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Think Tank to release Sub Urban Disguise pro camera shoulder bags

By dpreview staff on Jan 25, 2013 at 20:39 GMT

Think Tank Photo has announced the Sub Urban Disguise series of camera shoulder bags, to be available in February. These bags feature flip-top lids that open away from your body, front organizer pockets, stretchable side pockets and will be available in four sizes. The company has also announced an updated version of its Change-Up multi-function camera bag scheduled to be available around the same time. Prices and availability information to be confirmed.

Press Release:

Sub Urban™ Disguise Premium Quality Shoulder Camera Bags to Be Released

In February, we will release a new concept in premium quality camera shoulder bags, the Sub Urban Disguise™.  The Sub Urban Disguises are designed for the professional photographer seeking smaller capacity camera bags and amateur photographers upgrading their bodies or using one to two lenses along with their new body. 

The Suburban Disguise series will be available in four sizes:  the Sub Urban Disguise™ 5, Sub Urban Disguise™ 10, Sub Urban Disguise™20, and Sub Urban Disguise™30.  Their features include a flip-top lid that folds away from the body to provide quick and unencumbered access to gear. The series meets the high-quality design standards of the original Think Tank Urban Disguise® series, but for smaller gear or photographers who want to travel light.

Gear Profiles

  • Sub Urban Disguise™ 5 holds a regular size DSLRs with one to two small telephotos or primes, or a D700 with a 18-200 attached.  It also accommodates Micro 4/3rds, Leica and Sony NEX systems. Great for Strobists as it fits two to three pro-size flashes.
  • Sub Urban Disguise™ 10 holds a regular size DSLRs with two to three small telephotos or primes, or a D700 with a 18-200 at­tached.  It also fits three pro-size flashes.
  • Sub Urban Disguise™20 holds regular size DSLRs with three to four small telephotos or primes or a D700 with a 18-200 at­tached.  It fits four to five pro-size flashes.
  • Sub Urban Disguise™30 fits a regular size DSLR and two to four standard telephoto lenses, or a D700 with a 24-70 2.8 attached.  It can also hold an iPad or similarly-sized tablet.

Key features include:

  • Flip top lid opens away from your body, providing easy access to gear
  • Cleanly styled design, does not look like a traditional camera bag
  • Highest quality materials
  • Designed to easily fit DSLR equipment
  • Large padded front pocket
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket
  • Stretchable side pockets fit a water bottle
  • Padded zippered pocket to accommodate an iPad or similarly-sized tablet (Suburban 30 only)
  • Padded non-slip flexible shoulder strap
  • Poly-ballistic fabric ensures durability
  • High quality YKK zippers
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in front pocket
  • Business card slot

Materials:

Sub Urban Disguises’ all fabric exterior is treated with a Durable Water Resistant coating while the fabric underside is coated with Polyurethane for superior water resistance.  It also uses YKK® RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic polyester, 600D brushed polyester, 420D high-density nylon, Ultra-stretch pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.  The interior features removable closed cell foam dividers, 200D polyester, PU backed velex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Specifications:

Sub Urban Disguise™ 5

  • Internal Dimensions: 6.6” x 7.4” x 5” (16.8 x 18.8 x 12.7 cm) (W x H x D)
  • External Dimensions: 8” x 8.5” x 6.4” (20.3 x 21.6 x 16.3 cm) (W x H x D)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.1lbs (0.5kg); Minimum weight: 1.0lb (0.4kg)

Sub Urban Disguise™ 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 8.8” x 7.4” x 5” (22.4 x 18.8 x 12.7 cm) (W x H x D)
  • External Dimensions: 10.5” x 8.5” x 7” (26.7 x 21.6 x 17.8 cm) (W x H x D)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.4lb (0.6kg); Minimum weight: 1.2lb (0.5kg)

Sub Urban Disguise™20

  • Internal Dimensions: 11” x 7.4” x 5” (27.9 x 18.8 x 12.7 cm) (W x H x D)
  • External Dimensions: 12” x 8.5” x 7” (30.5 x 21.6 x 17.8 cm) (W x H x D)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.6lbs (0.7kg); Minimum weight: 1.3lb (0.6kg)

