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I've been using the Think Tank belt system for several months now and thought it was about time for a review
Think Tank Photo is a Bay Area based company making making bags
and belt systems for camera
s and lenses. I saw a belt system on a pro shooter several months ago and watching her work with it, I was convinced it was the way to go. If you saw a carpenter walk around with a bag or backpack and take it off every time he needed a different tool, you'd buy
him a toolbelt. The think tank belt system is a tool belt for photographers.
Like most photographers, I'm in search of the perfect bag. I own 3; The Lowepro Slingshot 200, the Lowepro Rover, and a Domke shoulder bag. Each are great for sp
ecific uses; I use the Slingshot for general light use (although I used it as my main bag for awhile and you can load ALOT of gear into it), the Rover for my abandoned location night photo (it has sp
ace for your gear on the bottom and a general backpack area on top where you can stash food, gloves, even a sweater. And the Domke for when I can go straight from my car into a location and shoot. It's khaki colored canvas and doesn't look like a camera
bag at all. In fact, none of my bags
really scream "CAMERA!!!", which is good when you're shooting in sketchy neighborhoods, or even have to just walk alone to your car in a parking lot at night after a shoot. For all anyone knows, you're a student carrying books.
But in most cases, these bags are useless when actually shooting. You want to grab another lens, and you have to do some complicated maneuver to get the bag open and the gear out without dumping everything on the sidewalk. By the time you do this, you've missed the shot. The slingshot was the best for addressing this...you can actually pull the bag around, open it and use it as sort of a shelf as you change lenses. But it's not a perfect solution and for me, actually caused more problems. I get frequent migraines and headaches. The Slingshot goes over one shoulder, and it's my headache side. So after carrying my gear in it for hours, I would develop alot of shoulder and neck strain and end up in pain, or with a migraine.
So the belt system looked appealing. I checked out their different systems on their website and decided to buy
The only retailer in the Bay Area is Bear Images in Palo Alto. So I made the trip over there, and I am really glad I did. That's one thing I really recommend when buying this system...don't buy it without taking your gear and fitting the bags to what you have and need. I guess I could have bought the bags for my lenses online
without seeing them in person, but the belt was nice to try and also the bag that carries the camera
really needs trying out in person. I actually exchanged the original bag I bought for that purpose. Take your gear to the store, think about what you would want to carry on any given shoot and load it up. See what it feels like. You can get alot of stuff on there, which is what I actually configured it for but I've actually never used it like that (maxed out) once.) (Update: I just looked on the Think Tank site and a store called Shutterbug in Petaluma sells them now too.)
By the way, the people at Bear Images were great about helping me choose my stuff. They allowed me to sp
read myself out all over the floor and load up the bags. I was there about an hour. They never pressured me and in fact, tried to help me configure a system that worked well and was priced well...well, sorta well, at least (see below).
So I've been using the belt since around Sept/November and on a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 7.5. It does the very basic job of holding my lenses in bags on a belt on my hips well. It's comfortable and feels safe. It's well made and sturdy. So it gets an A there. But where it lacks is in innovation, which is kind of what it promises. Other companies make belt and bag systems, too. Think Tank boasts a design board made up of pro shooters who are supposed to be constantly testing and refining the design to make it easy to use and versatile.
On their website they say: "(The) modular set does something no other modular system does: the components can rotate around the belt or they can be locked in place for security, letting you configure them exactly the way you need them to work."
Which is true, but in my opinion the system doesn't work all that well. When I first read this, I envisioned a system where I could easily move a component from the front to the side as I was wearing it. Which would be amazing. But this doesn't work like that. Whether you lock the components in place or not, you really have to take the belt off to do that. The locking system is just a plastic tab that slides into a loop, then the bag is attached by velcro. The velcro sections are large and sturdy and you can't really slide them easily, even when the belt is off. The bottom line is, even when not locked in, you can't slide one component past another one to re
My Canon TX1 was killed by sea water at Long Beach on Sunday.
I thought it was safely sealed in a bag, along with my wallet and my cell phone, but apparenly not.
I was most disgruntled.
All was not lost, however. I was able to salvage the phone data and put the SIM card into an identical new phone(AT & T pay as you go, $14.99 at Fry's).
The Canon popped briefly into life when I got it home, and the lens pushed out. Then it went to sleep. An hour later I fiddled again and it withdrew the lens, showed the time on an animated disp
lay and then thrust its lens out yet again.
And that was the last time it did anthing. I've charged both batteries and tried them, to no avail.
So I'll leave it for a few days and try again.
In the mean time I've found the same camera for under $200 online
, with free shipping, so I have ordered one.
This will be my third - the first one I bought decided to get stuck in macro mode, so I returned it. I've had the current one since March or so, and it's pretty good.
I have just received some mega memory - 8gb high sp
eed cards, so I'll be able to use the 720p video for longer than 12 seconds at a time.Not only that but I'll have three batteries and two chargers for it.
Ah well, you live and earn. Next time I take a camera on kayaking trip I'll ake sure it's in a sealed wet case.