It is a shoulder bag that does not scream ‘camera bag’. I have been considering a proper shoulder camera bag for some time now. My fellow team members suggested I should look at Think Tank. They were tired of my backpacks getting in the way at events. I haven’t been particularly impressed with any shoulder bags to date. The Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0, however, caught my eye. I needed something that could carry a decent amount of gear and supplies. I also needed something to take to work while disguised as my alter ego, a not too mild-mannered computer geek. The Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 looked as if it could fit the bill. To break the bag in, I took it out on a task for our site in New York City as well as to my day job in Jersey.
Pros and Cons
Roomy, the bag holds a large amount of gear.
The Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 is extremely functional and good for daily use.
Function and shape are cohesive.
The shoulder pad on the strap does not move, but it can be removed and replaced though.
The bag seemed slightly heavy.
Tech specs taken from Think Tank
- Inner Dimensions (W x H x D): 16″ x 11.25″ x 4.25″ / 40.6 x 28.6 x 10.8 cm
- Laptop Compartment Dimensions: (W x H x D) 16″ x 11.25″ x 1.5″ / 40.6 x 28.6 x 4 cm
- Fits up to a 17″ laptop
- External Dimensions: (W x H x D) 16.5″ x 12″ x 6″ / 42 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm
- Weight: 1.3 – 1.8kg / 0.046-0.063oz
In my first time out with the bag, I had to carry a decent amount of gear. I had my D700 with my Nikon 24mm f2.8D attached. I also had my Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G as well my Nikon EM with a 50mm 1.8E and a Minolta Maxxum 7000 with a 50mm 1.7. I also carried an iPad, extra memory, and batteries. There was still a good amount of room even with all of that in there. On the way home I picked up 4 bottles of balsamic vinegar, and was able to put them in there as well. There was still room for more stuff!
The bag starts off with a very unique feature that we haven’t seen before, it has leather handles have a clasp that keeps them together.
The bag sports nickel plated zippers that are strong with spots for locks. The thread is melted with plastic coil for abrasion resistance.
On the sides, you’ll find the strap connecters. Under these are stretchable pockets for mini tripods and things of that nature. There are also slots for attachments.
One of my favorite parts is that if needed, the bag can be expanded to hold more gear; though it can also retain a slim profile if you prefer.
On the back side of the bag there is a nice compartment for grabbing business cards on the go.
There are more connectors for thing like the shoulder harness 2.0 which turn the Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 Shoulder Bag into a back pack.
The strap, which comes with the bag, is adjustable, non-slip, and removable. It is also nicely padded.
A seam-sealed rain cover, which is immensely important for me, is also tethered to the bag.
Inside of the bag is a ton of storage as I stated in all the gear used.
Most interesting of all is that the bag comes with a Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket which carries 4 CF cards and 3 SD cards.
The front organizer has a lot of room for the small stuff and is easily accessed.
The Urban Disguise 60 has an efficient, well thought-out, and simple design. The shape is unpretentious. By its looks, the bag could be a laptop bag or a briefcase. It’s made from ballistic nylon and is very strong, durable, and easily cleaned. The first time out, I made a mistake, or so I thought, and got the bag dirty. The dirt came off the bag easily with a simple wipe of a damp cloth. The strap is strong and took a lot of weight. Yet, I wish the padding was adjustable. You don’t have to use the straps connectors on the side; the ones on the back can be used as well. Carrying the Urban Disguise 60 that way makes it flatter against your body.
Ease of Use
The bag could not be easier to set up. The Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 comes ready to hold a DSLR with a grip with a 70-200 f2.8 lens attached. This allows you to start using the bag immediately. Its layout allows for quick organization. A few minutes with bag will allow for even more customization. If you like carrying various pieces of gear, like film cameras and the like, you have more than enough room to keep those in the bag with your digital gear.
The Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 was better than I expected. I am still getting used to carrying a shoulder bag though. As my first proper shoulder camera bag, this may be my last. So far I am really impressed. This bag is intended to be low key, and it does that well. If you’re like me, with dual identities (computer geek by day, photographer by night) in various environments , you need a bag that can blend in. You also need a bag the can handle everything you do. Up until now, only backpacks have suited that role for me. I am glad that I now have an alternative.
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