MindShift R180° Professional 38L Deluxe – Discovering nature with Craig Sinclair

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Rotation 180° Professional 38L Deluxe – Discovering nature with Craig Sinclair


Craig Sinclair is a British photographer from the South West of the UK. Currently studying a degree in photography with the Open College of the Arts. He got his first Nikon DSLR in 2010 as a Christmas present and has always had an interest in photography.

“I am passionate about wildlife, nature and landscapes and our impact as human beings on the environment and the planet (Just like MindShift Gear’s philosophy). Photography is an adventure to me, I love learning about different cultures and I am seeking to develop a greater appreciation for the history of photography and contemporary art photography as well as building on my technical skills as a photographer. I am an avid believer in sharing knowledge and experience within the Photography community”

Craig is a customer of Snapperstuff and kindly allowed us to share his photography work and thoughts of his purchase. Before we get to his review check out the pics he sent us to share…

Craig Sinclair Deer in Autumn

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Craig Sinclair Mandarin Duck 1500x1000 resized

Craig Sinclair Otters at Slimbridge WWT 1500x1000 resized

So first of all what does Craig fit into his

MindShift Gear 

R180º Professional Deluxe?

Just one of the many options for packing out the MindShift Gear Rotation180° Professional 38L Deluxe:

  • Nikon D7200 DSLR x 2
  • Nikon MB-D15
  • Nikon 35mm
  • Nikon 50mm
  • Nikon 18-105mm
  • Nikon 200-500mm with LensCoat Real tree
  • Nikon Trigger release cable
  • Op/tech USA camera strap
  • Hoya Polariser filter
  • Petzl Tikka head torch
  • Multi tool pocket knife
  • Apple
  • There were also 2 cheese and pickle rolls but I ate them
  • Nature Valley Bar
  • Spare Batteries
  • Embrava Water Bottle
  • Maps
  • Notebook and pen
  • Think Tank SD Pixel Pocket Rocket
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun screen
  • Buff multifunctional headwear
  • Cleaning cloths and Dust Blower
  • North Face Sun Hat
  • Jack Wolfskin Waterproof Jacket
  • MP3 Player
  • i-Phone (used to take this photo!)
  • A good study book – ‘Regarding the pain of others’ by Susan Sontag
  • I also used a Manfrotto 190 tripod





Craig’s thoughts on the 

MindShift Gear R180

Professional Deluxe Backpack


The rucksack has a very solid, robust design. Compared to other rucksacks I own, this bag has phenomenal padding, using memory foam throughout the pack and on the arms of the bag. Why is this important to me? I injured my spine some years back, so comfort is essential for me and this bag delivers 120% in that field.  I am used to carrying fairly heavy camera gear on long treks and up mountains, you very quickly realise if a bag is suitable or not as it can get very uncomfortable and you will be miserable, unable to focus on taking great shots. This bag is designed to carry heavy loads for a sustained period of time in comfort.

“You could easily do a couple of days trek or longer with this setup”

One piece of advice I would give with any loading up for a trek, don’t be tempted to overload your rucksack simply because you have the capacity. Just because you can take everything doesn’t mean you need to. Try to think practically about your load up. This rucksack does deliver on capacity. I am able to go with a variety of different configurations depending on the shoot and how long I intend to be out for a trip or shoot. You could easily do a couple of days trek or longer with this setup, there is also the option for attaching some additional gear to the bag. There are ample pockets and compartments throughout the entire bag. The 3L capacity hydration compartment on the side is a great addition. I found the front pleated pocket, which runs the length of the bag from top to bottom, the best place to store my raincoat; easily accessible and keeps a wet coat separate from my camera gear.

The deluxe version of the bag which I have, comes with some great accessories, notably for me these were the photo insert and the top pocket. The photo insert enabled me to put my Nikon 200-500 lens securely in the main compartment of the bag along with a second Nikon D7200, there was also room for more gear if I needed it. The top pocket gives you that little bit of extra storage for things like your SD card holder, keys, snacks and i-Phone.

One of the little quirks I discovered was the way the arms of the rucksack move freely and independently with your walking movements as opposed to being really rigid like other rucksacks, this is a really key design feature. 

