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(From company literature) Tamrac 5248 Adventure 8. The Adventure 8 is a medium-sized photo backpack that holds a camera, three to four lenses, a flash and accessories in adjustable foam-padded compartments. It is perfect for both day trips or long-term travel as it distributes the weight across your back for all-day carrying comfort. It has a foam-padded camera compartment on the bottom and a large gear pocket on the top so you'll always have the right gear with you when you need it. Features include: Padded Shoulder Harness with Sternum strap, inner Windowpane-Mesh™ accessory pocket, a large zippered top compartment for personal gear, a zippered front organizer pocket and zippered side pockets, a quick-access zippered pocket on the front flap and tripod straps. You will be comfortable and feel safer when traveling in crowds as this system carries and looks like a backpack and does not look like a camera bag.


  • Type: Backpack
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Outer Fabric: Unspecified
  • Type of Closure: Zippers, quick release buckle
  • Capacity: 1 digital or film SLR, 3-4 lenses, a flash and accessories
  • Interior Dimensions (W x D x H): 24 x 11 x 18 cm / 9.5 x 4.25 x 7 in.
  • Exterior Dimensions (W x D x H): 32 x 20 x 35 cm / 12.75 x 7.75 D x 13.88 in.
  • Weight: 971 g / 2.1 lb
  • Notes: Strap Accessory System™ (S.A.S™); foam-padded contoured backpack harness; large side pockets will accommodate accessories; adjustable foam-padded internal dividers; main compartment completely foam padded with closed-cell foam; foam pillars support camera with lens attached; double zipper pulls for quick access; mesh pocket inside top hold accessories; weather Flaps for protection against the elements; large upper daypack compartment will hold personal items

Keywords: Tamrac Backpack


Registered: December 2006
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Tamrac 5248 Adventure 8 review by jraNL2
Review Date: 12/26/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $65.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: doesn't look like a photo bag, small, light weight, discreet, small compartment on top
Cons: not for quick photo moment reaction, for some gear can be too small

Tamrac 5248 is a pleasant small and light weight backpack I've ever purchased, not the least thanks to its low-profile dimensions and its resemblance to "normal" daily backpack school pupils love to drag on their backs. Originally it was purchased to take small gear such as the prosumer Konica-Minolta A2, flash unit, storage device and a wide-angle convertor for a day shooting activities in the city, but ended up as a real traveller's backpack taken into the wide world due to its pleasant form and durability.

The photo compartment itself can take small to medium cameras such as the prosumer Konica-Minolta A2, or Leica rangefinders, or one DSLR with dimensions of a EOS 10D with a standard zoom lens attached and one extra small sized zoom lens like a 28-135, or two small DSLRs like EOS 400D/XTi, 350D/XT, each mounted with a small zoom lens (i.e. 10-22 + 28-135, or 17-40 + 70-300 DO, the latter WITHOUT lenshood attached). In the pockets on both outer sides a flash unit and a storage device can be taken along. Inside the small extra compartment on top, just under the front flap, various items can be put there, but I seldom prefer not to put a thin jacket or raincoat in there, a safety against some unpredictable weather such as here in the Netherlands where I live. Also that compartment is wide enough to take lunch etc. but NEVER put liquids/drinks/beverages in there. If it leaks you can say goodbye to the whole photographic gear situated just below it.

The only downside of (all) backpack is that it's designed to transport or take the photographic gear with you, but not for a quick photo-moment response. In that respect a shoulder bag is way out handy to take the camera instantly out of the bag without having to take the whole bag off first before opening it.

My Tamrac 5248 will undoubtedly travel a lot and stay on my back for a long time, but if you plan to take big professional gear included those big guns with you, this backpack is clearly enough not for you.


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