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Tamrac Evolution Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 310 reviews

We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 19 reasons to buy the Evolution - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

85% of the reviewers give the Tamrac Evolution a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (61%)
Good (24%)
Average (7%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (4%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Tamrac Evolution:

Reviewers like these things about the Tamrac Evolution

  • 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.


Crowdsourced specs across all Tamrac Evolution models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight0.6-3 oz (0.3-1.4 kg)
Length iconLength8-9 in (20-23 cm)
Width6-12 in (15-30 cm)
Height8-19 in (20-48 cm)

Popular Models

Tamrac Evolution 6

75% choose the Tamrac Evolution 6

75 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight3 oz (1.4 kg)
Length iconLength8 in (20 cm)
Width10 in (25 cm)
Height17 in (43 cm)

Tamrac Evolution 5788

25% choose the Tamrac Evolution 5788

25 %

Length iconLength9 in (23 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height19 in (48 cm)

Tamrac Evolution 6 vs Evolution 5788

The two most popular Tamrac Evolution models are the Evolution 6 and the Evolution 5788, so let's compare them:

The Evolution 5788
Tamrac Evolution 5788

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Tamrac Evolution bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Evolution 6 which is choosen by 75% (3 times as many as the 25% that choose the Evolution 5788).

Evolution 6Evolution 5788
Most popular

If we look at dimensions, the Evolution 6 is 1 in (2 cm) longer than the Evolution 5788 (8 vs. 9 in). It's 2 in (5 cm) wider (10 vs. 12 in), while the height of the Evolution 6 is 2 in (5 cm) less than the height of the Evolution 5788 (17 vs. 19 in).


vs Tamrac Bags

The Tamrac Evolution ranks #6 compared with the other Tamrac bags.

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vs All Bags

The Tamrac Evolution ranks #1874 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparisons of the Tamrac Evolution vs 2 other, similar bags.

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Tamrac Evolution vs Tamrac Corona

Tamrac Evolution
Tamrac Evolution

Based on 310 reviews
Weight: 0.6-3 oz
Price: $$

Tamrac Corona
Tamrac Corona


Based on 59 reviews

Weight: 2.6-3.5 oz

  • The Evolution is rated a bit better than the Corona.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 369 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Evolution is 17% lighter than the biggest Corona (3 oz vs 3.5 oz).

Only the Evolution is available in these colors:

Tamrac Evolution vs Tamrac Expedition

Tamrac Evolution
Tamrac Evolution


Based on 310 reviews
Weight: 0.6-3 oz
Price: $$

Tamrac Expedition
Tamrac Expedition

Based on 620 reviews

Weight: 1.7-5 oz

  • The Evolution is rated a little bit worse than the Expedition.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 930 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Evolution is 67% lighter than the biggest Expedition (3 oz vs 5 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Evolution is available in these colors:

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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Last updated on July 03, 2019