Though I have given up on the idea of the "perfect" camera bag, I am nevertheless always on the hunt for a better bag for my different needs. I have large roller bags and backpacks to accommodate both my photographic and audio gear, but I have been in need of a smaller bag since the one I have been using for over 10 years was in desperate need of last rights. My research led me to the Think Tank Storyteller 10 bag.
My need for a smaller bag included the ability to carry either a small mirrorless or DSLR body and one or two lenses, as well as my iPad mini. This bag would serve me for both a day of street photography or when on assignment. Using a backpack or roller bag was fine when traveling to and from my destinations, but when I was actively shooting I needed a bag that I could carry on me and provide me quick and easy access.
In the past month of using the Storyteller 10, I have found that this bag has helped meet my needs whether I am using my DSLR or mirrorless kit. Not only does it easily store either body-type, I can also include one or two lenses. With my DSLR kit, the bag easily accepts the body with a moderate zoom attached to its lens hood as well as a fast 85mm lens. With my mirrorless system, I am able to pack 2-3 lenses along with the body.
Weighing in at just 1.5 pounds, the bag helped keep weight to a minimum, which was a concern for me. I have long-avoided the use of shoulder bags because of the strain they produce on my neck and shoulders. However, I found that the bag with a modest bit of kit did not produce the usual discomfort. This was helped greatly with the adjustable padding on the shoulder strap.
The bag is designed with a flip-top lid that bends away from the body providing easy access to the bag's contents. The flip-top itself features a small compartment for batteries as well as two pockets for memory cards. The bag includes a front-facing compartment that includes both a mesh and a zippered pocket when stowing away my phone, notepad. This is also the compartment where the rain guard is stowed, which further protects the bag whose brushed and ballistic polyester includes a water-resistant coating. The bag also includes a rear-slip pocket and an expandable side-pocket for a water bottle or flash.
The interior of the bag which measures 11"x9.8"x4.9" is easily divided using removable closed-cell foam dividers, which allowed me to customize the bag for any combination of kit that I was using. Having a built-in pocket for my tablet has been an essential feature for me as I am downloading images to it while in the field as well as sharing my portfolio with people that I meet during my shooting sessions.
Having used a variety of ThinkTank bags over the years, I found the Storyteller 10 build quality to be as good as all their bags that I have used and continue to use. I use ThinkTank bags that I purchased over a decade ago and they are still holding up beautifully.
On days when I do not need to tow my laptop, the Storyteller 10 has quickly become my go-to bag when I want to carry more than just a single camera body and lens. This bag will be especially important to me when traveling as I will be able to easily compress the bag and stow it in my check-in luggage and later use it for my day-shooting when traveling around the country and abroad.
The Storyteller 10 is a solid bag that provides great versatility for anyone looking for a modest-sized bag that doesn't compromise on design and construction.