As most of our readers know, I am quite enamored with compact camera systems. My foray into this was with a micro four thirds camera and now I am the proud owner of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (B&H – Amazon – Adorama) and lenses – which I am very happy using. These compact camera systems are perfect for the traveling photographer as you no longer have to sacrifice image quality (over a large DSLR and lenses) given how small and light they are.
Back when I had my micro four thirds system (a Panasonic GH2 and lenses), I also acquired an Apple iPad which is a great travel companion – it allowed me to view my photos (using their camera connection kit) plus check email, surf the web, etc. So, my next quest was for a camera bag that could house my micro four thirds system and an iPad. I spoke to the kind people at Think Tank and they recommended their Change Up Belt Pack (B&H – Amazon – Adorama).
It is a very versatile bag – it is easily worn using a single shoulder strap:
You can wear it using the built in wide belt strap:
If you want to distribute the weight of the bag a little bit more, you can also use the shoulder strap with the bag secured to your waist:
And, for the ultimate in weight distribution, you can even use a second (included) shoulder strap as follows:
As I mentioned earlier, I asked ThinkTank as to what bag they would recommend for an iPad and my micro four thirds system. This was the bag they recommended and they even sent along the following photo to show it could house everything I needed (pictured below is a complete Olympus micro four thirds system with two camera bodies, four lenses, an iPad and many other accessories):
The rear zippered pocket (as shown below) can house a variety of (relatively) flat items. This is where you can store your iPad. It fits like it was made for it – and snugly like a glove.
Another thing I liked about Change Up Belt Pack was its versatility – I could also take it with me to weddings or events when I needed quick access to a couple additional lenses. As the bag can be worn over the shoulder or on your waist, this is really handy for the working pro:
You can add additional ThinkTank accessories to the belt and customise the belt pack any way you’d like:
There are convenient Lycra pockets on the front and sides of the bag to hold any number of items:
Inside the front zippered pocket, there is plenty of room to store all kinds of goodies – like batteries, memory cards, pens, etc.
Finally, if you do not need to use the belt, it stores neatly away although it does add a little bulk to the depth of the bag.
It can easily perform double duty and it is extremely comfortable to wear, especially when you are using it as a belt pack.
The Change Up Belt Pack (B&H – Amazon – Adorama) is the first multipurpose bag that I’ve used that works well. It is extremely well made and just like other ThinkTank products, well thought out in terms of functionality for a photographer. I initially purchased it for my micro four thirds system and iPad, but also use it for storing DSLR lenses and accessories (on me) at events. If you are looking for a small, multipurpose bag that you can configure in multiple ways, check it out.
Even though I do not own a micro four thirds camera and an iPad anymore, my wife does. Guess who
stole uses this bag now?
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