New Hardware: Think Tank Photo BackStory 13 and 15 Camera Backpacks – Commentary

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/collections/backstory-series-backpacks

“With every good story, there’s often a better backstory. The same is true with the BackStory series of camera backpacks. At Think Tank, we spend many hours researching, discussing benefits, developing prototypes, reviewing, redoing… and then we do it again. The end result is a truly innovative and full-featured backpack that serves your needs as an expert photographer.

The BackStory’s rear-panel opening offers complete access to your gear while a top panel provides quick access to your camera and speeds your workflow. A deep front compartment with zippered mesh pockets has ample room for personal gear, including a 10” tablet and 13″ or 16″ laptop. And with its plush shoulder harness and removable waist belt, the BackStory is comfortable enough to wear all day.”

Specifications, BackStory 13

  • Internal Dimensions: 25 x 36 x 15 cm (9.8” W x 14.2” H x 5.9” D)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 26 x 43 x 18 cm (10.2” W x 16.9” H x 7.1” D)
  • Laptop Pocket (fits up to 13” laptop): 23 x 34 x 2.5 cm (9.1” W x 13.4” H x 1.0” D)
  • Weight: 1.3 kg (3.0 lbs)

Specifications, BackStory 15

  • Internal Dimensions: 27 x 43 x 15 cm (11.4” W x 14.6” H x 5.9” D)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 28 x 50 x 19 cm (13.4” W x 20.4” H x 7.5” D)
  • Laptop Pocket (fits up to 16″ laptop): 26 x 40 x 2.5 cm (10.2” W x 15.7” H x 1.0” D)
  • Weight: 1.6 kg (3.6 lbs)

Commentary

Just when you think that innovation in camera backpacks has surely reached its zenith, along comes another innovative backpack concept from Think Tank Photo in the form of the BackStory 13 and 15.

Then, thinking back on the backpack collection in my storage room, not one of them perfectly satisfies all the many and different needs when transporting endless combinations of cinematography or photography equipment, accessories, personal items and other camera carrying gear such as speed belts and waist packs.

I have been forced to rethink, yet again, how I carry gear on a daily basis given the resurgence this year of back and shoulder problems leading to headaches and nausea, and one possible answer lies in combining waist packs with backpacks.

Can the BackStory backpacks be used in combination with these other carrying solutions?

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Cosyspeed Camslinger Outdoor in Olive.

I ask this question as I have tried using other backpacks along with belt-mounted camera pouches and waist-packs including Cosyspeed’s Camslinger Streetomatic+ and Outdoor models and there have been problems and a few compromises.

So far the best combination is a Think Tank Photo/MindShift Gear Rotation180º Travel Away 22L in Twilight Blue with the rotating belt pack removed altogether and replaced by a Cosyspeed Streetomatic+ with a StuffIt! on the Streetomatic’s belt and a Little StuffIt! secured by a Think Tank Photo Red Whip on one shoulder strap.

The Travel Away carries personal items, rain cover and one or two smaller lenses in the two internal pockets, and it is a brilliant solution for traveling really light as a photographer or as a journalist needing just a compact camera for note taking, a role I have played in the past.

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MindShift Gear Rotation180º Travel Away backpack by Think Tank Photo, apparently now discontinued.

The Streetomatic+ is a great solution for small stills cameras but after some experience shooting during dust storms the newer Camslinger Outdoor model may offer better weather protection.

I like the Olive version but as my old secondary school art teacher was often prone to chant, “blue and green must not be seen”… no, I don’t think so.

When needing to carry a couple of cameras, a few lenses and plenty of accessories and personal items as well as a RotoLight Neo LED light, I currently prefer a Think Tank Photo/MindShift Gear BackLight 26L though its own waist belt can clash with other waist belts and belt packs if they cannot be attached to the backpack’s waist belt side rails.

For even more gear I have currently have a big aluminium-framed f-stop gear backpack but am seriously considering retiring it when I find a replacement that does not exacerbate my back and shoulder problems.

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Think Tank Photo/MindShift Gear Backlight 26L camera backpack in Woodland Green.

