Tam­rac Ex­pe­di­tion 5x

£130, $220 This tough and rugged bag looks like it re­ally was made for ex­pe­di­tions off the beaten track

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We’ve long been big fans of the Tam­rac Ex­pe­di­tion 6x full photo back­pack, but it’s un­de­ni­ably a big and very deep bag. You cer­tainly have to be more care­ful than usual not to knock peo­ple or things fly­ing when you’re turn­ing around in cramped quar­ters. Its smaller sib­ling is a lit­tle more com­pact and man­age­able.

The 5x’s ex­ter­nal di­men­sions are 2cm less in all three di­rec­tions (width, depth and height). Even so, it’s still deep enough to ac­com­mo­date a pro­fes­sional body with chunky lens at­tached, plus up to ten other lenses and ac­ces­sories if you use all the supplied di­viders. That said, you’ll need a big col­lec­tion of small items to make use of all the di­viders.

Two-cam­era trans­port

The two di­viders that run the length of the bag can be splayed at the top and bot­tom, en­abling two cam­eras with stan­dard kit zoom lenses at­tached to be fit­ted in reg­u­lar ori­en­ta­tions, rather than one be­ing stored on its side. There’s a well-padded ad­di­tional com­part­ment for a tablet or 12-inch lap­top, plus three small ex­ter­nal pock­ets on the front, one of which has a neat mem­ory card and bat­tery or­gan­iser. Con­struc­tion qual­ity is very good in­deed, com­plete with weather-re­sis­tant zips, but there’s no rain cover supplied.

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