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New Think Tank Urban Approach Bags Aimed Squarely At Mirrorless Shooters

By Anthony Thurston on March 14th 2015

Buying bags as a mirrorless owner can be a bit of a pain. Most of the larger sized bags you can find are designed for DSLRs specifically, and thus don’t hold your gear the way you would like. At the same time, most of the smaller sized bags are designed for bridge cameras or point-n-shoots and don’t have enough space for you to carry your kit.

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Think Tank has developed a new bag series, Urban Approach – specifically with Mirrorless shooters in mind – with the hope of alleviating this problem. In April, when the series is released, there will be both a backpack and messenger/shoulder bag version for consumers to choose from.

The backpack, according to Think Tank, will be capable of holding an entire two camera kit (two mirrorless cameras with lenses, and up to 8 additional lenses), as well as a laptop, and additional room for miscellaneous items.

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The messenger/shoulder bag will feature room for a single mirrorless camera with a lens attached, as well as up to three additional lenses and a tablet – a great bag for walking around, or for when you don’t need your entire kit.

As I mentioned above, the Urban Approach will be available come April. The Backpack will start at $169, with the Messenger/Shoulder Bag starting at $119. If you are interested, you can pre-order both bags over on B&H now.

Personally, I am excited to give these a try once they are released. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, getting a bag that fits your mirrorless camera and kit can be a pain.I have yet to find a bag that I am 100% happy with then it comes to how my mirrorless kit is held.

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The problem, usually, comes in with the spots designed to hold cameras. Simply put, the spots are way too big for mirrorless cameras, and even when using modifiable cases, a lot of the time, you can’t modify it enough to fit correctly. This leads to your camera not being held securely in its spot, so it’s constantly moving and jostling around in your bag – never an ideal thing (even if the bag is padded).

I will be getting one of these once they are available to give them a try and see if they do actually hold my cameras more securely than other bags that I have tried. So, stay tuned for that once I can get my hands on one.

Until then, keep an eye on B&H for when they start shipping, or pre-order one today!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Marc Weisberg

    The Urban Approach 15 is my new favorite Think Tank back pack. http://tinyurl.com/k8wr2wt

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  2. Vince Arredondo

    Am I the only one that gets excited every time a new bag is released? I think I have more bags than my wife has purses… lol

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    • Phil Bautista

      Whenever the wife raises an eyebrow when I get a new bag, I point out the number of purses she has. Thus, peace and harmony is restored.

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  3. adam sanford

    I roll my eyes at most bags these days. All of them scream ‘THERE IS A CAMERA IN HERE’ and invites attention, theft, etc. So other than purpose-built bags for challenging ergonomic environments — like hiking bags and such — all my camera bags are DIY affairs that I customize.

    My favorite go-to setup is a Tenba Messenger *insert* — just the foam (buy at B&H) — dropped into one of many satchels/shoulder bags that I own. Depending on my loadout that day, I can opt for:

    * Sneaky & discreet — a simple budget canvas satchel without any velcro
    * All-weather — a laptop-briefcase sized gore-tex messenger bag from Patagonia
    * Spacious — a large Timbuk2 messenger bag that is big enough for two full foam inserts
    * Multipurpose — Use the ‘spacious’ but save the space of the second insert for a laptop, book, snacks tolietries when flying, etc.

    And the best part is, you aren’t limited to putting a camera in these bags, so your dollar goes further. Pull the insert out and bam — your bag is an all-purpose tool again.

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  4. Steven Pellegrino

    I really like that messenger bag! My Fuji gear is currently living in a Think Tank Retrospective 7, which has been a good fit, but I wouldn’t mind something a little more streamlined, tailored for the gear (or is it just another excuse for me to buy another bag?). I’m sure I’ll find a number of reasons to justify buying another bag.

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    • Graham Curran

      Can you ever have too many camera bags?

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      You’re correct, you cannot have too many bags and I agree with the previous comment you made about there is really no such thing as the perfect bag for all occasions. I’m always switching my gear between my Think Tank and Lowepro bags. Sometimes it’s a backpack, sometimes a messenger bag. Depends on the job. Having a variety of bags gives you options for different occasions.

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  5. Stephen Jennings

    Isn’t it a pain to buy a bag for any camera? The only bags that seem to fit large DSLR’s seem to cost as much as a decent lens.

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    • Graham Curran

      I wouldn’t quite go as far saying that big DSLR bags cost as much as a decent lens. my Lowe AW400 about the same as my Canon 50mm f/1.8. However, I tend to believe that there is really no such thing as the perfect bag for all occasions.

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    • adam sanford

      Most generic satchels are thick enough to hold every crop or SLR body facing down with the lens. I go DIY with those and my 5D3 fits brilliantly.

      But if you shoot a 1-series / D4 / D3 rig or prefer an integral grip, your options very quickly dwindle. At that point, DIY satchel bags will let you down and you have to go to the ThinkTanks / LowePro type companies for something more purpose-built.

      This remains the #1 reason why I don’t grip my cameras — the modest upside of a vertical grip and extra battery life isn’t work the bag headache it will surely cause me.

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