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Think Tank Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack

Think Tank is releasing a new line of Mirrorless Mover bags

And I’m lucky enough to have one of the first ones. So I thought I’d take a walk to the park today and photograph the heck out of it and share it with you. The Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack, is part of a new line of bags specially designed for mirrorless cameras called Mirrorless Mover bags produced Think Tank.

“It is about supporting photographers doing their job. If we can design products that help photographers travel easier, take pictures faster, and organize their gear more efficiently, then we will have accomplished something beyond the bags themselves.” ~ Think Tank’s Mission Statement

Think Tank Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack

You can easily fit two mirrorless camera bodies and 5 lenses in this bag. Of course, I was photographing with my second body so a flash and my SD card holder took the space for a second body.

Its an elegant addition to the Think Tank line. A stripped down well padded, compact backpack with leather like trim and a very clean from.

“I’m a huge fan of Think Tank bags and personally own 6 of them. They are built to last and simply don’t show wear.” ~ Marc W.

Built to Last Materials

Exterior: For superior water-resistance all exterior has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, and the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has 1680D ballistic nylon, as you would expect it sports superior YKK zippers. YKK® RC fuse zippers, antique plated metal hardware, 420D high density nylon, ultra–stretch mesh, nylon seatbelt webbing, nylon air–mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable, closed cell foam dividers, polyurethane backed liner and dividers, 210D silver–toned nylon, Super-Grip velex, hexa mesh, 2x polyurethane coated nylon, 190T seam-sealed rain cover, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.

Fewer outside pockets adorn the Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack. A dedicated zipper compartment in the back generously accommodates a 15″ laptop {with a cover}, a magazine or a few maps and and iPad or, in my canse, an iPad mini.

Think Tank Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack

Minimalist styling with a single outer pocket zipper pocket where I store my 2 terabyte Seagate portable drive.

Think Tank Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack Review

Well padded zipper compartment easily fits a full size iPad, a 15″ laptop and still leaves room for a magazine and maps.

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Heavy duty YKK zipper. The finest made zipper in the industry. It costs more for Think Tank to use YKK and give me piece of mind that my zippers will last and not break.

Think Tank Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack Review

To give you an idea of the diminutive size of the Think Tank Urban Approach 15 I put a magazine in the side pocket and my Sony 70-200 f/4 G OSS lens next to the pack. Yet there is still ample room inside to house a Sony a7II, a7s, FE 16-35 f/4 Zeiss OSS, FE 24-70 f/4 Zeiss OSS, 70-200 f/4 G OSS and the amazing FE 55 f/1.8 Zeiss and a few more accessories.

Think Tank Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack Review

I use my Think Tank Urban Approach 15 as a travel bag and take it with me in my car with my laptop, iPad and a travel drive. It is definitely a mirrorless mover. It’s nice to know that if I’m out and about in the city or taking a hike the breathable padded back support, padded straps and chest buckle will keep my gear comfortably strapped to me.

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I’m really digging the “grown up” look of this bag. Its stylish and doesn’t scream PHOTOGRAPHER!

Think Tank Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack
The two flanking deep stretchable outside pockets can house a water bottle on one side and small tripod in the other secured to the 680D ballistic nylon webbing with the included strap and flat side release plastic buckle.

A complete feature list:

  • Fits a standard or gripped mirrorless body with lens attached
  • Tripod can be carried on the side of backpack
  • Handle pass-through to carry backpack on top of rolling luggage
  • Plush front pocket for your smart phone or wallet
  • Stretchable side pockets for a water bottle, flash, or compact umbrella
  • Robust shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap for all day comfort
  • Articulated back panel provides both targeted cushioning and superior overall air flow
  • Internal mesh organizer pockets give you quick access to filters, batteries, cards, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included

Think Tank has knocked it out of the park with the Think Tank Urban Approach 15. In it you can have everything you need for a full day outside of shooting and editing. The sleek, slimed down pack is fashion worthy and boasts the same bullet proof build that Think Tank forged their reputation with. Couple this with their top notch customer support and service and you’ve got a life time mirroless camera – travel / road bag that will look great with a pari of jeans and tee-shirt or a sport jacket and khakis.

If you are a Think Tank fan or have been Jones’n for some Think Tank gear, I’ve got some great news for you… For free Gear go to: www.thinktankphoto.com/workshop and enter code WS-754. You’ll get free shipping and a gift from Think Tank with you order of $50 or more.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Think Tank is Giving Away a Free 15” Laptop Case with Purchase of a Think Tank Roller

I’m a huge Think Tank fan and own 6 of their bags. My newest is the, Think Tank Speed Racer V2.0 Waist Pack that I purchased just prior to this years WPPI. I keep the waist belt tucked into the zipper compartments, but its great to know its there if I’m hiking up a mountain at Yosemite. The Think Tank Speed Racer V2.0 is my favorite shoulder bag from Think Tank because it has so many super deep pockets and is perfect for carrying around my mirorrles Sony gear and a few lenses, bottle of water, a couple of protein bars, bizz cards an much more. The padded, adjustable shoulder strap is super comfortable. I wore it all day at WPPI and it just so darn comfortable, and superbly padded and effective as a gear stash. I always know my gear is safe and protected. I’ll be doing an in depth review of all my Think Tank bags on this blog in the coming days.

 

Airport Roller Derby action lowres

 

Free 15″ Laptop Case: My friends at Think Tank Photo have announced a special offer that runs through March 31, 2015. Purchase any new rolling camera bag directly from Think Tank Photo, mail in the rebate form downloadable from their website, and they will send you a 15″ laptop case for free! Think Tank’s rolling camera bags are renowned for being designed for airline travel, enhanced security and durability, while being backed by the best customer service in the industry. As my friend, in addition to receiving the free laptop, when you check out of their shopping cart you will be asked what other Think Tank item you would like to receive for free with your order. Enjoy! Use this link to purchase your Think Tank Roller.

p.s. I’ve own the Think Tank Airport Security since its release over eight years ago and it still looks brand new. The quality is unmatched and Think Tank’s customer service and support is fantastic. There business is based on creating fanatical and responsive customer support. If you are not familiar with Thank Tank. You can read up on them here.

 

15 LAPTOP CASE

An image of the FREE 15″ Think Tank laptop top bag. iPhone and Mac charger obviously not included. 🙂

 

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Sony FE Lens Updates to Reduce Sony FE Lens Startup

Sony has released a pair of firmware updates that will reduce startup times when FE lenses are attached to both full-frame and APS-C bodies. The first update, available immediately, reduces the startup times of five existing FE lenses when mounted on E-mount bodies.

The lens include:

FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T*
FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Updating is simple. Download the update to your desktop. Just follow the online instructions. All you need is one body to update any of your lenses. Once you update your lens it is updated for all you bodies simultaneously. Just updated all my lenses on the list. Took less than ten minutes.

Here’s a link to the Sony support site if you are looking for other firmware udpates: http://www.sony-asia.com/section/support

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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