Sub Urban Disguise™30

  • Internal Dimensions: 11” x 9.5” x 5” (27.9 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm) (W x H x D)
  • External Dimensions: 11.5” x 10” x 7.3” (29.2 x 25.4 x 18.5 cm) (W x H x D)
  • iPad pocket: 10.7” x 8.5” x .8” (27.2 x 21.6 x 2 cm) (W x H x D)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.5lb (1.0kg) ; Minimum weight: 2.3lb (0.7kg)

Comments

Total comments: 50
Doug Frost
By Doug Frost (Jan 28, 2013)

Think Tank makes awesome camera bags. I love my Retrospective 5. I may look into getting Disguise 20 too.

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CrazyPipo
By CrazyPipo (Jan 28, 2013)

I don't know about others but I live my ThinkTank bags/systems. I used to own couple of LowePro bags when I started out; great bags, but when I first try the Retrospective 20, I just fell in love with it and have been getting more stuff from ThinkTank since. Although, I do have to agree that some, or most bags are a bit overpriced.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Jan 28, 2013)

Hi gtvone,

I'm a big fan of bags, even if they're not intended for the camera market!

I just wanted to tell you that as someone who likes his bags, I wouldn't buy a "suburban" camera bag, made of black nylon, that looks like it was intended strictly for gear. It looks like an electronics bag, which goes against the ethos of this line of bags, I presume.

Furthermore, none of these bags have good dimensions for its intended function,. The Sub Urban Disguise 5 sounds like a good size, but its proportions are too awkward to function well or look good. An 8" long x 8.5" high bag? Awkward, especially for mirrorless camera users.

Personally, I'd rather buy a regular shoulder bag (I hate to use the term "messenger bag" unless you can cinch the bag tightly to your back) and a camera insert into that bag.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Jan 28, 2013)

Also, if you're going to make a bag with a flap that's not awkward, perhaps it's best to make a flap that isn't too long. That way, when you open the flap upwards and towards your body, you can still see over the flap without much issue.

And make sure the flap isn't secured with velcro!

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midimid
By midimid (Jan 27, 2013)

The urban disguise 35 is the best bag I've ever owned. It's vertical nature is what I love the most and as far as I can tell, there's no other bag like it. It fits closer to you when walking n the street and holds absolutely everything - including my MacBook Air and my iPad so I can stuff everything but clothes into it when traveling. Even fits a full size gorilla pod inside. And when I upgrade to a full frame, it can do that too.

My only qualm is its still a bit big for the street, so I might grab one of these small suburbans. I use a collapsible Lowe Pro messenger, but it has almost no padding!

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jan 27, 2013)

why put an 18-200 on a d700?

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BigBen08
By BigBen08 (Jan 27, 2013)

Think Tank makes great bags. Looking foward to seeing this in person.

2 upvotes
GPW
By GPW (Jan 26, 2013)

Garbage as usual from Don't Think tank

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Jeff Morris
By Jeff Morris (Jan 27, 2013)

GPW,
Many of your posts are on the negative side, whats up with that? IMHO Think Tank makes great product. My retrospective 5 is a perfect bag in every way. I have owned dozens of bags from Lowepro, Tamrac, Domke, etc. and the Think Tank products are superb. If you make a statement such as yours, please back it up with examples.

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GPW
By GPW (Jan 27, 2013)

Not nagative, just the truth. It seems that the people who design these bags have no idea. I think that the best bags out there are Lowepro.

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jvideographer
By jvideographer (Jan 28, 2013)

"...have no idea..." This is just an opinion, not a fact.
Back it up.

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Mattersburger
By Mattersburger (Jan 26, 2013)

Any top-flap bag will open away from you ... just turn it around.

