Callum McInerney-Riley puts the Think Tank Production Manager 50 to the test
Think Tank Production Manager 50 at a glance:
- Size: 44x135x32cm
- Price: £515
- Website: www.thinktankphoto.com
Measuring a whopping 44x135x32cm, the Think Tank Production Manager 50 is one of the biggest bags we have ever reviewed. For many photographers a hard case is sufficient for their kit, but for those who use large softboxes, or have big flash stands or C-stands, the Production Manager 50 offers a far better solution.
There are various dividers inside that allow the user to customise the bag to their own requirements. On the front, there’s a large pocket for small items such as papers, cables, documents or flat reflectors. On the sides are tripod/flash stand mounts. There are also carry handles on the top, bottom and both sides of the bag. On the bottom is a pair of shock-absorbent, heavy-duty roller wheels. The rear has protective rails, so users can lie it on the ground without the underside getting wet. These also make life easier when sliding the bag into a vehicle. Inside the top of the bag are various pockets that are ideal for chargers, straps and cables.
If you have a lot of light stands, light modifiers, monolights, big lenses and video kit, the Think Tank Production Manager 50 is what you need. On a recent shoot, I took two studio flash heads, flash stands, two pro DSLR bodies with lenses attached and a large number of flash modifiers – and I found that having an open-top bag allowed quick access to everything I wanted when I needed it. Also, everything was secure and not at risk of damage while resting on the floor.