Bag lovers news: New ThinkTank backpacks!

Quick access means less missed opportunities! 

Quick access means less missed opportunities! 

Hey, just some quick news for my fellow photographers and bag lovers. ThinkTank has just released a new set of camera backpacks – The Trifecta 10 is designed for DSLRs, and the Trifecta 8 is designed for mirrorless. 

I love ThinkTank products because they are obviously designed by working photographers who use, test, and refine the products. The Trifecta series will sling around to your side for easy side-access to your gear. You don't have to remove the pack to get to it. You can also dig through the rear panel when you want full access. Quality of all ThinkTank products is, as always, second to none. 

Deal alert: Use this link to get a free gift and free shipping when you order one of these slick packs.

New version of my favorite camera backpack from MindShift Gear

I just wrote a little review of my favorite camera backpack, the MindShift Rotation 180 Pro in a recent blog post, where I travelled to Africa and Bolivia with it and was constantly amazed at the functionality and thought put in to the design of this pack. I commented that I actually feel it can make me a better photographer. Read the post to find out how. 

And...they just released another version of their MindShift Packs, the Horizon, featuring the cool rotating hip belt/pack. It's a bit smaller than the full-sized Professional model I have, but also includes a small laptop pocket, tablet sleeve, room for hydration, and of course, camera gear. If you want the ultimate camera travel backpack, I highly recommended the MindShift line. 

The MindShift Gear Horizon is the latest backpack in my line of all-time favorite packs.

The MindShift Gear Horizon is the latest backpack in my line of all-time favorite packs.

The UNDFIND bag, defined.

If you've been a visitor to my blog for a bit, you know a few secrets about me – like how I covet MAGS (Man Bags) but have only recently been able to strut them proudly in public. Thanks to some encouraging words from friends, and testosterone therapy, I can legitimately carry one anywhere without hesitation…except for maybe a Monster Truck rally, which I don't do very often anyway, so it's not a big deal.

So along comes this UNDFIND One Bag 13. It's cool, it's comfortable, it doesn't have to be girly – and it's extremely functional. And yes, it pretty much qualifies as a MAG – although it's cleverly disguised as a briefcase slash messenger bag, which we all know is completely legit for manly men to carry. 

For years I have been a huge fan of Tamrac carrying bags for all of my camera and lighting gear. I think they are the toughest made, and some of the most functional bags around. I still carry the bulk of my gear in Tamrac roller bags and shoulder bags, but decided to try and use the UNDFIND bag as an "immediate access" bag at my recent wedding. I parked my Tamrac roller in a safe corner at the wedding and put only the few lenses and items I'd need on me at all times in to the UNDFIND bag and went to work.

The combination worked great for me and I felt it carried just enough stuff to give me confidence without being a hindrance to my mobility. I like to move around a lot while I shoot – climb on things, lie on the ground, do jumping jacks, etc. The bag has a cool feature where you flip the zippered edges backwards when you are actively shooting and you can dip right in to grab or stash your lenses. It is deep enough to hold my 70-200mm securely, which has always been somewhat of a dilemma. 

I attached my Tamrac accessory pouches to the outside of the UNDFIND bag for more carrying capacity and quick access.

I attached my Tamrac accessory pouches to the outside of the UNDFIND bag for more carrying capacity and quick access.

The shoulder strap on the UNDFIND bag is gloriously comfortable and stable. That is really important to me. I hate wimpy shoulder straps and pads. C'mon now, camera gear is heavy! Spare our bodies! I love the attention to detail on the bags and the high quality hardware. It's really built to last and feels like an expensive designer bag, while avoiding the gaudy, self-obsessed, logo patterns. Although, the covers on the bag are customizable, so I guess you could create your own gaudy logo pattern if you wanted. But at least it would be yours. Having your own company logo tastefully emblazoned on the flap is actually a great idea and a nice way to brand yourself at a wedding.

What I love about the bag:

  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Great looking design
  • Quick and easy access to gear while still providing completely security
  • High quality construction and attention to detail
  • Customizable cover flaps
  • Holds a small computer or iPad separately from the camera gear
  • Thoughtful touches like chamois material inside flap for cleaning glasses, lenses, blowing noses, etc.
  • Easy to add accessory pouches to the ends of the bag for more carrying potential
  • Comes with a built-in rain cover
  • Single-hand carry handle hides in the back slot and tucks away when you don't need it

What I wish for:

  • A wee bit larger to hold my 15" Macbook Pro (although a new One Bag 15 is in the works!)
  • Single-hand carry handle could be easier to grab if you are in a hurry
  • A sleek, easy access iPhone pocket that attaches to the outer accessory straps. Currently you can store your phone under the flap or in an inner compartment, but it would be nice to have this more easily accessible when the bag is zipped and closed. Note that you could probably find a suitable phone pouch to attach, but I want an UNDFIND iPHACK! (iPhone Sack).

So, I'm not giving up my Tamrac bags by any means, but this new UNDFIND bag makes a really nice complement for the location shooter who doesn't need to carry ALL their stuff on them ALL the time. It would work nicely for a shooter with limited gear or for traveling light with a few key lenses. Women might want to compare this bag to the Tamrac Aria 6.

Now, as soon as I get my custom dragon embossed cover, I'll be looking for shoes to match.