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Review: Tamrac Evolution 8

by G Servo on 10/05/2010

Tamrac Evolution 8

Tamrac should have called this camera backpack a transformer. The Tamrac Evolution 8 is efficient and versatile. Right out of the box with very little arrangement this camera bag was functional. After a week with this camera bag, you realize how ultra flexible it really is. Using it is very liberating compared to my everyday camera bag which I have to take off when I want to access my camera gear.

Testing Gear

Nikon D90with and with out grip

Minolta Maxxum 7000 SLR with 50mm lens

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens

Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM

Nikon 28-80 F3.6-5.6

Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash

Dell Latitude D620 ATG Ruggedized Laptop

Dell Latitude 610

Generic Tripod

Cleaning Gear for camera

Small Towel

Bottle of water

Usage

While working with the Tamrac Evolution 8 and taking it on shoots/carrying it around to various places, the bag is very comfortable. The bag itself is light, sturdy and durable. It stands up when placed down and is stable when laid down on a table due to the construction. The Evolution 8 is easily switched from backpack to sling which comes in handy for those mobile shoots where I just want to grab the camera right away. I have had this bag on a few shoots and have gone a few early morning photo walks with it. It’s been quite comfortable so far. As a pure photography bag it’s been uncanny.


Ease of Access

Getting the gear out of this bag could not be any easier. If I want to get my gear out, I just bring the bag around to my front while bag is still on my shoulder, open it, take the camera strap and put it on my neck Since I am a left handed individual, I like to switch the bag to left hand sling mode. And that is as simple as can be. I appreciate how the other strap is hidden within a pouch on the inside of the back of the bag.

Compactness

This bag holds my Nikon D90 with grip attached and my Sigma 70-300 attached, along with my 50mm and my 28-80 lenses, a flash, all my cleaning gear, etc. Instead of a laptop I had my magazine and comics. My everyday rugged, all-terrain laptop, a Dell Latitude 620 ATG Measuring 13.2 inches wide, 10.75 inches deep, and 1.75 inches high, is just a slightly too big, this laptop is slightly bigger than most though, my other laptop fit just fine.

On the Move

The Tamrac Evolve 8 Is great for physical activities like hiking and biking. When it is set to be a sling, it’s so easy to access while sitting on a bike, just bring it around get your camera and take your shot, it is that simple. The Tamrac Evolution 8 makes taking shots on the move very effortless . You do not worry about dropping your gear moreover. Everything about the bag feels secure when on the move.

Who is the Bag Best For?

The photographer on the move could really use this camera bag.  The bag is at its best when you have to carry a couple of lenses, a flash and cleaning gear and need to get to everything fast.  It works well when you have to carry a tripod, something to read a little food.  The mountain biking or hiking photographer will find this bag very practical.  The ease of access makes for remarkably expedient photography in crazy situations.

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