Given that I am a self proclaimed bagoholic, I am always in search of the perfect bag. And as I’ve learned, it doesn’t exist but there are perfect bags for specific applications.
In my previous post, I discussed the Think Tank Airport Ultralight V2.5 backpack as my main bag when I have to travel via air for assignment with a lot camera gear. Unfortunately, there are times when I don’t want to wear a backpack as I may want to have my camera/lenses accessible to me without having to remove the bag from my body. There are also times when I am walking though crowded areas and would prefer to have my gear at my side and not on my back (for obvious security reasons).
I started looking for a shoulder bag that could house a DSLR (or two) plus 3-4 lenses and the folks over at ThinkTank suggested that I take a look at their Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 (amazon.com – Adorama – B&H Photo).
The Urban Disguise 60 is very well thought out and has lots of room and pockets to store all of your camera gear – and more. It has no obvious markings indicating that it is a camera bag, so you can be discreet when transporting your camera gear. It measures 41.9 cm x 30.5 cm x 15.2 cm and weights 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs).
On the front flap, there is a zippered pocket where you can store small items such as pens, memory cards, batteries – plus there is an interior zippered pocket which was a perfect (and secure) place to store my passport. There is even a convenient velcro’d tether to secure keys, memory card wallet, etc. The Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket (the red memory card holder you see above) is included.
I mentioned earlier that I wanted a shoulder bag that could store a DSLR and a few lenses. This bag can do this easily and the interior is configurable using the included Velcro dividers provided by ThinkTank.
One thing I really appreciated was that you could secure the handles using the attached clasp. I have used other bags that did not have this and the handles would “flop” everywhere. This clasp keeps things neat and tidy. Small feature, I know – I just like that ThinkTank thought (hey, say that ten times quickly) about the little, useful details too.
There is room for a 17 inch laptop in the rear of the bag – and it is nicely padded so it will properly protect your computer.
Another nice feature of this bag is that you can expand the front of it in case you have bulky items in the interior.
Once you lift up the front flap, there are two handy pouches which can easily hold DSLRs. Just be careful though – if you do put a DSLR (or something else large) in these pockets, the bag becomes quite bloated and front heavy. You can also see another zippered compartment (above the two pockets) suitable for storing (relatively) flat items. I stored filters and cleaning cloths in this compartment.
Something else I really appreciated – you can slip the Urban Disguise 60 over the handle of any roller bag. I found this handy when walking long distances through airports which made my back (and shoulders) quite happy.
An adjustable padded, non-slip strap is included and it is extremely comfortable.
If you ever need to secure the bag while unattended, the zippers are lockable – just like most other ThinkTank bags.
There are two Lycra pockets on either side of this bag – handy for speedlights, water bottles – and anything else that size.
Shoulder bags can really be tough on your, well, shoulders. This is a large bag and if you have several heavy items in it, your shoulders will feel it quickly. ThinkTank also has an optional Shoulder Harness (amazon.com – Adorama – B&H Photo) that you can use with this bag just in case you would like to wear it as a backpack (see photo above).
If you are looking for a well thought out shoulder bag that can accommodate a lot of camera gear comfortably, check out the The Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 – you can get it from amazon.com, Adorama or B&H Photo.
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