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Tamrac5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan)
 
4.3

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (39)
  • Adjustable harness (37)
  • Easily accessible equipment (35)
  • Comfortable (32)
  • Roomy (14)

Cons

  • Too small (14)
  • Hard to access equipment (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (36)
  • Protecting gear (30)
  • Storing gear (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (41), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Evolution 6 Protects Precious Cargo

I use it for carrying equipment while snowboarding. I require a bag that can take abuse during violent spills, either turtling or cartwheeling down. My camera is a Canon 5D and a...Read complete review

I use it for carrying equipment while snowboarding. I require a bag that can take abuse during violent spills, either turtling or cartwheeling down. My camera is a Canon 5D and a 24-105mm L lens. I also carry batteries, extra lenses, lens hoods, filters, sometimes a small video camera or lunch. It has worked well in heavy snow conditions and during some nasty spills. The bag is easily swung around to front for riding lifts and sideways for accessing the camera. The side access is optimal and being symmetrical right or left doesn't matter. The straps secure it tightly onto your body, but still can be swung around while leaving the waist and chest straps buckled. The camera can go in and out in a flash without any unbuckling. The zipper access is easily managed with gloves and can be done with mittens as well. The bag is designed for photo/video equipment and not much else (not a gym or laptop bag). The price was comparable to other models and brands. The only issue I had is with the waist strap getting caught on things when the bag was being stowed away on the airplane.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too small, sent back

It was a nice bag and a nice size which is why I downgraded from the larger Evolution to this smaller one. However, I carry a small lap top and there was no space...Read complete review

It was a nice bag and a nice size which is why I downgraded from the larger Evolution to this smaller one. However, I carry a small lap top and there was no space for that. Also that swing around feature wasn't really comfortable for me - perhaps because I am barely above 5 feet. I finally settled on the Kata BumbleBee with the dedicated padded lap top compartment and much more space for personal items. I sacrificed to greater size. We shall see...

The Tamrac Evolution was comfortable to wear and seemed light enough. The other complaint I had was the stiffness of the front opening for the camera - the one at front. That front loading place was also a bit small. Perhaps the larger one would have been good, but I went in another direction!

It seemed very well made.

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5.0

Great camera bag

By dabao

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

Perfect for travel photography, One camera and two lens.

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5.0

Best Gear Hauler Ever

By Aspiring Macro Girl

from Forest Lake, MN

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 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

    I purchased this backpack/camera bag to replace my Tamrac Velocity 6 which I found to be a great bag in itself just a little too small. The Evolution is so comfy and carries all my gear along with my large wallet and my e reader. The first day out I carried it all day up and down rocky terrain. The only thing I would add to the bag would be a harness that would clip in my camera.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Really great day pack

    By Jeremy

    from New York

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

          This is a really great day pack with so many possible configurations. The main pocket can hold a body and around 3 small lenses, but don't expect the rest of the pockets to hold anything other than maybe a book and some accessories. Definitely not for if you want to carry around a laptop, but can fit small things. Overall rugged and awesome.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Perfect for trips

          By Alexandre

          from Sao Paulo, Brazil

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

            This bag is almost perfect for trips. You can carry up to 3 extra lenses and mandatory gear (chargers, extra battery, memory cards, filters and lens hoods.
            It is very comfortable, and offers easy access to you gear. The backpack can be converted into a sling when necessary.

            GorillaPod fits perfect to it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent smaller bag

            By Ellmo

            from Kapaa, HI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment

            Cons

            • Too Small

            Best Uses

            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

            Bought this for my wife. I own the evolution 7, but she wanted a smaller bag for her Canon 7D and one or two lenses. Its a bit of a tight fit, but fits her body perfectly. B&H service was exemplary as usual

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Camera Bag

            By Imageman

            from Morristown. NJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

              Gift to my son who raves about it.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Prefect for outdoors

              By Pablo

              from Costa Rica

              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 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

                Love this backpack. The first time I use it was for a vacation trip. It was so usefull and convinient. The size is pefect, has a lot of space and the quality is great. My camera equipment was well projected and it even comes with a rain coat for the bag.

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                • No

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                5.0

                fantastic camera case

                By ThumperBob

                from Flushing, NY

                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 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                  Extremely versatile, & great quality.
                  However, was too large for my micro 4/3rds equipment

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Tamrac

                  By MAX

                  from Italy

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Too Small

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

                  I use it to travel, to be onest it is a little bit smaller, but the Evolution 8 it was too much for my needs.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Solidly Built System for Hiking

                  By Tom K

                  from NJ

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Day Trips
                    • Hiking

                    Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                    I was looking for a bag to carry one DSLR, 2 lenses, light carbon fiber tripod and some accessories and this fit the bill. However there's a few things about it that I'm not thrilled about:
                    (a) Bag has Hip belt. I don't see what you could carry in this small bag other than a bowling ball to make a hip belt necessary. I cut off the belt with scissors.
                    (b) Top compartment should be a little larger. You can't fit much in here, perhaps a shirt and sandwich. 7" kindle or ipad mini won't fit either. I'd prefer a little more room here, and less below, but I'll figure this out.
                    (c) Top handle is a little shabby. And there's not enough clearance between it and the bag. I like a solid well designed, well built top handle.

