(From company literature) Tamrac 5575 Expedition 5. The Expedition 5 is the perfect mid-size pack for a wide range of photo equipment. This medium size pack offers foam-padded protection and quick access to multiple SLRs, lenses, flash and accessories. The main compartment is completely foam padded with numerous adjustable, foam-padded dividers to protect digital or film SLRs, 5-7 lenses, and a flash. The camera with a long zoom lens attached is suspended on two vertical, foam-padded dividers that are internally reinforced with rigid plastic. A restraint strap holds the lens firmly in place. Two Windowpane-Mesh™ pockets inside the front flap visibly organize filters, film and other accessories. A plastic, foam-padded platform in the bottom provides shock protection while a LockDown™ rain flap protects the zipper from the elements. A large front pocket with a water-resistant zipper holds a light jacket or extra gear.
Dual "wing" pockets with water-resistant zippers organize and provide quick access to important accessories without disturbing your other gear. These "wing" pockets also feature Tamrac's U.S.- patented Memory & Battery Management System™ that uses red flags to identify available memory cards and batteries from ones that have been used up.
A tripod is cradled (centered and balanced) securely between these pockets with Tamrac's QuickClip™ tripod attachment system while the lower, plastic-reinforced Tripod Foot Pocket holds two of the tripod legs secure.
The state-of-the-art harness system with Dual-Density Comfort Pads provides maximum carrying comfort while Air Flow Channels help keep you cool and dry during extended use. The pack is also equipped with an adjustable waist belt and an expandable sternum strap for finer adjustments. The harness features "D" rings that accept Tamrac's optional backpack camera strap (Model N-11).
Strap Accessory System™ (S.A.S.™) and Modular Accessory System™ (M.A.S.™) attachment slots on the pack provide a convenient place to carry Tamrac's optional M.A.S.™ and S.A.S.™ products. Four SpiderTabs™ provide additional attachment points for expedition equipment or extra clothing.
Available Colors: Black
Outer Fabric: Unspecified
Type of Closure: Zippers, quick release buckles
Capacity: multiple SLRs, lenses, flash and accessories
Interior Dimensions (W x D x H): 28 x 13 x 34 cm / 11 x 5 x 13.5 in.
Exterior Dimensions (W x D x H): 32 x 25 x 41 cm / 12.75 x 10 x 16 in.
Weight: 1.95 kg / 4.3 lb
Notes: Strap Accessory System™ (S.A.S™); Modular Accessory System™ (M.A.S.™); two Windowpane-Mesh™ pockets inside the front flap; Memory & Battery Management System™; QuickClip™ tripod attachment system; LockDown™ rain flap
Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Total Spent: $130.00| Rating: 9
great protection, very good carrying comfort, quite light, well-sized, easy to organize
bothering central restraint strap, only lower tripod are safely supported
This is a good backpack, compact, solid, relatively light, fast and easy to organize. It provides a great shock protection and decent waterproof protection.
It is really comfortable to carry, especially when worn without a tripod. Air Flow Channels aren't able to keep you dry, especially during long, summer trips, but this is an issue common to all backpacks.
Thank to its intelligent size and design, it is the ideal choice for those interested in an everyday pack: it holds a typical kit with its accessories. Wing pockets have room enough for your memory cards. Foam-padded dividers are easy to move; only central restraint strap is quite bothering to use, because you have to totally unstrap it in order to remove a long tele lens (I usually place my Canon 400 f/5,6 in this position). Tripod support can be profitably used only with lower tripods: my Gitzo 1227 with its Arca-Swiss B1 seems to be a threat to my head and for itself. If this is a killer requirement, you would probably need the Expedition 7 model, instead.
All-in-all, I recommend this backpack: it's a good compromise, well conceived and very well manufactured.
Registered: November 2006 Posts: 8
Tamrac 5575 Expedition 5 review by Neogene
Review Date: 11/30/2006
Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Total Spent: $120.00| Rating: 9
Solid, ergonomic, light when weared.
Not fully water resistant. Zippers on the front are difficult to handle.
I changed my bag "style" from a nikon shoulder bag to this model because i couldn't put on it all the stuff i needed.
I was aware that every time i need to take something i need to open it and put again on my shoulders, but when is winter i put one or two lenses on my jacket and i have no need to open except for some changes.
It's really solid, and when taken it looks like a stone, but when on the shoulder it looses all its weight and after some mins i forget to have it. Excellent.
It's similar in terms of size and space to the Lowepro minitrekker models but the front bags are really useful. The lowepro Rain Protection is also available but you have to pay some buks for it while the lowepro give it in bundle.
The Tamrac Expedition 5 backpack is one of the most well thought-out camera bags to ever hit the market.
That said, those of you who have used any of the old Domke backpacks will be left wishing for those easy access pockets. There is no rushing into this bag to grab your camera, especially if the backpack is closed properly. There are two opposing (very rugged) zippers, so the access point can be set for the most convenient entry, but unless one opens the bag completely it is almost impossible to undo the velcro safety straps to grab one's gear.
