Published on May 4th, 2014 | by Greg
Twist And Shoot: MindShift’s rotation180 Panorama Backpack
The key talent of any photographer is finding the right equipment- it’s what really makes the difference between a professional and an amateur with a smartphone and a decent eye. And once you’ve got a solid DSLR body, a couple of key lenses, a tripod or monopod, and perhaps an external flash, it’s time to find a place to store it all. And here it gets even trickier, since chances are you’ll need a couple of options to fit different circumstances. If you need something hardshell or waterproof or a shoulder bag, then today’s item isn’t the best fit- but anyone looking to travel, hike, or in need of a backpack ideal for the photographer on the go should check out this cool piece of gear.
The MindShift Rotation 180 Degree Panorama Backpack is a new take on a classic, created in part by a veteran of one of our favorite photo accessory companies, ThinkTank. Weighing in at only 2.9 pounds empty, this backpack looks and feels like a backpack, not some hybrid monstrosity. There’s a hydration reservoir, which can hold up to 3 liters of water, a seam-sealed rain cover for those heading out in inclement weather, and an easy place to attach your tripod. Plus, pockets keep your smaller extras handy, like memory cards or batteries or your phone, plus in addition to space for your camera stuff, there is room for a light jacket or sweater, hat, gloves, and even a small lunch or snack.
But the coolest feature of the Rotation 180 is the hip belt, a specially made rotating ‘beltpack’ for quick access to trail mix, maps, or your passport. It snaps into place with a magnetic tab, meaning you won’t find it twisting into your way. An iPad or other tablet can fit snugly and safely inside as well, and we found the overall bag to be well-built and nicely designed, stable as long as you placed your camera in right and with weight balanced and distributed evenly. And it offers a ton of space, more than 1300 cubic inches. Plus, the beltpack might sound small, but can carry a ton, and can even be used on its own.
The MindShift rotation180 caught us off-guard, solving several of the issues that plague camera bags and have kept us switching between many. It’s good-looking, available in black but also a very nice shade of blue, with plenty of padding on the shoulder straps for daylong comfort, as well as sternum straps for stability. If access to your gear while on the go is critical- or even handy- then this is the bag that might become your best friend. Available online and in stores for around $200.