Observations and things to note:

Rotating belt pack

“always remember to clip the waist belt”

Whilst testing the bag out on a trip to a local nature reserve, I had mistakenly forgotten to clip the belt pack’s waist belt around my waist. Whilst walking through the woods listening to my friend talk about the array of wild orchids on show, I saw this fascinating little red cardinal beetle, I had to get a shot! I went to whip around the belt pack and nearly dropped the whole belt pack on the floor, much to my friend’s amusement. Thankfully no beetles were harmed in the making of this review! It’s just an observation but always remember to clip the waist belt. Thankfully MindShift Gear have thought of everything and the belt pack is actually attached to the bag using a small clip in latch clipped to the inside of the bag (which can be unclipped to use the pack independently), so the waist pack didn’t fall to the ground.

I found it takes some getting used to releasing the latch to pull the waist pack around to your front and I found sometimes I couldn’t get the latch to release so I left the side flap up. I think this was mainly down to me using the wrong motion to release the latch.

TIP: Here’s a an overview of the MindShift Gear r180 Professional Deluxe backpack, you’ll see a nice demo of releasing the magnetic clip within the first 30 seconds.

The rain cover

On another trip to a different nature reserve we were out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a thunderstorm, a great chance to try out the rain cover! I found it was a little tricky initially to work out how to get the rain cover on, to be fair it was bucketing it down with rain with thunder and lightning overhead. So my advice is to try out the rain cover before you need to use it, so you know how to put it on properly. It’s a really good design now I have tested it out and keeps the bag dry, which is the point! The rain cover allows you access to continue using the waist pack. The waist pack also comes with its own independent rain cover.

“I absolutely love this rucksack, it’s extremely versatile. I can now focus on taking great shots and not worry about my gear”


TIP: Here’s a demonstration on how to attach your rain cover, it’s definitely worth testing before heading out!

Click here for more information on the MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Professional Deluxe 

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MindShift Gear BackLight 26L takes a trip to the Arctic Circle with Steve Gosling

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BackLight 26L Backpack

takes a trip to the Arctic Circle

with Steve Gosling


Steve Gosling a professional photographer who specialises in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (his ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs).

Steve’s images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of his work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. His work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.

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Kissed by the Fading Light
Taken at Sakrisoy late one evening as the setting sun kissed the tops of the mountains across the water. A 1 minute exposure smoothed the water and captured some movement in the clouds.
Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ350 back and 35mm Rodenstock lens
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Minus 10 Celsius
Taken at Uttakleiv I set the camera up to capture the sweep of the bay with the rocks in the foreground. It was then a case of waiting an hour or so for the clouds to co-operate and give me some interest in the sky. As I was stood in the shade I was grateful for the several layers of clothing I’d put on that morning!
Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ350 back and 35mm Rodenstock lens
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Resisting the Elements
One of my favourite images from my trip to Lofoten. We found this little abandoned cottage just off the road and I loved its character and the mood it conveyed. We were also blessed with an interesting sky (not typical of this visit unfortunately).
Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ350 back and 35mm Rodenstock lens
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I’m a great advocate of having a clear purpose about what I’m trying to communicate via an image before firing the shutter. However there are times when I’m drawn to a scene but I’m not sure what I’m trying to say no matter how long I ponder what’s before me. In these situations I’ve learnt to trust my instinct. This scene at Unstad was such a situation. I’ve since grown to understand the photograph and the meaning behind it (the clue is in the title).
Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ350 back and 70mm Rodenstock lens

 What did Steve fit into the

BackLight 26L Backpack



My Backlight 26L is usually loaded with my Phase One medium format system:

  • Phase One A-series camera with IQ350 digital back
  • Rodenstock lenses – 23mm, 35mm and 70mm
  • A set of Lee graduated and ND filters
  • Accessories – batteries, memory cards, head torch, waterproof covers

Steve’s thoughts on the

MindShift Gear Backlight 26L…

Carrying a heavy medium format system camera plus lenses across a variety of terrains in all weathers has led me to search long and hard for the ideal backpack. I never found a solution that really worked for me until I came across the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional. My previous review of that bag can be found here – https://snapperstuff.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/mindshift-gear-rotation-180-professional-deluxe-around-the-world-with-steve-gosling/

My MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional has been around the world with me from Europe to the USA to Antarctica and it’s still my favourite backpack. However there are rare occasions when it’s just too large to take on some aeroplanes – it doesn’t fit into the overhead compartments of the smaller planes used by some regional airlines. For example, earlier this year I went to the Lofoten Islands off the coast of Northern Norway and this required 3 flights from the UK to my destination and the last leg was in a plane not much bigger than a local bus (OK a bit of an exaggeration, but it was small!). Knowing how well made the MindShift Gear bags are constructed I looked for an alternative in the range and came across the Backlight 26L. Like the Rotation 180° Pro the outer is of a robust material and the compartments are well padded to protect my kit. It also comes with a rain cover for those times when the elements take a turn for the worse (something I was anticipating in Northern Norway in February). One advantage it has for me and the gear I travel with – it has a dedicated pouch into which I can place my laptop and/or iPad. There’s also an additional compartment in the front to put my gloves, scarf, hat etc.

