REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Tamrac5585 Expedition 5x Backpack (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (41)
  • Comfortable (36)
  • Adjustable harness (33)
  • Easily accessible equipment (31)
  • Roomy (21)

Cons

  • Hard to access equipment (4)

Best Uses

  • Protecting gear (35)
  • Transporting gear (35)
  • Storing gear (19)
  • Hiking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (15), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15), 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.

VS

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.

Reviewed by 43 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          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!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Share this review

                   
                  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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                     
                    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

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      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

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great pack

                        By Mwilltn

                        from Chattanooga, TN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

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

                          I hike and take landscape and nature photos. I wanted a big enough pack to carry camera and a couple of lenses plus my tripod and this pack is perfect!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          Share this review

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very pleased w/ backpack - camera bag

                          By mapache

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Storing Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

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

                            I must say that I have two other Tamrac camera bags and am very partial to the sturdy and professional design of the Tamrac bags. I knew the bag would be top quality, but I was not too sure about how my equipment would fit.

                            Pleasantly surprised, very roomy for body w/lens, multiple exta lenses, flash, etc. side compartments are great for storing small items (memory cards, cords, batteries, etc.) The laptop portion of the bag is on the outside of the bag, which I prefer compared to other models which have the laptop riding close to the wearer's back... I think this would put a bit too much strain/pressure on the laptop and potentially damage it. The laptop on the outside is easy to store and access when needed. The zipper is a water-resistant type which has a rubber seal on it, wouldn't say waterproof as it does have a small crack which does not seall 100%, but in reality it cannot do so and still function as a zipper... to be water tight / water proof, the zipper would need to be similar to a scuba drysuit zipper.

                            I'd certainly recommend the bag. I thought it would be much bulkier than it is. It looks good, stores the equipment safely, and rides well on the back.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Great backpack

                            By John

                            from Memphis, TN

                            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):

                              Overall this product exceeded my expectations. It is very good size. It holds two camera bodies, four lenses, a flash and all the accessories that I use. A great product.

                              Share this review

                               
                              5.0

                              So far,great product.

                              By charliecougar

                              from Chas.S.C.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Protecting Gear
                                • Storing Gear
                                • Transporting Gear

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

                                As of now it seems to be just what I ordered... everything fits OK and seems to be fairly well protected. If anything,I under ordered in size,but when the time comes I can all ways order another one...

                                Share this review

                                Displaying reviews 1-20

                                Back to top

                                Previous | Next »