Reviews and Problems with Tamrac 3385 Aero Speed Pack 85 Photo / Laptop Backpack
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17 May 2011
Excerpt: I really like this pack. It holds everything I need. Camera, lenses and all accessories plus laptop and accessories. The side access is great for grabbing the camera quickly. I travel a lot, and you never know when a great photo op is gonna appear, and quick access to the camera is a must so you don't miss the moment. And being able to carry the computer as well so you can back up and dump your footage or photos is also a big plus.
Pros: Adjustable Harness, Comfortable, Easily Accessible Equipment, Roomy, Strong Construction
Summary: As frequent flier, I badly needed a bag that provided quick and easy access to a well protected pro DSLR camera with lens attached(24-70 2.8), laptop, various other lenses and gadgets. I spent WAY too much time researching bags and even ordered one and sent it back. Finally I came across this bag, the only bag to meet all my criteria. Most importantly, this bag is perfect for the frequent-flyer.
Pros: Laptop Compartment, Looks like avg backpack, Store camera w lens, Weatherized zippers, Well Padded
Cons: No chest strap, No D-rings on straps, No hip belt
Summary: I’ve only had this pack for a short time, but I’ve use it on several trips, one out of country, and it works great. I can get a D2X plus three lens, flash, laptop and odds and ends. It works great as a carry-on. I usually don’t take the laptop along on shoots, but do like to have most of the sensitive gear with me on the plane. The side access to get the camera in and out of the bag without having to open everything up is very handy and works well.
Summary: This bag is still being broken in, but it seems to be pretty well constructed. It is rather heavy empty, and the top slot where various accessories can be held only opens a few inches, as the rigidity of the bag (esp. if you have a laptop in it), does not allow for much give in bending it back to put things in/take things out (it almost feels like I'm pulling out of a magic hat sometimes because of the small opening =] ) Overall, it's a good bag for your basics.
Summary: I purchased this to use as by carry on for a two week trip to China and it performed well. For the trip I had it packed with: Camera Compartment - Cannon 30d with a Cannon 28 - 300mm lens - Spare lenses - Cannon 28 - 70mm - Cannon 18-55 lens (basic kit lens) - Cannon 580ex speedlight - CF card reader - Battery charger - Cleaning kit - Power converter for the flight - Handheld GPS Laptop Compartment: - HP Laptop with 14" monitor - Power cord Storage compartment - DVD...
Summary: The side (quick access) to the camera is what sold me on this product. The side access is works great if you don't have a full size or a DSLR with a battery grip. Although it technically does fit my Canon 50D w/ battery grip, there is no use for side access due to the opening being too small. You have to be really careful taking it out from the side because the camera's hot shoe can rip the backpack's interior because of the tight opening.