The Think Tank Speed Freak V2.0 Bag is hybrid shoulder bags/belt packs designed for photographers who value versatile and ergonomic camera bags. First and foremost a contoured shoulder bag, the Speed Convertibles keep photo gear readily accessible. The wide opening flip-top design hinges away from the body to quickly work in and out of the bag. As a shoulder bag, the Speed Convertibles offer lasting zippers, a secondary main compartment entry and multiple pockets for little accessories. A cushioned shoulder strap with a long division of padding maximizes ease while carrying the bag in dissimilar positions.To adjust a Speed Convertible bag as a belt pack, deploy the integrated waist belt which is conveniently concealed in two zippered pockets on either side. Fastening the flexible belt around the waist provides better stability while walking, exceptionally when applied in tandem with the included shoulder strap. Fastening the flexible belt around the waist provides better stability while walking, particularly when employed in tandem with the included shoulder strap. The waist belt likewise features Modular rail sections for attaching Modular, Skin or Multimedia parts to increase gear carrying capacity as needed.
- Brand: Think Tank
- Model: 0406
- Dimensions: 4.10 pounds
- Carries a popular size DSLR with 2-3 zoom lenses. Fits a 70-200 f2.8 isolated from camera, lens hood reversed
- Main compartment opens wide and the lid folds away from the body for easy access to gear. The Speed Convertibles without apparent effort fit dissimilar types of DSLR cameras and lenses
- Can be worn either as a shoulder bag or as a belt pack with the Think Tank convertible system
- The integrated waist belt “disappears” by tucking into zippered side pockets. This distinguishable convertible scheme is designed to denigrate bulkiness while carrying the Speed Freak V2.0 as a shoulder bag
- Back side shown with integrated belt totally tucked away
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Great got better
By Bob Tobias
The original Speed Freak (V1) was my go to bag for any event work I do. It was comfortable, held as much stuff as I needed with plenty of room to spare, was very well laid out, built like a tank, and didn’t look at all large or cumbersome. Version 2 (V2) makes some things better and simplifies others.
I’ll provide a video comparison shortly and wanted to post the text now when it might do the most good.
The big differences are:
– Waist belt: V1 had a rather bulky belt with both halves tucked into a pocket in the back of the bag. V2 has a thinner belt that tucks into separate Velcro and zipper sealed pockets along the sides. (Zippers hold the pockets closed when the belt is stowed and Velcro when it’s in use. That gives you two more usable pockets.) The result is the V2 bag is considerably thinner when the belt is stowed. The V2 belt also more comfortable, conforms better to my waist, and makes for a better and more secure fit.
– Shoulder strap: V2 adds some anti-slip material. Also, the V2 buckles are “beefier” and much easier to adjust.
– Interior padding: V1 allowed you to remove a layer of padding (which I always did to get additional space). V2 has it permanently attached. However, the padding that is permanently attached is a bit denser than with V1 and there are less layers of material since the Velcro needed to hold the V1 removable lining in place is eliminated. The result is the internal volume of the V2 bag with padding is about the same as the V1 bag without.
– The two end pockets on the V1 are mesh and solid material with the V2. The result is with the V2 nobody sees what you have there. For me it’s usually a lens cap and a light meter.
– The top zipper that runs across the top and which many people don’t understand is still there. It’s one of the best features of the bag. Please indulge me while I explain. It’s not meant to allow you to move a camera in and out of the bag, something I’ve seen complaints about. (Grammar, who needs it ) What it does do is allow you to change lenses while the top flap remains closed.
– Zipper pulls are plastic tabs instead of knotted cord. (OK, this isn’t a “big difference”.)
If you already have a V1 all this may not be reason enough to “upgrade”. And unfortunately because of they way they build these things (like tanks) your old bag isn’t likely to wear out any time soon. However, if you are looking for a versatile mid-sized bag with lots of features and were on the fence before, these changes may be enough to sway your opinion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Better became the Best
By Dave M. Jardine
This is my first Think Tank purchase. I twisted and twisted on if i should spend this much on another bag, but being the proud owner of a closet full of camera bags by Lowepro, Crumpler and Domke, i gave in and gave them a try.
My first impression was WOW.
Then i realised that the people who made this bag thinks about what they are going to make, and taught alot about the photographer that is going to use it.
The quality and craftsman ship on this bag is outstanding, and actually makes it look as if it is as strong as a tank.
So this bag manufacture deserves to call themselves Think Tank.
It was a pleasure to see that it can comfortably fit my
In the centre – Nikon D300s with 17-55 lens attached, hood reversed.
to the left side – Nikon 70-300 vr lens and sb900 flash.
to the right side – Nikon 35 lens ans Sigma 8-16.
The only negative i found on this bag is that it made all my other bags oboslete.
Its the best of two worlds
A shoulder bag for accessability, with a built in waist strap for security and comfort.
UPDATE 21st july 2011
FWIW even with the same stuff listed above in the bag, the D300s with grip fits. the bag will loose its kidney shape, but will still close comfortably.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
THE RENAISSANCE OF DSLR BAGS
Are you serious? I had a Lowepro bag for about a year now till I decided to spend some money on the Thinktank brand since many photographers seem to love it. I have to tell you that I will be nearly impossible for me to go with a different brand. The engineering that goes into the Thinktank bags is exceptional.
Thinktank thinks of everything and on top of that they throw in a rain cover for every bag. The material is strong and feels very professional. Attention to detail is what photographers are known for, and the Thinktank brand brings it in their bags.
The speed freak v2 is just what I was looking for; I usually carry it on my waist, and I remove the shoulder strap. Inside the bag in the center I have a Canon 60D with a Canon 24-70 L 2.8 hood reverse, on the left of the camera a Sigma 70-200 hood reverse with a lens collard, on the right of the camera a Canon 430EX Flash and a Rocket Air Blaster (Large), in the front I have a few filters and a battery charger. To the belt I attached a Benro Travel Angel tripod A0690T. There is more room on the side pockets and more space in the belt for attachments, but I want to move light so my set up works for me.
The ease of access and the weight distribution to the hips makes this bag the perfect solution for a long day of shooting. Yes the price seems high if you never had a Thinktank bag, but once you buy it you will never buy another brand.
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