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thinkTANK Streetwalker Camera Bag – REVIEW

The thinkTANK Streetwalker HardDrive camera backpack was sent to me for review, now it’s my full-time, much loved camera bag – You want a bag that will last you a life time and carry anything you throw at it, this could be that bag…

thinkTANK Photo make some of the best camera carrying kit I have ever had the pleasure to review, and, subsequently own. I’m not going to say that I’ve binned my Lowepro’s and My Crumplers, I haven’t, They’re just not in use at the minute. I have two Lowepro bags and three Crumpler bags! My Lowepro Compurover AW has been all the way along the Inca trail and many other places, My Crumpler SevenFifty Daily XXL has pretty much been all the way around the world – They’re great bags, they’re well made and do what they’re designed to do, but there always seems to be something missing.

My love affair with thinkTANK began when I was lookng for prizes for the assignment section in the dPS forum, I sent off a hopeful email to the good people at thinkTANK and had a very prompt reply from a bloke named Brian (Hi Brian) He sent me across a Rotation360 and a Speedracer Pro – The Rotation now lives in Australia after it was won in one of our assignments and the Speedracer, Well, She’s almost constantly by my side on any music shoots or trips down the street – a great bag, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss!

The Main Event

Think Tank Streetwalker Hard Drive BackpackThe recently released thinkTANK Streetwalker HardDrive! From the minute I opened the box and pulled this bag out of its plastic wrapper I just knew – Can you say that about a bag? It felt solid, but not too heavy, The zips were stiff but not ridiculous, the straps big, but not mammoth! It was brilliant. I recieved the bag while I was at work and sitting there at my desk with a camera bag on my back, sure, I got a few funny looks.

Here are the features for the Streetwalker HardDrive.

  • Holds most 15″ laptops (And my 17″ MacBook pro at a squeeze!!)
  • Holds a pro-sized camera body (body with battery grip) with 70-200 attached with lens hood on.
  • Has a built in front packet to slip your mono or tripod feet into, or a drop down pouch for the longer tripods.
  • Contoured harness for men and women with air channel
  • Removable seam sealed rain cover
  • Upper organiser pocket for notepads, memory cards, pens and other stuff
  • Two side pockets with two stretchy pockets as well
  • Removable webbing waist belt easily detaches
  • Shoulder harness pockets, O Rings and sternum strap
  • Business card pocket on top for easy ID’ing in a press rush!
  • YKK Locking zip

inside Think Tank Streetwalker Hard Drive BackpackThe Streetwalker sits really well on my back, it’s special narrow profile making it a good one to get around in. Sure, if you’re toting a tripod on the back of your bag, you may just wipe someone out when you’re ducking through that crowd to snatch that shot of Amy Winehouse!

With more than enough space for my pro-sized dSLR and my lenses and strobes (100-400 EF L, 50mm, 10-22mm, 24-70mm, 430ex, 580ex2) there is still plenty of room to pop in a G-Raid Mini and all the associated cables, memory cards and everything else that travels with me on a daily basis or out on a shoot. Oh, and my 17″ MacBook Pro – It fits at a squeeze, My 15.4″ Dell XPS fits with ease!

I did a six mile walk each day for a week over the Christmas period with the Streetwalker (Or, in that case, the forest walker!) on my back and at no stage was there any discomfort.

I had planned on taking a video of myself in the shower with the rain proof cover on the bag, but I thought that might be a little bit too much for some of you. As it happens I was caught out in the rain the other day in the Lake District and with the rain cover on, not a drop made it into the bag.

These bags are really well thought out, designed by the people that use them, very well made and reasonably priced to boot. I have no doubt that if you want a camera backpack and you buy the thinkTANK Streetwalker HardDrive, you will not be disappointed.

There you have it.. My most favourite camera bag, in the world, so far! TEN STARS

Get a price on this bag at Amazon’s thinkTANK Streetwalker HardDrive page.

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Sime is the community manager of the dPS Forums and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter

  • http://www.manifestbozeman.com/blog Philip Downer

    Looks sweet, and I’m in the market for a good camera bag right now. Only thing that I wish it had was some outside straps to pack on a small tripod.

    How’s the durability and seams overall?

    Good to hear it’s pretty weatherproof too as that was one of my main concerns.

