10 years of ThinkTankPhoto : Best Camera Bags in the Biz

Technical Image Press Association Names Think Tank Photo’s 10th Anniversary
Airport International™ LE Classic Rolling Camera Case 2015 “Best Photo Bag”

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Seems like only yesterday that I was walking the lanes of PhotoPlus Expo in NYC and saw a sea of black bags, with a company name I had never heard of. ThinkTank Photo.
Aside from being very nice guys in the booth, and all of the bags being black, the stuff all looked incredibly well made. I had always used one other brand for soft bags and one for the hard shipping.
After some discussions, and making one of the early videos with them that I ever posted for this site, I learned that the bags were designed by pros. Real photographers with input that had purpose. The folks who knew what you needed, because they needed it. I use the gear daily. Made perfect sense. Still does.
And after years of developing great useful products of all of us, they realized it had been 10 years of being in business.

I raise a toast to this group: two designers, Doug Murdoch and Mike Sturm, and two photographers, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Kurt Rogers. Deanne Fitzmaurice won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism in 2005. Thanks for making the best stuff I’ve ever used!

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Now, My Airport International is still going strong and has traveled around the world with me many times, so i may not pick up this special edition. If you don’t have one, this may the time to pull the trigger and get the best carry-on camera bag around!

And the official release:

SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – The Technical Image Press Association recently named Think Tank Photo’s 10th anniversary edition Airport International™ LE Classic rolling camera case 2015’s best photo bag. The TIPA awards are given to the best products in their category that have come on the market in the year preceding the election.
In naming the Airport International™ LE Classic “Best Photo Bag” TIPA wrote: “The roller photo case is specially designed for photographers who need to bring a lot of equipment in the aircraft. The bag has been approved as a carryon and offers space for several cameras, lenses and a 15 or 17 “laptop. The outside of the bag is equipped with water-repellent fabric and protected strips.”
TIPA Awards are independently voted on by TIPA’s General Assembly every year. TIPA membership comprises 28 leading photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents, and also has a cooperative partnership with the CJPC (Camera Journal Press Club), representing 11 top photography magazines in Japan.

Think Tank Photo developed the Airport International™ LE Classic in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its founding.
“The Airport International™ LE Classic is most definitely a limited edition bag. In celebration of our founding 10 years ago in my garage, we have added such one-time highlights as full-grain leather accents and panels,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s founder and lead designer. “The roller is extremely useful for wedding and commercial photographers who need quick access to their gear and who are concerned about gear security while shooting remotely.”
The Airport International™ LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.
It accommodates up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses, two gripped DSLR camera bodies, and other photography accessories. TSA approved combination locks secure the main compartment zipper sliders.
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ABOUT THINK TANK
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank is a group of designers focused on studying how people work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign

Lynn Goldsmith : Streets Of NYC @ Morrison Hotel Gallery

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One thing you have to love about New York City is the incredible amount of quality photography at any given time.
While Upper East Side has AIPAD right now, Soho, and Morrison Hotel Gallery in particular, has some of the best portraits of the rock world you will ever see, by Lynn Goldsmith.
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AIPAD @35: A Return To Photographic Essence

The Park Avenue Armory in NYC is now showing the 35th year of the Association of International Photographic Art Dealers, and this year is spectacular!
With a first pass along the perimeter and the lanes, the showing of 89 different dealers photo dealers in this elegant space felt like an overall return to a greater sense of the classic sense of photography.
2 years ago we saw dealers searching for a voice in a new world, it seemed.
Last year was a cacophony of imagery that must not have found it’s mark with collectors.
I say that because the feeling this year is more like smooth, quality, jazz, with a respect to traditional photography, beautiful presentations of mid-century work, and a nod to the brand new in fewer galleries. The new work is still there, but not as brash as before.

Speaking about the presentations, there is a holistic feeling to the show, where the work shines. This year, there are more privacy coves within the displays, so you get a better sense of being alone with the work. Brilliant!

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Now the work: It opens with a walk past some Annie Leibowitz photographs that you may not expect. No person appears in them.
Go around the corner and you’ll see massive new print from Alex Soth. Again, new work by a current master, from an emerging series. Fresh.
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Nikon J5 – Update On the Compact Coming Soon

Nikon has announced the next generation in their mirrorless One series. The J5 is on its way.
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They know their customers and have continued to deliver a camera that does just what they want.
This series has proven to be a star performer in the Asian market but has been a little slower going in the US.
Not quite sure why.
With a simplicity of operation, and a small footprint, this camera is the perfect performer to capture a families lives, without the sometimes perceived complexity of a DSLR. Even at the beginner level of DSLRs I have hear too many folks say that it is too much camera for them, and they retreat to a smartphone. The things they’ll miss is a shame
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This J5 camera has a shooting frame rate that will get that incredible moment in the young athletes life, for instance. When she throws that blazing fastball, you’ll be covered. 20 frames a second should get that precise moment. And it’s 20.8 MP 1″ sensor should get the quality you want. Or switch to video mode.
You want to shoot the important moments no matter where you are. Or what the light is like.
Nikon’s famous for their low light capability in all of the product line, and that experience is in this camera with an ISO range from 160-12,800.
With NFC and built in Wi-Fi via Nikon’s Snapbridge, you can share the magic, pretty darn fast. Get your instagram game stronger than ever.
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OK, you’ve seen way too many selfie sticks, right? The LCD on this camera flips up 180º.
Small size, interchangable lenses, wi-fi, and the rest?
Look like the right choice for the family camera. And with that pocket size, and solid optics could it be a discrete street shooter?
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David Douglas Duncan : My 20th Century

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We are lucky to have some of the photographic masters still with us. I say      that, because photography is still a relatively young medium, and it’s    prevalence in our lives came to be within the last century.
One if the finest photojournalists and war photographers is David Douglas  Duncan, and at age 99, has put together his final book, My 20th Century  Here is an interview with him, on the occasion of the publication.

While filled with his iconic images of World War II and Vietnam, most recently I was re-aquainted with his work with Picasso.

By knocking on this door, he forged a relationship with the artist and his companion, Jacqueline.

This past fall, there was an encompassing exhibit called  Picasso and Jacqueline at the PAce Gallery in NYC. TWhen you arrived , the first rooms walls were filled with the images of the couple , made by David Douglas Duncan.

That started a whole new appreciation of the photographer for me.

His intimacy and access with photojournalistic subjects during wartime, was played out in the apparent friendship, and record of a couples life and love for one another.

He now lives in the south of France.

Back to the book.

When I moved from California to NYC, I left about 90 boxes of books in storage, and have a real love for the well made photobook.

There is something happening in the world of photobooks these days, however.

I’m not sure if the advent of tablets and the possibility of looking at images on a retina screen is the way we are going.

What I do know is that I wish the current crop of photobooks were larger. Like this one.

It does give you a taste of this giants work. There are a few too many mages, full bleed, over 2 pages. My pet peeve is photographs that get spread over 2 pages, destroying the intent of the whole image. Either make the image smaller or the book bigger.

You see, this is why I think about the download of a photo book. No photos stuck in the gutter of a book. Better.

This is an important book, especially since it was overseen by the photographer himself. At a cost of $19 at Amazon you can’t go wrong. But I’d do a downloaded version, if available.

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