07 Oct Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter V2.0 Review

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The Think Tank Shape Shifter series is one of Think Tank Photo’s most popular thanks to its ability to expand and contract to suit the amount of gear you are carrying. The original Shape Shifter came out in 2009 and was recently updated to Version 2.0, which features a handful of improvements over the previous model.

Though I’m not new to Think Tank Photo products, I admit that I never had the chance to try out the original Shape Shifter backpack. As such, I’ll be giving all the bag’s features, both new and old, equal importance rather than just focusing on the new features and drawing direct comparisons between Version 2.0 and the original.

Who is the Shape Shifter for?

Designed for travelling photographers who are always on the go, the Shape Shifter 15” can expand to accommodate up to 4 mirrorless cameras, 3 lenses, a 15” laptop and a large tablet, or contract to a mere 8cm in depth for those times you wish to keep a low profile or when you’re using your gear instead of transporting it.

The Shape Shifter compressed The Shape Shifter expanded

There is also a larger version which will accommodate a 17” laptop and even more photography gear but since our focus is the mirrorless niche, I requested the smaller 15” version to review.

Keeping it thin

A unique characteristic of the Shape Shifter is the dual zipper. The first gives you access to the main compartment,

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