Those photos that show the camera stored at the top of the bag (sounds like easy access) should be ignored – put your camera in upside-down, this keeps the weight at the bottom of the pack and keeps it from falling over if you set it down (voice of experience). The bag is not inherently top-heavy by any means, but a heavy camera body stored at the top could be all it needs to tip the balance. If one is walking miles of trails I suggest doing the opposite - having the weight in a bag distributed at the bottom is very tiring (over long distances - I mean miles and miles) and more work on the shoulders and back.
The overall look and feel of the Expedition 5 is great. The weather-proof fabric is very tough and easily cleaned. There are, unfortunately, only two extra outside pockets for small items and one larger 'flap' for something slim (I keep a 10-inch flexfil reflector in there). There is also a zippered 'pocket' on the bottom front to hold the legs of a small tripod (with a drain hole - very thoughtful), but unless one is trecking a long way it's easier to sling the tripod over the shoulder and use that extra pocket for a Swiss Army tool and some granola bars!
Tamrac has developed what it calls its Strap Accessory System (SAS) and its Modular Accessory System as well as "Spider Tabs" that allow one to connect optional Tamrac 'extras' (or your own clothing or anything that will attach) to various points along the outside rim, but other than a camera 'raincoat' and my mobile phone I just don't trust leaving anything expensive hanging on the outside. This is because I take this bag everywhere; into cafés, the forest and vineyardsd, I put it down on the sidewalk or street when I'm shooting – and things can easily 'walk away' but not so easily drop off but I don't want to take that chance. Straps have been added for securing a tripod to the outside centre (again, a pocket for two of the tripod's feet), and the straps do their job wonderfully. There is even a system for storing the extra strap when they have been pulled tight, thereby leaving less 'dangling'.
The main inner flap pockets feature a tough clear plastic see-through liner so one can easily see what is needed. My qualm is that these pockets don't carry much more than a slim flashlight, some filters and memory cards (and my MC-36 remote, shutter release cable, a bandana, extra lens-cleaning cloth. . . OK, there is quite a bit of room after all). There is a dedicated pocket in the outer 'wing' pockets for memory cards, but again, I wouldn't want to chance losing my photos so keep the extras inside the main flap.
My only complaint with these inner pockets is that they are a bit small and sit snuggly up against the camera and lenses - in other words, don't keep anything sharp or metallic in them as you might damage something very expensive (that said, they really are very convenient).
Once fully laden the bag and kit becomes very heavy - if one is in a rush and grabs a full bag by only one arm strap the seams could offer a bit of a surprise. Mine tore a few (sounded like 2 or 3) stitches, but internal ones only, and between the two bags I can't tell which one it happened to – but that did worry me. My recommendation is to take one's time or make a habit of grabbing the bag by the top padded handle, which is padded to the point of actually being comfortable.
Fully laden the bag sits like a glove on the shoulders - the shoulder straps are beautifully padded and any weight the bag can handle is not a burden on the shoulder or back area. There are no 'pinching' or 'stabbing' points when it's on your shoulders and all straps and securing points (chest, waist, shoulders) are fully adjustable. This is the most comfortable backpack I've ever worn - it is obvious that much thought and experimentation went into producing this product. I have about seven camera backpacks and as many 'normal' camera bags. My weaponry stays in these two Tamrac bags - even if I'm going to a formal event like an artist's vernissage or press conference. This bag is tough, comfortable and convenient.
The Expedition 5 is spacious enough for a camera body (or two) and four or five lenses, depending on your preference, and a flash - space available is determined by how one arranges the padded separation system. One couldn't realistically ask for more room in a bag of this size.
There is also a 'cinch' cord that covers the zipper in case of rain. Unfortunately, when closing the bag that extra line from the cinch cord systematically gets caught in the zipper. Again, don't be in a rush - you won't hurt anything by catching that cord but it's a bit of an irritant having to flip it out of the way each time (although it does become an unconscious habit to do so).
Overall -this is a great bag. I own two - one for my D200 kit and the other is full of Bronica 6x6 stuff. I wish I had another and would still buy this model and nothing larger, definitely nothing smaller – it really is the perfect size for most any kit.
I rated the construction quality a 9 since there is no option for fractions. If there were I'd give it a 9.7, due to the very small inconveniences I've encountered through using it (them) for over 8 months on a regular basis. Definitely not a 10 but much more than simply a 9.
There is one more thing to add. If you are out in public and wish to shoot something - taking this bag off your shoulder, unzipping it and pulling out a camera and lens is a fantastic attention getter. i have been oogled by literally hundreds of people and asked about my kit and profession so many times that it is almost standard practice to have to talk and shoot at the same time. That shouldn't be a deciding factor in purchasing this bag, but it is so sturdy, professional-looking and well organised that if you're not a pro you sure will look the part.