I have been using Think Tank products for many years, I used to use the Thinktank International V2 for all my DSLR kit. When I made the transition to Mirrorless cameras and the 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 International. Furthermore I wanted something that was discrete and durable.
I saw the Urban Approach 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, its more discreet than a padlock.)
When you open the Urban Approach 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.
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.
The list for this shot is:
- Two Passports
- Joby Gorilla Pod
- Business Cards
- Lens Wipes
- Charging Cable
- HPRC SD Card Case
- Battery Chargers
- Leica 100-400mm Lens
- Lumix 12-35mm Lens
- Leica Nocticron 42.5mm Lens
- Leica 12mm Lens
- Think Tank Powerhouse Pro (Sold Separately)
- Lumix GH5 with a Leica 12-60mm Lens and a Eddy Cam Strap
- Spare Batteries
- Lumix GX8 with a Leica 15mm Lens
- Notebook and pens
- MacBook Pro 13 inch.
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.
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