Friday, 16 October 2009

Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff - Rolling Back Pack Camera Bag

Over the years I have bought numerous bags, cases, back packs, waist packs, pouches and wraps in search of the ultimate camera and equipment carrying solution. I own an extensive collection of LowePro bags and cases, complemented by a few Kata Bags, but only recently discovered Think Tank Photo who this week released what could be the ultimate airline carry-on bag - the new Airport TakeOff™.


This is a rolling case that can be carried like a back pack when the need arises. The back pack straps tuck away so you can start rolling quickly or zipped into the rear panel.

The Airport TakeOff™ is designed to comply with international airline carry-on requirement and accommodates pro-sized photography gear, including two pro or regular size DSLR bodies with or without lenses attached.


Its features include:
  • Holds up to a 300mm f/2.8 and other assorted lenses
  • Quickly deployable and concealable backpack straps
  • Front cable and lock to secure laptops
  • Lockable zipper sliders
  • Transports tripods or monopods easily
  • Adjustable sternum straps for tailored usage
  • Holds Think Tank’s Artificial Intelligence 15 protective laptop case

“Think Tank Photo raised the bar with the release of our Airport series of rollers and backpacks,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo president and lead designer. “We were the first company to design large bags so that they complied with airline carry-on requirements and provided extra security measures. With the Airport TakeOff we’ve taken the best of what we learned in designing those product lines and combined them into a rugged rolling backpack that will help photographers and multimedia shooters safely transport their gear from one location to the next.”

Specifications
  • Internal Dimensions: 13”W x 18.4”H x 5.25-6.75”D (33 x 47 x 13 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 14”W x 21”h x 8”D (35.5 x 53 x 22 cm) (not including straps)
  • Weight: 8.6 – 10.3 (3.9 – 4.7 kg) depending on accessories used
UK RRP £245.00 inc. 15% VAT (Don't forget that in January 2010 this rate will revert to 17.50%)

Available on line from: Snapperstuff.com

It would be interesting to get hold of one of these bags and do a group test with other comparable products from Lowepro, Kata and Tamrac et al!

TTFN

Ian

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