The Spectral Series Shoulder Bags is a brand new line from Think Tank Photo for DLSR and mirrorless camera systems. There are three sizes fitting from 2 to 4 lenses and a camera body, along with a tablet for the two smaller bags, a tablet and a 15” laptop for the largest size. They have a magnetic Fidlock clasp for one-handed opperation that’s quiet and easy to open or close the flap. There’s also a zippered cover for extra security from theft and weather, it can be tucked away when you don’t need it.
The fabric is treated with a water resistant coating on the exterior, the underside is coated with a water resistant polyurethane. Plus a full rain cover is included in case of a heavy storm. As all other Think Tank Photo bags the workmanship and material are top notch and come with a lifetime warranty against defects, for the original owner.
I’ve been using the Spectral 8, external dimensions: 11” W x 8.3” H x 6.1” D (28 x 21.2 x 15.5 cm), with my Canon M5 video setup. I have the Canon 11-22mm EF-M lens with the Rode VideoMicro and a handle grip. This fits perfectly laying across the top with the lens face down in the middle compartment. I can also put my Canon 18-150mm EF-M lens on one side and the Manfrotto table top tripod on the other, along with some extra batteries, SD cards and iPad Mini if needed.
I like the size of the Spectral 8, it’s very similar to the Retrospective 5 but has more protection against light rain and a silent flap opener. It’s small enough to carry around all day, but big enough to carry my main camera, and even a GoPro Hero 5 Session with Feiyu Tech WG2 Gimbal, if I need a second camera.
Overall it’s a nice little bag, perfect for a day out walking around town. I’m actually using it today for a quick overnight trip and video shoot in the morning. Great to throw in my car in the back and not draw any attention for thieves, or just bring in with me when I go shopping or to a restaurant.
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