“In short it’s an ideal backpack

for the outdoor photographer”


Although the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L does not have the rotating belt pack of its larger sibling, it does still enable me to access all of my gear without removing the bag and placing it on the floor. This can be done by swinging the whole bag to the front and accessing the main compartment from the rear (see photo). This is great when I’m working in locations where I don’t want to put the pack down and the rear access means that the back of the bag doesn’t get covered in mud or sand on those occasions when I do put it on the ground.


I have encountered two minor problems with the backpack in use. The first is that any large gear located right at the bottom of the compartment is difficult to access when the backpack is swung to the front. Not a big deal – now I’m aware of this I pack the bag to avoid the issue by locating smaller items at the bottom. The second issue requires some attention from MindShift Gear – the grab handle at the top of the backpack is not as substantial as the one on the Rotation 180° Pro although the bags are capable of carrying similar load weights. I have heard of some cases where the grab handle has failed – thankfully not a problem I’ve experienced but then I don’t just rely on the grab handle when picking up my kit.

With those two provisos I can highly recommend the MindShift Gear Backlight 26L. It’s not replaced my Rotation 180° Pro as my go to backpack but when I need something smaller it fits the bill ideally.

The hairstyle and the philosophy

of a Buddhist monk…

Travelling to a location within the Arctic Circle in February I expected extreme weather conditions – wind, rain, snow & ice. In the days immediately prior to my trip photographer friends of mine were there and experiencing regular snowstorms – fantastic for moody images. I was full of anticipation. Of course I took suitable precautions for me and my gear. In terms of clothing several layers were the order of the day – Merino wool base layers for top & bottom halves, thick socks, liner gloves, waterproof & windproof outer gloves, down filled jackets and a thick waterproof outer layer. Fully dressed I resembled the Michelin man – not a pretty sight but functional.

Sods Law of course determined that we arrived to sunshine and blue skies (still very cold though!) – weather conditions that dominated most of our week there. Holiday weather I call it and not my favourite for atmospheric landscape photography. In years gone by I would have driven myself into a spiral of negativity – wandering around, chuntering to myself about my misfortune, letting the frustration build up to a point where my creativity diminished to zero. But as I’ve got older I’ve acquired both the hairstyle and the philosophy of a Buddhist monk. I’ve learnt to accept that what will be, will be and I can’t change the weather. My approach these days is to adapt, to be flexible and respond to what I find, forgetting any predetermined notions of how I’d like things to be and instead going with the flow. This is better for my creativity, my blood pressure and my sanity!

Click here for more information on the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L

Why not join him on a workshop…

Steve’s next landscape workshop is in  in the lovely village of Grasmere centrally located to visit the surrounding lakes and fells. It’s a 5 Day Workshop – 30th October to 3rd November 2017. He is running this alongside Mark Banks. You can see their full programme here: https://www.stevegoslingphotography.co.uk/index.php/workshops/20-5-day-lake-district-workshop

Further information on Steve and his upcoming workshops can be found on his website: www.stevegoslingphotography.co.uk

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Ross Grieve – Urban Approach 15 and a puppy challenge


Small but MIGHTY

The Urban Approach 15

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Ross Grieve, New Zealand born photographer has been mastering his art for over 20 years. Ross now resides in the beautiful rolling countryside of Pembrokeshire in Wales. He is an accomplished photographer who has won many awards including UK Pet Photographer and Welsh Master Fashion & Portrait Photographer, and recently Welsh Master Press & PR Photographer of the Year. He is also a passionate Street Photographer. Ross has travelled to far-flung parts around the world on assignment including Thailand, The Maldives, Ras Al Khaimah, Japan, Sweden and Australia.

