Tamrac Expedition 5x
£130, $220 This tough and rugged bag looks like it really was made for expeditions off the beaten track
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.
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.