Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 with Elinchrom Flash

It's amazing what can be packed into some bags with a little thought. I've been using the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 as a day-to-day bag for 3 or 4 years now. As with all Think Tank Photo products it's exceptionally well made* and the layout thought through.

The kit illustrated in the image above is as exactly as packed when I travelled to London in 2012 with a group of local photographers to meet Charlie Waite, landscape photographer, author, founder of Landscape Photographer of the Year in UK & US and just a really decent sort of guy.

What's in the bag?

Less is more leaving me unencumbered by kit and consequently weight, but allowing me to concentrate on getting the shot.

The Elinchrom 56cm Portalite Octa soft box is a compact, lightweight and versatile piece of kit giving you a diffuse light source or even more diffuse light with a deflector in place. A beauty dish if you use a deflector and remove the from diffuser or remove the deflector and you have a very wide hard light.

From the top of frame, clockwise from left:

  1. Canon 5D MkII with 85mm ƒ/1.8 prime lens
  2. Elinchrom 56cm Portalite Octa soft box for RQ heads, plus connecting rod for deflectors (see below)
  3. Elinchrom Quadra Ranger pack & old style lead acid battery
  4. White & silver deflectors, 2'x2' sheet Rosco ½ CTS Grid Cloth, C47 wooden clothes pegs/pins
  5. Canon 35mm ƒ/2 prime lens - a compromise between weight/size and speed
  6. Elinchrom 2.5m Quadra lead & adaptor plate for the 56cm Octa
  7. 1420 VAL Spigot prototype
  8. Elinchrom RQ A head with Wilson Cap from The Flash Centre
  9. Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 shoulder bag - the bag features here is he original, not V2.0
It doesn't sound a lot, but the two lenses on full frame would cover my needs for this particular assignment. OK, there is no contingency kit but sometimes sense prevails - i.e. I was travelling by train to London during the afternoon/evening rush hours so didn't want or need to be burdened by my normal wheeled case with bag strapped on top!

Even with this inventory in the bag, there is still room for personal bits and pieces including an iPad, phone, water bottle(s) in the stretch pockets either end of the bag, or even a Speedlite etc if you're brave enough to go for a two light rig.

The 56cm Octa sits snugly in the rear outside pocket of the bag.

In the main compartment fit the Quadra head under the camera separated by a padded divider with the camera and lens wrapped in black protective fleece. It's not exactly a tight fit either.

There is sufficient space for the C47s, grid cloth & deflectors to slide between the bag & Quadra pack.

The 56cm Octa adaptor plate, Quadra lead and 35mm lens (wrapped in black fleece) and the prototype 1420 VAL Spigot neatly slip in to one of the expanding front pockets, leaving the other empty.

With care the Quadra lead may be coiled and the 56cm Octa adaptor plate sits within the coils with the lens inside the adaptor plate offering protection from knocks in transit.

That's it for now, don't forget to read about behind the scenes for the image of Charlie Waite.

Elinchrom flash is available from The Flash Centre. Email Simon Burfoot or call Brian Collier at the Birmingham branch.

Think Tank Photo bags ware available from many suppliers worldwide.

The 1420 VAL Spigot is available from selected retailers in the UK and direct from me for US or UK customers.

If you're serious about your photographic lighting then maybe The LIGHT Side Facebook group will interest you. It's about all things to do with light and lighting. TLS is a closed group so someone will need to add you or you'll need to send a request to be added. It's a friendly group, with a degree of humour and some great photographers willing to share and contribute.

* The friction material on some TTP shoulder straps is susceptible to wear rendering the anti-slip properties useless!


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