Friday, September 13, 2013

Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 Review

We live in a connected world. Aside from our mobile phones, we now have iPads, iPad Minis, or laptops. Sometimes, a person has all of the above... And photographers are no exceptions.

And so, photographers need a bag that can handle all, or most, of the above.

The Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 is a great candidate. It certainly has the great looks and the capacity that can meet a photographer's requirements.

You can fit a pro DSLR with a 70-200 f/4 mounted lens with the lens hood placed in the proper orientation, a couple of extra lenses and a speedlite. You certainly can add another body in the huge front pocket. A gripped body can be put inside though you would need to make a little adjustment to the padded divider. The 35 can carry a 13-inch MacBook Pro or something of similar dimensions. Take note though, that you cannot put a gripped body and a laptop at the same time. This is because of the previously-mentioned modification to the divider that enables you to put a gripped body: because of this modification, the space for the laptop is reduced by a couple of inches in the long dimension. Well, you can still put an iPad, or maybe a small notebook after you modify the insert...

The front pocket is covered by a flap. It has hook-and-loop tapes plus a buckle that took me sometime to unlock. There is a zippered pocket on the said flap for your small items. This is one thing I greatly love about this bag: there are a lot of pockets!

You can put an iPad in the compartment reserved for your laptop or in the huge front pocket. And there is even another pocket inside the main compartment where an iPad can be placed, though this last pocket is not greatly padded and your iPad will bump with your camera gear - take great precaution when you placed your precious tablet here.

A rain cover comes with the bag and I was able to test if it really can protect my camera gear: the wife and I took it to the Sea Dog Extreme Ride here in Chicago and my camera gear and other electronic stuff survived! Yes, the rain cover works!

There is another pocket at the back of the bag. If you unzip the bottom portion of the pocket, you can slide the sleeve to the handle of your luggage. This is perfect because it means you don't have to carry the bag.

The 35 is great but if there's one thing that I'd like changed, it would be the padding in the strap. When you put your camera gear plus a laptop plus an iPad then you've got one heavy load. I've always believed that you cannot go wrong with a thick padding for a shoulder strap and you certainly would need it here if you've got a full load. Also, the padded portion of the strap is fixed in place, so there were times when it was the strap itself that sat on my shoulder, not the padded portion. The Think Tank Photo Retrospective Series, I believe, has one of the best strap padding there is.

The Think Tank Photo 35 V2.0 is a gorgeous bag which you can use around the city, in extreme thrill rides, and in formal places. It is an unassuming bag that you can take with you wherever you go.


Check out the video the wife and I prepared.

And get yours here:

Special thanks to Brian Erwin of Think Tank Photo for providing the bag.

Music used in the video:

  • Celeb Lounge by Don Taylor from the Podjam Store
  • Coming Down from the BlackRapid Music Store
  • When the Neon is Flashing from the Vimeo Music Store
Gear used to make this post:

-- Canon Powershot G15 (Reviews Part 1 and Part 2)

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