Perhaps the answer lies in Think Tank Photo’s Rolling Cases or SKB Hard Cases collections, avoiding carrying big sets of gear on my back altogether.

Never having had the pleasure of using rolling cases before, I need to get some serious hands-on time with some examples and may need to consider other brands such as HPRC given the lack of a local equivalent to B&H Photo with its amazingly well-stocked displays of almost every brand one could hope to see.

And now, back to backpacks.

Both MindShift Gear backpacks extend far down the back to waist level, 51cm (20.3″) in both the BackLight 26L and the Rotation180º while the BackStory 13 extends down to 43cm (16.9″) and the BackStory 15 to 50cm (20.4″).

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Best of both worlds? Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff V2.0 rolling bag with shoulder straps to also act as a backpack.

I wonder if that difference of 43cm to 50cm/51cm might enable using a BackStory 13 in conjunction with Pro Speed Belt and an assortment of pouches without clashing?

Think Tank Photo used to photograph their products on a showroom dummy and sometimes a live model, as I recall, and that helped considerably in working out which version of their products might work best for me.

Pity they don’t do that now as I would really like to know how such combinations may work over the course of a long and challenging day in the field, especially now that I must limit what I carry in my remaining shoulder bags if not rule them out altogether.

More Think Tank Photo BackStory 13

Finding the right kit for transporting your camera gear is a serious business given what is at stake with being able to do your job right and maintaining good health while doing so.

Given we are stuck with even fewer camera stores now with even less stock to enable try-before-buy and more of us are purchasing online and unseen in real life than ever before, it is imperative that we have good enough information about the gear we are considering investing even harder-earned, even scarcer cash in.

Look in any photography or video production practitioner’s storage room and you will find an array of camera bags, backpacks and hard cases, none of which are the universal answer to all transportation needs.

Consider any professional or dedicated photographers’ or videographers’ physical health and ponder how much damage has been done by the rigours of long, hard days in the field and issues with suboptimal gear.

Congratulations to Think Tank Photo for coming up with a new camera backpack design that may not be revolutionary or radically different to all that came before it, but innovative the BackStory 13 and BackStory 15 most certainly are and I very much look forward to learning more about them, especially the BackStory 13, and I hope that I may lay eyes upon one someday in order to see if it fits my very specific needs as outlined above.

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New Hardware: Think Tank Photo Rotation Camera Backpack Series

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/think-tank-photo-rotation-camera-backpack#/

“How many times have you passed up a photo opportunity because you didn’t want to stop and take off your backpack to get your camera out?

With the Rotation backpack, you can access your camera gear in seconds ­— without taking off the backpack.

The original Rotation180® Backpack has proven itself in the field, earning the accolades and awards to prove it. Now, this next generation Rotation backpack series features improved features and functionality, making it the most amazing photo-centric adventure pack on the market today.”

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Rotation Backpack Series by MindShift Gear, from Think Tank Photo. Image courtesy of Think Tank Photo.

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Kickstarter: The Travel Line: Versatile Travel Backpack + Packing Tools, by Peak Design

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/the-travel-line-versatile-travel-backpack-packing

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L and internal packing bags and cases.

Commentary

It was inevitable that Peak Design would expand its Everyday bags line into bags more suited to travel, and more power to their arm for doing so.

I am especially impressed that the Peak Design crew has given serious thought to how best to pack and carry photographic equipment and personal gear within larger bags and backpacks, and suspect that not a few of their customers will be using their Camera Cubes, Tech Pouches and Packing Cubes inside other Peak Design bags and backpacks.

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Peak Design: We’ve Got Something Brewin’ [Pre-announcement of Peak Design’s 2018 Kickstarter campaign, The Ocho]

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“It’s that time of year again. We’re about to lift the curtain on the biggest product launch in Peak Design history, and we want you to be a part of it. In a way, you already are—our new line of gear is something you’ve been asking us to make for years.

Our 8th Kickstarter begins soon. Enter to be notified the moment it goes live. 3 lucky folks will win one of every new product. Spoiler: that’s a big bundle-o-gear….”