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Island Golfer
By Island Golfer (Jan 27, 2013)

Not every top loader opens away from you. Take a look at the very convenient LowePro AW 75. It opens to the side. It makes it very easy to remove your camera (even with a large 24-70 nikkor lens attached). The Think Tank top load bags cannot just be turned around. They are designed to actually fit onto the Think Tank belt system. The shoulder strap is more of an afterthought. If you turn it around, the very large velcro belt loop protrudes. It looks like it was turned around.

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backayonder
By backayonder (Jan 26, 2013)

Sub Urban Disguise "Is that a camera bag you have there?" "No it's a Yucca Plant"

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Island Golfer
By Island Golfer (Jan 26, 2013)

Think Tank bags are made too narrow, too small and too tight to fit the larger full frame cameras with today's longer, fatter lenses. The top flap on their top loader bags, that opens away from the body, makes it additionally difficult to get the camera out of the bag. I bought one for my D800, tried it once, and put it on the top shelf in my closet. If they were made more roomy, and with the top flap opening to the side (like Lowepro), they might have something. I would recomend trying your gere in their bags before you buy. I wish I had done so.

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Kewee
By Kewee (Jan 29, 2013)

Your comment is completely irrelevant if you had taken the trouble to read the introduction. The Sub Urban bags being discussed are specifically designed for smaller gear and photographers wishing to travel light.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 26, 2013)

I don't know what else would be in such an ugly utilitarian bag, with a look from the early nineties, than gear. Maybe it's meant to look like old plastic nineties gear. There's probably a bloody Pentax SFXn in there. No way I'm going to steal that.

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TheEye
By TheEye (Jan 26, 2013)

Luckily, thieves don't read gear-related news online. ;-)

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gtvone
By gtvone (Jan 26, 2013)

Thanks for all of your emails - i'll choose a couple that I think might most benefit and be in touch soon (It may be a week or two as we don't have stock yet) I appreciate you taking the time to email.

Sounds like you've got a good market there JDThomas, you should do it! You could spend half hour looking for the Chinese manufacturer and buy them in 10,000 unit lots (their minimum) and make a killing! Haha.... [excuse my sense of humour, I just had to walk my bicycle 10km with my manic 3yo on the back.. he wasn't super happy and my legs hate me]

If anyone has any q's on the thinkTank stuff, feel free to get in touch.

simon at thinkTankPhoto dot com

--S

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (Jan 26, 2013)

It probably would be just as easy to find your manufacturer in VietNam.

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gtvone
By gtvone (Jan 26, 2013)

They don't make tactical military bags though?

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (Jan 26, 2013)

You do seem to be a bit of a smart-ass considering you're supposed to be an ambassador of sorts for Think Tank.

Tell me, does your marketing team approve of you posting insults and wisecracks on public forums? Is that how they would like the Think Tank brand image to be perceived by the people that are your intended customers?

In any case, you can bet Think Tank won't be getting any glowing endorsements from me in any of the publications that I write for.

If anyone is looking for a dedicated camera bag that doesn't actually look like a camera bag, that's durable, and wants to deal with a company that has excellent customer relations I suggest NaneuPro. They've been making these type of unassuming camera bags for years. Long before Think Tank jumped on the bandwagon.

The one time I had a problem with one of the straps on a bag of theirs they overnighted me a whole new bag. No questions asked and followed up to make sure everything was good.

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socode
By socode (Jan 27, 2013)

> I could buy these in bulk sell them at twice the price and
> still come in way under what these companies charge for
> a product of lesser quality.

If you want to make comments that trivialise someones workplace, colleagues, hard work, and professional skills, you should be prepared to accept a retort in good grace. What you said however is vacuous - if you could do that, you should - let us know how it goes. It doesn't say anything good about you that you then resort to threats.

Personally I think it's very positive when the SMEs in a company are visible and allowed to use initiative to a degree. There's no need to check in your personality just because you got to work either.

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jquagga
By jquagga (Jan 27, 2013)

So .. $45 is normal price but somehow $65 for something specially designed is overpriced?

I never understand why there is so much hate over what someone else buys. I have a thinktank bag which cost twice as much and I use it every day I take photos. I have no complaints and I'm very happy with it. Well, I probably should have gone a size up the retrospective ladder but that's on me.

