my bag, I really have to fight with them to get them opened and closed. Also, I dont understand why on such a high priced bag, the outside compartments don't have velcro to close the little pockets for your memory cards and smaller items.

Also, the laptop compartment is poorly placed. Makes much more sense to have it closest to your back to not affect the natural curve of the bag.

I'm going to be returning the bag and choosing something else.

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5.0

Great Backpack

By majesticMike

from Long Island, NY

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable Harness
  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Roomy
  • Strong Construction
  • Very Well Thought Out

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

    This is exactly the backpack that i have been looking for. it holds two of my OMD-5's with mounted lenses, along with another three lenses plush flash.
    because it opens flat, like a camera case, everything is very accessible. The two velcro straps to secure the two cradeled cameras work perfectly to secure them.Many more compartments in the flap and in the external flaps, store many accessories. And as a plus, there is also a tablet compartment. It carries very well either on shoulder or as a backpack. Zippers are very heavy duty and are rain shielded.
    I haven't found any design problems as of yet. I am a professional location photographer and I use this backback every day.

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    • No

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    4.0

    .....let me think about this product....

    By Alibaba

    from Maui, hawaii

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Too Small

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

    This is a great product, lots of quality and details.
    But to small, to compact two or three inches on the overall length will help to fit camaera and lens without pushing to much.

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    5.0

    Say Goodbye to BIG BACKPACK PRICES

    By Stan

    from Largo, FL

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • A Pricier Unit Might Be L

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

    This backpack will meet or surpass MOST backpack camera & equipment needs. It also affords the photographer a very good value for the dollar.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Better than a two hump camel

    By ACJ Souther

    from Americus, Ga

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Aircraft Friendly
    • Comfortable
    • Customizable Storage Area
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Tablet Area Minimal

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear
    • Travel

    Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

    Purchased this bag for a lengthy trip and it is amazing. A little thick depth wise but traveled on everything from a Bombardier CRJ700, ATR, 737, 787 and if it didn't fit in the overhead it fit under the seat in front of me. I tried to fit it in the bin that airlines use to determine carry on and it wouldn't fit. However, I always kept it on my shoulder when boarding and I never had to put the bag under the plane and was able to keep it with me during flights. I am able to keep 1 body with lens (24-70), one body without, 50mm, flash, and zoom (80-200) in the main storage area. Tablet area is barely big enough for an Ipad and my surface 3 wouldn't fit.

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    5.0

    My second Expedition backpack

    By Muz of Montana

    from Great Falls MT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

      I have an Expedition 4x and love it. Ran out of space. Liked it so well that I only had to decide which size I was going to purchase next. Decided the 5x had enough room to add another lens, filters, lens hood plus a flash, flash cord and filters so I bought it. Great backpack.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good but Not Great

      By Ted

      from Litchfield Hills, CT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Fussy Little Pockets

      Best Uses

      • Hiking with gear

      Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

      I bought this pack to replace the discontinued LowePro backpacks I have been using for 7 years. I carry an assortment of lenses, 1 or 2 DSLR bodies, and an assortment of small items. This offers about the same amount of space as the Lowepro Trekker. Construction is equal to or better, and the shoulder straps on this bag are easier to get on and off stiff shoulders. In almost every way this is a good replacement. For the most part I'm happy.However, neither bag provided convenient pockets for batteries, memory cards, and especially filters. I thought the three pockets on the outside of this bag would be perfect. In actual use they are too stiff to open and close easily, and the pockets inside them are too small to hold filters. Because of the way these three pockets or outfitted they hold a lot less stuff than they should. In the end, they are a gimmick that has little real advantage and many disadvantages over a single, larger, exterior pocket.I'd still love to find a pack that is right for keeping these small items handy. I've resorted to the add-on pockets that Tamrac sells in the MAS attachment straps, but I always fear that this is a perfect way to lose a half dozen filters all at once. How about spots to put a few pens? We'll see. If those kidney shaped pockets are what has grabbed your attention, forget it.

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      5.0

      AWESOME

      By Amanda Porteus

      from Ossining, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

      I absolutely love this product, and it has gone a long way to helping me improve my photography. Every lens has a place and there is tons of storage for all of my SD cards. I would recommend this bag for anyone with a pro camera.

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      • No

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      4.0

      A very good product

      By EffeRed

      from The Netherland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

          High quality, it protects very well the devices from impacts. Good protection from rain, but it would have been better to have a rain cover, in case of very strong rain.

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          • No

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          2.0

          Very Uncomfortable Backpack

          By PhotoPhil

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • no rain cover
          • Poor zipper quality
          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

            What a disappointment when I got this home and actually put something in it. I find this backpack to be extremely uncomfortable. Once I packed in all my gear and started to wear it, it almost instantly became uncomfortable. It puts a lot of strain on my neck and feels like it's yanking my shoulders back. My wife even commented how it didn't look like it was riding my back comfortably and I hadn't even voiced my concerns aloud yet. No matter the adjustment, I just can't get this bag to feel comfortable. My old, lower priced lowepro sling bag was packed to the brim with all my equipment and it still was more comfortable than this bag.