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Peak Design Kickstarter 2018 campaign email teaser graphic

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Peak Design: Anchor Update Program

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“We’re updating our Anchors, the little round connectors that come with Peak Design straps. We’re doing this because the previous version of our Anchors were, in rare instances, wearing out more quickly than they should. If you own the previous version of our Anchors (found in most Peak Design straps purchased after August 2017) we’ll send you updated Anchors for free. To see if you qualify for free replacements, take our Anchor Update Survey….”

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Peak Design Anchors in version 1, version 2, version 3 and version 4. Peak Design is offering free replacement of V1 and V3 to owners of these versions.

Commentary

Good on Peak Design for taking the issue of camera gear safety seriously enough to issue free replacements to owners of V1 and V3 Anchors via an online survey form.

I am still waiting for a dozen V4 Anchors to be sent as replacements for V1 and V3 Anchors that I have purchased over the years either standalone or as part of other Peak Design products, so I cannot personally vouch for the strength and width of the cord in Anchor V4 and whether it will easily slide into all the many and various D-rings, eyelets, mounts, triangles, lugs, strap slots and assorted holes and gaps into which they need to go.

I have accumulated many more V2 Anchors too as I have found that Anchors have proven effective for use well beyond Peak Design’s intended purpose of connecting Peak Design camera straps to cameras.

For example, do you have older or non-Peak Design camera bags or backpacks with conventional cordless zip pullers where your fingers slip off when zipping up in the cold or the rain?

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Peak Design Everyday Key Tether, only available direct as a replacement but these are excellent for attaching to every bag you have so your keys are kept safe and sound and are able to be quickly swapped from bag to backpack and back again regardless of brand.

Attach a Peak Design Anchor to the  zip fastener and problem solved.

Need to attach those oversized collections of keys to every bag you own to make bag last-minute swapping easier and faster?

Attach an Anchor to your key ring, snap the Anchor on to a Peak Design key tether and Anchor Link threaded through a loop on your bag and buy enough Peak Design Everyday Key Tethers to have one on every bag.

Time to do a last minute bag swap? Detach your key ring’s Anchor from the Anchor Link on your current bag’s Key Tether then attach it to the Key Tether on your other bag.

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HPRC High Performance Resin Cases Make an Impact with Some of the Most Innovative Photography and Video Gear Hard Cases Seen So Far

I have a particular interest in finding optimal solutions for storing, carrying and holding my photography and video production gear, so it is rewarding to come across new and unfamiliar product ranges, with the latest being the HPRC brand, the initials standing for High Performance Resin Cases. 

HPRC is a brand of Plaber Srl, an Italian manufacturer based in Bassano del Grappa, a city and commune in Vicenza province in the northern Italian region of Veneto, and the company’s products are distributed in many parts of the world. 

The HPRC6200 small tripod case High Performance Resin Cases aka HPRC looks like a great transportation solution for small photography and video tripods and other support devices.
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The first time I saw and handled an HPRC hard case was when Fujifilm Australia kindly sent over an X-E3 review loaner and I was immediately impressed by the design and manufacturing quality of the case and its removable internal zip-up soft bag.

Until recently I had not come across HPRC cases, hardly surprising given we no longer have an annual photography trade show in Sydney nor well-stocked photography and video superstores the like of which exist in other world class cities.

Instead my introduction to HPRC came via a Fujifilm X-E3 review loaner camera and Fujinon XF 50mm f/2.0 R WR and 35mm f2.0 R WR “Fujicron” lenses kindly sent over by Fujifilm Australia, all contained in a beautiful little HPRC hard case with internal zippered soft case, illustrated at right.

The padded soft case could be used as a camera case in its right, but in combination with the external hard case is a potent solution for protecting and transporting equipment like the camera and lenses.

It is a much better alternative to the customary way in which review loaners are sent via couriers, inside boxes inside taped-up corrugated cardboard boxes.

I am familiar with several brands of hard cases, most notably the Pelican brand due to relying on several of its memory card cases for some years as well as some mid-sized Pelican cases for storing items of non-photographic equipment.

I also have a wheeled hard flight case of unknown brand that contains my Rotolight Neo 3 Light Kit.