  • http://blogger.gtvone.com Sime

    I forgot to mention, Phil, The Streetwalker has the tripod “holder” but also has two sets of straps, one mid way down the bag and one set at the top (both removable) to look after pretty much any tripod you care to wander about with.

    I’m pretty heavy on the zips… I took her along to a rally the other day, and as I only have one body was ripping the top open frequently and “with gusto” to swap out lenses… I broke two zips on my *other* bag in the first week – the thinkTANK is bullet proof…

    Hope this helps.

    Sime

  • http://www.tanyaplonka.com Tanya Plonka

    Great review…. I think this is the bag I’ve been looking for! I’ll have to try one on at their booth at WPPI… sure, you say it’s comfortable, but for a skinny girl with all her gear on her back it could be a little different ;)

  • joe

    looks like a great bag, but it’s $179! Why must camera bags be so expensive?

  • http://www.gtvone.com Sime

    Hey there, Tanya. I’d love to hear what you think! : Chuck one on, fill it up and go wandering around WPPI?!

    They have SO many amazing bags, I’m sure you’ll find one that suits.

    Good luck!

    Sime

  • http://flickr.com/photos/reversezer0 Andrionni

    Six mile forestwalk. I’d need to keep hydrated on that with a camelpak. That bag doesn’t look like it’ll help with that.

    My hunt for a rugged daypack/hiking/camera bag hybrid continues.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/balliolman/ Balliolman

    Looks like another great product from my favourite bagmakers! I totally agree with you, Sime, about the quality of materials, design sense and workmanship of ThinkTank products. I use the Rotation 360 and it is excellent.

    @Joe, yes, there is no doubt TT gear has a top dollar price tag but the quality and usefulnes of their products means they will last. TT gear is a bit of an investment and good for your back.

  • http://www.travelinlocal.com LisaNewton

    I recently flew from the West Coast to the East Coast, lugging my laptop in one bag and my camera in another. Due to flight restrictions, I was only able to take 2 carry-on bags, so I had to pack the essentials from my purse in either of the afore mentioned bags.

    I’d love to have one bag serving a duel purpose, which would allow me to actually carry my purse. After I purchase my flash unit and my tripod, this bag will be the next item on my list………………….:)

  • http://nicoleb.org/ Nicole

    Sounds darn good :)
    *Off to check out if they send to Hungary*
    :)

  • http://www.svenblom.nl Sven Blom

    I am also looking for a new back, and somehow I think this one is totally great!

    http://www.kata-bags.com/product.asp?p_Id=432&Version=Photo

    Anybody any experience?

  • http://www.gtvone.com Sime

    Hey Sven, I’ve not had the pleasure of a piece of review kit from Kata, I might give them a buzz and see if we can organise something. I can’t answer your question, but I’m sure someone else might be able to if you want – post a question in the forums.

    Best,
    Sime

  • Greg

    Sven

    I am using several Kata camera bags. I find them very useful and well made. Mostly I use Kata KT DR-467 Digital Rucksack. Holds DSLR and 3 zooms, macro lense, filters, spare battery and cards, with room left over. The side pocket for a water bottle can be used to hold the bottom of a tripod. It also has a well protected padded picket for a laptop.

    I often wear the bag while biking cross-country (over 1200km so far) and have had no problems. Very comfortable, light weight and solid.

    Great bag!

    Greg, a happy, non-pro photographer

  • Frank J Martin

    definitely a very good bag. like it. nice n tidy. hope to own one.

  • http://robbsutton.com Robb Sutton

    I have been looking for something like this for awhile. Great timing on the review. For the photographer/blogger on the go…this is perfect.

    Robb

  • http://stuvel.eu/ Sybren

    It seems to be a nice bag. How does it compare to my beloved Lowepro Vertex 200 AW?

  • gLaNDix

    I have a different bag by ThinkTank and absolutely LOVE it (it’s a holster-style bag) … fits my camera w/ battery grip, a CP filter, ExpoDisc, extra batteries, charger, tripod mount, and with my sigma 18-200mm zoom lens, the camera is nice and snug … wish it had one more pocket on the outside, but otherwise, it’s GREAT! I haven’t used any other bags I have since I got this one, I’ve been so happy with it! :)

  • Vessen Magee, Jr.

