Think Tank Shape Shifter 17 V2 Review, Pros and Cons

Think Tank Shape Shifter 17 V2 is rated 4.26 based on 38 reviews

Feature Summary

Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 Backpack (Black)
  • Fits 1-2 DSLRs (gripped or un-gripped), 3-4 lenses (detached), 17" laptop, up to a 12" or 13" tablet, plus personal effects. Example 1: Canon 1Dx 5D MII with battery grip, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8, MacBook Pro 15, and iPad Pro. Example 2: Nikon D810, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8 macro, MacBook Pro 15, and Surface Pro 3
  • Compresses to three inches in depth when gear is removed
  • Neoprene pockets and wrap for cameras, lenses or personal items
  • Holds a full assortment of photo gear, tripod, 17" laptop and a full size tablet
  • Exterior Dimensions when Expanded: 20" H x 12.5" W x 7" D" (51 x 32 x 18 cm), Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20" H x 12.5 W" x 3" D (51 x 32 x 8 cm), Laptop Compartment Interior Dimensions: 19" H x 12" W x 1.5" D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm), Tablet Compartment: 10.2" W x 12.2" H x 0.6" D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm), Smartphone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1" W x 4.7" H x 1.6" D (18 x 12 x 2 cm), Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs (2.1kg)

Reviews Summary

Here’s what the reviewers think about the Think Tank Shape Shifter 17 V2:

Reviewers like these things about the Think Tank Shape Shifter 17 V2

  • Many users thought it’s the perfect bag for photojournalists, street or event shooters.
  • Others said it looks natural, making it less detectable by thieves.
  • Many reviewers are amazed with how it is able to pack a lot of stuff.
  • A lot of users appreciate the presence of a variety of compartments and dividers for all their accessories.
  • Some reviewers thought the bag looks sleek without looking like they’re carrying loads of camera gear.
  • A number of users find its build quality and functionality terrific.
  • Many owners said it’s nice on the back and the shoulder strap comfort level is definitely there.
  • A lot of users love how the thick padding helps carry the weight that goes along with pack full of gear.
  • Some owners noted it’s quite accessible even when on the move.
  • Many users are surprised with how comfortable the pack is, even when fully loaded.
  • One user said that the durability of the material is simply fantastic.
  • Others particularly like the placement of the pockets.
  • Some reviewers thought the interior pouches do a great job at holding the bodies and lenses securely.
  • Many users thought its collapsable feature makes it a one-of-a-kind camera bag.
  • Others said it has excellent engineering and design.
  • Many reviewers find it light, easy to handle and managable.

Reviewers don’t like these things

  • Other users wished it had a dedicated water bottle pocket.
  • Some users find the pocket too small and shallow.

Selected Reviews

The Phoblographer

This is, without a doubt, my new favorite bag.

Posted 29 July 2011 by Mike – Read full review

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