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Jul 09, 2014 20:25 |  #1

I've got backpacks and shoulder bags. I'm looking for a waist pack type of bag. I've identified two, a thinkTANK Speed Freak and a Mountainsmith Tour FX which appear to be the roughly the same size but I don't know if there are others some would recommend.

I want it to hold a Fuji X-T1 with a VG-XT1 battery grip. The body with grip also has a Really Right Stuff L-bracket so in width and height the body is ~5.5 x 5.5 inches. With a typical Fuji prime from front to back the camera and lens is about 4.5 to 5 inches.

Also want to hold at least two other lenses, possibly three.

I know the build quality of the thinkTANK bags, I own quite a few. A close friend uses Mountainsmith for his real hiking and also says they are really well built. Which to chose really comes down to their real functionality will they work for me. Unfortunately neither bag is available locally.

Looking for help/ Thanks in advance. Steve


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Jul 11, 2014 00:00 |  #2

The one I use isn't made anymore. It's similar to the Lowepro Beltpacks
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Bags/ci/4338/N/​4291080223 (external link)

There's the Tamrac belt in Post #68.
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Jul 11, 2014 07:31 |  #3

swldstn wrote in post #17021864 (external link)
I've got backpacks and shoulder bags. I'm looking for a waist pack type of bag. I've identified two, a thinkTANK Speed Freak and a Mountainsmith Tour FX which appear to be the roughly the same size but I don't know if there are others some would recommend.

I want it to hold a Fuji X-T1 with a VG-XT1 battery grip. The body with grip also has a Really Right Stuff L-bracket so in width and height the body is ~5.5 x 5.5 inches. With a typical Fuji prime from front to back the camera and lens is about 4.5 to 5 inches.

Also want to hold at least two other lenses, possibly three.

I know the build quality of the thinkTANK bags, I own quite a few. A close friend uses Mountainsmith for his real hiking and also says they are really well built. Which to chose really comes down to their real functionality will they work for me. Unfortunately neither bag is available locally.

Looking for help/ Thanks in advance. Steve

I have the older mountainsmith tour FX that I bought and never used. I'll take it back out of the closet and take a look but from memory I remember being able to fit my Nikon D300 and 70-200 2.8 separately and still have room for another 1-2 lenses but it all fit. Since the fujis are smaller and if you stack them, they should all fit. I can post pictures of the bag later tonight if you want. BTW, If you're interested I can sell it for cheap since I'm not even using this bag and it's new with tags on it. PM me if you're interested.


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Jul 11, 2014 08:59 |  #4

I have a lowepro inverse 200 sitting on a shelf in the basement- it's a nice bag, and would hold what you are looking for, I just never got into the waist bag, so I don't use it. I'll probably be selling it in a week or so when I do my cleanup down there.




  
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Jul 11, 2014 19:45 |  #5

I've tried Kata Waistpack, Think Tank Speed Racer V.2 (same as the Speed Freak except larger capacity) and Think Tank Belt system. I sold Kata Waistpack and I use Speed Racer V.2 for public events. When it comes to outdoor shooting, though, such as birding or hiking, I exclusively go to the TT Belt system along with the Cotton Carrier Vest. You haven't mentioned what USE you have in mind. If it's for hiking, then I definitely wouldn't recommend TT Speed Freak. I'd recommend the TT Belt system, instead. If it's for public events, then I'd recommend either the Speed Freak (if the capacity is deemed enough) or its larger version, the Speed Racer.



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Jul 14, 2014 05:18 |  #6

I have the Think Tank Change-Up and really like using it when I don't care how geeky I look :lol: I really like the versatility of being able to use it as a shoulder bag, and how it fits into a regular backpack or carry-on luggage. I think it actually has more interior capacity than the Speed Freak, but it is lighter and overall smaller. Using one or both of the shoulder straps really helps to stabilize the pack when it's fully loaded up. Here's a picture of me using it in Cambodia, with a Skin 50 attached:

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Jul 14, 2014 13:03 |  #7

PhotosGuy wrote in post #17024311 (external link)
There's the Tamrac belt in Post #68.
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Jul 15, 2014 18:57 |  #8

I love my Think Tank Speed Freak!




  
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