At first glance, this new model doesn’t appear dramatically different from other full-size camera backpacks. When you take a closer look, though, it’s really quite amazing in the innovation it brings to bag design.
The basics: Think Tank’s Rotation360 ° is big enough to hold a fast 300mm f/2.8 supertele and a pro-class D-SLR, or two, in its upper compartment; a couple of compact lenses and a spare body fit comfortably in the lower compartment.
Need to haul more gear? Expand your storage space by adding a Think Tank “Modulus” (there are at least a dozen) either to the upper half’s side rails or to the waist belt’s rails. Another option: Haul a ton of lenses inside the bag, and attach two SLRs to the shoulder straps. …
Beautifully built, the Rotation360 ° also has a hidden tripod pocket, integrated rain covers, and tons of small details that impressed us. … About $290. READ FULL REVIEW AT POPPHOTO
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Get information and user reviews for this bag from Amazon: Think Tank Rotation 360 °, Two Section Convertable Photo Backpack.
Other Think Tank Rotation 360 Reviews
I really wanted to like this. The origin of the split-pack idea came from Galen’s prototype system that was briefly made in the early 90’s, then imitated more poorly by the LowePro Orion later in the decade. The disadvantage of Galen’s design was that it was difficult for some to rehook the waist bag back to the pack without taking it off your back (I’m not sure I 100% disagree with that–I had no such problem with mine–the difference is that most imitators tried to place the clip-ins centered on the weight carrying area, not slightly forward as Galen did). The Rotation 360 solves that problem well with a quite clever catch-and-release system. But the waist bag itself is a bit small, and the remaining pack area is also small. There’s no easy way to get a 70-200mm into either section without compromising the remaining carrying capacity, for instance, so you end up putting an accessory case on the side of the pack (and then strapping something equally heavy, say a water bottle, on the other to balance things). The design is also a bit fussy and overdone. I can understand the rain cover having a zippered pocket, but the tripod carrying strap? Overall it comes close, and I’m sure Galen would have given it a try, but I think that the current iteration misses for most shooters. Bottom line: take a look if you like the idea, but make sure that you can fit what you need into the places you want them to be. READ FULL REVIEW