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Sling Backpacks: Tamrac Evolution or what???

 
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Nov 23, 2012 22:01 |  #1

I've been looking at the sling-style backpacks as a solution for holding more gear and being easier to carry. The Tamrac Evolution 9 (external link) has caught my eye. Does anyone have any thoughts this pack, pro or con? Or is there a different one you'd recommend? Whatever I get I'd like it to be larger sized so that it will hold more gear down the road, and so that it will fit me better (I'm a big guy!).

My current gear is a 40D w/ grip, 10-22mm, and 28-135mm, along with a tripod remote and the usual various other odds and ends. Upcoming purchases will likely be a 70-200mm f/2.8 and/or a 100-400mm, so I'd like those to fit in the bag as well. Tripod attachments are a great added bonus.

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Nov 23, 2012 22:11 |  #2

There's also the Kata 3-in-1 series to consider.

Just a comment about larger backpacks to hold more gear down the road...I used to have the same mentality. But then I thought...when am I ever really going to carry ALL of my gear with me? Maybe when I'm traveling, but that's why I have a Pelican 1510 for my carry-on. Otherwise, when I'm out and about, hiking, or even on vacation, I rarely need ALL of my lenses with me. I find that having a smaller backpack forces me to choose my tools wisely and learn to shoot with what I've got. I used to carry all of my lenses with me in a Flipside 400...but I found myself constantly changing lenses for the situation. Now I just choose two lenses that I feel will get me through the day and carry on.

Just some food for thought..


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Nov 23, 2012 22:13 |  #3

And FWIW, I considered both the Evolution and 3-in-1. The overall consensus I got from searching reviews is that the concept of having both a traditional backpack and sling in one bag is great, but generally both are poorly executed.


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Nov 23, 2012 22:25 |  #4

Good thoughts, thanks V35!


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