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:


  • 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


  • 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:

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 ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License…

MindShift Rotation180° Video Review

Every so often the stars converge and something wonderful happens. Take when peanut butter and chocolate collide or when Michael Jordan decided to play basketball. Of course combining two ideas doesn’t always turn out the way we want, take the Reliant Robin. Car manufacturer Reliant’s attempt at putting a tricycle and and a car together proved less than successful. But when it comes to combining a backpack and a belt photo bag, I think MindShift Gear will have better luck. MindShift Gear, founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá has combined the camera backpack and bum bag and came up with the Rotation 180°.

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News: Think Tank Photo announces the new Mirrorless Mover Bags

Mirrorless Mover

The New Mirrorless Movers from Think Tank Photo

(When you click on any of the links in this post you will receive free gear with all orders of $50 or more and free shipping on all orders if you order by May 31, 2013.)

My good friends at Think Tank Photo have set themselves up for yet another home run. They have just announced a new series of bags designed for the mirrorless camera crowd — that I am now fully a member of. Frankly, I love the City Walker 20 and have been using it for my  Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X100. That is up until now. Because this new series of bags aptly called Mirrorless Movers™ is even more suited for your little mirrorless powerhouse.  Mirrorless Movers come in four sizes that range in size from the Mirrorless Mover 5, which fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached, up to the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses and an iPad.

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Review: Think Tank Photo’s 4 Sight

Review: Think Tank Photo’s Airport 4 Sight Camera Bag from Matt Brandon on Vimeo.

I know I am not alone when I say, I love photo bags. I have never really understood out why. My wife has told me, a woman can never have too many hand bags. Apparently there never seems to be the right bag for the right outfit, and so it is with camera bags. They are either too small or too big, too heavy or too … something. I think the matrix that informs us what bag to use is just too complex. You have to figure in the amount of gear needed for the shoot, then take into consideration the location where you will be traveling to, the mode of travel, the method of transporting the gear once you arrive at your destination, the weather and more.  So in the end you can never have the right bag. That simply means a photographer needs a different bag for each possible scenario. You heard it here! You can quote me.

A week or so back I received Think Tank Photo’s latest addition to their Airport Series of bags, the Airport 4 Sight. I like it … a lot. It is smaller than the Airport International and it has a completely new form factor. The bag’s lid opens with a hinge on the side of the bag rather than the bottom–like the other bags in this series. Think Tank also changed things up with four coaster wheels rather than the standard two they have always used. Rather than type out my thoughts here, I made a rather lengthy (13 min) review of the bag with the help of my video partner Nathan Watkins. I think it will give you a thorough look at this bag and help you decide if the Airport 4 Sight is the bag for you. The video shows you how I pack my bag and how I use my Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise as an accessory to the Airport series bags. Personally, I think it fits that “Goldilocks” niche of not too big, not too small, but just right!

Editor’s Note: Several time in this video I refer to and compare the Airport Security and the Airport International. I am always getting the names of these two bags confused and I know why. In my mind the Airport International should be bigger as most international flight seem to have larger overhead compartments. But this is not the case for these two bags. The Airport International is the smaller bag and the Airport Security the larger. Sorry for the confusion.

Its features include:

·         High capacity.  Holds Pro DSLRs with four to five lenses. (best without the battery grips)

·         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.

Price: $299

For more information you can check it out HERE.

Fun Gear from Fun People

As I write this post many of my friends are in Germany at the world’s largest photographic trade show called Photokina. The geeky, techie side of me is extremely jealous that I am sitting here in Malaysia while they’re over in Germany with their hands on all of the latest shiny photographic toys. In response to this (my jealousy–I mean the new gear) I thought I would throw out a few new products that have made their way to my computer’s inbox. My own “Photokina” of sorts.   I thought you might be interested in seeing some of  what’s on the horizon for the last quarter of the year. First off is Phottix.

The new TTL Flash from Phottix, the Mitros™.

Phottix has announced a new flash. They are calling this “the new standard for TTL flashes”: The Phottix Mitros. After more than two years in development Phottix’s series of TTL hot shoe flashes for Canon, Nikon and Sony will be released soon. This represents another way out from under the thumb of the camera manufacture (their words not mine). The Mitros will do everything you expect a Canon or Nikon top-of-the-line TTL flash to do. Functions include built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes, AF assist light, auto/manual zooming flash head, all with fast recharge times. The Phottix Mitros TTL Flash includes a USB port for firmware upgrades and a 3.5mm Sync port.