            The inside of the bag is well done and it's very roomy for my t2i, 3 lenses and my flash. I also fit in my gorrila pods and Sony point and shoot camera and video camera easily. The outside compartments are hard to zip/unzip on my bag, I really have to fight with them to get them opened and closed. Also, I dont understand why on such a high priced bag, the outside compartments don't have velcro to close the little pockets for your memory cards and smaller items.

            Also, the laptop compartment is poorly placed. Makes much more sense to have it closest to your back to not affect the natural curve of the bag.

            I'm going to be returning the bag and choosing something else.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Bag but has some issues

            By Derek

            from Saint Louis

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Cumbersome
            • Too Small

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

            Overall the bag is great. You can TIGHTLY fit in two cameras and a couple lens etc. It is a good mix between the backpacks and other similar smaller ones that can only fit one camera and other gear.

            BUUUUUT. The downfall is with a couple things. First they have no rain cover (which they have on cheaper bags, so it is kind of lame to buy a more expensive product and lose little things that add up. My BIGGEST gripe is with the "laptop slot". It is poorly designed by placing it in the front of the bag, and therefore lose a LOT of space. By being on the front, the natural curve design of the backpack causes the laptop slot to be very small. If they simply put the slot BEHIND the equipment (closest to your back when wearing), you would be able to fit a normal size laptop. With the 5x, i believe it is sized for a 12" laptop. VERY small and doesn't fit the average size laptop sold these days.

            Inside the extra accessory pocket are just two large pockets. So instead of safely fitting accessories, you end up just having a "junk drawer" for loose stuff.

            Otherwise, I love the bag. It's very durable and helps with your back problems from carrying gear all the time. Get this product or a similar one!

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            5.0

            Exelent bag for travel

            By samvx1000

            from Los Angeles,CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

              I use this bag to hold a Canon 1Ds MarkII, 70-300mm IS, 28-135mm, 15mm fisheye,2 quantum q-flashes with turbo 3 packs, 3 pocket wizard plusii. Everything fits very snug. Also i fly often and have never had an issue carrying this bag on the plane. Very durrable and has stood up to heavy use for the past 5 years.

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              5.0

              Lots O room and space

              By Jason1704

              from Renton, WA

              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 Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                Lots of room and space not just for your camera and lenses, accessories included.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Backpack

                By Lily411

                from Cary, NC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                    Bought this for my stepson, he loves it. Plenty of room for his extra lenses and camera accessories. Great for his hiking trips and carrying along his camera to get the good shots.

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    tamrac expedition 5

                    By nikon boy

                    from ireland

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Wing doors a bit fiddly

                    Best Uses

                    • Easy on your back
                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Storing Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                    At last a bag to hold all my equipment. 2 slr bodies, 18 200 zoom, 11 16 zoom 18 50 zoom a canon compact 2 flashguns lens, hoods filters and binoculars. The construction is excellent, the bag is very well padded with strong but comfortable shoulder straps,and strong and very easy to get at zippers, but the front wing covers are a bit difficult. That besides this the best bag I have used by a mile and have no hesitation in giving it the highest recomendation

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    More than I expected

                    By Adelaide Tim

                    from Adelaide South Australia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None that I can think abo

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                    My first backpack for camera gear. Mainly for carrying my digital SLR plus lenses when hiking,

                    I am more than impressed by the quality. Heavy duty materials, attention to detail in manufacture all point to something I will value and enjoy using.

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                    5.0

                    Very nice

                    By Chris

                    from Newport, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                      Fit all my gear. Lots of compartments for everything.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      worked out great

                      By M-Andy

                      from Monroe, Mi

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                        Much lighter than my pack that has wheels, so I really enjoy this bag. Had room for everything I need.
                        Little clips on the side kept getting in the way when using the zipper, but I would say that is getting a too picky

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                        4.0

                        Nice EXPEDITION Bag; not for short shoot

                        By Floyd

                        from Hollywood, MD

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Hard To Access Equipment

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear

                        Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                        Much bigger than I thought. I wish I had bought a size smaller.Excellent quality, if I was climbing a mountain.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Tamrac Expedition 5

                        By prreid

                        from Naples, FL

                        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 Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                          I like this product because the description of the product was well done and accurately reflected what I received.

                          prr

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Best Camera Bag I've Had

                          By Trainbuff

                          from Bradenton, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Tamrac 5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black):

                          Wanted a Backpack for two camera bodies and three lenses, plus accessories. This is the best one I have tried. Well-padded and not heavy.

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                          • No

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