Over the past couple of years there’s been a new type of camera making inroads into the traditional DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) market, and they’re called mirrorless systems. There’s a huge range on the market now, from Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and more. The problems with DSLRs is that there’s a mirror which needs to be moved up and out of the way so that the sensor can be exposed. Mirrorless cameras, are, well, mirrorless! The image you see is that provided by an electronic viewfinder (as opposed to the optical viewfinder in a DSLR). Not having a mirror means that the cameras are smaller and lighter, and so are their lenses. Now, if you’ve got a traditional DSLR system you’ll have camera bags which take all of their kit, and believe me, photographers can NEVER have enough camera bags!! These bags are generally too big for carrying around the mirrorless systems, so bag manufacturers are now providing solutions in the quest for the “perfect bag”. The latest offering has just been announced by Think Tank, which has primarily specialised in providing solutions aimed at professional photographers, be they sports, commercial or wedding photographers.
“For the first time mirrorless system users have a backpack designed specifically for them that has Think Tank’s commitment to innovation, workflow, and quality,” said Think Tank’s CEO Doug Murdoch.”
Here’s an extract from their Press Release ….
Think Tank Photo introduced its smallest, lightest backpacks, the Perception™ series. Designed specifically for mirrorless systems, the Perception series will become the “go-to” pack for photographers looking to add flexibility to their workflow while using a smaller system along with a laptop and tablet. It’s an all-new and advantageous way to carry smaller camera systems and is ideal for travel and city walk-arounds.
The Perception series comes in two colors, black and taupe, and in three sizes. The smallest size, The Perception Tablet™, accommodates a mirrorless system and an iPad Mini. The largest size, the Perception Pro™, holds a 15″ laptop and a 10″ tablet, plus one mirrorless body or small DSLR with a small to medium zoom attached (lens hood reversed). Plus, the largest size fits four to five more lenses or a large GoPro® kit.
“Our designers took inspiration from Think Tank’s award-wining and popular Shape Shifter backpack, which includes protective features to enclose and secure camera gear, but with the Perceptions it is scaled to a smaller form factor,” said Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “For the first time mirrorless system users have a backpack designed specifically for them that has Think Tank’s commitment to innovation, workflow, and quality. The fitted backpack straps accommodate either male or female body types.”
- Cinch cord pockets provide flexibility for gear.
- Dedicated laptop/tablet compartment.
- Interior organizer provides quick access to pens, business cards and keys.
- Extra space to fit a jacket, food, water bottle or additional gear while on the go.
- Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum straps.
- Removable waist-belt.
- Tripod-carry on the front of bag allows for access to gear even when tripod is attached.
- Stretchable side pockets hold water bottles or compact umbrellas.
- 600 denier twill fabric feels soft yet durable matte finish.
- Top pocket with plush liner for cell phones.
- Specially designed divider holds a pancake lens or small accessories.
- Seam-sealed rain cover included.
To see the full range click here to visit the Think Tank website
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