Think Tank Photo’s Shape Shifter Gets Naked [Tech Tuesday]

By // August 23, 2016 // Posted in Gear & Equipment, Tech Tuesday

The first time I saw a colleague with a Think Tank Photo’s Shape Shifter backpack I was immediately jealous. He was able to fit everything he needed (and then some) into one pack while I struggled with a backpack, a shoulder bag and a carry-on bag. Granted, I do have a habit of overpacking, but there was something about the Shape Shifter and it’s ability to adjust to different capacities that really intrigued me.

The original version is one-size-fits-all, which doesn’t lessen the appeal of the pack, but the company just announced a trio of new Shape Shifters that includes the modular design-your-own interior Naked model, as well as one designed to fit a 15-inch laptop and a 2.0 version of its 17-inch laptop model.

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All three can be compressed to a depth of as little as 3 inches but can expand to fit a whole lot of gear, including a gripped pro DSLR (or two un-gripped), three to four detached lenses, a laptop, a tablet and assorted accessories, and personal gear. There are plenty of external pockets, a tripod holder, an adjustable sternum strap, a smartphone pocket, a detachable water bottle pouch and all the features we’ve come to expect from Think Tank Photo bags and backpacks. There’s also a sleeve so you can attach it to your rolling bag, too.

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The Naked Shape Shifter model can accommodate four to seven modular pouches or lens changers, allowing photographers to customize the interior. You can even configure the interior with a pro speed belt to make it easy to grab your gear and go.

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Priced at $250 and $280, respectively, the 15-inch and 17-inch laptop versions are available now; the Naked Shape Shifter is $220 and is slated to ship late August. Meanwhile, the original Shape Shifter has been reduced to $200, which is a great value for a bag that can hold so much.

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Theano Nikitas, a full-time freelance writer and photographer, has been writing about photography for 18 years. Although she loves digital, Theano still has a darkroom and a fridge filled with film thanks to her long-time passion for alternative processes and toy cameras.

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