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Thread started 19 May 2007 (Saturday) 14:59
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Flying with Tamrac...

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May 19, 2007 14:59 |  #1

I'm considering the Tamrac Expedition 5 (5575) or Expedition 7 (5577). My gear will fit. My questions are to those folks who use either unit and have traveled by airplane. How was it getting through security, and how did it fit in under the seat, or overhead bin?

Finally, how does it feel on your back?

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May 19, 2007 22:24 |  #2

I have the Tamrac Expedition 5 and can tell you that it is not well designed as a backpack. It rides too high on my back and I can't make it comfortable. I usually just hang onto the strap at the top of the bag to carry it around.

Due to the above issues I am currently looking for a replacement bag as well.

Sorry but I can't speak to its qualities as a carry-on.

5D Mark III, 70-200is 2.8L. 16-35 2.8L II, Canon 24-70 2.8L. Canon 50 1.8. 580EX II

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May 20, 2007 00:58 as a reply to  @ harryb49's post |  #3

I'm not a back pack kind a guy, but my Tamarac Pro 13 shoulder bag is great. Big, roomie and fits fine over head. Have not had a problem flying with it yet.

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May 20, 2007 23:47 |  #4

I have the Tamrac Expedition 5.
I have it LOADED with gear including (2) 30D' with a 70-200 f2.8 IS mounted, then I have a 30D with a 24-70 f2.8L mounted (both with lens hoods reversed), I also have a 10-22, a 20-35, a 1.4x extender and the hoods for both of the non mounted lenses and a Sony DCR-PC105 video camera stored in the main compartment.
I also carry (2) back up units including the HyperDrive Space, and an Epson P-3000, a remote switch, multiple filters, 2 small pelican cases with my sensor cleaning goods, a few lens cloths, 4 batteries for the 30D's and 3 batteries for the video camera, 2 chargers, notepad, pens, and 6 CF cards in the other available pouches and pockets.
I just got back from a 10 day trip to China and that Tamrac Expedition 5 with ALL of that crap went through the scanners and fit nicely in the overhead compartment of the 4 planes I got on and off of going to and coming from China with no problem whatsoever.
The Expedition 5 is a KILLER backpack, comfortable, fits nicely and is fully adjustable, extremely durable and as you can tell holds a TON of crap. It probably weighs in at close to 35 pounds with all of that stuff crammed in it.
That was just for the trip to China however and is NOT how I normally have it loaded for day trips.

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300 f2.8 IS, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8 IS, 10-22 f3.5-4.5, 20-35 f3.5-4.5 USM.
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