                    Other than the hip belt which I'm not sure what they were thinking, this is a good bag for hiking and even getting around the city with <15 lbs of gear. I'm carrying a T3i, 10-22/24-105/40mm lenses no problem, with some filters, intervalometer & Rode mic around generally these days.
                    I have not used the rain cover yet, so I don't know the pros/cons of it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I am not a professional photographer

                    By Swampman

                    from Dade City, Florida

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                      I travel a lot and wanted a backpack small enough to fit in baggage bins of European airlines yet allows me to carry all my gear. I back the bag with my Nikon D700 camera, Nikon 28-300mm and 17-35mm lens, Nikon SB-600 flash unit, 6 Tiffen 77mm filters, Nikon ML-3 remote, cleaning supplies extra batteries, charger extra cards and my Sirui tripod. Yes it's a tight fit but I keep all my equipment under my control at all times!

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                      4.0

                      Great for the amateur photographer

                      By Mike Hubcap

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Too many straps
                      • Too Small

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear

                      Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                      The main camera storage area holds my rebel xs with attached lens, extra lens, and flash. The side areas hold covers, and other assesories. The upper storage can hold an extra shirt, lunch, or computer connections.

                      The camera hold can be a problem for larger cameras or ones with grips or battery attachments. It might be a tight fit for cameras bigger than The Canon T series.

                      The mess of straps can be annoying. I use the bag as a sling, but comes equipped with backpack straps, chest strap, and waist strap. Unless you are doing some major hiking. The waist strap gets in the way and needs to be tied up.

                      As a 6ft person, it has been great as an urban travel bag. Side access allows for quick removal of the camera. The ziggers and material seem to not mind being rough up.

                      The tripod holder can only hold a compact one or a monopod. I did wish it had another side pouch for a drink. Great for the amateur, but may be too small for a professional with more and larger equipment.

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                      2.0

                      Too small

                      By Dr B

                      from Georgia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Too Small

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear

                      Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                      I liked the design but it would not hold all my equipment

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great!!!

                      By Gerguzgu

                      from Costa Rica

                      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 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                        Great for explring the city and the tropics....

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Almost perfect / Buy it if it suits you.

                        By EvilTodd

                        from St. Paul, Mn

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Build Quality
                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Zippers

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                          I bought this bag when I had a 3Ti, and two kit lenses. Within a few weeks I had the bag completely packed with equipment. I was able to fit my 3Ti, nifty fifty 50mm, kit 55-250, 16mm-35mm 2.8L, 70mm-200mm 4/L, my spare iPhone, Canon battery charger, and battery grip.

                          I've recently outgrown the pack, with the addition of new lenses, and have switched its use to being solely a lens bag. The side covers works great for quick change access.

                          The only problem I have, is that the side opening is too small for my camera body when the battery grip is attached. I couldn't say whether the side openings would fit your camera or not, although I can say that my 3Ti is seriously bulky with the grip attached. I solved the quick draw problem by buying the Tamrac 5562 shoulder bag(another wonderful Tamrac product).

                          The build quality is exceptional. The zippers never bind and the Velcro inserts are padded well. So far, my experience with Tamrac products has been exceptional.

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                          4.0

                          right size for action photo

                          By Star

                          from Ontario

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Triport leg pocket useles

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear

                          Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                          I use this bag for my 5D with 24-105 zoom, an addtional 70-200 f4 zoom and a flash light/or a third small prime. Top compartment contains lens hoods and a few accessories. its compact, comfortable to carry and can easily swing around for quick access. Its for action photographers who don't need to haul around a laptop. One stupid difficiency is the small triport/monoport foot pocket which is almost useless. Another useful improvement can be shoulder strapes with curvature like the top brand backpack. Otherwise the build is top notch and robust.

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                          5.0

                          Evo 6 Photo Backpack

                          By Marty

                          from New England

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Harness
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Brown with Tan):

                            I carry 2 camera bodies, 4 lens w/hoods (11-16mm & 18-200mm & 35mm & 200mm macro) & 1 flash as well as several other goodies. the Evo 6 works well for me, i have easy access to the cameras as needed and lens, i drive a lot and do a fair amount of photography from my SUV, i am very pleased with the ease of getting my photo goodies out of the backpack quickly for those shots which cannot wait. i recommend this product to anyone who wants a good and friendly backpack.

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                            5.0

                            Good

                            By HKoerich

                            from Florianopolis, SC, Brazil

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Roomy
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting Gear

                              Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

                              Very good!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              One tough backpack

                              By kdsaura

                              from cape cod ma.

                              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 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

                                Zippers work great,good Velcro padding,plenty of room for my Canon HFS100, 1.5 Canon tele-converter and a Wide Angle plus the extras.Really well made. Only Con....tripod foot holder is to small.

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                                1.0

                                Bad design

                                By Cygnus_X

                                from Montreal

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Hard To Access Equipment
                                  • Hard to put equipment in

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack (Black):

                                    I order it online, big mistake... The inside divider are really badly design, I could not come up to a configuration that works well. My best advice if you plan to buy this bag go to the store with your gear and try it. Straps are badly done as well and not comfortable at all.

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