    Hello,

    I just found your site this evening. I know I Will be a frequent visitor and may even drop off some photographs. I’m a retired photographer who still has the itch, however due to handicaps, I just can’t get out there like I would like to.

    Thanks for being there my friend. BCNU.

    Vessen

  • Gina

    Hi, i found your review very helpful, but i tried to find the bag in Amazon (i did click on you link but didn’t work) and there is this message “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site ”
    I’m really interested to have a look on prices and sizes, can you let me know more links where i can find it?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/offtheradar Jonathan

    Gina,

    I believe this is the same product as in the review: http://tiny.cc/ocOmP

    I too am in great need for a good camera back which will hold laptop + camera + lenses + photo accessories + laptop accessories. I am at a toss-up between the Kata bags and this one (now, thanks to the review). Sven, did you ever post something in the forums?

    ~ Jonathan

  • http://www.dslrcameraandlens.com/lowepro-rezo-camera-bag/ peach

    Hi Thank for review about thinktank camera bag. i like this design very much may be i have buy it.

    Thank for review again ~ peach

  • http://www.sergevancauwenbergh.be Serge

    I have the same bag for which I will also write a review. Should be published on my blog within a few days. I’m very satisfied with Think Tank bags in general, they deliver great quality and the design of the bags is well thought-out.

  • Bob

    I found the design seriously lacking in some slack in the zippered front flap with pockets. Put some glass filters in the pockets and when the flap is zipped closed, they are stressed and pressed against the camera body and lenses. Al little elastic expansion and slack in this design would have been nice.

    Otherwise, its tough and has a nice fit on the body over one shoulder. Inside configures well for various gear.

    Price seems good for the quality.

  • http://www.Kazim.com Kazim

    Kazim seni seviyoruz

Some older comments

  • Kazim

    March 11, 2011 06:30 am

    Kazim seni seviyoruz

  • Bob

    January 14, 2010 11:06 pm

    I found the design seriously lacking in some slack in the zippered front flap with pockets. Put some glass filters in the pockets and when the flap is zipped closed, they are stressed and pressed against the camera body and lenses. Al little elastic expansion and slack in this design would have been nice.

    Otherwise, its tough and has a nice fit on the body over one shoulder. Inside configures well for various gear.

    Price seems good for the quality.

  • Serge

    May 6, 2009 01:12 am

    I have the same bag for which I will also write a review. Should be published on my blog within a few days. I'm very satisfied with Think Tank bags in general, they deliver great quality and the design of the bags is well thought-out.

  • peach

    February 18, 2009 03:01 am

    Hi Thank for review about thinktank camera bag. i like this design very much may be i have buy it.

    Thank for review again ~ peach

  • Jonathan

    January 29, 2009 02:33 am

    Gina,

    I believe this is the same product as in the review: http://tiny.cc/ocOmP

    I too am in great need for a good camera back which will hold laptop + camera + lenses + photo accessories + laptop accessories. I am at a toss-up between the Kata bags and this one (now, thanks to the review). Sven, did you ever post something in the forums?

    ~ Jonathan

  • Gina

    January 28, 2009 09:15 am

    Hi, i found your review very helpful, but i tried to find the bag in Amazon (i did click on you link but didn't work) and there is this message "We're sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site "
    I'm really interested to have a look on prices and sizes, can you let me know more links where i can find it?

  • Vessen Magee, Jr.

    January 27, 2009 03:33 pm

    Hello,

    I just found your site this evening. I know I Will be a frequent visitor and may even drop off some photographs. I'm a retired photographer who still has the itch, however due to handicaps, I just can't get out there like I would like to.

    Thanks for being there my friend. BCNU.

    Vessen

  • gLaNDix

    January 26, 2009 04:32 pm

    I have a different bag by ThinkTank and absolutely LOVE it (it's a holster-style bag) ... fits my camera w/ battery grip, a CP filter, ExpoDisc, extra batteries, charger, tripod mount, and with my sigma 18-200mm zoom lens, the camera is nice and snug ... wish it had one more pocket on the outside, but otherwise, it's GREAT! I haven't used any other bags I have since I got this one, I've been so happy with it! :)

  • Sybren

    January 24, 2009 09:25 pm

    It seems to be a nice bag. How does it compare to my beloved Lowepro Vertex 200 AW?

