REVIEW – Think Tank Photo Turnstyle 20 Camera Bag

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen some of my tweets about the new bags released recently by Think Tank Photo, one of these bags is the TurnStyle 20. The 20 is the largest of three bags in the TurnStyle range, with the smaller 5 and 10 also available.

 

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The TurnStyle 20 is an over the shoulder backpack which has been designed in a way that you can access the bag without taking it off. You simply sling it around your body/torso and you have direct access. Its a very clever design, and the feature is extremely convenient.

I’ve tested and used Think Tank Photo bags for a few years now and every time I get my hands on a new bag I am always pleasantly surprised. The TurnStyle 20 is typical Think Tank Photo. Its extremely well built – only the best materials including high quality nylon and solid YKK zippers. Its well designed – small and compact but has plenty of room for a DSLR and lenses, and an iPad. Its low key – no big flashy logos screaming ‘Im a camera bag with expensive gear inside – steal me’.

The TurnStyle 20 is perfect for one DSLR body, 2 or 3 lenses (depending what lenses your putting in the bag…..for instance, 3 lenses with a 70-200 would be very tight), some accessories, and an iPad / iPad Mini. Basically it will fit everything you need for a good photo walk or weekend away. If you have lot of gear the TurnStyle 20 isn’t designed to be your dedicated camera bag, for that Think Tank Photo has you covered with its larger bags. But for short trips where you only need a couple of lenses its a perfect choice.

If your looking for a bag to use with your Micro Four Thirds system or a Fuji X100 / Fuji X-E1 (or similar), I would recommend the smaller TurnStyle 5 or 10. I will caveat that recommendation with the fact that I haven’t used either of the smaller models, but I found the TurnStyle 20 to be a little too big for my Fuji X-E1 and associated lenses. There was a little too much room in the bag for the smaller system and it wasn’t as snug / secured in the bag. The TurnStyle 5 or 10 should work very nicely with the smaller Fuji system (if and when I test the 5 or 10 out I’ll let you know whether my prediction is correct).

 

The Pro’s and Con’s

I really like the TurnStyle 20, so much so that at times I even used the TurnStyle over my Retrospective 10 shoulder bag. And thats a big statement because to me, the Retro 10 is the best camera bag I have ever used. Period. The pro’s for the TurnStyle 20 are:

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  • Very functional design – sling function (side access) is fantastic
  • Build quality is typical Think Tank Photo – second to none!
  • No flashy logos, colours or designs that invite would be thief’s to take a liking to your bag
  • The perfect day trip / weekend away camera bag
  • Very comfortable to wear with weight well distributed even though it sits on one shoulder

Now for the cons (and I really had to search hard to find some):

  • No locking mechanism on the main compartment zipper. I would have liked the main zipper to have the metal looks which interlock and allow you to use a small padlock. Whilst this isn’t a big issue, it provides peace of mind if your using it in crowded areas (ie when overseas on holidays)
  • Limited back ventilation. The back of the bag might have benefited from some air ventilation channels to allow for better air ventilation

In Summary

Overall I really like the Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 20, and its a bag that I will be using regularly in the future. If you need a well build bag for that day trip or short holiday and you only need to house a couple of lenses and one DSRL body, you should try this bag out. If you want a bag for a smaller system, check out the TurnStyle 5 or 10.

You can pick up the TurnStyle or any other TTP bag direct from Think Tank Photo

If you’ve got your own view on the TurnStyle 20 or any other Think Tank Photo bag I would love to hear your thoughts on it. You can:

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Note:  All photos are copyright of Think Tank Photo.

February 25, 2014 - 1:51 PM

Tomasz Gregorczyk - Very well put Karen!

February 25, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Tomasz Gregorczyk - I still love my Retro bag Rosco…its probably my favourite, but thats not taking away from the TurnStyle…its a veryy different bag.

February 25, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Tomasz Gregorczyk - Hi Teddy,
It would be a tight fit with the grip. You could make it work, but it would depend on what lens you have attached. You might be better off with a slightly larger bag if your looking to fit the 5D with a grip.
Cheers

February 25, 2014 - 1:48 PM

Tomasz Gregorczyk - Im with you Carl….would look good in my opinion. I havent seen any red bags in the TTP range however…seems more of a Lowepro thing.

February 25, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Tomasz Gregorczyk - Hi Raymond,
I cant speak for the Loewpro that you have, but the staps are great on the Turnstyle 20. Very comfortable and secure.

February 25, 2014 - 1:46 PM

Tomasz Gregorczyk - Your spot on Dennis!

February 11, 2014 - 5:05 AM

Karen Kelvie - I am thinking the Turnstyle 20 in blue slate would be subtle enough to not scream photo, but easier to find in a dark cave, trunk, or room — and large enough to allow for rapid packing instead of requiring contemplation as to what is the bare minimum for a particular shoot. The Turnstyle 20 looks as if it invites us to return to photography for the sheer spontaneous joy of it.

February 11, 2014 - 3:19 AM

dennis gray - Looks like very flexible bag for shooting on the go!!! Great second bag to supplement the large roller.

February 10, 2014 - 9:40 PM

James D - I’d love to have the TurnStyle 20 in the gray and blue.

February 10, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Raymond Lara - I’ve had a Lowepro and have had to keep tension with one hand on the strap to prevent it from slipping which steered me away from sling bags. This one has a wide strap that looks more secure. I like to use the mini carabiners on the zippers to prevent accidental drifting, and some degree of security against it being opened in a crowd…

February 10, 2014 - 5:26 PM

Carl - I would like to see Red & Black

February 10, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Teddy - Hi Tomasz,

Thanks for your review of this bag. Would you know if a 5DMkII with grip would fit in the bag? I’m looking for a bag like this, but non seem to be portable enough to hold that camera with a grip.

thanks again

February 10, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Rosco - I have a Retro 10 and feel exactly the same way about how fantastic it is. The idea that something could rival that is very exciting, though! I’d love to see this bag in person.

January 6, 2014 - 1:59 PM

admin - Hi Louise,
Thanks for letting me know!
Cheers
Tom

January 6, 2014 - 1:51 PM

admin - Hi
I haven’t used Lowepro’s version of this style of backpack…I do know they have one similar but I can’t comment on it. What I can say is that TTP is my camera bag of choice due to their quality, durability and design. I’ve had many years of solid performance from all my TTP bags – for this reason alone I would go the Turnstyle.

January 5, 2014 - 12:08 PM

Fred Rickson - Hi
Would you recommend the TurnStyle 20 over the Loewpro (sorry I cant remember the model name…)?
Thanks
Fred Rickson

January 4, 2014 - 6:48 AM

Louise F - I have the smaller 10 and it fits my Olympus OEM and lenses perfectly.

Great review. Keep them coming!

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