Review: Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60 v2.0

Review: Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60 v2.0

The Urban Disguise with modular pockets added to give it even more versatility. The modular system is held in place small attachment straps.

It’s been some time since I’ve written a review on any photo bags. One of the main reasons has got to be the fact that I haven’t bought or been given anything new in a while. Today, I received an e-mail from Think Tank Photo about a promotion they’re running and it reminded me that I never gave you my thoughts on my Urban Disguise 60 version 2.0.  So I felt this was as good a time as any to list out a few thoughts about this bag. On the outset let me say that I use this bag on almost every trip I take. This is not a bag that lives on the shelf. This bag has seen the world!

This bag is about the same size as its predecessor, this should come as no surprise as they are the same bag just different iterations.  Starting from the back of the bag and moving forward, these two versions look almost identical.  The padded compartment that holds the computer as well as the main large compartment that holds your camera or other gear is about the same. The big differences in this version appear in the front.  They completely redesigned the front pockets on this new bag. All your documents and accessories are much easier to get to. Before, to get at any of your documents or accessories you needed to lift the main flap and unzip the compartment holding your documents. This was unwieldy and sometimes frustrating. This new version places the main zippered pocket right on the outside flap. Inside it are several smaller pockets and dividers one of which is inside zippered for security sake and another locked with a “hook & loop closure”[1. aka Velcro]. Some bags have just too many pockets. I’ve been known to put things in a pocket later to not remember where I put it and start freaking out thinking I’ve lost it. I haven’t had this happen with this bag.

Big enough to carry my MacBook Pro, a pro camera and a few lenses to boot!

I find the Urban Disguise 60 to be the perfect size. It’s big enough to carry my MacBook Pro, a pro-size body and the lens or two if you wanted. But, that’s not how I use it. So here’s what I do – I packed my pro bodies in my Think Tank Photo Airport International. In the urban disguise I carry my computer, my power cable, my Fuji X Pro 1 with both the 35 mm and 18 mm lenses and my Kindle Touch. Of course, I also carry all my documents and any tickets that I need as well as iPhone and headphones. Speaking of my iPhone, I have switched out the strap that comes with the bag and have replaced it with the Think Tank Photo Keep it Up strap. The strap is more comfortable for me and in addition it has a small pocket for my phone.

Secure zippered pockets on the outside of the bag in Version 2.0 make it easier to get to your documents.

There have been occasions when I am traveling light that I have shot out of this bag. However, to be honest I rarely do this. Not that I wouldn’t, especially using the attachment Straps as seen in the top images. It is just that I never travel all that light and I usually pack the bags or holsters I need.  Out of the many models of Urban Disguise I find the 60 to be the right size. However Think Tank makes five versions:

  • Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 – Carries a 13.3” laptop with a regular size DSLR or a 10” netbook with a pro size DSLR.  Also carries a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a DSLR with two to three additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 40 V2.0 – Carries regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom lens attached and two to four additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 50 V2.0 – Carries up to a 15.4” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and two to four additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 60 V.20 – Carries up to a 17” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and three to five additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 – Carries up to two pro size DSLRs with lenses attached in main compartment.  Can fit a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a pro size DSLR.

Here is a short video on the Urban Disguise series of bags:

httpvh://youtu.be/qP-TcU9I0jo

 

So here is the special offer for September that might of interest.  Should you order one of their popular Urban Disguise shoulder bags, you can receive one of their Urban Disguise Attachment Straps or a Shoulder Harness V2.0 for free!

 

httpvh://youtu.be/ksNTklX6CJs

 

Disclosure: I don’t want any misunderstandings. Whereas I try to be honest and forthright in all my reviews, you should know that I am sponsored by Think Tank Photo and they on occasion provide me with bags. I have had product owners and manufacturers approach me about sponsorship, but I usually turn them down. I seek out my own sponsorship because I believe in certain bands so much that I want my name associated with them as I hope they will want their name associated with my mine.

 

Free Strap or Harness with any Urban Disguise v2.0

 

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About The Author

Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.

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