  • Robb Sutton

    January 24, 2009 01:00 pm

    I have been looking for something like this for awhile. Great timing on the review. For the photographer/blogger on the go...this is perfect.

    Robb

  • Frank J Martin

    January 23, 2009 06:04 pm

    definitely a very good bag. like it. nice n tidy. hope to own one.

  • Greg

    January 23, 2009 04:15 am

    Sven

    I am using several Kata camera bags. I find them very useful and well made. Mostly I use Kata KT DR-467 Digital Rucksack. Holds DSLR and 3 zooms, macro lense, filters, spare battery and cards, with room left over. The side pocket for a water bottle can be used to hold the bottom of a tripod. It also has a well protected padded picket for a laptop.

    I often wear the bag while biking cross-country (over 1200km so far) and have had no problems. Very comfortable, light weight and solid.

    Great bag!

    Greg, a happy, non-pro photographer

  • Sime

    January 23, 2009 01:59 am

    Hey Sven, I've not had the pleasure of a piece of review kit from Kata, I might give them a buzz and see if we can organise something. I can't answer your question, but I'm sure someone else might be able to if you want - post a question in the forums.

    Best,
    Sime

  • Sven Blom

    January 23, 2009 01:17 am

    I am also looking for a new back, and somehow I think this one is totally great!

    http://www.kata-bags.com/product.asp?p_Id=432&Version=Photo

    Anybody any experience?

  • Nicole

    January 22, 2009 09:05 pm

    Sounds darn good :)
    *Off to check out if they send to Hungary*
    :)

  • LisaNewton

    January 22, 2009 06:14 pm

    I recently flew from the West Coast to the East Coast, lugging my laptop in one bag and my camera in another. Due to flight restrictions, I was only able to take 2 carry-on bags, so I had to pack the essentials from my purse in either of the afore mentioned bags.

    I'd love to have one bag serving a duel purpose, which would allow me to actually carry my purse. After I purchase my flash unit and my tripod, this bag will be the next item on my list......................:)

  • Balliolman

    January 22, 2009 06:05 pm

    Looks like another great product from my favourite bagmakers! I totally agree with you, Sime, about the quality of materials, design sense and workmanship of ThinkTank products. I use the Rotation 360 and it is excellent.

    @Joe, yes, there is no doubt TT gear has a top dollar price tag but the quality and usefulnes of their products means they will last. TT gear is a bit of an investment and good for your back.

  • Andrionni

    January 22, 2009 10:47 am

    Six mile forestwalk. I'd need to keep hydrated on that with a camelpak. That bag doesn't look like it'll help with that.

    My hunt for a rugged daypack/hiking/camera bag hybrid continues.

  • Sime

    January 22, 2009 09:21 am

    Hey there, Tanya. I'd love to hear what you think! : Chuck one on, fill it up and go wandering around WPPI?!

    They have SO many amazing bags, I'm sure you'll find one that suits.

    Good luck!

    Sime

  • joe

    January 22, 2009 09:17 am

    looks like a great bag, but it's $179! Why must camera bags be so expensive?

  • Tanya Plonka

    January 22, 2009 09:05 am

    Great review.... I think this is the bag I've been looking for! I'll have to try one on at their booth at WPPI... sure, you say it's comfortable, but for a skinny girl with all her gear on her back it could be a little different ;)

  • Sime

    January 22, 2009 07:49 am

    I forgot to mention, Phil, The Streetwalker has the tripod "holder" but also has two sets of straps, one mid way down the bag and one set at the top (both removable) to look after pretty much any tripod you care to wander about with.

    I'm pretty heavy on the zips... I took her along to a rally the other day, and as I only have one body was ripping the top open frequently and "with gusto" to swap out lenses... I broke two zips on my *other* bag in the first week - the thinkTANK is bullet proof...

    Hope this helps.

    Sime

  • Philip Downer

    January 22, 2009 07:45 am

    Looks sweet, and I'm in the market for a good camera bag right now. Only thing that I wish it had was some outside straps to pack on a small tripod.

    How's the durability and seams overall?

    Good to hear it's pretty weatherproof too as that was one of my main concerns.

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