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Review: Think Tank Digital Holster 30 V2.0

 
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Jan 16, 2014 17:09 |  #1

When I was considering the Think Tank Digital Holster 30 V2.0 as a possible bag to carry my 5D MKIII with the 70-200 f/2.8 or the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 with the hood attached in position, I was disappointed that no reviews of this bag were to be found on the list of the Camera Bag Reviews sticky in POTN. Some folks have been asking me about this holster, too, so I thought I'd offer the review here.

Think Tank Digital Holster 30 V2.0 is a part of the Think Tank's Modular Component System, and it is one of five in the Digital Holster series. Of the series, the Holster 30 and 50 are the only ones that can carry a DSLR camera with the above mentioned lenses attached with the hood in position. The Holster 40 can also carry either of these lenses but only with the hood reversed.

MATERIALS (from Think Tank website: http://www.thinktankph​oto.com/ (external link))

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 600D polyester, 420D high-density nylon, Ultra Stretch front pocket, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, high-density extruded nylon, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, high-density closed cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

DIMENSIONS

Interior: 7.25" W x 5" H x 11.25-14.25" D (18.4 x 12.7 x 28.6-36.2 cm)
Exterior: 8" W x 5.5" H x 13-16" D (20.3 x 14 x 33-40.6 cm)

WEIGHT: 1.2 lbs (0.6 kg)

WHAT COMES WITH THE HOLSTER:

Non-slip should strap
One divider and one flap for covering the camera at the top
Tethered, detachable rain cover
No Rhetoric Warranty

REVIEW:

Upon first unboxing the holster, I knew immediately that I made the right decision in choosing this holster over others. What I definitely didn't want was bulkiness, and this holster was perfect in that regard, not an inch more. I really liked the overall size and the way it felt on my waist. The top quality materials didn't surprise me as I'm not new to Think Tank products. All the external pockets are well thought out and appropriately placed. Let's go over these in pictorial details:

DH30 with the Non-Slip Shoulder Strap

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DH30 with "Pop Down" Extended: The length of the Pop Down portion is exactly the same as the hood, meaning that you can comfortably fit the camera and the 70-200 lens with the reversed hood without extending the Pop Down.
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At the very top is velcroed pocket for business cards and convenient carrying handle
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Top front stretchable sleeve for filters, small notebook, smartphone, etc.
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Bottom front zippered pocket can be used for storing extra batteries and memory cards
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Right side zippered pocket has the lanyarded seam-sealed rain cover. This pocket can also be used for storing extra batteries and memory cards or whatever you need to carry.
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A closer storage view:
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Left side has the integrated side attachment system for connecting a Modular, Skin or Multimedia component to holster:
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Jan 16, 2014 17:10 |  #2

Seen here is one of the Modular Component pouches (Lens Changer 35 V2.0 which I use for my 24-70L and other lenses) on the integrated attachment system:

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Or, something else, like this Gorillapod Focus:
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The bottom Pop Down section has two small loops where I placed keychains:
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Interior compartment:
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With the mid divider for placing a small lens at the bottom and something else on top:
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Top flap for protecting the camera and another pocket underneath the lid:
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With my 5D MKIII with 70-200 f/2.8 with the hood in position. Note the Hoodman Eyecup which adds to the overall length. Also note, too, that it's a snug fit with no extra room all around:
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Someone asked me whether there's enough room left over at the top for placing a neck strap, and the answer is yes even after the top flap. You can also wrap the neck strap around the lens before inserting the gear if that's preferred.
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Jan 16, 2014 17:12 |  #3

DH30 as a part of the Modular Component System: Think Tank Pro Speed Belt V2.0 with the DH30, Think Tank Lens Changer 35 V2.0 and the Think Tank Speed Changer V2.0 There are more components to the system, but I only purchased what I needed.

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DH30 in "Torsopack" Configuration: Here I'm wearing TT Pro Speed Belt V2.0 with the TT Pixel Racing Harness. With the camera inside the holster, my second camera with a smaller lens is ready to shoot using the Peak Design Capture Clip V.2 with a safety tether in place
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DH30 as a waistpack attached to the TT Pro Speed Belt V2.0. Also on the Pro Speed Belt is the Lens Changer 35 V2.0
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My Preferred Configuration (seen here with the TT Speed Changer V2.0). With the DH30 in the back, I find it easiest for my body to carry the load. It offers the greatest comfort, yet when needed, I can simply swing the bag around to my side for quick access to my camera.
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CONCLUSION:

Overall, I'm very pleased with the Think Tank Digital Holster 30 V2.0, especially in its place among other modular components with which I can select and deselect what I want to carry depending on each shooting needs. The quality of the holster is top notch with well thought out design.