I am in the midst of researching more up-to-date, portable and versatile tripod and support solutions for documentary video and photography production, kicked-off by reading about the Sachtler flowtech 75 video tripod, and it seemed like a good idea to look for better carrying options than the usual soft cases provided with tripods, monopods and gimbals.

My history with hard and soft cases of all types and brands for carrying photography and video production equipment of all sorts, sizes and weights is a long and not always a happy one.

Looking back on the myriad of custom-made and off-the-shelf bags, backpacks and cases I have used over the years, most especially during the analog years when I was working in corporate and magazine photography with a sideline in cinematography, I wonder how my equipment managed to get by without too much major damage.

Much of my travel for work involved small hire cars, small airplanes and understaffed regional airports where I often watched luggage handlers hurl my precious gear on and off trailers and carousels with no thought for safety, their own or that of my precious camera gear.

None of those bags and cases could be described as optimal in their design and manufacturing, often failing miserably at keeping the dust, fluids and salt out of the equipment contained within.

Mind you, I did subject them to some harsh conditions in deserts, at the edge of oceans, down mines and in massive open-cuts as well as traipsing up and down stairs and in and out of elevators, not to forget hauling them in and out of taxi cabs’ back seats and boots in the inner city and suburbs near and far.

Nowadays I tend to travel alone and with the more minimalist kits that the digital age permits, but my own safety and that of my equipment remains paramount and the soft shoulder bags and backpacks that I have used so far have acquitted themselves better than any I had in my analog days.

One big difference between then and now though is in the realm of tripods.

Carbon fibre is a relatively recent innovation and currently I have two carbon fibre-legged tripods for location work, one for video and the other for stills.

There is no way I would undertake extensive travel with either in the soft bags that came them, so my chance discovery of the HPRC brand took on a serious note given I am now looking at upgrading both tripods with more recently-made carbon fibre tripods for environmental portraiture and documentary moviemaking.

My current candidates are Sachtler’s flowtech 75 legs with FSB 4 fluid head for the latter and either 3 Legged Thing’s Albert or Winston for portrait photography, depending on conclusions to be reached if I am able to actually see and try both before I buy.

An enquiry to HPRC received the feedback that the best hard case for the Sachtler tripod kit will be the HPRC 6400W case, and my choice of hard case for a small stills tripod depends on which of the two 3 Legged Thing tripods I choose.

I like the look of the HPRC 6200 hard case for small tripods and other HPRC items look appealing for other reasons.

I have been needing a smaller, safer memory card carrying solution for some time, and the HPRC1100 looks like it could fill the bill.

The HPRC 5400W would have been perfect when I was carrying light stands and lighting and microphone booms all over the planet and I like that it can take two internal soft bags inside to keep items separate.

The HPRC 2550W2017 is worth serious consideration as wheeled carry-on cabin luggage should interstate and foreign travel plans come to fruition.

For more local travel the HPRC GH52460-01 customized case looks great should I choose to upgrade to a Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 or GH5S for video, though Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K aka BMPCC 4K aka P4K looks very attractive right now given its ability to shoot high-quality raw or ProRes video while being portable enough for handholding with the right stabilized lenses or gimbal stabilizer.

Given it will not be released until laster in the year questions remain about the BMPCC 4K but one thing is known for sure right now, that its dimensions are very different to those of any other cinema cameras or camcorders and so we may need to rethink how we are going to transport and store it and its lenses and accessories.

HPRC’s customized hard case for the GH5 and GH5S is also available in a version for Sony’s A7, A7R, A7S, A7II, A7III, A7RII, A7SII and a6300 mirrorless hybrid cameras, the HPRC ALP2460-01 for Sony Alpha 7.

I wonder if the HPRC folks are working on a custom case solution for the BMPCC 4K or the coming DJI Ronin-S?

A pre-production Ronin-S was being shown off with the BMPCC 4K and non-stabilized Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens attached at the recent NAB 2018 trade show in Los Angeles and it looked like a perfect fit.

All these decisions as to camera, tripods, stabilizers and cases depend on being able to actually see and try these items in order to make well-informed decisions though and that remains the biggest obstacle of all right now.

