Think Tank Bags

By Laurence Kelly

Think Tank Bags

In the twenty years that I have been a photojournalist, I’ve covered news and sports almost daily. That entire time I wished there was a good way to carry cameras on a bike because it made sense to me to bike when covering a huge, traffic riddled event. Think Tank Photo recently sent us two bags, and I did just that. While covering a triathlon, my bike was a great tool. I made it to every transition and several points throughout the course. All of this was done with ease thanks to my Think Tank Bags. While the bags were not specifically created with cycling in mind, their versatility makes them great for it.

Think Tanks Photo’s Retrospective Lens Changer 2 is designed to hold lenses. I usually mount one small camera body on a long lens, and that fits perfectly into the bag. It’s worn like a messenger bag and sits flat on your back when you’re on a bike. The Retrospective 5 is Think Tank’s smallest shoulder bag, but that doesn’t keep it from holding a ton of gear. This has become my go-to bag when covering news assignments, because it packs in everything I need and nothing more. It’s also perfectly discreet, giving the look of a normal shoulder bag. Both bags feature wide padded straps, rain overs (brilliant!), and come in two colors: black and pinestone.

Simply put, these bags were made by photographers, for photographers. They have been designed by people who know that you need a handy place for business cards, notepads and pens. The designers also know that losing your memory cards would be catastrophic, so they gave them a leash. This stuff sounds simple, but it’s not in all bags. It seems like the people drawing these up went into my head, found me saying, “This bag should have this, this, and that,” and made it happen.

Laurence Kelly has over 15 years of experience in photojournalism, video, and design. Seven of those years were spent as a staff photographer for The Intelligencer in Doylestown, PA. He was also Senior Editor and Photo Editor for Liberty Sports Magazine, and has held many clients in his freelance career, including Harvard School of Design, Tufts University, The Boston Globe, and Brown University.