A couple of minor things that I'd like to address: 1) Think Tank should have designed the top part of the holster about 1/4" wider so that fingers don't have to grope for the camera when reaching in to pull it out each time, more so if the tripod collar is in place. If there is a camera hand strap or a neck strap in place, then it's much easier to pull the camera out by pulling on the strap. 2) Think Tank should have placed the rain cover with the lanyard at the bottom of the Pop Down rather than inside the side pocket. With the rain cover inside the side of the holster, that particular area was preventing the gear from going in smoothly. I came up with an easy solution by removing the rain cover off of the lanyard in the side pocket and just shoved it down to the bottom of the Pop Down. With the rain cover down at the bottom, it made absolutely no difference in the left over space at the top.

Lastly, the DH30 is NOT for anyone using a grip. The DH50 is specifically designed for the grip users. After having read this review, should you go for the DH50 instead of the DH30 even if you don't use a grip? Well, that's a matter of your own personal preference. While the length on both holsters are the same, the width on the DH50 is about 2.5 inches more than the DH30 at the top. Speaking for myself, I'd much prefer the slimmer DH30 over the bulkier DH50.


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Jan 16, 2014 18:36 |  #4

Thank you for taking the time to compile the extensive review with nice product pics.

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P.S. Sorry to read today of the death(at 89 yrs old) of the “Professor” on Gilligan’s Island (Russell Johnson –actor).


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happy2010 wrote in post #16611517 (external link)
Thank you for taking the time to compile the extensive review with nice product pics.

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P.S. Sorry to read today of the death(at 89 yrs old) of the “Professor” on Gilligan’s Island (Russell Johnson –actor).

He had a good life on Gilligan's Island. I know because I'm the sheriff in the island with now a Big Gun on my belt. RIP, Professor!



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Jan 16, 2014 21:59 |  #6

Amazing review!


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Jan 17, 2014 17:46 |  #7

Thanks, great review! I'll pop a link to this on our facebook page.

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Jan 17, 2014 18:01 as a reply to  @ gtvone's post |  #8

Great review. I appreciate the images because I custom made my own and its nice to see the similarities. The way I wear it is slightly different. I position the bottom belt up just under my ribs. That way the modular parts don't hang down and bump my legs when I'm walking or climbing through the woods. I find the harness perfect for times when you want to have two free hands to catch your balance or something. Being able to slide the units around to the back is perfect because it balances out the weight of your camera on the front. So far I've not had and drawbacks...you even look more like a 'real photographer', people think you are a news reporter.




  
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Jan 17, 2014 19:21 |  #9

This is an EXCELLENT review. Thank you so much for all the detail, pictures and even a measurement of how much room was at the top. This is very very helpful. I'm definitely sold on this now.

My only feedback to Think Tank is that I wish there was a version of this with the "pop-up" section permanently open. I always keep the hood on my lens in "shooting position" even when in storage. So I'd rather have that section permanently extended with a little padding. I understand that the current setup is probably the best compromise for most people though.


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Jan 19, 2014 20:27 |  #10

I have the 20 and 50. I use the 20 for my 5DIII and 24-70. It's snug but fits. Nice and compact. I got the 50 for my 1Dx and 70-200. I rarely use it. I just find it too big. I prefer a flipside.

As for the review, it could be a five page spread in any photography magazine. Except it's better than any review in magazines.




  
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Jan 21, 2014 07:43 |  #11

Thanks, folks, for your kind responses. :D



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agl99 wrote in post #16614128 (external link)
Great review. I appreciate the images because I custom made my own and its nice to see the similarities. The way I wear it is slightly different. I position the bottom belt up just under my ribs. That way the modular parts don't hang down and bump my legs when I'm walking or climbing through the woods. I find the harness perfect for times when you want to have two free hands to catch your balance or something. Being able to slide the units around to the back is perfect because it balances out the weight of your camera on the front. So far I've not had and drawbacks...you even look more like a 'real photographer', people think you are a news reporter.

I had thought about doing the same thing with the belt. I'll have to wait until my first hiking with it when the weather gets warmer.



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Jan 26, 2014 20:50 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #13

I like the way you attached the lens changer to the holster (photo 9). I have the holster but always wished to carry an extra lens with it. Looks like a good solution.
Is it pretty secure that way?


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Perfectly Frank wrote in post #16639664 (external link)
I like the way you attached the lens changer to the holster (photo 9). I have the holster but always wished to carry an extra lens with it. Looks like a good solution.
Is it pretty secure that way?

It is very secure. I have no concern about it whatsoever.



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It is very secure. I have no concern about it whatsoever.

That's good to know, I'll give it a try. Your post & photos are helpful. Thanks for sharing.


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