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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Love ya work, mate! Great job as ever - always looking forward to seeing which envelope you're going to push next.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 02:08 UTC as 16th comment
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Georgeee: Can they put the logo "Think Tank" under the lid? Look conspicuous

Hey SnapHappy32, thanks!

SnapHappy32 & NZ Scott (Kia Ora) -- I'll come back to you guys with any feedback, for sure.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 09:49 UTC
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Georgeee: Can they put the logo "Think Tank" under the lid? Look conspicuous

SnapHappy32 - I just posted in our design chat a question on the thoughts between logo vs no logo... I'll reply with any feedback, if you're interested?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:51 UTC
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Georgeee: Can they put the logo "Think Tank" under the lid? Look conspicuous

Sure, but it does have a logo. I don't think they (logos in general) mean much to people that aren't looking for them (crims or photographers) and if they're (crims) looking for a logo, they're generally going to be looking for a bag that matches what they were looking at (online? websites?) to see which logo to go for - so I sorta think logo or no logo, there will always be the "oh, a bag that matches that bag with expensive camera gear in it" few of informed crims that will know what to look for.... Hell, I'm a bag-spotter, I can pic a camera bag at five hundred paces, long before I see a logo, and if i can, anyone can.

Actually interesting to think about though - marketing value of us having the logo on our bags, vs the people that don't want a logo for fear of light fingered lowlifes. Will think on it more, cheers. (Sorry for the ramble!)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
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sabesh: Looks like a typical camera bag. I don't get the "inconspicuous" part. Also shoulder strap appears too thin and may slide around. Pass.

You should try the shoulder strap, it's always better to actually try stuff before judging it I reckon. Like those bag reviews where someone's unpacking the bag to give you their detailed analysis on it.... shoddy, eh. Anyways, have a good one.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:40 UTC
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Arkienkeli: I think Retrospective bags are much more "inconspicuous" than this one.

The most inconspicuous bag is a worn out shopping bag, just drop the fancy camera bag into one. A must-have accessory in many third and second world countries. Why does'n anybody make those, sew on a fancy label and charge $300 for the ultimate stealth theft protection?

Tasty, too hahaha

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:38 UTC
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parabellvm: Ohhhh so ThinkTank finally realized that the flap didn't cover/protect your gear? They finally added a zippered section on top of your main compartment? Almost feels like they did it in purpose to offer a fake upgrade in the next model.

Hey 453C, I like that idea too! While we do have all of the exterior and interior sizes on the website, I certainly hear what you're saying - it'd have to be a general overview I guess! I'll drop it into our next web-meeting and see what the crew think. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:38 UTC
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Georgeee: Can they put the logo "Think Tank" under the lid? Look conspicuous

SnapHappy32, except the logo on the back of the bag that says Think Tank

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 11:50 UTC
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parabellvm: Ohhhh so ThinkTank finally realized that the flap didn't cover/protect your gear? They finally added a zippered section on top of your main compartment? Almost feels like they did it in purpose to offer a fake upgrade in the next model.

We did it on our last bag, too, the Signature.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 11:48 UTC
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win39: A big camera in front of your face is inconspicuous if it is black. A camera bag does not look like a camera bag if it is big, black, rectangular and has a flap. The things so many photographers believe. Amazing. Maybe that is why no one notices my black and white photos. :-) I do like Think Tank bags for their design, but none are inconspicuous.

To someone that knows what they are, or takes the time to find out what they are - the same can be said for almost anything. Now, where can I see your Black & White photographs?

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 11:47 UTC
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Georgeee: Can they put the logo "Think Tank" under the lid? Look conspicuous

To someone that knows the brand I guess it does, but when you think about it, 99% of bags on the market - photo or not - have their brand somewhere. Certainly an interesting conundrum, though! Cheers for the thoughts.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 23:09 UTC
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Tomasz_S: Nice! ("Spectral 10 and Spectral 10" in the last sentence >>> "Spectral 10 and Spectral 15"). The photos above show Spectral 15, am I correct?

Yes, you're correct, our 15 has the laptop slot in the bag. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 23:08 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.

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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