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ThinkTank introduces TurnStyle sling bag

By dpreview staff on Aug 16, 2013 at 15:00 GMT

ThinkTank has announced a new sling-style camera bag. Called the TurnStyle, it's available in three different models, the smallest of which is targeted to mirrorless camera owners. TurnStyle 5 is designed to hold a mirrorless body and up to four lenses. ThinkTank claims the larger TurnStyle 10 and TurnStyle 20 will hold a standard DSLR body and up to three and four lenses, respectively. All three are built with weather-resistant materials and include a rain cover.

The bags are available now at ThinkTank's site in 'charcoal' and 'blue slate' color options. The TurnStyle 5 is currently priced at $74.75; TurnStyle 10 is priced at $84.75 and TurnStyle 20 costs $99.75.

Press Release:

Think Tank Photo Releases Lightweight TurnStyle™ Sling Camera Bags Ideal for DSLR and Mirrorless Systems

 ThinkTank TurnStyle 5 (right), TurnStyle 20 (back), TurnStyle 10 (front).

Santa Rosa, Calif. - Think Tank Photo announces the release of a new sling camera bag collection, the TurnStyle™.  Lightweight with easy access, the three TurnStyle™ models are ideal for DSLRs and mirrorless systems. Their soft, body-conforming shape means all-day comfort and their tough water-resistant fabrics offer lasting protection. Easy rotation gives photographers fast access to their gear, including a zippered tablet pocket on all three sizes. These hybrid bags can we be worn as a shoulder sling bag or as a belt pack for increased versatility and comfort.

The fully customizable interior can be arranged for a DSLR with a 70-200 2.8 or a small mirrorless system. They hold real appeal for urban photographers who are upgrading their systems and need a bag to carry an extra lens or two. Women will love their being lightweight and yet having large carrying capacity in even the small and medium sizes. Delivering the perfect balance of form and function, TurnStyle bags have it all: comfort, versatility, style and rapid access.

Product Description

  • TurnStyle™ 5: Fits a mirrorless system with two to four lenses plus a small tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories. Examples: Fuji X-Pro1 with 50mm f/1.4 attached + 38mm f/2.0 + 60mm f/2.8 with hoods reversed OR Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm attached + 17mm f/2.8 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6 + VF-2 viewfinder + FL-14 flash. 
  • TurnStyle™ 10: Fits a standard size DSLR with one to three lenses plus a small tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories. Examples: Nikon D800 with 24-70 f/2.8 attached + 50mm f/1.4 hoods reversed or Canon 5DMIII with 50mm f/1.2 attached + 16-35mm f2.8 hoods reversed. 
  • TurnStyle™ 20: Fits a standard size DSLR with one to four lenses plus a large tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories. Examples: Nikon D800 with 70-200 f/2.8 attached + 50 f/1.4 (or flash) hoods reversed or Canon 5DMIII.

Series Features

  • High quality RC-Fuse YKK zippers plus metal clips and hardware
  • Lightweight Poly Ballistic fabrics for durability and water resistance
  • Breathable air-mesh back panel keeps the back cool during long days
  • Slim design and easy access
  • Fully-customizable interior dividers
  • Wide shoulder strap with quick-release buckle
  • Front organizer pocket for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Hook/loop on shoulder strap keeps loose webbing secure and out of the way
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in bottom pocket
  • Main compartment opens wide providing quick access to your gear
  • No Rhetoric warranty on all manufacturing defects



  • All fabric exterior treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance
  • YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers
  • 420D velocity nylon, 250D shadow rip-stop nylon, 3D air mesh
  • Y-Buckle, double gate keeper, nylon webbing
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread


  • Removable high density closed cell foam dividers
  • 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed velex liner
  • Phthalate-free PVC (meets REACH standard) clear mesh pockets
  • 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover
  • Nylon binding tape
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread

TurnStyle Specifications

TurnStyle 5

  • Internal Dimensions: 6.3” W x 11” H x 3.5” D (16 x 28 x 9 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 0.8lb (0.3kg)

TurnStyle 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.6” H x 4.8” D (18 x 32 x 12.2 cm)\External Dimensions: 8.3” W x 15.4” H x 5.2” D (21 x 39 x 13.2 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.0lbs (0.4kg)

