Think Tank Photo is a U.S.-based manufacturer of camera bags, cases and accessories designed for use by professional and advanced amateur photographers. Think Tank Photo recently launched their new Mirrorless Mover line of shoulder bags that are designed to accommodate mirrorless cameras such as the Fuji X-Pro 1, Leica M series, or small non-mirrorless DSLR cameras like the Canon Rebel. The Mirrorless Mover 30i is Think Tank Photo’s largest camera bag in the Mirrorless Mover line. One of the unique features of the 30i is that it has a pocket specifically designed to hold an iPad.
Front of the Bag
The following photo shows the front of the Mirrorless Mover 30i camera bag as well as the padded non-slip shoulder strap. You can see the hand strap at the top of the bag which allows you to easily move the bag around without having to use the shoulder strap. On the top left of the bag are the zippers to access the main compartment. The entire section below the hand strap is a magnetic closure flap that lifts up to reveal the secondary zippered pocket.
The left side pocket is stretchable.
Here is the stretchable pocket holding a 25-ounce water bottle.
The following photo shows the right side pocket. It does not stretch out like the left side pocket does. This pocket can hold a small umbrella.
Belt Loop Attachment
The belt loop attachment allows you to attach the bag to a belt or a Think Tank belt.
The following photo shows the main compartment unzipped. The back of the bag is on the left side of the photograph. Here you can see there is a pocket holding an iPad with a Smart Cover attached. In front of the iPad are three dividers creating four compartments. In the compartments I have a Panasonic GH2 with 20mm lens attached, a Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens attached, a 35mm Fujinon lens, and an eyeglass case.
In the following photo I have removed the cameras from the bag. You can see the three adjustable dividers and how they attach to the bag via velcro. If you own a non-mirrorless small DSLR like a Nikon D3200 or Canon Rebel you can easily adjust the dividers to accommodate it. The divider with the blue lining is unlike the other two dividers. This divider has a pouch in it, as well as two SD card holders on its side. In this photo I have placed a cell phone inside the blue divider.
Here is a close-up of the blue divider and its two SD card pockets.
On the lid of the bag is a mesh pocket that closes using a small strip of velcro. I have placed two spare camera batteries into this pocket. The only problem with this pocket is that when the lid falls all the way back, the batteries could slide out of the sides where there is no velcro.
Flip-Top Lid with Magnetic Closure
Covering the front zippered pocket is a flip-top lid that automatically secures to the front pocket using a magnetic closure. The two circles on the front zippered pocket are magnets. These magnets connect to two magnets that are embedded into the flip-top lid. The magnetic closure allows you to access the front zippered pocket without the sound of ripping velcro. This can be good or bad depending on the situation. For example, it’s good when you’re in a church and don’t want to make any noise. However, it’s bad if you’re on a crowded subway and want some kind of audible indication that someone is trying to get into your bag.
Front Zippered Pocket
The front zippered pocket contains two pockets and one large storage area.
Inside the zippered pocket is a rain cover that attaches via velcro to a red loop right under the zipper closure. The rain cover comes folded and stored inside the left pouch pocket.
Here is a photo showing the rain cover on the bag. The rain cover works great when you have the bag set down somewhere.
However, as soon as you pick up the bag by the straps, the straps pull the rain cover up and it starts coming off the bag.
What We Like
- Made for Mirrorless Cameras – Fits mirrorless cameras and small DSLRs perfectly.
- Well Made – The materials that are used are of high quality.
- Wide Shoulder Strap – The shoulder strap distributes the weight of the bag evenly across your shoulder.
- Pocket Divider – SD cards are small and get lost easily. So it’s great to have a divider that can hold two SD cards. We also like that the divider has a pouch that can hold a cell phone or similar-sized object.
- Stretchable Side Pocket – A stretchable pocket allows a wide variety of items to be stored in it. We like it because it easily holds a water bottle.
What We Don’t Like
Rain Cover Comes Off When the Bag is Picked Up by the Shoulder Strap
Although the rain cover works, it only works if you are not holding the bag by the strap. Holding the bag by the strap causes the rain cover to pull up and off the bag, making it useless. Why can’t there be holes in the rain cover where the shoulder strap clips can go through to clip onto the bag? That way you can leave the rain cover on the bag while holding the bag.
Mesh Pocket on the Lid Doesn’t Close Completely
The mesh pocket on the lid of the bag has a small strip of velcro that keeps just a small part of the pocket closed. This pocket is supposed to be for small items like batteries and the like. However, if the lid falls far enough forward, those small items could fall right out of the pocket where there is no velcro. It would have been nice if the velcro traveled the length of the pocket. They could have also used a zipper in place of the velcro to allow the pocket to fully close and keep the contents from falling out.
As of the time of this review, Think Tank Photo is selling the bag for $69.75.
If you own a mirrorless camera or small DSLR and are looking for a camera bag that holds an iPad, then this is a bag that you should consider purchasing. However, if you’re going to be carrying the bag into a crowded environment or somewhere that is known for pickpockets, then I would consider looking for a camera bag with some anti-theft features.
If security is important to you, take a look at our review of the Travelon Anti-Theft Tour Bag. Although it’s not a properly padded camera bag with dividers like the Mirrorless Mover 30i is, it does fit a mirrorless camera, a couple lenses, and an iPad.