The Phottix Mitros is powerful, with a guide number of 58, and which features high quality components–custom designed by Phottix or imported from America, Japan or Taiwan. The flash features full TTL functionality as well as manual and multi modes. It is the perfect complement to the Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger system.

Use it on camera for shooting events or weddings, or off-camera with a Phottix flash trigger, light stand and umbrella or softbox for portraits or product photography. This is a professional-level flash – at home on-location or in the studio.

Canon, Nikon and Sony versions of the Phottix Mitros TTL Flash will be released during Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.


Phottix Strato™ TTL Flash Trigger – Accurate and affordable TTL Triggering

That’s not all Phottix has in store for the next quarter. The Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger is the the newest addition to its ever-popular Strato series of flash triggers and wireless remotes.

The Strato TTL Flash Trigger provides an easy-to-use and affordable TTL flash triggering solution to photographers. High-speed and second curtain sync are supported in this 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver set. Shoot at maximum shutter speeds of 1/8000 s. The LCD display and quick-change buttons makes adjustments fast and easy. Strato TTL versions for Canon, Nikon and Sony will be released during Q4 of 2012, adding another stellar option in Phottix’s flash trigger line-up.

Triggering hot shoe flashes is only the start of the Phottix Strato TTL’s abilities. The Strato TTL will also trigger studio lights as well as function as a wired and wireless shutter release. It’s easy to connect to light stands or other grip with a cold shoe and ¼ inch threaded lug.

The Strato TTL flash trigger is part of the ever-growing Phottix ecosystem and is compatible with the Phottix Strato I and Strato II Multi series of triggers as well as the Phottix Atlas II. The Strato TTL features a USB port for firmware upgrades. Don’t get left behind as camera and flash technology changes.

Strato TTL versions for Canon, Nikon and Sony will be released during Q4 2012 and Q1 2013, adding another stellar option in Phottix’s flash trigger line-up.

Phottix announces Phottix Ares™ Flash Trigger

Phottix  also just announced the Ares–a simple way to use off-camera flash. The 8-channel transmitter and receiver units have a range of 200m and feature a “fire-all” channel function. No advanced bells or whistles–simple, reliable and affordable radio flash triggering engineered with Phottix durability and quality.

What makes the Phottix Ares unique is the rotating transmitter (patents pending). The Ares accommodates how photographers want to work– with the transmitter upright for fast channels changes, or locked in the low-profile down position.

With a hot shoe and 3.5mm sync port the Phottix Ares can be used to trigger hot shoe flashes and studio lights.* Cables and adapters are included. Packed in a stylish carrying bag, the Ares uses readily available AA batteries. Both transmitter and receiver have a 5V DC power port and can be plugged into power points when used in a studio.

The Phottix Ares 2.4GHz signals have a range of 200m, offer freedom from line-of-sight restrictions and a fast maximum sync speed of 1/250s. The eight digital channels are fast and easy to set with the push of a button.

The Fire-All function allows photographers to fire all flashes or strobes on Phottix Ares receivers set to different channels–ever useful when using multiple lights during an event or wedding.

The Phottix Ares will be released in October and replace some old Phottix flash triggers including the Tetra, Aster and Strato I.
Contact Phottix for more informtion.


The new CityWalker™ Messenger bag.

On the less geeky side of things and more in line with my bag fetish, we have two new very cool bags from my good friends at Think Tank Photo. I am excited about both of these. The first bag we will look at is part of the CityWalker™ series and is a slick new messenger bag. Designed with the urban photographer in mind, the new bags will come in three models– CityWalker 10, CityWalker 20, and CityWalker 30 each of these comes in two colors:  Black and Blue Slate. The Blue Slate is something new for Think Tank and I like it!

The CityWalkers’ design emphasizes fit and comfort, premium quality, and functional flexibility.  Extremely lightweight, the bags feature a high quality silver-toned nylon liner, RC Fuse External/YKK zippers, and antique nickel-plated metal hardware.  They have a sound silencer on the main flap, extra flaps for smaller lenses with a fully lined velex insert for maximum customization, internal pockets that fit a pro-size flash, and a removable padded insert.

The CityWalker 10 fits one standard size body with a 24-70 attached, plus one to two small extra lenses, a flash, and a tablet.  The CityWalker 20 holds one standard size body with a 24-70 attached or a 70-200 detached, plus extra lenses, a flash, and a tablet.  The CityWalker 30 holds one standard size body with a 24-70 attached or a 70-200 detached, plus two to four extra lenses, a flash, and a 15” laptop.