Photography offers a great gamut between affordable DIY solutions which require some work and very pricey, very customized solutions. People get to chose what they like and where they want to be on that spectrum.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (Jan 27, 2013)

I like how people on this forum read what they want to hear into what other people post.

First of all I'm not sure if you actually understand what "vacuous" means literally. It's true I COULD do that if I wanted to. There is actual thought process going on there.

Second, where did I personally trivialize this person's workplace, colleagues, etc? I didn't even mention the company by name. I was referring to just about ALL camera bag companies.

Last, it's not a "threat". It's a truth. I will not endorse them. The end. I'm sure they will still have plenty of sales. No big deal. They just won't get my money or recommendation.

And where did I "hate" on what someone else buys? I was just offering an alternative. Some people actually like to know that they're not limited to a photo specific bag. I'm glad you enjoy your Think Tank bag.

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socode
By socode (Jan 27, 2013)

Well, let me help you with that. I do understand it, and it's a hell of lot easier for you to mouth off rather than executing on a business plan that includes innovative design, supply-chain management and cost control.

As for threats etc - that's how you come across. It's hardly lost on me that you've now switched to ad hominem (last comment). Why do you want come to a forum which is for open discussion, then turn extraordinarily thin-skinned and try to stifle debate?

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jvideographer
By jvideographer (Jan 28, 2013)

JDThomas says: "You do seem to be a bit of a smart-ass considering you're supposed to be an ambassador of sorts for Think Tank.

Tell me, does your marketing team approve of you posting insults and wisecracks on public forums? Is that how they would like the Think Tank brand image to be perceived by the people that are your intended customers?

In any case, you can bet Think Tank won't be getting any glowing endorsements from me in any of the publications that I write for.

If anyone is looking for a dedicated camera bag that doesn't actually look like a camera bag, that's durable, and wants to deal with a company that has excellent customer relations I suggest NaneuPro. They've been making these type of unassuming camera bags for years. Long before Think Tank jumped on the bandwagon."

Seems as though you are reping for NaneuPro. What's your cut?
And, could you please list the "...publications I write for."

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gonzalu
By gonzalu (Jan 26, 2013)

How come no link ?

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JH1
By JH1 (Jan 26, 2013)

Well I would be tempted to consider the larger bag for a D600 with grip and 24-70 attached. I've tried all sorts of 'make do' camera bag solutions but only Lowepro and TT have ever really been quite right. The last couple of years have seen me switch to TT entirely but I could do with a bag that sits betwen the full size backpack and the belt/harness system. It's this or one of the Retrospective range.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (Jan 25, 2013)

Instead of these over-priced "photography" bags I usually buy tactical military bags designed for weapons. They are highly padded, ultra-durable, and about 1/3 of the price that these photo bag companies charge.

I could buy these in bulk sell them at twice the price and still come in way under what these companies charge for a product of lesser quality.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Jan 25, 2013)

Can these be found at the Army surplus store?

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (Jan 25, 2013)

Yeah. I'm using this one currently. (Mine is black) http://www.armynavyshop.com/prods/fxo51-397.html#.UQMbJEqjdU4

It fits a D4 or a gripped D800 with a standard zoom 24-70 f/2.8 just like a holster bag. I also carry a 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 16mm fisheye, and an SB-900. It's got places for batteries, cards, and all that stuff. It's got molle straps for attaching extras as well.

I got it for $45 at my local surplus place

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (Jan 25, 2013)

Oh and it's got a waterproof drawstring cover under the main flap that folds under when not in use.

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blue camera
By blue camera (Jan 26, 2013)

If you go to the Goodwill or Salvation Army, etc. thrift stores, you can usually find a messenger bag, and a neoprene computer sleeve or two. For under $10 you will have a nicely padded bag that does not look like a typical new camera bag. You might also find very nice Domke, LowePro, or Tamrac, etc. bags, as I have.

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photogirl7
By photogirl7 (Jan 27, 2013)

That surplus bag sure looks ugly.

