Whether you’re trekking through a forest primeval or a modern metropolis, a good backpack is essential. A shoulder bag is great for a couple hours of shooting on a relaxed afternoon, but when you need to carry a substantial amount of gear over a long distance, a shoulder bag can be a real drag…literally! A backpack gives you better weight distribution and greater carrying capacity, but most backpacks require you to take the pack off and burrow down through the contents to dig out the items you want. If only there were a backpack that could give you as easy access to your essential accessories as a shoulder bag…
Say no more! Your wish is Think Tank Photo’s command. To resolve this age-old dilemma, the company’s innovative minds have come up with the new Trifecta 8 Mirrorless Backpack, a clever hybrid of the best features of both backpacks and shoulder bags. As its name implies, the bag is tailored to accommodate the smaller yet increasingly popular mirrorless cameras.
Specifically, Think Tank has optimized the Trifecta 8 to grant you fast access to your mirrorless camera body and your three most-used lenses, so you are prepared to shoot ultra-wide, mid-range, or zoom on the spur of the moment as the situation demands.
Stylish and streamlined, the Trifecta 8 is spacious without being cumbersome (Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 17.7” H x 5.7” D or 29 x 45 x 14.5 cm). I was able to fit my Sony a7r with the 70-200mm attached, with my 55mm and 16-35mm in the adjacent compartments, with a bit of room to spare. The moveable padded dividers easily reconfigure to suit either right- or left-handed photographers, and zippered doors in the lower side panels and rear panel of the bag let you get to the lens you want without having to paw past your lunch and windbreaker. The outside of the rear door panel is contoured and padded to rest comfortably against your back; the inside of the rear panel incorporates a nifty sleeve compartment large enough for an 8″ tablet like my iPad Mini.
Speaking of your lunch and windbreaker, you can stash them in the roomy top compartment, apart from your gear. Mesh pockets on the inside lining of the side-access doors provide additional storage space for small items like memory cards and batteries, and a pouch and straps on the front panel allow you to secure a small tripod to the backpack. Think Tank rounds out the Trifecta 8 by throwing in a seam-sealed rain cover, an accessory that many backpack manufacturers sell separately.
Thanks to Think Tank Photo’s smart design, the Trifecta 8 Mirrorless Backpack gives you a convenient, well-organized, lightweight option for an extended photo safari. So if you’re headed out for a long day’s hike, leave the shoulder bag at home–the Trifecta 8 is all you need!