gtvone

gtvone

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
Works as a Photographer // Social Media Manager
Has a website at http://www.gtvone.com
Joined on Jan 22, 2008
About me:

Photographer and social content curation for global award winning photograph brands.

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Rod McD: I've never understood bag manufacturer's thinking when it comes to tough cases. The first problem with photographer back packs is that the manufacturers don't seem to 'get' how much additional but essential non-photographic gear you also need to carry in back country. The second problem is that they're on your back......

Then there's the hard cases..... The key problem with Pelican and similar brief-case-styled side-hinged hard cases is that you have to put them down to open them. Like backpacks, they're good for transport, but neither are any good to access and work out of when they're hanging off your shoulder and you need to open them to change lenses, add filters, hook up flashes, etc.

I'd like to see more choice in light weight, gasket-sealed, top-loading hard cases that can be opened while hanging on the straps off your shoulder. There are a just a few, like those from Underwater Kinetics but they all tend to be quite small boxes.

Cheers for the reply, interesting looking unit. While it's not going to save your gear if you take it swimming, the new PhotoCross doesn't mind the rain - it will open from the top and allow you to work out of it - seam sealed main zippers etc... On one hand I'd like to send you one to take Kayaking, on the other hand - IF something bad happened I'd feel horrible - so I might take one Kayaking... hope to get out in a week or two (kids holidays) I went riding with the PhotoCross today... sits really well! (BTW, not gone crazy, if you missed it, the PhotoCross was the other thing mentioned in this article above) hahah.... (This one : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5iLJ6q6-eXgYXY0LV90c2hSUG8/view?usp=sharing ) Anyways, any questions, feel free to reply here or simon at thinktankphoto com will get me, too. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 14:21 UTC
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yslee1: @gtvone Can we have the Photocross as a backpack that opens on both left and right? Actually Trifecta is almost perfect but lacks a laptop / large tablet slot.

Interesting - Yeah, so like the Trifecta, but more PhotoCrossIsh.... I shall duly feed this back to Joe and the design crew. Cheers

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 05:55 UTC
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yslee1: @gtvone Can we have the Photocross as a backpack that opens on both left and right? Actually Trifecta is almost perfect but lacks a laptop / large tablet slot.

Can you imagine a sling that opens on both sides, one zipper mistakenly half open and slung the wrong way...... :/ (Trust me, it happens hah) -- We had the Sling-O-Matic, it was a sling that opened both sides, could be slung left or right and was, in my opinion, ground-breaking... so much so that it was sadly, largely ignored and we stopped producing it. Do a google for it - have a look. You may still find one in retail somewhere.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 04:45 UTC
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Rod McD: I've never understood bag manufacturer's thinking when it comes to tough cases. The first problem with photographer back packs is that the manufacturers don't seem to 'get' how much additional but essential non-photographic gear you also need to carry in back country. The second problem is that they're on your back......

Then there's the hard cases..... The key problem with Pelican and similar brief-case-styled side-hinged hard cases is that you have to put them down to open them. Like backpacks, they're good for transport, but neither are any good to access and work out of when they're hanging off your shoulder and you need to open them to change lenses, add filters, hook up flashes, etc.

I'd like to see more choice in light weight, gasket-sealed, top-loading hard cases that can be opened while hanging on the straps off your shoulder. There are a just a few, like those from Underwater Kinetics but they all tend to be quite small boxes.

