What bag for mirrorless,? I tried my first ThinkTank product., and....

Discussion in 'Mirrorless Digital Cameras' started by gerrysiegel, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Made strong with a couple innovative features like magnet closure. I wondered why folks here were enthused about this company. Now I have as many camera bags any gear hound searching for the next good news bag. This one I recommend for a camera and a lens or two and a flash. Go light in bags as well as your camera. My model was or is the Mirrorless Mover 20 and they have a whole new line. With improvements. So I e mailed the company thinking that I could buy their new strap which they advertise as a grip on the shoulder type. And lo, they sent me a really nice one gratis. This photo shows the original nylon with no grip pad; the new one they mailed me is more robust but still not huge and guess what it stays on my T shirt shoulder.. You don't always see that customer service awareness anymore. Think Think Tank. I have no shares in this outfit. I mean I don't think it will surpass Facebook...but give it a look along with the other older names,fellow mirror less pioneers. Yes it also has a cubby for a smart phone. Or a small bag of trail mix or what have you. Nicely tailored, two stretch pockets on ends that actually look like they will stand up to time and tide....Happy Trails PS. Any other novel bags designed with smaller mirrorless you can recommend, folks? ( I posted here because the other forum is so miscellaneous, ya know and mostly for tripodiana and bald heads and whatnot..) . gs
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  2. Nothing to add except that I'm hip-deep in Think Tank bags, harnesses, sleeves, rain protection, holsters, and whatnot - really like the way they build things. Glad to see you had the same experience with them.
     
  3. http://www.adorama.com/IOMCSEM5MB.html
    I have this bag, which I think is very similar to the Mirrorless Mover 30, as it also fits a tablet. I like it a lot, it's small, has lots of sealable pockets, and quick to use.
     
  4. Have to agree that Think Tank makes very good products, and has great customer service.
     
  5. Hi Gerry.
    I use the Think Tank modular belt system and recently picked up the Hubba Hubba Hiney pouch. It will hold my e-m1 with the 12-40 Pro lens attached, the fl-600r flash, 9-18mm and the 45 1.8mm lenses. I use a Lens Changer 50 for the 40-150 Pro lens. The HHH pouch also is slightly curved for the torso and comes with a shoulder strap should you want to use it that way.
     
  6. Re Hubba Hubba Hiney pouch

    I gave up on belt bags and such. Hiney unshelfed are we unlike Ms Kardashian et al. I use a fanny pack well tightened. Hubba hubba indeed.
     
  7. The think thank bags also work great for mirrored systems ;-) Most of my bags are Lowe Pro (and I am happy with those; they hold up despite my not-always-gentle treatment), but as many, I keep thinkering with bags and last year found I needed something small, simple. Ended up with a Think Thank Retrospective 5, which (I think) looks really nice and not too photobag-like, takes quite a bit of gear, comfortable to wear, quick to work with. In other words: exactly the bag I wanted. Not cheap, but worth it.
     
  8. .." nice and not too photobag-like" I understand that part, and reflect on how times have changed for me..

    Funny, back when I got my first real camera, the Canon F-1 I had to have a Domke bag. Like Seiko watches then, the mark of the world traveler. And it sure looked like a camera bag. Wouter I have good stuff from Lowepro and other brands as well. Tamrac is in the photo luggage locker but I use them less lately. For holding lenses, Zing neoprene is a great bargain by the way. I use them in many ways in different colors to recognize what is what. I think all bags shoud be lined in gray but that is just me...I guess the rapid response of a company to my complaint makes me a True Believer. I will look at the larger models since the EM-1 with zoom lens is a wee bit tight. It is OK to have several bags. Heck most women have multiple handbags. No perfect bag but mirrorless calls for some innovative thinking and I believe we will see more handsome designs from all manufacturers. I look for material that will take this climate. All polymers want to revert to mush in time. Except my Domke. First true love:) and still in the kit..
     
  9. "Bag collecting" has been part of my life for far too many years. Like many of us, my closet is full of the next great bag. Most of them now hold everything but photo gear.
    For my Fujifilm X-E1, I decided to make use of three bags that I already owned. A Domke F-803, Domke F5XB and Lowepro Event Messenger 150 (after I removed that damned velcro). None are perfect and none ever will be.
    Over the years, I've come to prefer Domke and Lowepro as I think you get a lot of bag for the money with these brands. In particular, the Domke F5XB has been my favorite small bag for many years. Used it when I shot with Leica M's. It held a body with lens, two additional lenses as well as quite a bit of film. Works just as well with my X-E1 but limits me to just one additional lens instead of two.
     
  10. i have a Vanguard messenger bag--which has a zip-top opening--and a Lowepro waistpack w/ a shoulder strap which are great for smaller systems. i can fit 2 Fuji XE1 bodies and 4 lenses and flash in the Lowepro. i just got my first Domke bag for my Nikon FX rig, and i love it. i used to really like Kata bags, but they got bought out by manfrotto and their line changed.
     
