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ThinkTank Camera Bag Family - Traveling Light and Heavy
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My ThinkTank bag collection covers all the stops; I have a bag for light weight Lightenupandshoot Style street portaits, a middle weight bag that will cover 85% of most client shoots and Big ThinkTank Mama which is suitable for my international commercial gigs.
Meet my ThinkTank family:
Click Read more below to get the skinny on the different ThinkTank bags I use and why...
ThinkTank Camera Bag Family
A short review ... By Michael Thompson
Slin-O-Matic 30 - Probably my most used ThinkTank bag. The sling is great for the minimalist shooter. I take this bag with me everywhere and it also houses my virtual office (laptop, cords, drives, etc.)
*see shot above - sling far left.
Airport Commuter Backpack - latest addition to the family. I haven't used it yet; my friend, Eddie Mozer, in New York uses this bag. I've been itching to get one since he said it's his choice of bag for wedding shoots. It's more than half the size of my giant roll bag. I wanted a bag medium professional size bag that travels like a backpack. When completely loaded down it's a heavy beast. But I can see this being an essential bag for me as I am a location shooter and sometimes I need to 'hike in' to my locations. There's also room for a laptap/ipad which is a complete necessity when I'm traveling. Biggest complaint: the pack itself is too deep. I think they could have made the bag about 4" more shallow in depth. Just my two and half cents.
*Airport Commuter Backpack (above) - you can carry a ton of crap in this puppy. Heavy when loaded down, I suggest going light if you are going to do a bunch of walking. Think about what you will need for the shoot and unload all crap to lighten the load; re-pack the crap you took out of the bag when you get home from shooting. Stay organized this way and do an assessment of gear after each shoot to make sure you didn't lose something important.
Airport Securty V2.0 - the mother ship. I can practically fit all my gear in this bag, with the exception of stands/mods, and literally travel the globe while safely having my gear with me on board the plane. It's a heavy ass beast...but it's my most important bag because it can carry everything. I always bring a small bag with me so I can do personal work or shoots where gear coming out the ying yang isn't a problem...you get my drift? If you travel and use a lot of gear, a complete necessity...priceless.
*it's the big ass wide load on the far right
Cable Management 30 - probably the best $25 you can spend. It's a double divided bag with a clear window that allows you see everthing inside. I use it to keep my off-camera light rig (speed light, triggers, cords, batteries). It goes in right in the camera bag; when I have a shot that requires artificial light it's a grab bag of all the goodies needed in one neat space.
Cable bag - buy it! You need it, you want it, it wants you!!!
A few other notes: I've acquired video equipment over the past two or three years. Here's a shot of a few pieces in my bag I use for my documentary work::
*from left to right: Genus neutral density filters and step-up-rings (adapters so you can use the ND with any size lens), GoPro Hero 3, and Senheisser wireless mic.
Inside the Airport Commuter Backpack notes:
*70-200, 24-70, 50, Lensbaby Fisheye
*Jawbone Jambox - for tunes
*Genus ND filters
*Gordon Flash Strap (click here to buy; which also helps support Lightenupandshoot)
*ThinkTank Cable Management 30- used for my triggers, speed light, and battery charger
Big mama and little daddy:
Side by Side Love
Shoot me a line if you have any questions!!!
PS My last shoot photo candy:
*West Texas near the border
*Phoenix during sunset. I love my most versatile lens, the 24-70