Hi Rod, may I ask what you use? Your feedback is interesting - unique, but interesting, I will let the crew who worked on the design know. You need to use the right tool for the job, no hammering in nails with a pair of tin snips. Maybe a hard case isn't right for you, but for a working photographer who has to fly regularly and is frequently being gate checked, a hard case solution may be perfect. Horses for courses as they say. Cheers! Simon / thinkTank

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 03:27 UTC
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Airphoto55: I WILL NEVER BUY A THINK TANK BAG AGAIN. I sent a Shapeshifter in for a repair (warranty or not). They said the strap is not set up to replace or repair and that it was too bad. A $250 bag and no way to repair. So much for their No Rhetoric Warranty. I am in the Seattle area and found a place that repairs purses for Nordtrom. Made a perfect repair for $30.That was 3 years ago still perfect
I have had straps on back packs replaced by Tamrac and zippers replaced by Lowepro. some warranty some not. STEP IT UP THINK TANK

Hey, Airphoto55, happy to see what went wrong and what can be done, email me simon thinktankphoto com - ta.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 13:25 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: "Street-Walker", not a good term to use. At least, if you want to market the bags in the USA.

The bag has been marketed in the USA for near on ten years and is in its version 2. (But we do appreciate the feedback, ta)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 13:24 UTC
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BobT3218: Great bags. I would like to see camera bag manufacturers universally to have a tripod mount or better still, a removable tripod mount. I have a couple of great little camera bags that on impulse I paid quite bit for but if on the rare occasion I decide to got out with a tripod they are quite useless and I need my big old bag. Just saying.

What sort of tripod are you using?

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
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T3: I love my Think Tank Turnstyle (the largest one). I just wish they'd offer one that was one size larger (XL) because I'd like to have extra room to carry other stuff besides my camera gear, like a jacket, snacks, a bottle of water, etc. A Turnstyle with some extra carrying capacity would be great! Or I wish they'd at least add an elastic outer patch for bottled water or to carry knick knacks that you don't mind having on the outside of the bag.

Mnemon, thinking more about this, what about using something like our (or whatever) MindShiftGear MultiMount Holster - was made for that very scenario, using an actual trekking / hiking pack and having your camera accessible ON the pack or on your front or on your hip so you don't miss shots, but still protected and out of the way of your main gear. Maybe worth a look - I won't link, i don't wanna get banned, but it's on our website.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 02:49 UTC
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andyus08: I always like something like StreetWalker® Rolling Backpack V2.0 as I shoot a lot on location. Dedicated backpack or roller does not serve my purpose. Being said, I also own lowepro roller and I only use it when I travel out of state.

StreetWalker® Rolling Backpack V2.0 is probably what I will buy once BHphoto has it in stock.

So far as I know, I'm the only person here from Think Tank and I think I mentioned that a few times lol

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 02:44 UTC
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Airphoto55: I WILL NEVER BUY A THINK TANK BAG AGAIN. I sent a Shapeshifter in for a repair (warranty or not). They said the strap is not set up to replace or repair and that it was too bad. A $250 bag and no way to repair. So much for their No Rhetoric Warranty. I am in the Seattle area and found a place that repairs purses for Nordtrom. Made a perfect repair for $30.That was 3 years ago still perfect
I have had straps on back packs replaced by Tamrac and zippers replaced by Lowepro. some warranty some not. STEP IT UP THINK TANK

Hey Airphoto55, may I ask where you sent it? To us or to a retailer? Cheers.

Simon

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 01:35 UTC
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BobT3218: Great bags. I would like to see camera bag manufacturers universally to have a tripod mount or better still, a removable tripod mount. I have a couple of great little camera bags that on impulse I paid quite bit for but if on the rare occasion I decide to got out with a tripod they are quite useless and I need my big old bag. Just saying.

No worries, well, if the time ever comes and you're interested in a thinkTank feel free to get in touch and I can make sure you get the one that works perfectly for you (and your tripod) cheers! simon at thinktankphoto

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 13:16 UTC
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T3: I love my Think Tank Turnstyle (the largest one). I just wish they'd offer one that was one size larger (XL) because I'd like to have extra room to carry other stuff besides my camera gear, like a jacket, snacks, a bottle of water, etc. A Turnstyle with some extra carrying capacity would be great! Or I wish they'd at least add an elastic outer patch for bottled water or to carry knick knacks that you don't mind having on the outside of the bag.

