I’ve never been one to wear a camera bag with the shoulder strap going across my body. I put all the burden on my right shoulder and, as time wore on, I wore out my shoulder.
The TurnStyle V2.0 sling bag by Think Tank Photo changed the way I carry my camera gear. For one, I now carry it more comfortably.
The TurnStyle V2.0 comes in three sizes, but even the largest model won’t work for photographers who carry a lot of gear. That’s not to say these sling bags are limited in functionality.
The TurnStyle system is meant for light packers: a camera, a couple of lenses and maybe an iPad. The low profile makes it ideal for pros who need to work inconspicuously on documentary projects or fine art street photography. Hobbyists, too, will appreciate the functionality of its zippered compartments, tucked-away pockets and cushy, customizable dividers for lenses and camera bodies.
I carry the TurnStyle 20 (there are alsoTurnStyle 5 and 10 models). I have used it a couple of ways. When shooting with two DSLR bodies, I’ve used the bag to tote one extra lens, a flash, some media cards and two spare batteries. I also make use of secondary zippered compartment for pens, business cards and a small notebook.
Mostly, though, I use it when I am shooting with my lighter, smaller mirrorless camera system. I can store two bodies with lenses mounted and still utilize pockets for an extra lens and batteries. With both cameras, outside the bag, I’ve even used it to shlep a third mirrorless body.
That setup sounds at odds with working light and casual. Yet even with all those pieces, the TurnStyle’s wide, padded camera strap eases the burden (as does the way the bag contours to the body). To add one more piece but no additional bulk, the most interior zippered pocket holds a 10-inch tablet.
The TurnStyle wearer can quickly rotate the pack from back to side for quick access. To keep the bag from moving around, Think Tank added a stability strap. Like most Think Tank products, this camera bag comes with a form-fitting rain fly to keep water-damage worries at bay.
Several top-notch companies offer customizable camera bags of various sizes. Think Tank, staffed with designers as well as photographers, sets itself apart by concentrating on the most minute needs and style sensibilities.
Think Tank’s prices don’t seem out of line compared to its competition. The complex functions of company’s bags meet the needs of a variety of professionals. Even the more affordable bags — such as the TurnStyle, which comes in three sizes and two colors (charcoal and blue) — do not compromise on materials and features.
Where to buy: the Amazon or most professional camera retailers.
Cult of Mac received a review unit from Think Tank Photo for this review. Read Cult of Mac’s reviews policy.