When I was at WPPI in February, I ran into one of the founders of ThinkTank. If you’re a regular reader of this site then you already know that I am a big fan of the ThinkTank products. They are designed by working professional photographers – not marketers who think they know how to sell you something.
I used the original ThinkTank roller – the Airport Addicted for many years. The day I stopped using it – it looked like it was brand new even though it had flown around the world.
I switched out of that larger bag because as I’ve gotten older (and wiser) I’ve started carrying less gear. It’s easier on my back and frees me up to spend more time thinking about the vision and story in my images than the gear. It also helps with travel to destinations like Alaska which are typically served by smaller carriers with smaller overhead bins.
Enter the Think Tank ~ Airport International V 2.0. This is a bag that will fit on almost any plane, but will hold enough gear to get you through most shoots. It’s extremely well made and features all of ThinkTank’s usual great design sense along with top-flight zippers,
The wheels roll well (and are replaceable in case they break) and between the easy to use handle and the rolling capability, it’s a breeze to move this bag around.
The bag includes TSA-approved combination locks as well as a front and back cable lock.
You can configure this bag in an infinite number of ways. I use it to carry a Canon 5D MK III with 70-200mm f/2.8 IS “L” Version 2.0 lens attached, a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a Canon 1.4 Teleconverter (MK III), a pack of polarizing filters, a Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlight, a Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter and loads of flash memory cards, card readers and assorted accessories.
The Think Tank Airport International Rolling Camera Bag Version 2.0 is a great solution for any photographer who wants to both transport and protect their gear. The only negative (and this is a very small nit) is that in order to be tough enough to protect your gear it also has to be heavy (and expensive.) Those small nits aside this is a very safe choice. If you can afford it, buy it. Highly recommended.
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