I have grown to have a special affinity for messenger-style camera bags. Long gone or the days where I would choose a bag based on how much of my gear I could fit into it. The time when I had the constitution of a yak are long gone.
Instead, I want a bag that can accommodate the more streamlined choice of gear that I now use on a day to day basis, whether it’s an HDSLR or a mirrorless system. So, increasingly messenger bags provide me just the right amount of space, but also provide quick accessibility.
Though there is no perfect camera bag, here are some messenger bags that hold special appeal for me.
Many photographers are Apple product users. And to keep your products organized, Think Tank decided to design a bag that appeals just to those followers of Tim Cook’s religion that honors Steve Jobs as our savior. The new bag is called My Second Brain–and we’re not really too sure why it’s called that. However, what we can tell you is that it can hold loads and loads of Apple products and other things.
The bags come in black, harbor blue, and Mist Green. And once again, we wouldn’t really recommend sticking a camera in here–but instead using it to compliment your camera bag.
Think Tank’s zany product video for the bag is after the jump.
There’s certainly no shortage these days of fashionable and comfortable laptop & camera combination bags, and Think Tank is no stranger to the genre. Their Urban Disguise and Retrospective laptop bags have been incredibly successful, and regarded as some of the finest camera bags available for those with the need to lug around their computer as well. I recently took a trip to Canada, and brought along my Urban Disguise 50 v2.0 to test out how well it would handle my vast number of gadgets, mirrorless camera gear, and the rigor of long distance air travel.
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Earlier this year, Think Tank Photo announced their new company: MindShift Gear. And today, their website is live and the products are now available for purchase. The idea behind the new company is to focus on photographers who love going out into the great outdoors–and so the new camera bag products are designed with those in mind. The company already has their Rotation 180 Professional and Deluxe model backpacks available with other accessories to customize the bags.
The design of the bags are really quite interesting and unlike things I’ve ever seen before with one bag literally able to fit inside of another. We’re calling in review units, and if you’re a backpacker, this might be the option for you.
For years, I have been notorious for only using backpacks and for years, folks like Chris Gampat have been bugging me to think about shoulder bags. When we worked together at photography trade shows like Photo Plus Expo or had to travel around NYC, my backpacks seemed to get in the way. So always willing to learn and try new things I decided to try the Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 v2. It was a game changer for me. I tend to put a lot of thought into how I carry my gear. This bag handled everything. When I needed it to be more adaptable, it was.