Connor found his dream bag…
Urban Disguise 40 Classic
Connor has worked at Imagex (one of our specialist retailers) for just over 3 and a half years. Yet he has been a photographer for the past 6/7 years, specialising in sports and weddings. For fun he enjoys street photography.
Connor has seen and tested a lot of bags over the years and now he has found one that is just right for him and his gear; check out his thoughts below…
Why does Connor love the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 Classic so much?
For me, working within photographic retail has meant I’ve never been able to find the perfect day-to-day bag, until now that is! I need to take my camera gear (a medium size mirrorless set-up) along with a laptop and an array of diaries and notebooks. Sure I have bags that can carry my camera set-up like a dream, but carrying all the daily stuff needed for work seems to put these bags out of use. Similarly, no laptop bag I’ve ever owned has been able to carry my camera at the same time, until now. The ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise 40 Classic is the perfect bag for me to use 5 days a week.
“not flashy, but it’s clean and classy”
The Urban Disguise Classic is an elegant, understated bag, which I find the perfect look for work. It’s not flashy, but it’s clean and classy. The sleek design looks tidy and the leather front adds a professional feel, whilst the nice wide strap makes it easy to carry around a heavy bag for long periods of time.
What can Connor fit in his bag…
An average day would mean me stuffing the following into the Urban Disguise 40:
- Fuji X-Pro2
- Fuji XF 16mm f1.4
- Fuji XF 50-140mm f2.8
- Fuji 35mm f2
- Dell XPS 15
- Power Cables (organised within a ThinkTank Photo Cable Management 10)
- Computer Mouse and Cleaning Kit (organised in a ThinkTank Photo Powerhouse Air)
- Memory Cards (organised in a ThinkTank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket)
- Ipad Mini
- 2 A4 Hardback Notebooks
- A mass of paperwork…
All of this fits effortlessly into the Urban Disguise 40 Classic and it means I rarely have to switch round and change my bag set-up daily. The main section of the bag (designed for camera equipment) is nice and deep, well padded and easy to organise. Obviously the bag has to be deep to accommodate a laptop, however it would have been nice to have the ability to stack lenses within the main section. Anyone who knows Fuji will know that the 35mm is a tiny lens, and so having this at the bottom means a lot of space is wasted. Opening the main section is easily done with just one Gladstone opening style zip, which stretches at one side to avoid any nasty scratches to your camera.
The laptop compartment on the Urban Disguise 40 is well padded and a perfect fit for my XPS 15 with no room for it to wiggle around whilst I’m walking. This section has two zips, with the ability to secure them with the use of a standard padlock. All the zips on this bag are ThinkTank Photo’ standard YKK reinforced zippers, meaning that vigorous daily use will not result in any zips falling off or getting stuck. The front compartment features the ‘Sound Silencers’ we are used to seeing on ThinkTank Photo bags, especially useful if you need to grab a pen out of your bag during an important meeting. Alongside the Velcro, ThinkTank Photo have added a buckle to the front compartment for added security. The flexibility of the front compartment means the bag can remain elegant and sleek when you need to transport a minimal amount of kit, but can expand considerably to house an extensive amount of gear. Small touches like the two elasticated pouches on either side – perfect for water bottles – make the ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise Classic bags stand out from the rest.
“impeccably constructed and well thought out”
It’s rare that I can say I’ve found a bag to suit a specific need, but I would never go back to using any other bag for daily work. Previously I’d have taken my laptop and paperwork in a conventional laptop bag and lugged around a separate camera bag at the same time, but with the ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise I don’t need to. It houses everything I need on a daily basis, looks stylish and professional, is extremely comfortable to wear for walks between meetings, as well as being impeccably constructed and well thought out.
Click here to learn more or to purchase a ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise Classic 40 (also available in other sizes).
Fake Guinness anyone?
Behind the Scenes: How to create a St Patrick’s day promotion!
Step One: Pouring the perfect pint? It’s easy! Take 1 pint glass, 1 bottle of Coca-Cola, 1 can of whipped cream. One imitation Guinness coming up!
Step Two: Find a good setting – ah the top of this lovely red Biffa bin lid looks perfect!
Step Three: Find someone to take the photo and laugh at you when the whipped cream remains on your upper lip.
Step Four: Review your hard work over a crisp refreshing pint of Guinness.
If you really want to know, to shoot the real version we used a Fuji X-Pro2 and XF 35mm f2 in Acros film simulation mode with a slightly enhanced green filter to add contrast. 1/2000″ / ISO 200 / f2
Looks great and they clearly had fun, think I’d be tempted to find the nearest pub for a pint though!
You can find Connor at Imagex, but sadly not for long as he is going onto pastures new! (Good Luck Connor)