Tamrac Mirage 6
£99, $120 Although it’s a relatively small split photo/ daypack, the Mirage is still pretty versatile
A relative newcomer to the Tamrac line-up, the Mirage 6 is advertised as a ‘photo/tablet backpack’. It’s similar in size to the diminutive Manfrotto Sling but features two shoulder straps rather than only one. Even so, you can wear the just left strap and pivot it around to get at your camera via a quick-access side flap.
Unlike the Manfrotto, there’s an additional front flap over the lower compartment, which makes it easier to take out lenses and other accessories stored in the main photo section. The tablet compartment is accessed via a separate zip at the rear, and there’s also an upper compartment for personal effects that has its own topopening zip.
The dividing platform between the two main compartments is removable, making room for a camera with super-telephoto lens fitted. It’s not as well implemented as in the Lowepro Transit, but the front flap makes this configuration easier to use than the setup in the Manfrotto Sling. There’s more room than in the Manfrotto but space is still pretty limited, in keeping with the backpack’s compact dimensions. Unlike the other Tamrac bag on test this has a rain cover, although it lacks the other bag’s weather-proofed zips.