@Mnemon, have you had a look at the MindShift R180 Pro? It's not massive capacity, but will do mostly all you mention. (MindShift and Think Tank are sister companies)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 10:37 UTC
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TyphoonTW: Step 1) Buy the Ikea trolley/backpack
Step 2) Buy some padded inserts (plenty available specifically for camera gear)
Step 3) With the money saved compared to any "photography trolley backpack", take a weekend trip somewhere

They're certainly not, but rarely are they built with as heavy materials / have a similar warranty to task specific products, thus repeat (replace) - though, I get you, there's no reason not to do it the way you're doing it. What are you using now?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 10:35 UTC
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T3: I love my Think Tank Turnstyle (the largest one). I just wish they'd offer one that was one size larger (XL) because I'd like to have extra room to carry other stuff besides my camera gear, like a jacket, snacks, a bottle of water, etc. A Turnstyle with some extra carrying capacity would be great! Or I wish they'd at least add an elastic outer patch for bottled water or to carry knick knacks that you don't mind having on the outside of the bag.

Appreciate the feedback.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 06:51 UTC
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Adrian Tung: Problem with the TurnStyle (and most sling bags in general, as well as many courier messenger bags in general), is that they're designed for right-handers: not all lefties can easily adapt to, and feel comfortable with, the strap going over the left shoulder.

Some manufacturers have a symmetrical strap shape and provide a D-ring at the bottom left and right corners of the bag so that you can swap handedness; others use D-rings on both sides of the strap so you can swap sides; I am also aware of Timbuk2 offering a left-handed version of their courier messengers in their customization options. So it's good to see that there are other options for left-handed users out there.

We had a bag that went left or right, sadly didn't do very well and we don't have it anymore (I liked it) --S

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 06:49 UTC
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T3: I love my Think Tank Turnstyle (the largest one). I just wish they'd offer one that was one size larger (XL) because I'd like to have extra room to carry other stuff besides my camera gear, like a jacket, snacks, a bottle of water, etc. A Turnstyle with some extra carrying capacity would be great! Or I wish they'd at least add an elastic outer patch for bottled water or to carry knick knacks that you don't mind having on the outside of the bag.

Mosswings - nailed it. Interestingly, I find myself grabbing the Ultralight for weekend trips now, I have two kids, 3 and 7 and they always chuck stuff in the top section, camera etc stays in the camera section. If I'm out and about without the boys, just for fun (not an actual shoot) I'm mostly taking the TurnStyle - 5 or 20 depending on how I'm feeling. Cheers!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 04:01 UTC
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TyphoonTW: Step 1) Buy the Ikea trolley/backpack
Step 2) Buy some padded inserts (plenty available specifically for camera gear)
Step 3) With the money saved compared to any "photography trolley backpack", take a weekend trip somewhere

Then... repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat... and your holiday suddenly costs a lot more than you thought it would. lol

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 03:13 UTC
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BobT3218: Great bags. I would like to see camera bag manufacturers universally to have a tripod mount or better still, a removable tripod mount. I have a couple of great little camera bags that on impulse I paid quite bit for but if on the rare occasion I decide to got out with a tripod they are quite useless and I need my big old bag. Just saying.

Most of ours have some sort of tripod point, most you can tuck away - may I ask which ones you have that don't offer this? Cheers! --Simon (thinkTank guy)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 02:11 UTC
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T3: I love my Think Tank Turnstyle (the largest one). I just wish they'd offer one that was one size larger (XL) because I'd like to have extra room to carry other stuff besides my camera gear, like a jacket, snacks, a bottle of water, etc. A Turnstyle with some extra carrying capacity would be great! Or I wish they'd at least add an elastic outer patch for bottled water or to carry knick knacks that you don't mind having on the outside of the bag.

Noted, cheers for the feedback --S

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 02:01 UTC
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Richard Murdey: "Streetwalker" series? Really?

Yes, really ;)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 02:00 UTC
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