Lest I forget, another HPRC custom case that has a great deal of appeal is the HPRC MAC4800W-01 for carrying and storing my production iMac 27-incher while away on my travels and needing to store all our non-travelling possessions in lockup while away.

Keeping expensive gear in cardboard boxes or other low-end storage products is not recommended when relying on removalists or storage services especially now that radical climate change has brought the threat of mould and insect infestations to the fore here like never before.

A selection of cases for photography and video production equipment by HPRC | High Performance Resin Cases

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MindShift Gear: MindShift Gear Updates Classic Moose Peterson Outdoor Photography Backpacks – Updated

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/blogs/news-events/mindshift-gear-updates-classic-moose-peterson-outdoor-photography-backpacks

“Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift designers have updated the original Moose Peterson Photopacks. Initially designed for wildlife and safari photographers, all photographers will find the three-compartment layout protects their gear from the elements.

The compartment doors are built to close automatically, keeping dust and particulates out of your bag and away from your camera sensor. As a workflow solution, the layout provides quick access to up to three camera bodies with lenses attached and at the ready….”

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Wildlife photographer Moose Peterson with Moose Peterson Backpack made by Think Tank Photo sister company MindShift Gear.

MindShift Gear Moose Peterson Backpack Series version 2.0

Commentary

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Classy innovation. On the Moose Peterson Mp-1 V2.0 and MP-3 V2.0 backpacks the waist belts can be removed and the harnesses can be tucked away to safely streamline them when stowing for travel on trains, planes or automobiles.

Once upon a time I worked in some of the most adverse conditions for photography anywhere in the deserts above ground and down deep inside gold mines in Western Australia, carting my cameras, lenses, lights, light stands and tripods about in a motley collection of shoulder bags, tripod bags and Zero Halliburton hard cases.

You had to be ready to dismantle gear and pack up in seconds and failure to do so could have disastrous consequences.

Dust, particulate matter, water and chemical spray, extremes of heat and cold, giant dump trucks taking sudden dives over the edge of open cuts or swerving out of control, anything could happen and frequently did so.

US wildlife photographer Moose Peterson may well be accustomed to some of these sorts of conditions, judging by the unique features found in the second generation of his collaboration with MindShift Gear, sister company of Think Tank Photo.

Standout features of the Moose Peterson Series for me are their separation of gear into three compartments to reduce potential cross-contamination, allowance for up to three ready-rigged cameras plus lenses to reduce dust on sensors, automatically-closing compartment doors, and the choice of three different sizes from customary neck-to-coccyx long through mid-size to the not-so-long MP-7 brilliantly allowing for wearing one of Think Tank Photo’s unique modular component belt systems lower down.

MindShift Gear Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0

Right now the short but sexy Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0 looks very appealing for the times I want to keep a camera at my side in a waist-belt pack for rapid access but also need to have just enough and not too many lenses and other items at the ready on my back.

Think Tank Photo belt system plus MindShift Gear Moose Peterson backpack may just be exactly the right solution for documentary photographers always on the go, especially in the hot, dusty and windy conditions we have been experiencing in this country just lately, thanks to extreme weather conditions making their way across to the south-east of this continent all the way from my old stamping ground in northern Western Australia.

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Think Tank Photo: MindShift Gear’s BackLight 18L Outdoor Photography Daypack Offers Added Comfort and Quick Rear-Panel Access

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/blogs/news-events/mindshift-gear-s-backlight-18l-outdoor-photography-daypack-offers-added-comfort-and-quick-rear-panel-access

“Our sister outdoor photo camera bag company MindShift Gear just released an 18-liter version of its popular BackLight series, the BackLight® 18L rear-panel backpack.  This smaller version offers a lightweight daypack that enables photographers to access gear without taking off the backpack. They can change lenses or just snap a quick photo simply by rotating the bag to the front while the waist belt is still secured. Rear-panel access also adds security when traveling since camera gear is protected from behind….”

