There are many things in life where it seems impossible to select the best solution to a problem first time round, no matter how much time and trouble you take over it. A comfortable bed, for example, a motorcycle helmet and for photographers, an easy way to carry your ever expanding amount of gear. The problem is that you don’t really know what works for you until you have tried it for a good period of time “in the field”.
So in the hope of saving you some time, I am going to plug Think Tank camera bags. I have no relationship with these people and in fact, I found them by a kind of accident but they have more than lived up to my expectations.
I have tried several solutions to my carrying requirements and none of them suit all situations but until now I was struggling. The “over the shoulder” bags are handy but I find them terrible to carry. So I tried a rucksack style. This is fine up to a point but for some reason I find it really heavy.
So my latest solution is a roller bag that will carry pretty much all my equipment, go in the overhead locker on an aeroplane and also means that I can play “trip up the other passengers” at railway stations. I have been trying to get the bag made by the same people who made my rucksack, as I have been well pleased with the quality of it, but everyone was out of stock. (I won’t name them as that would be unfair). Then someone suggested that I try Think Tank instead. The spec seemed to meet my needs, so I took the risk and ordered it to be delivered to home.
I knew as soon as I opened the package that this was something special. The information provided, the way it was packed and the sheer quality of the bag itself told me that I had made a good decision. It holds tons of stuff and looks built to last a lifetime.
Looking at the Think Tank catalogue and web site www.thinktankphoto.com, you can tell that these people really understand the needs of photographers and I suspect that the other company have lost a customer should I ever need any other type of camera bag. The roller bag is quite heavy, but only when you have to pick it up, not when it is rolling along. And when you do have to pick it up, the handles are strong and comfortable. The only weak point might be the handle as they have made it telescopic to suit different sizes of people and as a result, it isn’t as rigid as those on normal roller bags. However, as long as I obey the rules and don’t try to swing it around with this handle, I am sure it will be fine. Thank you Think Tank people, you have made one photographer very happy.