“The CityWalkers are a classic ‘walk around’ bag,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo CEO and Lead Designer.   “Built around the same design aesthetic as our popular StreetWalker® backpacks, their style is targeted toward casual urban environments while still focused on an active lifestyle.”

Additional features include:

  • 15” Laptop compartment (CityWalker 30)
  • iPad pocket [front internal] (CityWalker 10 and CityWalker 20)
  • Double security on front flap closure with silence-able Hook/Loop and Dual Cross™ Buckle
  • Removable padded insert
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Customizable divider layout
  • Two internal side pockets to accommodate flash
  • Deluxe organizer on front panel
  • Water bottle pockets on each side
  • Large zippered pocket on front flap for accessories
  • Rear document pocket
  • Business card holder inside main flap
  • Top carry handle


All CityWalker fabric exterior is treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance.  They utilize YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 600D brushed polyester, 250D shadow rip-stop polyester, Derrington™ mesh pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, Dual Cross™ Buckle, 3D air mesh, mono mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


CityWalker 10
External Dimensions: 12.4” W x 9” H x 6.7” D (31.5 × 23 × 17cm)
Internal Dimensions: 10” W x 7.5” H x 5.3” D (25.5 × 19 × 13.5cm)
Tablet: 10.3” W x 8” H x 0.8” D (26.2 × 20.3 × 2cm)

Weight: 1.9-2.2 lbs (0.8-1.0 kg)

CityWalker 20
External Dimensions: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D (35 × 25 × 17cm)
Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 8.7” H x 5.3” D (33 × 22 × 13.5cm)
Tablet: 10.3” W x 8” H x 0.8” D (26.2 × 20.3 × 2cm)

Weight: 2.0-2.5 lbs (0.9-1.1 kg)

CityWalker 30
External Dimensions: 16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (41.5 × 29 × 21cm)
Internal Dimensions: 13.4” W x 9.6” H x 6.7” D(34 × 24.5 × 17cm)
Laptop: 15″ W x 11″ H x 1.4″ D (38 x 28 x 3.6cm)

Weight: 2.8-3.1 lbs (1.3-1.4 kg)


Airport Navigator™


The last item in this lineup presents a new concept in the rollerbag. It is designed in the style of the pilot’s navigator bag.  Called the Airport Navigator™  it holds two pro-size bodies, plus three to six extra lenses and most 15.4” laptops, iPads and documents.  The two external side pockets can also accommodate pro-size flashes or water bottles.

The new roller’s lightweight design emphasizes fit and comfort, premium quality, and flexibility and function.  The custom handle extends to total of 40” for easy rolling.  The pilot’s case utilizes the highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, custom designed and replaceable in-line skate wheels, and antique nickel plated metal hardware.   It features a shoulder strap with piggy-back function which allows for easy attachment to other rollers.

“This project dates back many years as our designers strived to create a dual access roller,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo CEO and Lead Designer.   “Through different revisions, we found that the most reasonable style for this case was a Pilot’s type bag. This effort culminated in the creation of a rolling case that has top and front access for wedding, event and travel photographers. This is yet another unique first for the camera industry.”

Additional features include:

      • 15” Laptop compartment
      • iPad/document pocket
      • Top and front access panels to photo gear
      • Lockable zippers on both main zippered compartments
      • Retractable handle slides through top lid handle to hold lid open for quick access to gear while shooting
      • Removable shoulder strap includes piggy-back function for attaching Airport Navigator to other TTP rollers
      • Two external side pockets to accommodate flashes or water bottles
      • Releasable front panel straps hold the laptop compartment open for quick access to electronics when attached or full access to photo gear when released. Straps also tuck-away when not in use.
      • Custom designed and replaceable handle and wheels
      • Seam-sealed rain cover included


The Airport Navigator’s all-fabric exterior is treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance.  It utilizes YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 600D brushed polyester, custom designed replaceable in-line skate wheels, Ultra Stretch pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, aluminum reinforcement, rubberized laminate, 3D air mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.



