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Thoughts on Think Tank Speed Racer

Gabe Souza , Jul 10, 2009; 05:11 p.m.

Hi all,

I've been juggling bags for a while and after a lot of searching came across the Think Tank Speed Racer. Seems like it's a good balance for what I want - a waist bag, doubles as shoulder bag, holds a D2 or D3 series camera along with 80-200, and various odds and ends - while also being very accessible in the field. I use a backpack to haul stuff to location but this seems like it would be a good fit.

A little bit about me is that I usually work with two bodies but don't always want both out, use mainly a 17-55 and 80-200, and one body usually has a flash. I'm a photojournalist so the bag would be used on the fly and need to be readily accessible.

So, what I'm looking for please would be first-hand experiences with the bag, how practical it is to use, and also any other reccomendations.

Thank you in advance,



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Nic Coury , Jul 10, 2009; 05:28 p.m.

I used a Speed Demon for work on a daily basis (I'm the staff photog at a newspaper) and it's an unbeatable tool.

Granted my camera is always around my neck, the bag is perfect for smaller lenses and other stuff.

ThinkTank is great, because you can build a bag only to the size you need by adding on the side pouches and bags.

Great products designed by real, full-time professional shooters.

Edward Ingold , Jul 10, 2009; 06:35 p.m.

Just because things will fit in a waist bag doesn't mean you'd want to carry it far that way. A D2, 17-55 and 80-200 weighs over 10 pounds. Add a second body and a flash, it's about 15 pounds - about the max for extended carry in a shoulder bag. Sheesh!

Gabe Souza , Jul 10, 2009; 06:48 p.m.

Nic - Thanks for the input. Very helpful.

And Edward - let me take a load off - literally. I would never carry all my gear in the pack at once. I always have at least one body (sometimes two) and a lens out in use so the bag won't be ripping at the seams and I don't think that pack would even hold that much to begin with.


Matt Laur , Jul 10, 2009; 07:41 p.m.

You know what? I load that bag pretty heavily, and it's been great. I'm still fiddling with the best way to use it. When I'm not using a pack-style bag (to include a laptop, etc), I really like the Speed Racer. Ready for some pictures? I just spread it out on some seamless paper to take some quick shots for you. Hope you don't mind a few, because here are eleven of them...

Matt Laur , Jul 10, 2009; 07:41 p.m.

Here's how I usually carry it - in shoulder bag mode. The shoulder strap is well padded, and long enough to sling across your torso if you want.

Normal carry mode

Matt Laur , Jul 10, 2009; 07:42 p.m.

A reverse view in shoulder bag mode, with the substantial waist belt tucked into the stretchy external rear mesh panel.

Waist belt tucked away.

Matt Laur , Jul 10, 2009; 07:42 p.m.

One of my configurations. That's a D300 with grip, lens mounted, nose down. You can see the lens cap on a 70-200/2.8 next to it.

Quick-grab carry configuration.

Matt Laur , Jul 10, 2009; 07:44 p.m.

With the camera body out, you can see other lenses and goodies tucked in lower areas. This is completely user-riggable, and I'm still evolving my own preferred way to do things.

With the body/lens pulled out.

Eric Arnold , Jul 10, 2009; 07:44 p.m.

where's the other 9 pics, matt? i want to see this speed racer in action!

edit: never mind...looks good so far.. i'm trying to decide if the adorama deal on the lowepro offtrail2 would be better than the think tank for me...

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