Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack Review

Like many photographers who use smaller-sized mirror-less camera gear, I’ve been looking for an appropriate backpack to carry my equipment. After some research I discovered the Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack. It is specifically designed for mirror-less cameras and compact DSLRs.

Most camera bags and backpacks seem to have been designed for large, bulky DSLR-sized gear. I’ve found that they are typically too deep for my Nikon 1 mirror-less camera gear and as a result are a bit awkward to use. I would imagine that many folks who own M4/3 camera gear have also found this same challenge.

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The Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack is a part of the Tamrac Professional Series and measures 12.2 x 18.5 x 8.3 inches (31 x 47 x 21 cm) and weighs in at 4.6 lb. (2.1 kg).

As you can see from the image above it has sufficient interior volume to hold a good selection of smaller sized camera gear. The inside dividers are easy to adjust to fit whatever smaller sized gear you may have.


If you look closely at the image above you’ll see that it easily holds 4 Nikon 1 camera bodies (2 V2s and 2 J5s) and a total of 10 Nikon 1 lenses, four of which are mounted on the camera bodies. These lenses include the following:

  • CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom
  • 10-100 mm f/4.5-5.6 PD zoom
  • 10-100 mm f/4.-5.5 zoom
  • 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom
  • 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 non-PD with polarizing filter
  • 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 non-PD with variable neutral density filter
  • 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 zoom
  • 10 mm f/2.8 prime
  • 18.5 mm f/1.8 prime
  • 32 mm f/1.2 prime

I also have a pair of Deluxe Vello Extension Tubes for Nikon 1 stored in the main compartment.

Now, when I go out on a client video shoot I can easily take all of the Nikon 1 camera gear I need in one, small backpack. Since the backpack is fairly shallow in design it is a real joy to use when onsite doing a shoot with my Nikon 1 gear.


There are two upright pockets on the rear of the backpack that are ideal to store memory cards, smaller sized tripods, filters and other accessory items.


The horizontal pocket stores the rain sleeve and also has enough room for some additional items.


The inside flap has three clear, zippered storage pockets. I typically store a stop watch, cleaning solution and cloths, as well as my sensor gel sticks in these pockets. The zipper on each pocket has its own ‘garage’ to help prevent the zippers from scratching camera gear.


There are some adjustable straps on the back so you can attach a tripod to the backpack.


I often use the strap towards the top edge of the backpack to mount a travel tripod with case to the rear of the backpack.


Thus far I’ve found the Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack to be quite durable. The zippers, other fasteners, straps and casing seem quite well made and overall the backpack has a very solid, professional feel.


The shoulder harness is well padded and comfortable.


The waist belt adds some additional support and is nicely padded adding to its comfort.


There is also a padded interior sleeve that will fit up to a 15″ laptop.

The Tamrac Professional Series includes a range of different models of backpacks. If you own a smaller-sized camera system I would encourage you to check out the Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack. It suits my needs to a ‘T’ and could very well be the answer you’ve been seeking.

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7 thoughts on “Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack Review”

    1. Hi Joni,

      Yes…this is a very nice, well made backpack! It holds a lot of gear for its small size and is very comfortable to wear. It makes it so much easier for me to take my Nikon 1 gear with me on client video assignments.


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