Airport Navigator
External Dimensions: 16” W x 15.5” H x 10” D (40.6 × 39.4 × 25.4cm)
Internal Dimensions: 15” W x 13” H x 6.8” D (38.1 × 33 × 17.3cm)
Laptop: 14.8” W x 11” H x 1.5” D (37.6 × 28 × 3.8cm)

Weight: 8.1-9.2 lbs (3.7-4.2 kg)

So how was that? Pretty cool stuff–aye? That should keep your gear fetish fed for awhile. I will be getting my hands on both of these Think Tank Photo bags to give them a good workout. Once I am done with them I’ll let you know my thoughts. Till then, here is the latest feed from Photokina by DPReivew. 😉

Depth of Field Revealed

A hearty welcome goes out to the readers of the Digital Photography School. I’d like to welcome you to The Digital Trekker. Within these pages you’ll find articles on travel photography, cultural and humanitarian photography as well as visual storytelling. I hope you will take some time and poke around. The Digital Trekker is also the home to the popular podcast Depth of Field. Available on iTunes, Depth of Field looks at the lives of working photographers with interviews from popular photographer such as Ami Vitale, Michael Yamashita, Esther Havens, David duChemin, Jasmine Star, Brian Storm, Bob Krist and many, many more.  I also lead popular workshops around the world. I hope you will subscribe either by RSS or by email (at the end of the post).



The Urban Disguise 40. The prize.


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Review: Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60 v2.0

The Urban Disguise with modular pockets added to give it even more versatility. The modular system is held in place small attachment straps.

It’s been some time since I’ve written a review on any photo bags. One of the main reasons has got to be the fact that I haven’t bought or been given anything new in a while. Today, I received an e-mail from Think Tank Photo about a promotion they’re running and it reminded me that I never gave you my thoughts on my Urban Disguise 60 version 2.0.  So I felt this was as good a time as any to list out a few thoughts about this bag. On the outset let me say that I use this bag on almost every trip I take. This is not a bag that lives on the shelf. This bag has seen the world!

This bag is about the same size as its predecessor, this should come as no surprise as they are the same bag just different iterations.  Starting from the back of the bag and moving forward, these two versions look almost identical.  The padded compartment that holds the computer as well as the main large compartment that holds your camera or other gear is about the same. The big differences in this version appear in the front.  They completely redesigned the front pockets on this new bag. All your documents and accessories are much easier to get to. Before, to get at any of your documents or accessories you needed to lift the main flap and unzip the compartment holding your documents. This was unwieldy and sometimes frustrating. This new version places the main zippered pocket right on the outside flap. Inside it are several smaller pockets and dividers one of which is inside zippered for security sake and another locked with a “hook & loop closure”1. Some bags have just too many pockets. I’ve been known to put things in a pocket later to not remember where I put it and start freaking out thinking I’ve lost it. I haven’t had this happen with this bag.

Big enough to carry my MacBook Pro, a pro camera and a few lenses to boot!

I find the Urban Disguise 60 to be the perfect size. It’s big enough to carry my MacBook Pro, a pro-size body and the lens or two if you wanted. But, that’s not how I use it. So here’s what I do – I packed my pro bodies in my Think Tank Photo Airport International. In the urban disguise I carry my computer, my power cable, my Fuji X Pro 1 with both the 35 mm and 18 mm lenses and my Kindle Touch. Of course, I also carry all my documents and any tickets that I need as well as iPhone and headphones. Speaking of my iPhone, I have switched out the strap that comes with the bag and have replaced it with the Think Tank Photo Keep it Up strap. The strap is more comfortable for me and in addition it has a small pocket for my phone.

Secure zippered pockets on the outside of the bag in Version 2.0 make it easier to get to your documents.

There have been occasions when I am traveling light that I have shot out of this bag. However, to be honest I rarely do this. Not that I wouldn’t, especially using the attachment Straps as seen in the top images. It is just that I never travel all that light and I usually pack the bags or holsters I need.  Out of the many models of Urban Disguise I find the 60 to be the right size. However Think Tank makes five versions:

  • Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 – Carries a 13.3” laptop with a regular size DSLR or a 10” netbook with a pro size DSLR.  Also carries a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a DSLR with two to three additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 40 V2.0 – Carries regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom lens attached and two to four additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 50 V2.0 – Carries up to a 15.4” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and two to four additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 60 V.20 – Carries up to a 17” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and three to five additional lenses.
  • Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 – Carries up to two pro size DSLRs with lenses attached in main compartment.  Can fit a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a pro size DSLR.

Here is a short video on the Urban Disguise series of bags:



So here is the special offer for September that might of interest.  Should you order one of their popular Urban Disguise shoulder bags, you can receive one of their Urban Disguise Attachment Straps or a Shoulder Harness V2.0 for free!




