Comprehensive review: Think Tank Photo – Airport Takeoff V2 Photo Bag

 

If you are like me you spend a lot of time hauling camera gear from flight to flight. Most (though not all) roller bag camera bags work fine rolling along the airport mall (is that the right term?) The issue comes when you need to beat that crowd to the immigration queue and the only way to do this is to take the stairs verses the escalator. But you have a roller bag! Well, for years Think Tank Photo has had your back, quite literally. How? With the Airport Takeoff. This bag has long address this problem by being both a roller bag and a backpack. But things just got better with their release of version 2! Now this bag is 15% lighter, and this means you can now pack another lens or two, or perhaps even another X-T2 or X-Pro2. It also now sports a new handle, stronger and with less shake than the previous one. New pockets and more. Basically they took a great bag and made it better.

Above is my comprehensive video review of this bag. I also took time to do a detailed comparison with my all time favorite bag in the same class, the Airport Roller Derby. How does it compare? Well you ‘ll have to watch and see. 😉

On paper here are the features and specs:

KEY FEATURES

  • Pocket for tripod mount or water bottle on side (Additional straps included for larger tripods)
  • Cable and combination lock included for securing the lockable zippers
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high-density velex and closed-cell PU
    foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Top compartment cradles large camera bodies for a perfect fit
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, CF cards, filters and accessories
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels and feet
  • Extra tall wheel housings protect bag from scrapes and scratches
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Grab handles on three sides for lifting bag into the overhead bin
  • Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
  • Business card holder on top for identification

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 5.3– 6.8” D (33 x 47 x 13–17 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.5 x 53 x 22 cm)
  • Laptop Pocket: 11.4” W x 16.3” H x 1.4” D (29 x 41.5 x 3.6 cm) (Fits a 17″ laptop)
  • Tablet Pocket: 9.8” W x 9.4” H x 0.8” D (25 x 24 x 2 cm) (Fits a 10″ tablet)
  • Weight: 7.0–8.7 lbs. (3.2–3.9 kg) depending on accessories used

In the video jump to the review at 4:00
Jump to the comparative review between the Airport Roller Derby & the Airport Takeoff 7:57

Links to product (yes, it’s an affiliate link):
Think Tank Photo AIRPORT TAKEOFF™ v2: http://dtrekker.com/TTP-Takeoff
Think Tank Photo AIRPORT ROLLER DERBY™: http://dtrekker.com/TTP_rollerderby
Think Tank Photo AIRPORT INTERNATIONAL™ V3.0: http://dtrekker.com/TTP_intlv3

In this review, I look in detail at the Airport Takeoff v2. It’s new features and just what fits in it and what doesn’t. I also compare the Take off to two other roller bags; the Airport International, Roller Derby.
Music: Severe Tire Damage Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…

New Bag from Think Tank for Lite Traveler

The Newest Offering from Think Tank Photo!

 

I am taking a break from Aceh for a word from our sponsor. It’s been awhile since I have pushed any products here on the blog. But when Think Tank Photo sent me a press release on it’s new roller bag I felt I needed to pass it on to you. This is a sweet bag that is made for travelers like me. If you read my blog at all you know how I hate shlepping gear through airports. The heaver it is the more I hate it. I have three slipped discs and putting the weight of a 30 lb sling bag on my shoulder or an even heaver pack on my back is my idea of torture. Enter Think Tank Photo’s  first four-wheeled rolling camera bag, the Airport 4-Sight™.  The Airport 4-Sight meets international airline carry-on standards. The roller’s weight has been reduced dramatically through innovative design and by a strict focus on the features that photographers find most beneficial.

With professional photography gear not getting any lighter, you can either start shooting with the Fuji X-Pro 1 or start carrying your gear in this more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers.  Walking a four-wheeler by your side is a heck of a lot easier than pulling it behind or carrying it over a shoulder. Putting the bags weight on four-wheels eliminates arm strain and makes rolling effortless.

Four-wheelers are superior on many smooth surfaces. On thick carpet, the Airport 4-Sight leans over to perform as a traditional two-wheel roller. It has the added benefit of rolling sideways on two wheels to easily navigate tight spaces, such as airline aisles.

It features include:

·         High capacity.  Holds Pro DSLRs with four to five lenses.

·         Integrated removable Think Tank Cable Management organizer.

·         Side hinged lid opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access to gear.

·         Two-position locking handle for comfort and ergonomics.

·         Zippered top pocket for boarding pass.

·         Lockable zipper sliders on main compartment.

·         Reinforced bottom panel for increased durability.

·         User replaceable handle and wheels.

·         Seam sealed rain cover included.

·         YKK RC-fused™ zippers.

For more information you can check it out HERE.