  11. I like the looks of that Olympus bag, Michael. And I like the price even better. Seems like, these days, the opening bid for a camera bag is over $100. Sheesh. Especially one of the backpack ones.
    I used to buy and sell photo gear in a former life and frequently that meant buying outfits. Almost always when I bought an outfit, the bag or case came with it. And I still buy the occasional outfit, and as a result, I'm still picking up bags and cases. I must have over 20 bags now, all different shapes and sizes, and at least a half-dozen hard cases in various shap es and sizes. I have only one messenger bag style bag, though, and no backpack style ones.
    One of the things I can really use is a bag that can be wheeled like a carry-on. Instead of buying a ready made one -- the price of which will set me back over $200 if I buy one tailored for camera gear -- I'm gonna make my own. I dropped in at a local thrift store and dug through their luggage offerings. Picked up a medium sized carry-on with wheels and the collapsible handle for a pittance. The next step is to compartmentalize it. I'm still doing the sketches about how I best want to configure it and it's occurred to me that I can have more than one configuration. I can just make them as modular inserts and use whichever configuration I'll need for the occasion. So I've got it all figured out how I'll make the compartments, etc. You know the hard styrofoam style insulation boards you can buy now that go between walls in the home? They're about 1/2" thick. I can cut these to the shapes I need and line them with closed foam rubber. Closed foam can sometimes be found at sporting goods stores, but I usually buy it online. It's about 1/4" thick and can be trimmed easily with scissors. So I'll glue the closed foam down to the styro board, which will give me both the padding and the separation I would need. Cost of materials is not a whole lot. You can buy 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of the styro board and the closed foam comes in ~30" x 72" rolls. One roll of foam is probably enough for two different modular inserts, and the 4 ft x 8 ft styro board would be good for about four of 'em. I'm figuring, including the cost of the carry-on, the styro board and closed foam, I should be able to have at least two modular configurations for a total cost of less than $40.
     
  12. I use an old Kelty diaper pack. Cost me $15 and works great.
     
  13. +1 for ThinkTank, they, like a certain camera marque, seem to be listening to their client base. At least that's the impression I get. But to go a step further in the pursuit of bags and more importantly Rugged Manliness, a great bag I just picked up is the ONA Bowery in leather.
    That's right....leather.
    It'll take my XT1 and a spare lens or grenade, which more often than not is all I'll need. And it's beautifully made and just looks better with wear and age.
    Rather like...(modesty forbids). Really you can just imagine Clint owning one of these ;-p
     
  14. I just traveled to Hawaii with family and was looking for a lighter solution than my Nikon system.
    Bag: Think Tank Essentials Camera Bag
    Inside:
    Sony Nex 5 with 18-200mm f3.5-6.3
    Sony a7R with 24-70mm f4
    Sony a7R with 70-200 f4
    Zeiss 55mm f1.8
    Nissan i40 flash
    Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote
    A bunch of batteries, two chargers, two card holders, some neutral density filters, rain cover, Sekonic light meter, Zoom H1 microphone
    Believe it or not, it was pretty light and remarkably easy to carry around.
     
  15. Search on online stores, like Amazon, eBay, and many others as well.
     
  16. Joining just to bring this thread to the top and with nothing relevant to add?

    Smells like shilly spam to me.
     
  17. I'm currently using a Domke F-5XA for when I'm using a Sony a6500 with a couple of small lenses (16-70 F/4 being the largest or maybe that lens and a flash. I've got a 5XC for the same camera with a longer zoom, extra lenses and the flash. Works well enough.
     
  18. My bags are by Lowe-pro and Camera Care systems; just for balance. And other makes are available - Billingham for example.

    They're bags for goodness sake. You put stuff in them to carry it around. Isn't that nuff said?
     
  19. Yup! ThinkTank very well built bag, I use the Mirrorless Mover 25i. Searched and searched specifically for a trip to France for 2 weeks. I wanted to bring a bag thin enough not to bang around on the side. Meaning, the proportions of the 25i are such that it is long in the rectangle for a tucked into the side comfort and provides enough room for a body and lens attached and 2 more lenses. 3 lenses guys! Ive always been an advocate that if you can't get it done with 3 lenses, one needs to prioritize. The strap has a wide shoulder pad for comfort and I tell you its as if I needed to remind myself I was carrying. 1 XT-2, 23mm F2, 60mm f2.4, 18-55 2.8-4. Xtra cards, a spot for the strap if not attached, I had it attached most of the time, 3 extra batteries, cleaning supplies, passport, map, cloth. Oh! and a back up XT-1. Superb! I had the bag off to the left, the strap on the right side of the neck everywhere, never left my body-ever! Except when sleeping. I also used a 4VDesign strap with the pad grip on the shoulder providing super positive lock on the shoulder. I feel like I'm bragging today because this combo is one of the best decisions Ive ever made on anything! Good stuff.
     

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