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8.8 out of 10

Tamrac 697

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Overall 10

2 camera system carry-on

PhotoRick, B&H Photo
1 November 2012
  • Excerpt: I have 2 complete DSLR camera systems as well as a laptop that I fit inside this case. That includes all of my prime lenses and zooms, batteries, on-board HD monitor, etc. The bag has wheels and doubles as a backpack which are both features I needed the first time I used it. With all that weight inside this case I didn't think the backpack function would work without giving out but it worked flawlessly.
  • Pros: Adjustable Harness, Easily Accessible Equipment, Strong Construction
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Overall 4

Don't buy if you are flying.

Kermode73, B&H Photo
28 October 2012
  • Excerpt: Bag will NOT fit on airplane if you store a computer (I tried Super 80, 737, 757). The back padding interferes, no way around it. Also, the pull out handle has no intermediate stops. While the lenght is generous so its good for tall people, for medium height it is so-so, and cumbersome for short people (I am 5'9" and would like the handle shorter). The price is expensive. While the bag has a lot of detailed features, I still beliieve this is more os af [$]bag than [$].
  • Pros: Comfortable, Lots Of Features, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Expensive, Will Not Fit On Airplane
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Overall 10

Real good bag

sheps shots, Adorama
11 September 2011
  • Excerpt: Very good bag, and made in USA.
  • Pros: Adjustable Harness, Easily Accessible Equipment, Roomy, Strong Construction
  • Cons: No Cons for me
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Overall 8

It works

31 October 2010
  • Excerpt: Well... it worths. It is flexible - we may configure as you want and need. It fits two bodies, one mounted with a heavy and long lenses. As I have a smaller backpack as well, with 3 fantastic external pockets, same brand, I feel missing a spot for cleaning stuff, puff, windex, etc. It does also lacks on pockets for cell phones. I got an external accessory - which does the work, but it is not the same.
  • Pros: Comfortable, Roomy, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Lack of pockets
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Overall 6

lots of space

ollyt, B&H Photo
18 August 2009
  • Excerpt: I use this to transport two d700's with 70-200 and 24-70 attached, 3 flashes, accessories, battery pack, and extra lens. In short, this bag fits pretty much everything I need it too and is carry-on compatible. Great to get the weight of the gear off of my back and yet have the option to use the somewhat cumbersome backpack harness as well. I wish the harness wasn't so tucked away and didn't require clipping together to use - slows down the conversion too much.
  • Pros: Easily Accessible Equipment, Roomy
  • Cons: Cumbersome
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Overall 10

Easy photo trailer for bad backs

Chief, Adorama
20 February 2009
  • Excerpt: I have a bad back and the 697 affords versatility when needed. I primarily pull my equipment but when needed you can carry your equipment. The long handle makes pulling the 697 very easy especially for us tall folks.
  • Pros: Comfortable, Easily Accessible Equipment, Easy access, Long handle for tall folk, Lots of room for gear, Strong Construction, Versatile pull or carry
  • Cons: Maybe different wheels
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Overall 8

A good product, but . . .

kberke, Adorama
20 February 2009
  • Excerpt: I use the bag to move equipment from one central location to another. I then take out and use particular gear for a particular outing. As matters turn out, I think I should have purchased the larger model--the 698. The 697, however, is just as represented--except that I might have hoped for larger wheels.
  • Pros: Opens easily
  • Cons: Wheels should be larger
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Overall 8

great product!

dominique, B&H Photo
12 February 2009
  • Excerpt: I use it everyday to go on location shootings, and it carries everything I need. great wheels for poor New York sidewalks, that absorbs most of the shocks! I decided to remove all the backpack straps I did not need, which gave me an additional pocket to store my laptop cables.
  • Pros: Comfortable, Easily Accessible Equipment, Strong Construction
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Overall 8


27 April 2008
  • Excerpt: This backpack is used by me for outdoor shoots. Its typical of all tamrac bags, well made, durable, and comfortable to carry if you are strong enough to carry such a large pack. I also have a tamrac 677 which I like better than this bag. Both are approx. the same size, but the 677 has 4 slots to connect the extra m.a.s. pouches instead of 2 on the 697. When putting the extra large side pouches on the 697 the tend to flop around due to this lack of extra slots.
  • Pros: Adjustable Harness, Comfortable, Easily Accessible Equipment, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Not enough loops
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Overall 8

Nice pack

Jack, B&H Photo
28 December 2007
  • Excerpt: Nicely made convertible roller/backpack. Very solid. My 17 Mac book Pro fits perfectly in the laptop pouch. That was a surprised since the spec only says it will hold only a 15 laptop. I think it's because the 17 Mac book Pro is only 1 thick. The pouch holding the shoulder straps is bulky, making the case much thicker. Expertise: Corporate/staff photographer Problems Encountered: I am not sure how this case will perform as a carry on..
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