Since becoming an Ambassador for Panasonic, he has won yet more awards and is leading the way in 4K & 6K Photography. Ross’ fun filled, action packed photograph of a water fight included his three children who have since become the face of the GH4 campaign in Europe. Ross was one of two photographers involved in the Lumix GH5 global campaign. Check out the film here https://youtu.be/ddQmJUYcXho

He has used many of Think Tank Photo’s products over the years and for over a year now he has been using the Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15. Have a read of what he thinks of the bag and see how much he manages to fit in this bag. First though, check out a few of Ross’ great pics!

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Here is what Ross thinks of the Urban Approach 15…

I have been using Think Tank products for many years, I used to use the Thinktank Airport International V2 for all of my DSLR kit. When I made the transition to Mirrorless cameras and the Panasonic Lumix system I needed something smaller, stronger, and just as robust to give me the protection to my equipment that I have had with the Think Tank Photo Airport International. Furthermore I wanted something that was discrete and durable.

I saw the Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15 and I thought I’d give it a try. At first glance it looks small; but surprisingly it had the capacity to carry my 15 inch MacBook Pro, plus all of my other equipment comfortably.

It looks like an ordinary backpack, which is something I like straight away. I don’t want to draw attention to myself when I have this on my back especially when I am in a city.

TIP: In busy cities use a cable tie to lock your bag, it’s more discreet than a padlock


When you open the Urban Approach 15 you will be surprised by the variety of space options that you can have in such a streamlined bag. The simple velcro system allows you to configure the compartments to suit your needs. In my opinion the best features are: the loop on the back, allowing me to slip the Urban Approach over the handle of my main luggage bag, which is very useful at any airport or train station; the chest clip for added comfort; the easy access zip pocket at the front, which is great for business cards and passports; and obviously, the flexibility of the customisable sections, which protect my equipment.

Is it durable? Yes very. Since I have been using it for about 18 months, it still feels snug to wear. It has been used in variety of environments and in all weather, and there is no damage.  A rain proof cover is supplied with the bag.
Therefore, the Urban Approach is the ideal bag to transport your camera equipment safely, and it caters for all eventualities- a coastal walk, over seas travel, sport events, street photography, the list goes on.

So, what can you fit into this little gem?

This is the contents of my photography bag. I think you will agree I can get quite a lot in a small amount of space, without compromising any protection of my equipment.

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The list for this shot is:

  1. Two Passports
  2. Joby Gorilla Pod
  3. Business Cards
  4. Lens Wipes
  5. Charging Cable
  6. HPRC SD Card Case
  7. Battery Chargers
  8. Leica 100-400mm Lens
  9. Lumix 12-35mm Lens
  10. Leica Nocticron 42.5mm Lens
  11. Leica 12mm Lens
  12. Think Tank Powerhouse Pro (Sold Separately)
  13. Lumix GH5 with a Leica 12-60mm Lens and a Eddy Cam Strap
  14. Spare Batteries
  15. Lumix GX8 with a Leica 15mm Lens
  16. Notebook and pens
  17. MacBook Pro 13 inch

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For further information or to purchase the

Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15 click here.

The saying “don’t work with children and animals” springs to mind…

So, photographing pets can be challenging. Especially puppies. All they want to do is play. So my idea was to get the shot as quickly as possible. Now not having a dog should be taken into account. I have a lazy cat.
So I was asked to photograph Ebony, a 12 week old black Labrador, who is very very active, and runs around like she has just been fed a bowl of sugar.
My genius idea was to set the lights up so she would run through them, and I would hold a treat for her to have and run towards. The first run Ebony took no notice and just ran about sniffing the studio. The second run was not much different, but she did get the treat off me. This sparked added enthusiasm from Ebony. The third run she run full pelt straight at me, just before she got to me she put the brakes on. But being a wood floor it was as good as skiing on ice. She slid straight into the camera, taking it out. But she was happy she got her treat and I got my shot. The shot went on to win UK Pet Photographer of the Year.
Ross Grieve Dog Pic

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Workshops –

Ross runs a number of beginner, intermediate and advanced workshops.  One to one sessions are available on request and tailored to your requirements.
For further information on his workshops visit – http://www.rossgrieve.com/workshops/

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MindShift Gear SidePath Backpack – Colin Morris v. ice-cream & Storm Doris

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 SidePath Backpack

Colin Morris v. ice-cream & Storm Doris

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Colin Morris is part of a great team working at one of our specialist retailers imagex in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Colin has many years of photographic retail knowledge and experience.  Not forgetting he’s a talented photographer too.

Colin has seen and tested many bags over the years and so we asked him what he thought of the MindShift Gear SidePath.

