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|The Think Tank StreetWalker Pro can be found in the shops for around £123.|
There is no point spending a small fortune on camera kit and then leaving most of it at home because you can't find a bag either comfortable or big enough to carry it all. A good bag is definitely worth its weight in gold and you can spend a great deal of time and money looking for the best camera bag for you.
Think Tank Photo is an American bag maker with a huge collection of bags designed for every type of photographer and I have been trying out their StreetWalker Pro, which sells for around £123.
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro: Features
This bag looks slightly different from other photo rucksacks I have tried in that it is tall and thin, rather than tall and broad or short and squat. However it is quite deep and as a full-frame DSLR owner depth is a really important. On many rival rucksacks the shallower compartments has meant more of a struggle when it came closing the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro bag up.
I rarely carry my laptop as well as my camera gear – if I did the StreetWalker Pro Harddrive would be the bag to look at. As well as my Nikon D700 (sometimes with the MB-D10 power grip), I have three f/2.8 lenses, the 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. This kit fits into the StreetWalker with no complaint at all. There is even room for the Lens Baby and Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 lens.
The small external compartments hold filters, filter holder, remote release, memory cards, spare battery, tripod quick release plates and Allen keys.
In short, everything I need for a day's shooting can be swallowed up in this bag. Not only that but the contents are well protected and getting to each item is simple so there is no need to move one thing aside to get to what's underneath. There is a strap and pocket to take a tripod, but personally I prefer to have my tripod on a normal tripod carrying strap.
The other thing with this bag is that I can adjust the configuration of the dividers and fit my D700 with power pack fitted with the 200-400mm zoom.
Fully laden, as you can imagine, this bag is quite heavy but not to a degree that it is impossible or uncomfortable to carry around all day.
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|The zipped pockets are handy for filters.||There is a tripod pocket to take the feet.|
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro: Handling
I have been using the StreetWalker Pro for the past two months and it has been a constant companion. I am very happy with it because it takes my usual complement of lenses without complaint and everything fits just fine so there is no straining, pushing and shoving when it comes to zipping the bag up.
I also like the tall and thin approach. It meant that I was less likely to smack the bag into a poor passing pedestrian on the busy streets of London. It certainly lives up to the StreetWalker name.
Getting to the bag's contents was just as with any rucksack and that means putting the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro on the ground first. To get to the very bottom compartments meant unzipping the whole bag so that was a little unwieldy but not a problem. The large YKK zips felt positive and very secure.
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro: Performance
I expect a camera bag to be comfortable to carry, protective of its contents and not get in the way. By that I mean it should do its job without being fussy or obtrusive in any way. To my mind, this bag accomplishes all of this.
In my test, nothing broke or dropped off so nothing significant to report in that regard. With all the warm, dry weather we have been having I didn't get to try it in the pouring rain, but the contents did survive when I sprayed the bag with my garden hose. A separate cover is provided for bad weather use.
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|This rucksack comfortably takes a full-frame DSLR and several lenses.||Zipped internal pockets will take accessories as well as documents.|
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro: Verdict
It is true that not everyone needs such a deep bag so the thinner StreetWalker is the bag to look at. But for owners of full-frame digital DSLRs or DSLRs with add-on power grips this bag must be on your short-list. It is roomy, comfortable, protective and I can happily recommend it.
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro: Pros
Deep bag so good for pro-level DSLRs
My kit fitted a treat
Comfortable to carry
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro: Cons
Separate waterproof cover
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro: Specification
|External zipped pockets||Four|