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Published on April 12th, 2017 | by Greg


Think Tank Signature 13: A Modern, Classic Camera Bag

Just about everyone is a photographer now- whether you’re just on Instagram and use social media to take snapshots, or have a DSLR and travel the world with Photoshop and a lot of gear. The best part is that both roles can take something from each other, and it’s fairly easy to move from one group to the other- and we’d encourage anyone who loves taking pics on their smartphones to make the plunge, try out a serious Nikon or Canon or Sony camera, and see the difference it can make. Granted, it’ll take up space in your bag and add weight too, but you’ll be able to capture split-second expressions, moments in time, and far better light for the all-important images of food.

The Think Tank Signature 13 is the perfect bag to protect your new investment- the sort of easy-to-like camera bag for just about anyone, that can fit the most important pieces for your weekend trips and foreign travels. The 13 in the name refers to the size of laptop that can fit inside- up to a 13-inch model in a dedicated compartment- along with your standard-size DSLR and attached mid-range zoom lens attached, plus a couple of extra prime or other additional lenses. And, of course, there are the requisite pockets for your smartphone (even up to an iPhone 6s+) and your accessories like memory cards and batteries. Best of all, it’s fashion-forward too, with a solid aesthetic appeal.

We’ve seen many of Think Tank’s other bags in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from rolling bags to backpacks. Like some of the others, this one offers an included rain cover as well as genuine leather straps, details, and even leather protection on the bottom for protection, along with antique metal hardware. It’s a bit big to carry around all day, but only weighs in at three pounds. And the strap closures are a nice cosmetic touch though it might be a little annoying for anyone who wants fast access to their camera. The adjustable shoulder strap is surprisingly comfortable, and the grab handle quite solid- the entire bag is sturdier than it might at first appear, with plenty of padding protection, quilted dividers, and balanced stability that keeps it steady even when full.

Available in two fabric styles, ours was the more old-school dusty olive color scheme, and there’s a darker, more modern-looking slate gray option too. It looks authentically classic, but boasts weather-resistant materials, and though it may look at first glance to seem like the main flap is unprotected on the sides, the internal zippered additional flap was really nifty. Expect to spend around $279.95 online and in stores for the Think Tank Signature 13.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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