Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ThinkTank Photo CityWalker 20 Review

The ThinkTank Photo CityWalker 20 is one sexy bag!

The first thing I want to touch on is what is present in all ThinkTank Photo bags: there are plenty of pockets. The front flap cover has a pocket that can house things that you want quick access to, like your wallet, phone, lens cover, etc. At the back, there is a pocket where you can put larger flat documents, like a FlashBender, or, in my example here, a magazine. There are also pockets on the either side of the bag where you can put a water bottle or, if the occasion calls for it, a speedlite or an extra small lens.

Going inside, you will see a big front pocket big enough to house an iPad. Careful though since this front pocket is not padded so you might want to reconsider putting the iPad there... Well, it is deep enough for a second, smaller DSLR body or micro4/3 camera. I think these bodies can take more of a beating than a tablet. Inside the front inner pocket are smaller pockets for business cards, pens, and other smaller, thinner things.

But fret not! There is a dedicated iPad pocket in the main compartment of the bag. The pocket has a very nice blue accent so you will easily find it - this is a very nice added design by TTP. It's big enough for an iPad (mine is the 4th generation) or similar-sized tablets. A bonus feature? You can actually put an 11-inch MacBook Air inside, albeit it will be situated between the bag and the camera compartment... Let me explain.

You see, the camera compartment is actually removable: there is a bag within the bag! So you can actually use this as a normal messenger bag on days when you don't need to bring your camera with you. And the bag itself is wide enough for an 11-inch MBA or similar-sized notebooks. I do recommend though that you put your small notebook on a sleeve.

You can put an ungripped DSLR inside with a standard zoom lens attached. You can also put a 70-200 lens on its own. Additional accessories like a speedlite plus another small prime can complete your system, something that I think is enough for day-to-day shooting.

A removable rain cover is included though I think the fabric of this bag is already enough for light showers. And also, this line of bag, like in the Retrospective line, has one of the best shoulder strap padding. I always say, the thicker the padding is the more comfortable it is to wear the bag. And TTP did not disappoint here.

And finally, to round it up, the front flap is secured via hook-and-loop tapes and a buckle. The buckle serves as a secondary lock when you put the hook-and-loop closures in "silent mode". That buckle is a nice touch and makes the bag more secure.

Check out the video prepared by the wife and I below to see the bag in action:

The ThinkTank Photo CityWalker 20 is Highly Recommended!

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

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

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