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ThinkTank Vision 15 Camera Bag Review

The post ThinkTank Vision 15 Camera Bag Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Peter West Carey.

ThinkTank ' s Vision 15 camera bag is a line of stylish camera and computer shoulder bags that are built for photographers who want a functional bag that looks good when on the street. It is designed for someone who wants easy access to their belongings and is not looking for a backpack.

Main functions

The Vision 15 has a large number of functions that I enjoyed during testing. Among which:

Fits a DSLR mounted on a long lens

I love my 28 – 300 mm L lens (the same size as a 70 – 200 mm f / 2.8 or 100 – 400 mm L lens) and this bag can be stored very well in it when it is attached. ThinkTank mentions in their literature that the camera is not connected, but I noticed that the combination barely fit, with easy, fast access.

Canon 6D mounted with 28-300 mm L-lens next to Canon 10-22 mm lens

Removed side view with filling

Great organization for extra ' s

In the spacious main compartment there is enough space for a few lenses and speedlights. There are both vertical and horizontal padded dividers to protect your shorter lens that is stacked on top of each other.

All dividers have Velcro on both sides, so they can be attached to both long sides of the bag or to other dividers. I usually travel with a long lens attached and a wide-angle lens stored. This means that I have room for: smaller Sony RX-100 V, waterproof case (included with bag), battery for phone and tablet, glasses case, power brick for laptop and DJI Osmo Pocket. And there is even more space inside.

It can handle a portable office

If your bag is not just for your camera, but for all other items that you want to have with you during a shoot or a day outside the office, this bag can carry most of the bag.

The Vision 15 can manage a 15 "laptop and a 10 "tablet. The laptop sleeve is padded on the back and bottom while the tablet slot is on the front pocket with zip.

That front pocket has a large number of other slots for pens, business cards, large telephones, cables and keys (with a tether and a clip so you don't get lost). And it still has enough pocket space for books, batteries, chargers and all the other little things that accompany you along the way.

An extra bit of security in the main compartment

While the generous top flap of the bag keeps the elements at a distance, a second zippered flap helps keep curious hands away. The flap has Velcro to hold it in place, meaning it opens when the main cover opens and closes when it closes. Or connect the inner flap for an extra sense of safety. It can also be stored under the main cover to keep it out of the way for faster access.

Expandable bottle holder

This little design aesthetic impressed me when I didn't expect it. Velcro keeps the bottle holder closed when it is not being used, reducing the chance of it getting stuck on something. Moreover, it looks stylish this way.

But if you want to use your coffee or water bottle, you can expand the bag to one of two sizes for an (almost) customized fit.

Sturdy, coated bottom

While the fabric of the bag is stylish and resistant to stains and water, the bottom is made of reinforced waterproof tarpaulin. This tough option makes it easy to clean up the bag when the bag is placed in something other than the most pristine locations. A quick wipe with a damp cloth keeps it clean and your contents dry.

Front and back books / paper bags

At the back of the bag is a large bag for books or notebooks. This is a great place to quickly keep items on hand, and I use it for my diary and main notebook.

At the front of the bag is a smaller bag. While you could fit a book there, it presses against the organizer pocket behind it. Although it looks good on photos & photos, it is not useful for thick items.

Generously padded shoulder strap and handle

The bag comes with two main modes: a padded shoulder strap and a handle on the top. The padding on the shoulder strap is generous and the strap itself has a wide adjustment range for different torsos. However, the top handle only works if you think about cutting the top flap shut. Yet it is a safe way to get the bag in and out of your car for a quick hold.

It easily fits under a seat in an airplane

I tested the bag under economy coach seats on 737 & smaller aircraft with ease. There is sufficient space and the bag does not scratch the bottom of the seat.

Not so smart tripod holder

On a bag like this, the tripod connection goes at the only location that it can; on the bottom. ThinkTank uses their mounting straps (which can be removed when not in use, as shown above) to allow a variety of tripod sizes. There is really no other place for a tripod to go and the clips do enough work.

Roll bag Passthrough

For those who love their airport bags, the back of the Vision 15 has a slot through which you can handle roller bag handles.

limits

Although this bag has a lot to offer, I think the bags get full quickly. Even if you just throw a wallet from the Mindshift card in the front pocket, it will be expanded enough to print on the other pockets. Throw in a charger and a Miops cable release as shown above and you quickly start inflating the bag, as opposed to a backpack-style bag.

Vision 15 with rain cover attached

Do not expect that you can comfortably carry a full-size tripod on the bottom of this bag. The length would make things cumbersome. And when the tripod is attached, you suddenly have no easy way to put down the bag.

In use

I tested the bag that I used for a month in use at work, including traveling on four different flights along the west coast. Its smaller form factor (compared to my normal backpack) is welcome because it can be easily packed in my trunk and removed without effort, thanks to the clean lines and the lack of tires such as a backpack.

Opening and opening the contents is easy and I usually left the Velcro attachment on the inside of the lid. But still, when I had to place the bag a few times in less than ideal situations, the inside zip was fun to use. I have never used the rain cover, but I am happy that they sent the bag with a black cover to keep it stylish.

Conclusion

The ThinkTank Vision 15 is a very useful shoulder bag. Although it cannot quite contain what I like to wear (no space for a drone), it provides everything you need on a daily basis when you are out of the office all day. It can easily hold a long lens and battery packs, chargers, cards, tablet and laptop. It can easily handle four lenses and a flash, while the padded shoulder strap makes portability portable.

Although the Vision 15 is the size of a 15 "laptop, they have two other smaller sizes (which reduce the space for a tablet) that better suit your specific setup.

The post ThinkTank Vision 15 Camera Bag Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Peter West Carey.

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