Gear Review: Hoodoo Tamrac Backpack/Camera Bag

A while ago we made the great transition from our heavy and cumbersome Canon DSLR camera body and lenses to the Sony A600 and new lighter lenses. It wasn’t a change made quickly and to be honest I am still adjusting. But in the end I just wasn’t bringing the camera gear on adventures as much as I would like because of weight and bulk.

As our adventures became longer and more extensive (with the kids along), I needed a lighter solution. So far we’ve loved the transition into the mirrorless realm.

Along with it, though, I’ve been on the hunt for a new easy-access bag or backpack for my camera and electronics while on the road or trail. Here is our review of the:

Hoodoo Tamrac 18

HooDoo 18

  • Tested in: Hiking, Commuting, Work, Business
  • Cost: $80.95
  • Availability: or local photography stores. (Find a Store)
  • Best Use: Travel, School, Commuting for Work
Selling Points: 

Tamrac has designed a great lightweight, low volume pack that supplies easy access to my camera gear through a top pouch that is lined with soft microfiber fabric. It is much like a goggle pouch on the top of many ski packs and fits my Sony A6000 with lens perfectly. Depending on the lens, I can at times fit more than one lens along with the body.

Top Camera Pocket

Top Camera Pocket

There is a zipper pocket that accesses a sleeve along the back that fits my MacBook or a notebook perfectly. I suppose you could put a hydration system in there as well.

The front compartment fits extra layers, snacks, a water bottle, or anything else you might need. On the front of the pack is a small pocket for pens, wallets, cell phones, etc.

HooDoo 18 - green open

I appreciate the chest strap for walking or biking.

I am super impressed with the design of the pack, the heavy-duty material looks brand new after months of use. It is my go-to pack when I am bringing my camera/laptop/etc for travel or a day of meetings.

Tamrac 18 gear review

Desired Improvements:

I really wish there was a mesh sleeve along the side for a water bottle. In Utah or Colorado, where we spend the bulk of our time, it is really dry and I almost always have a water bottle with me.

The torso length is also a bit long for me and the bag shifts on my back with every step – I think this is a personal fit problem, but alas it limits my use regarding hiking or prolonged walking.

Tamrac 18 backpack for travel

Significant Stats:
  • External Dimensions – 27 x 48.5 x 16.5 cm (10.5 x 19 x 6.5 in)
  • Internal Dimensions – 26 x 46 x 14 cm (10 x 18 x 5.5 in)
  • Weight – 0.6 kg (1.3 lbs)
  • 2x PU coating
  • Optimized lightweight foams
  • YKK® zippers
  • Waxed canvas and ripstop fabrics
  • Absolutely NO PVC

The Bottom Line:

A well designed and well made pack, that will be the perfect fit for those looking to carry their mirror-less system or DSLR and a laptop.

This sample received for the purpose of review. These are our honest opinions.

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