TurnStyle 20

  • Internal Dimensions: 8.3” W x 15” H x 4.8” D (21 x 38 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 9.3” W x 17.3” H x 5.4” D (23.5 x 44 x 13.7 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 8.1” x 10.2” x 0.6” (20.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.2lb (0.5kg)


Total comments: 24
By Tepacca (4 months ago)

Turnstyle 10 fits my Nikon D600 with 24-85mm attached + any one lens such as Nikon 18-35G or Tokina 100mm 2.8 macro with some room left. It's the first sling bag that I could actually use without my shoulders killing me. The fact that it's left-shoulder sling if preferred for my personal use. You can also fit Nikon D600 with Nikon 70-200 f4 but that would be it. It's not really workable as waist bag but my be used as such if your shoulders are tired. Another advantage is the build-in rain cover which is a nice addition. Lobe lots of space in front for your wallet and phone and zipped pocket for small tablet (ipad mini will fit).

I do have 3 Kata backpacks which are grate but since those are bulky I noticed I was not taking my equipment out. While with this one it's so small I grab it every time I'm out and about.


By NumberOne (8 months ago)

...In Reply to Studor13 (Edited - Sorry, can't figure why it doesn't appear just after / tied to that message/post?!)

To answer your curiosity:
1 - I don't own any «Think Tank» photo bag.
2 - By unusable I was referring to the new (Lightweight TurnStyle™ Sling Camera Bags) line; as I clearly stated, my opinion - I add now, YMMV.
3 - I can spot flaws in a product - everyone can - without even having/owning one.
4 - The (poor) design/concept already shows, for instance, the zipper(s) will touch/scratch your gear - inevitably - whenever you take/put your photo gear from/into its interior, unless you dedicate one hand for making enough opening; the gear weight will even make it worst. :(
Try doing it when changing lens or bodies! :)

...I could go on, and on, and on, but I guess I would spoil some reviewers job!
Hope I made myself clear, by now.

Best regards,

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By Desertbilly (8 months ago)

I ordered a 20. I'm heading to Europe in a week -- I hope it shows up in time. I like sling bags, and need to carry a 5d3 with a couple of lenses.

By tyyreaun (8 months ago)

Looks nice - I've been looking to replace my Lowepro Classified as a hiking sling. Unfortunately, this doesn't have a tripod loop :(

By ARB1 (8 months ago)

Nice but no more slings for me. I traveled all around Peru with a sling and after a while my shoulder was killing me. I just purchased an fstop Kenti and Guru and they are great backpacks, probably the last ones I'll have for some time to come.

By Spectro (8 months ago)

I jae sling bag too. good thing my kata 3in1 can be turned into a regular backpack from a sling. Slingbag really hurt my back for some reason more then other.

By grauhase (8 months ago)

Ugly design... try the Lowepro LP36576-PWW 250 AW Transit Sling Bag for mirrorless cameras...they also have other models for bigger cameras..

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By plasnu (8 months ago)

Please release lightweight version of Retrospective.

By vincent__l (8 months ago)

The Retrospective line is very popular but it suffers from two major flaws.

First, the flap closes with velcro. Any bag that uses velcro for closing should be immediately burned with the ashes sent back to the vendor. Not only is velcro less secure compared to clasps and zipppers you have to suffer through the loud noise every single time you access your bag. The only benefit is to the manufacturer who saves some money.

Second, the bag is very thick. Not only does this make the bag bulky but your lenses will move around in the compartments.

By mosswings (8 months ago)

Think Tank DID release a lightweight version of the Retrospective series. It's called the CityWalker series. It uses Cordura and lighter synthetics instead of canvas and adds a real buckle clasp (hidden) for greater closure security. But it's still a messenger bag, and the flap opens the wrong direction for use as a working bag. The SubUrban Disguise series solves that problem, but those bags are small.

Johnny in L.A.
By Johnny in L.A. (8 months ago)

The bag can only go over one shoulder - is this correct?

Would the 5 fit this gear? If not, would the 10?

- Fujifulm X-E1
- 17-55 zoom
- 55-200 zoom
- 35mm prime
- 2 spare batteries
- Battery charger
- Bulb blower

Thanks for any thoughts!