Before that though, have a sneak peak of some of his work..




So what did Colin think of the MindShift Gear SidePath bag…

“When using a camera bag, I tend to stuff a bit more into it than I probably should. For me I like to pack my camera, 3 or so lenses, some lunch, a jumper and some waterproofs.

The MindShift Gear SidePath bag allows me to fit all of my camera gear inside and I have the added security of knowing that no-one can open the rear-zipper section for my camera when the bag is on my back. The bag feels comfortable on my back and is no problem at all to carry on a day out.

I have used the bag in awful weather and it’s never let me down. I also managed to buy a tub of ice cream and forgot to take it out of the bag, meaning it melted inside my bag, with all of my gear inside. Luckily my gear is weather sealed, but even the bag came out looking brand new after a quick spin in the washing machine.

As a summer day pack the bag is superb, but when I want to pack a little extra warmth in the winter the bag could’ve perhaps been a little bigger”

Colin uses Olympus and he packed:

  • Olympus E-M1 II
  • Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens
  • Olympus 40-150mm f4.5-5.6
  • Olympus 9mm Fisheye
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 50mm f1.8


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MindShift Gear SidePath versus Storm Doris…

I was recently asked to take some photos for a local garden centre. So the night before I charged up all my gear, checked it over and bundled it all nicely into my SidePath bag.
I arrived at the garden centre, had a cup of tea and got to work. As luck would have it, the infamous storm Doris decided to show up just after I started. Stormy skies do make for some great photos, but not when I can’t stand up. The trees at the garden centre were blowing over and the plants were coming out of their pots. Everything had gone to pot (if you’ll pardon the pun). One thing that worked without fail was my MindShift bag! Not a single drop of rain got inside the bag. A job well done.

SidePath bag = 1  :  Storm Doris = 0

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For more information about the MindShift Gear SidePath backpack, click here.


If you’d like to meet Colin you’ll find him at imagex. Where you can also find stock of MindShift Gear bags and accessories.

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For more information visit their website http://www.bicestercamera.club/ 

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MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe – Around the world with Steve Gosling

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Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe Backpack

Around the world with Steve Gosling

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Steve Gosling a professional photographer who specialises in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (his ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs).

Steve’s images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of his work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. His work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.

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Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ250 back and 35mm Rodenstock lens

“Bands of rain swept over me as I was taking this shot of a small lake in Colorado – it was more like UK weather”  Storm Approaching Sangre de Cristo Mountains (1) Storm Approaching Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ250 back and 35mm Rodenstock lens

“Sat in our hotel one evening at Westcliffe, Colorado I saw these storm clouds moving in over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, I grabbed my Rotation 180° Professional backpack and my tripod & headed to the nearest spot with a view across to the dark sky. I managed 3 or 4 shots before the rain reached where I was standing, soaking me as I tried to shelter the gear under the rear hatch of the 4×4”

Steve tested the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe

backpack and this is what he thought of it...


Over the years I’ve tried many backpacks and struggled to find one that has felt right for me and the way I like to work. That is until I came across the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe. It’s an incredibly well designed bag that allows me to carry a lot of photographic equipment and outdoor gear (waterproof, down jacket, hats & gloves etc) all day without any discomfort.

My Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe has been around the world with me from Europe to the USA to Antarctica and still looks like new. It’s very well made – the outer is of a robust material and the compartments padded to protect my kit. And when the elements take a turn for the worse the bag keeps the kit inside safe and dry (it also comes with additional rain covers).

Most importantly for me it allows me to access all of my gear without removing the bag off my back. It has a belt pack that separates from the bottom of the backpack and rotates around for easy front access. In here, I keep a camera with my most used lens and my Lee Filters. The main compartment of the backpack can be accessed from the rear by swinging the whole bag to the front. It may sound complicated but in practice it works quickly & extremely well. It’s great when I’m working in locations where I don’t want to put the pack down – either for security reasons or because of the environmental nature of the location e.g. working on a beach as the tide is coming in. Furthermore, when I can put the backpack down, the rear access means that the back of the bag doesn’t get covered in mud or sand.

Finally, as a photographer who travels overseas a lot, I need a backpack that I can take onto a plane as carry on. I’m pleased to say that I have never had any hassles taking my Rotation 180° Professional on board – it meets most airlines (that I’ve used anyway) carry on restrictions.

“In short, it’s the best backpack I’ve ever used!”

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So how much gear did Steve fit into the

MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe?

