Think Tank Photo has developed a travel backpack, modular belt system and beltpacks for the working photographer, and photojournalists in particular.
The new company, led by former Lowepro designer Doug Murdoch, and with design guidance from San Francisco Chronicle staff shooters Deanne Fitzmaurice and Kurt Rogers, will begin sale of their products in February 2005.
The Think Tank Photo web site has an extensive overview of what the company will be offering, including:
- The Airport Addicted travel backpack. It's designed to carry a laptop, up to a 400mm f/2.8-size lens, plus multiple digital SLR camera bodies, other lenses and accessories, all in a legal carry on size backpack.
- The Pro Modulus Speed System. A belt and lockable/moveable component system that includes the Whip It Out lens case. This case with the pornographic name is designed to hold a 70-200mm or similar lens, with hood attached, in a manner that makes rapid insertion and removal of the lens possible. Other components in the system are purpose-built to hold camera bodies, portable flashes and smaller lenses.
- Speed Demon, Speed Freak and Speed Racer waist packs.
The company is taking reservations for their products now, as well as offering a Test Drive program in which professional photographers can use Think Tank Photo gear for up to four weeks at no charge.
Be sure to download the detail-laden PDFs (by following the More Product Info links on the Products page of the Think Tank Photo web site) to get a sense of the obvious depth of effort that's been put into the design of this new line of gear bags.