Disclosure: I don’t want any misunderstandings. Whereas I try to be honest and forthright in all my reviews, you should know that I am sponsored by Think Tank Photo and they on occasion provide me with bags. I have had product owners and manufacturers approach me about sponsorship, but I usually turn them down. I seek out my own sponsorship because I believe in certain bands so much that I want my name associated with them as I hope they will want their name associated with my mine.


Free Strap or Harness with any Urban Disguise v2.0


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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.

Packing…method or madness?


I’ve had a lot of people comment on the use of Packing Pro, the iPhone app I’m giving away this week. Many people couldn’t believe that I would be capable of getting all the items on the list in my bags and under the allotted weight limit. While I can guarantee you everything got in the bags. I can’t guarantee to you it is under weight. In fact, my carry-on is probably twice the weight it’s supposed to be. However, my checked bag is only 2 kg over! That’s fine for the first part of my trip, as I gave myself 35 kg on Air Asia to Chengdu. Where it might become a problem, is the flight from Chengdu to Lhasa or my Thai Airlines flight home from Kathmandu. Both these only allow 20 kg checked bags. But that’s why I have my trusty press ID from the National Press Photographers Association. It has bailed me out on at least a half a dozen occasions when my hand carry was overweight. Well worth the $30 it cost.

So let’s look at the bags and what is in them. I debated about doing an exploded view and showing you every single item. Quite frankly, it was too complicated and I just didn’t have enough time. So you have to trust me that everything that’s on the list is indeed in the bags. I promise!


As always, just click on the image for larger view. Here are the three bags I’m taking. (a) my Think Tank Airport International roller bag will be keeping all of my costly camera gear and will be my carry-on. (b) Is my Think Tank MM Wired Up, this is also a small carry -on and contains my passport, a book to read, my MacBook Pro 13″, some headphones, a few snack bars and some Gatorade powder along with a few other odds and ends. Then (c)  is my Delsey Duffel and that is home to the rest of my gear. Of course (d) is my Acubra Style Master fedora.

Here’s what it looks like on the inside the Delsey.


(a)  packing cube with my pants

(b)  packing cube with my shirts

(c)  toiletry items

(d)  down jacket

(e)  raincoat/shell

(f)  Think Tank water bottle carrier

(g)  Think Tank storage bag full of things like my Pogo printer, extra AAA batteries, and other odds and ends (see below)

(h)  Think Tank Bazooka tripod case with my Digipod A2830 (see footnote to the last post for more on this.)


Here is another look at the Delsey with some items pulled away.

(a)  packing cube with my pants

(b)  packing cube with my shirts

(c)  raincoat

(d) Think Tank Lens Skin that contains my filters

(e)  packing cube with more clothes

(f)  packing cube with heavy winter weight socks

(g)  Think Tank storage container that  with two other smaller containers of storage (see below)

(h)  nylon liner for sleeping bag

(i)  Think Tank storage bag (see below)

(j)  Eddie Bauer toiletry case.


Here’s a closer look at the larger Think Tank storage case.

(a)  5D MKII batteries and chargers

(d)  CF card reader and extra cables

(c)  Peterson pipe case. It contains four pipes, two bags of tobacco, a lighter, a tobacco tamp and some pipe cleaners.


This is a view inside one of the smaller Think Tank storage bags.

(a)  Pogo printer

(b)  Phottix intervalometer

(c)  8x Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable AAA batteries (by the way these are amazing batteries)

(d) USB adapters and cables as well as my computers AC adapter.


Finally a look inside the Think Tank International.

(a )  2 x converter

(b)  50 mm 1.2

(c)  electro-voice hand held microphone

(d) below 70–200 mm 2.8,  rocket blower and  16–35 mm 2.8

(f) 24–72.8, 85 mm 1.2

(h) two 5D MKII bodies

(i) two OWC 250 GB FW 800 drives

(j) 580 EXII, Think Tank’s Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Pocket containing 48 GB  CF cards ( sensor cleaner and my Sony PCM D50


I hope this gives you a good idea of how I packed and what I am taking. The big red Delsey weighs in at 22 kg. The Think Tank International, well… I’m not even going to go there. Suffice it to say it’s really heavy.

Tomorrow I’ll be announcing the winner of the giveaways of the iPhone application Packing Pro. I will also be posting my Packing Pro list that you can import if you own the application.