By jeffharris (8 months ago)

Yep, It looks like it can only be hung from the left shoulder, swinging around on the right side. I carry my bag the other way around.

I guess we'll keep looking...

By mosswings (8 months ago)

I've actually handled one of these bags in my local store - The Turnstyle 5, specifically. I have to say that this is a very nice bag for its intended purpose, which is mostly casual photography, travelling light in an urban environment. I really like its ability to switch-hit - to be either a sling bag or a waist bag with a quick shift of the strap. You wouldn't want to do this with anything bigger than the 10 because the bag would hang out beyond your hips. For a medium body SLR shooter, the 10 is the optimum size.

If you want to carry a lot of personal items, look elsewhere or size up; the interior is flexible enough to dedicate a portion to a thin windshirt or guidebook. The front pocket is just big enough for urban odds and ends.

II've pressed slingbags like the Victorinox Monosling Teardrop into service as a stealth camera bag. This is a far better and far better looking solution, and I'm impressed.

No, ThinkTank didn't pay me for this.

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By HomoSapiensWannaBe (8 months ago)

Great! Another bag! Think Tank, like many other companies, is guilty of offering TOO MANY CHOICES, which makes it hard to make a decision about buying. That's just looking at the various products within Think Tank. Their original sling bags are more versatile in some ways, such as the ability to switch the strap back/forth to change shoulders. Add all the other bag makers, and analysis paralysis sets in, especially where you are not able to do in-store comparisons with your actual gear. Yikes!

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By Abaregi (8 months ago)

Seems interesting but the vid on their site only shows two people climbing around. I wish they showcased the bag some more and the different sizes of them.

By InTheMist (8 months ago)

I didn't even know there was a video until I saw the comment below. The position video is actually pretty good.

I would also like more details about what I can actually fit in it, and other benefits. I wonder if it would fit a MacBook Air?

By dgreene196 (8 months ago)

The specs listed above suggest that even the tablet compartment on the TurnStyle 20 is too small in most dimensions for a MacBook Air. They do have other options that can fit a laptop, but I think a 10" tablet is about the biggest tech device that will fit in that compartment. That being said, the TurnStyle 5 appears to have a compartment that can fit an iPad Mini or a Nexus 7. The current Nexus 7 and the rumored future Retina iPad Mini (whenever it arrives) would be great portable viewers/quick editors to join with a small mirrorless set-up, all in a pretty compact bag.

By Kali108 (8 months ago) might like one of the new TT Mover bags

By Kali108 (8 months ago)

I think the bag looks pretty good. Turnstyle vs Hubba Hubba Hiney maybe. I know I'm not happy with my LowPro for my Fuji kit.

By Rbrt (8 months ago)

The video shows a woman picking up a Turnstyle camera bag from an airline luggage carousel. How many people would put a camera bag through an airline luggage claim system?

By Impulses (8 months ago)

How about a TurnStyle 3? :P I'm looking for a very small sling or *gasp* fanny pack (tho I'd just wear it over the shoulder for the most part) that can carry a small mirrorless body and one or two extra lenses at most (small ones at that, say Oly 45 + UWA). I'll probably just end up getting something that isn't made for cameras and padding it myself, haven't seen what I want from the likes of LowePro etc.

By dgreene196 (8 months ago)

Looking at the pictures on ThinkTank's website, the TurnStyle 5 looks pretty small (and can function as a fanny pack). The Olympus kit used as an example above would be a pretty tight fit, I suspect. But I hope you do find something that suits your needs. ThinkTank appears to have a holster bag that might be a little smaller and fit your needs - but it's not the most attractive back in the world.

By NumberOne (8 months ago)

The most pathetic presentation/publicity video I ever watched - 1 minute and 47 seconds of useless information about a product! :(
Well, I guess in line with the bags, which actually also look more a bad "design gizmo" than a proper/usable photo bag...
My opinion, of course... ;-)


By Studor13 (8 months ago)

Just out of curiosity how many Think Tank bags do you have?

I have 5 or 6 and whilst I agree that some don't look great they are designed for serious photographers.

Do you personally know anyone who says they own an unusable Think Tank photo bag?

Total comments: 24