Tamrac Evolution 8 Review, Pros and Cons

Tamrac Evolution 8 is rated 3.88 based on 294 reviews

Feature Summary

Tamrac 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack Bag (Black)
  • The Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack can be carried three different ways: as a backpack
  • The Evolution 8 is perfect for a DSLR with a grip and up to an 8" lens attached, several additional lenses, a flash, and accessories
  • When worn as a backpack, the two foam-padded shoulder straps, waist belt, and chest strap distribute the weight
  • To convert the Evolution 8 to a sling pack, cross-connect a single shoulder strap ? red to red for carrying on the right shoulder
  • The Evolution 8 features Tamrac's QuickClip tripod attachment system with a Tripod Foot Pocket

Reviews Summary

Here’s what the reviewers think about the Tamrac Evolution 8:

Reviewers like these things about the Tamrac Evolution 8

  • Some users thought it’s the perfect size for grab and go.
  • Others find the grab handle at the top very useful.
  • Many users agree that it’s a well built, compact and sling bag.
  • Some users find it very easy to attach a small tripod.
  • Many reviewers like how the bag balances the load nicely.
  • Some reviewers recommend the bag to anyone looking for a well made, sturdy camera bag with plenty of padding.
  • A number of users find it very comfortable and ideal for hiking.
  • Many users thought the straps have adequate padding.
  • Some owners said that the ability to access their gear from 3 sides is a huge bonus for this bag.
  • Many photographers adore its removable velcro dividers.
  • A lot of photographers love how it allows them to use the bag as a conventional backpack or as a sling bag that makes it readily available for certain situations where they need access to their equipment.
  • Many users are so pleased with how spacious it is for their equipment with plenty of room to spare for the essential extras like filters, cords, etc.
  • A lot of users said the many pockets make it convenient to keep equipment accessible without the fear of dropping things.
  • Many users are impressed with how it hangs well on the back whether it is the backpack mode or sling mode.
  • A number of reviewers are amazed with how it has survived boat trips, hiking and motorcycling without a single issue.
  • A lot of users are glad that it has plenty of room and compartments for lenses, cloths, filters, accessories, extra batteries, and even a separate compartment that could be used for a second camera body.
  • Some reviewers said the versatile strap system distributes weight so well, that with the chest and waist straps buckled, they hardly know it’s there.
  • A number of users chose it for its gear protection, quick and easy access to their equipment.
  • One user said that the convenience of being able to carry it either backpack style or reconfigured as a sling-back makes it nice for use on mobile photo sessions.

Reviewers don’t like these things

  • Some users thought the tripod pocket seems a little too small.
  • Others find the bag nicely padded and good for safe transit of camera and accessories but not practical for reaching in and out of and carrying extra items.

Selected Reviews

The Phoblographer

The ease of access makes for remarkably expedient photography in crazy situations.

Posted 5 October 2010 by Gevon – Read full review


The bag looks attractive, sits comfortably on my back, has a choice of access points and holds everything I need to take out on a day’s shoot so it gets my thumbs up.

Posted 27 August 2010 by John – Read full review

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