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yellodog
By yellodog (Jan 27, 2013)

Besides, who wants to look like a "tactical hipster"? ;)

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martin11
By martin11 (Jan 28, 2013)

Looks like a good bag made to lug around . Ad some padding and you are good to go.
And yes the price is good/normal as well. Think Thank and others overcharge enormously for simple bags but they know that people like us like to overpay for expensive photo lenses and camera's so why not but a to expensive bag ? :)

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mjoshi
By mjoshi (9 months ago)

Looks good, do you need to be service member to order from link you posted or it is available to everyone ? Also is that the only color that it comes in ?

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Chas2
By Chas2 (Jan 25, 2013)

The 5 and 10 sized bags sound perfect for a m43 and some lenses, maybe a flash, depending on what you are doing...

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gtvone
By gtvone (Jan 25, 2013)

Hi - I work with thinkTank.

When I've got stock, I'd like to send one or two of you a bag to try out - you can work out what they hold, and let me know...

I do think it's a bit of an oversight that the press release didn't push further towards specifically saying which compact / mirrorless systems we'd like you to use with it - I guess really you could make up your own mind on that one...

SeeRoy - It's something we've not done before, so for us, and people that use our gear it was often requested. Sub Urban is named as we already have a range called 'Urban Disguise'

And you're right, the guy who wrote the press release isn't a Nikon shooter, but he gets his info from the guys that make the bags who were clearly having brain issues that day, funny...

Anyone interested? --> simon thinktankphoto dot com

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Jan 25, 2013)

I fear that my attempts at humour (aka "humor") are oft-times fated to fall upon stony ground.

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JPolizzi
By JPolizzi (Jan 28, 2013)

I've been considering the Sub Urban Disguise™30 as a replacement for my Tamrac Velocity Sling Pack. Its good but can't hold my iPad or other things I need while shooting events.

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danieljcox
By danieljcox (Jan 25, 2013)

When I read that these were developed for the "professional photographer seeking smaller capacity camera bags" I thought, "Finally, someone is building a bag for the smaller mirrorless systems like the GH3 and GX1 that are gaining such popularity". But alas, not even a mention of something smaller than a D700. None of the gear they mention is any different than what's been advertised for their other "Normal" sized bags. I don't get their promotional wisdom here. We need a new series of bags that aren't so deep, for the shorter lenses and bodies of the mirrorless camera's. Take a look at the first photo in my recent Blog entry below to see the OLD cameras versus the NEW. The new is where things are going and we need better sized bags for the smaller equipment.

http://www.naturalexposures.com/corkboard/testing-panasonics-newest-micro-four-thirds-camera-the-gh3/

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Jan 25, 2013)

I guess everyone's been anxiously waiting for the introduction of a new camera bag - there's such a paucity of existing models to chose from. The provision of an "easily accessible front organiser pocket" alone is a sufficiently compelling reason for most photographers to buy one. Suggesting that it's aimed at the typical D700 shooter is a nicely judged retro touch too.
However the name's a bit ill-chosen. "Suburban disguise" usually implies a neutral-coloured casual jacket and own-brand supermarket jeans to most of us.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jan 26, 2013)

It's actually one of the more reality-based product names that they use. You should check out the other ones...

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Summi Luchs
By Summi Luchs (Jan 25, 2013)

Obviously a really huge bag. Designed to carry the future f 1:1.2 18-200mm FX lens on a D700.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Jan 25, 2013)

> Sub Urban Disguise™ 5 holds a regular size DSLRs with one to two small telephotos or primes, or a D700 with a 18-200 attached

D700 with an 18-200? That's an interesting combination to spotlight.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 25, 2013)

Yes. Maybe a new selling point from Think Tank: It's such a good bag, it can get your DX Nikkors to work on your FF DSLR.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Jan 25, 2013)

Hehe, this is kinda funny. The writer is probably not a Nikon owner.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Jan 26, 2013)

DX nikkors will work on FF bodies. Weird choice though....

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Total comments: 50