Steve has two of these backpacks – one is loaded with an Olympus M4/3s system and the other with a Phase One medium format system:


  • 3 Olympus OMD bodies
  • 3 Pro zooms – 7-14mm, 12-40mm and 40-150mm
  •  Remote releases for the cameras
  •  A set of Lee graduated and ND filters
  •  Accessories – batteries, memory cards, head torch, waterproof covers

Phase One:

  •  Phase One A-series camera with IQ350 digital back
  •  Rodenstock lenses – 23mm, 35mm and 70mm
  •  A set of Lee graduated and ND filters
  •  Accessories – batteries, memory cards, head torch, waterproof covers




Belt pack


Main compartment

“If I haven’t got wet then I probably haven’t got a good photograph”

This is particularly true of many of the locations I like to photograph – Scotland, Iceland, The Faroe Islands. I like to work in changeable weather conditions where I can get some drama as rain or storm clouds are moving in or away from a location. However I wasn’t expecting to experience this during a summer trip to Colorado, USA – they’d had several years of drought prior to my visit. But I was greeted on several trips out into the landscape to get images by heavy rain and even dense fog one early morning. The locals initially expressed great pleasure that I’d brought some UK weather over with me but after 10 days of it they were begging me to go home again and to take the rain with me!

Click here for more information on the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe.

Why not join him on a workshop…

Steve’s next landscape workshop is in the Isle of Skye from 7 to 14 October. He’s running this alongside Irish Landscape Photographer Peter Cox and you can see their full programme here: ISLE OF SKYE WORKSHOP.

Further information on Steve his upcoming workshops can be found on his website


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Think Tank Photo Airport International – Rolling Around with Richard Washbrooke


Think Tank Photo Airport International

Rolling Around with Richard Washbrooke

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Richard Washbrooke is a self taught freelance photographer since 2010. Richard has been a Think Tank Photo fan for years and is a great brand ambassador; so we thought who better to tell you about the bag, than someone who uses the bag day in, day out!

“Photography is my passion – life captured in a split second. Every image is a unique expression of a moment in time. I’m constantly looking for that special moment to capture, share and immortalise”

Richard has an array of experience within sports, weddings, portraits, PR, theatre, architecture and construction, commercial, travel and events.

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Image 7.3Louis de Soissons – HR Owen, Ferrari, Knightsbridge

 So, what does Richard think of the Airport International roller bag?

“One of the main areas that I photograph is the architecture and building industry. A lot of my clients are based in London and to get around I find using the train and underground the best method. The rolling Airport International V2 bag I use comes into its own here, and fits all my camera equipment that I need for the job. The bag is the size of a small suitcase, very mobile with the wheels which makes it ideal for getting through rush hour with my gear. So a perfect combination. I have been using the Airport International for a few years now and has taken many bumps and been wheeled on very uneven surfaces and it still does not show any signs of wear. All of the zips still work. The two areas that could go wrong are the handle and wheels, but they’re user changeable. My new wheels have improved the performance of the bag and the handle still performs well considering the weight it can be rolling “.

How much gear does Richard pack?

Well, this much…

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Richard Washbrooke's Airport International gear fit

  • EOS 1Dx
  • EOS 7D mk11
  • EF 16-35 F2.8
  • EF 70-200 F2.8
  • EF 85 F1.8
  • EF x1.4
  • Sigma 12-24
  • Batteries
  • Flash 580EX
  • Pocket Wizards
  • Hahnel Capture
  • Memory Cards
  • Flachbender
  • Power Port
  • Remote Cable
  • Syrp
  • Polarizer
  • The Pod
  • Leatherman

Check out how Richard packs his bag on the YouTube video:


The new Airport International V3

The new Airport International V3 roller now has an integrated laptop and tablet compartment and continues to incorporate the user changeable wheels and handles.

Want to know more about the Airport International V3? Click here

Watch out if Richard’s about, you might lose a toe…

“I find rush hour can be fun when I have my bag. A lot of people do not look where they are going. They push in, always rush rush, so I keep the bag tight to me when rolling. Occasionally people will get too close and try to cut across you behind and not see the bag and it will run over a foot… the pain on their face. Perhaps we should have bright colour bags?!”

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LumiQuest FXtra – a compact gel holder t

LumiQuest FXtra – a compact gel holder that includes red, blue & yellow special effects gels http://ow.ly/10y2t1 http://ow.ly/i/io4iI