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The newly released MindShift Gear BackLight 18L is the lightest of the innovative BackLight outdoor photography and moviemaking daypack backpack range and offers the ability to access gear without taking it off via rear panel access, especially useful when shooting in the field or the urban landscape. The first-released model in the BackLight series, the BackLight 26L, is my go-to photography and moviemaking daypack and I highly recommend all three current BackLight models.

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L outdoor photography (and video) daypack

Commentary

MindShift Gear’s BackLight 26L daypack is the most comfortable backpack that I have ever used and the only one that does not wear me out after a few hours on my feet regardless of how much gear moviemaking or photography I pack in it and whether I am using it in natural or urban settings.

I have adventure and expedition daypacks made by other manufacturers, but am about to sell them off in a big clean out of my camera gear closets in favour of MindShift Gear and Think Tank Products.

MindShift Gear has been expanding the BackLight range with larger and now smaller versions with the BackLight 36L and now the BackLight 18L.

Although I have firsthand experience of the BackLight 26L, all versions share the same set of positive traits as illustrated in the photographs in this article and will doubtless serve their potential user base well.

Very highly recommended.

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MindShift Gear: MindShift Gear’s “Exposure” Shoulder Bags Offer the Ultimate in Durability and Weather Protection for Outdoor Photographers

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/blogs/news-events/mindshift-gear-s-exposure-shoulder-bags-offer-the-ultimate-in-durability-and-weather-protection-for-outdoor-photographers

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. MindShift Gear’s new Exposure shoulder bags are storm-resistant carrying solutions for the active photographer in virtually any outdoor environment. Built with high performance waterproof sailcloth panels, strategically placed storm flaps, water-repellent DWR fabric, and a sturdy Tarpaulin bottom; the Exposure protects camera gear from the elements and withstands the rigors of adventure photography. And, with its cross-body stabilizer strap, the Exposure moves with you while you’re active or is removable for more causal environments.  A waterproof rain cover is included when it’s time to put the camera away and hunker down….”

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MindShift Gear Exposure 13 and Exposure 15 storm-resistant shoulder bags for outdoor photographers and moviemakers using mirrorless and DSLR gear.

MindShift Gear Exposure 15

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K) with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens with manual clutch focus, great for manual focussing. I like the longer image-stabilized Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro travel zoom for available light daytime walkabout for video and stills supplemented with faster M.Zuiko Pro f/1.2 prime lenses for available darkness work.

Just when I was contemplating what lenses and accessories might be needed to effectively carry and operate the amazing new Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K aka BMPCC 4K, this press release arrived from camera bag and backpack maker Think Tank Photo.

Think Tank’s MindShift Gear brand is specially intended for outdoor adventurers who photograph and make movies in all sorts of weather and all kinds of locations, through thick or thin, whether in natural or in my case urban environments.

The game-changing, to use an already overused cliché, BMPCC 4K portable cinema camera does not appear to be weather-resistant so may need transporting in the field in weather-resistant, storm-resistant bags and backpacks along with the equally sensitive equipment needed to make the most of its high end video production capabilities.

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Røde NT-SF1 Soundfield microphone, core of Røde’s ambisonic hardware and software system and potentially great supplementary audio-recording and post-production solution for shooting video with the BMPCC 4K. Will the final version of this microphone be mountable on top of the BMPCC 4K?

Shooting and carrying out initial post-production or DIT (digital imaging technician) duties on BMPCC 4K video footage in the field has certain workflow and hardware demands, and if choosing a shoulder bag rather than backpack then the bag itself should be large enough and protective enough for 15-inch portable computer, SSD or HDD drives and other media, audio recorders and microphones, lenses, color checker or grey card for white balance, small grip items and a portable video tripod as needed.

Accordingly, it would appear that the MindShift Gear 15 may be the best choice of the two MindShift Gear Exposure shoulder bags when using the BMPCC 4K.

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K) dimensions, imperial, camera only.

At 7 inches wide and with a sloping 5-inch rear touchscreen display, the BMPCC 4K has an unusual shape and size as well as accessory demands, so I will be putting that hypothesis to the test in another article where I look at its actual dimensions as well as an ideal kit of accessories, supplies and lenses for mobile indie documentary work in the field.

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