I have been bitten by the mirrorless bug! This all started for me with the need for a more fun smaller camera and at the time the omd-em5 was just released it took me about 10 minutes to decide I must have one!! It was incredible fun to play with and I could see where this would fit into my line up of cameras. Since then it’s been a big thing for me I’m enjoying my photography again, having a whole heap of fun and have invested in some truly great lenses from Olympus so I needed something to carry them in.
That brings me to my review, I looked at a lot of small camera bags from different companies and I did a good deal of research on micro four thirds forums as this was my first foray into the small world of four third cameras I wasn’t sure what I really needed. At that time Thinktank had just announced the mirrorless mover range and to be honest I’ve a soft spot for this company I’ve never had a bag from them go bad or let me down. I had looked at the retrospective 5 and 7 they seemed to be the popular choice on most of the forums I checked out but I liked the look of the mirrorless mover 20.
The construction of the bag is what we have come to expect from Thinktank photo, it’s made from a ballistic fabric which is light weight and very durable and I’ve been using this bag for a number of months and it’s showed no sign of fatigue I’m very impressed with the little bag, Thinktank have given it the same treatment as one of their full size bags, the stitching is great and it comes with a seemed sealed rain cover just like a full sized bag
|divider with pocket and sd slots|
The interior of the bag is nicely padded on the bottom and sides, the bag comes with two dividers one of which is kind of neat, it has a central spilt so you can put a phone, iPod in or even a card reader it also has space on the sides for some SD cards. I really like this touch not only does it give extra capacity but keeps your cards organised and safe. The roof or lid of the bag has a generous sized pocket with a Velcro fastener, I would have liked a zip here but I can see why Thinktank have gone with Velcro it gives a bit more flexibility. The front of the bag has an organiser pocket with a two part pocket for holding extras, this pocket has a full zip and is a good size now you’re not going to cram a lot into it but it’s there for the essentials.
|bag with Olympus 12mm,17mm,12-50mm|
|all my accessories|
As for holding my gear I’m more than happy to load this bag up to the brim with gear or just take the bare essentials, I’ve packed it recently with most of my kit for a trip away this comprised of my OMD-EM5, 45mm, 12mm, 17mm, 12-50 and HLD-6 so it’s plenty big.
My only real problem with the bag is the shoulder strap it is a little on the basic side for me, it’s not got much in the way of shoulder protection now I wouldn’t say this would put me off buying this bag as its fantastic in every other area it’s just a little problem I have with it personally and it doesn’t stop me using it, I find the bag most comfortable when I have it on my belt sitting on my hip the mirrorless mover 20 has a rear pass through slot so you can attach it to your belt or a belt system like Thinktank’s pro speed belt.
|rear pass through pocket for your belt|
|bag with all of the above inside|
In conclusion I really really do like this bag with my continuing obsession with all things micro four thirds, this bag has served me very well these last few months. It’s got an amazing build quality and has lots of room for all you need to hold, the shoulder strap is a small issue I have but it’s nothing major. If you’re using a mirror less camera get yourself a mirrorless mover.
Check out the mirrorless mover range at thinktankphoto.com