First Look Perception Tablet

Last week I received the Perception Tablet from Think Tank Photo and had a chance to get out this weekend to give it a quick first look.  I was going to be doing some Urbex shooting in and around abandoned buildings in Detroit and this was a great bag to have for that type of shoot.  When I go out to shoot abandoned places one of my first rules is to pack as light as possible and only take the essentials.  This is not the time you are hauling more gear than needed.  With the size and weight of Micro Four Thirds gear it’s easy sometimes to pack too much because everything is small and light.  I resisted those urges and went very minimal and I was very happy I did. Below are some of my initial thoughts with pictures included of how I packed the bag.  Please read on.

Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com

Looking inside the bag I have my Olympus OM-D E-M1 as well as the 12-40mm Pro Lens and the 9-18mm wide angle all pulled tight into the top pouches.  These pouches held the gear very firm and were reliable while crawling over small walls or up ladders.

Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com

Below the top pouch system is an open area which worked very nicely for two more lenses.  These lenses were protected with my neoprene covers and fit will with two mini bottles of water below.  I like this open area for flexibility in what you might want to carry under the top pouch system.  I had a Panasonic 8mm Fisheye lens as well as a Tamron 14-150mm lens in the bottom area.

Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com

When working in tight spaces and having to walk to your desired location it’s always nice to have your hands free.  The Tablet Backpack has a unique tripod holder that comes out from the top and the leg is held in an outside pocket.  Very nice indeed to keep all of your gear on your back.  Pictured here is the MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod.

Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com

Some size perspective of the Perception Tablet.  One of the features I was amazed about was how thin the bag felt even when packed with gear.  No bulging at all.

Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com

Here is what I carried with me today on the shoot.

Overall I am very pleased with the quality of the bag in every way.  The durability, size and flexibility would be my top three qualities.  Two items not covered in this mini review is how a tablet might fit into the system and the included rain cover.  I wouldn’t normally take a tablet on an urban explore but they area was still unrestricted where it could have easily fit and the included rain cover is always a bonus when needed.  This bag is definitely worth checking out the next time you are looking for something to keep yourself minimal and easy to maneuver.

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There are 4 comments left

  1. Ian /

    I have almost the same setup! I have the 3LT Rick tripod and I’ve found it best to strap the legs together when only one of the legs is in the zippered compartment. When the bottom of the bag is not too packed I can fit two legs and the head just fine. But with a full loadout, only one of the legs can go in, just like how you have it pictured.

    1. Mike Boening / Post Author

      That’s a good idea!

  2. Santiago /

    Hi Mike! How much space would you say there is under the pockets? Would a small camera insert fit for adding one or two small lenses or maybe a flash?

    Thanks!

    1. Mike Boening / Post Author

      Actually a small insert does fit from Tenba. I have tried that. Great idea.

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