awesome bag, but a hair too small
July 24, 2013
I purchased this bag, along with a SpeedPro belt, DoubleWide 2.0, Skin50 2.0, and Pixel Racing Harness. All in all, this is a great kit, especially for concerts, events, and weddings. The build quality & materials are all what is expected of ThinkTank products -- excellent craftsmanship all around.
My only gripe is with the Skin 75. I bought it specifically to carry my Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX. That's a big chunk of glass to schlep around. If I pop down the bag, the lens fits, with the hood in shooting position, with the front element pointing down. It's a very tight fit though, and I wouldn't expect to be able to do it on the fly while wearing the bag on my belt. The lens also fits as a drop-in, with the front element pointing up, but then the flap doesn't cover it properly, so it's begging to get dust or splatters on it. But it'll work that way in a pinch, if I have to make a quick change. The lens also fits, with the hood reversed, nose down and the pop-down feature stowed away. I'll pack it this way (inside another bag) for transport, but it's not really feasible to work with it like this.
I really wish the diameter of this bag was just a teeny bit bigger. Even an extra inch of circumference would make it so much easier to work with. That said, this bag will without hesitation swallow any 70-200 f2/8, with the hood ready to go. If you're looking for a bag for *really* big glass, this might not be it for you. Best to try it out in person if you can. Looks like I might have to buy a GlassTaxi or something instead--but we'll see how this handles in the real world for a few days of shooting.
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