Think Tank announces a bunch of new bags – plus a review!

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We try to help you find out about all kinds of gear around here at planet5D – and the folks at ThinkTank have several new bags they've announced. Three new Airport bags were announced in early May, plus the additional Retrospective 7 coming in May as well.

I've had a ThinkTank hip bag before and have enjoyed using it now and enjoy it as a small bag. These new bags may be of some interest – plus we've included a little bit of the PhotoFocus The Airport International Rolling Camera Bag V 2.0 review below… you should read the whole thing.

Think Tank Photo to Release Three Travel-Specific Backpacks

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announced today that in May it will release the Airport™ series, a new line of travel-specific, high-capacity camera backpacks designed with maneuvering through airports quickly in mind. The three backpacks – the Airport Accelerator, Airport Commuter, and Airport Essentials — integrate quick access pockets for both laptops and iPad, a top pocket for boarding passes, and three robust handles to ensure easy placement and retrieval from overhead bins.

The Airport™ series makes life easier for the traveling photographer. All meet international carry on size requirements. The two smaller bags, the Airport Commuter and the Airport Essentials, are designed to fit under-seat in regional commuter planes.

Their light, adjustable, contoured harness provides comfort along with lumbar support. The air mesh paneling keeps backs cool.The height-adjustable sternum strap allows for the perfect fit. A removable waist belt, side water bottle pocket, tripod/ monopod mounting system and seam sealed rain cover extend their versatility.

Adding even more functionality, these backpacks can be used with Think Tank’s Pro Speed Belts for additional support and capacity by adding component pouches and cases from the company’s Modular Rotation Component System.

“For photographers who travel by air, these bags deliver on the three “C’s”:  Carry-on size, Comfort, Capacity,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s co-founder and lead designer.  “Their design, build quality and functionality are second to none.”

The three sizes allow photographers to select the best fit for their needs.

Airport Accelerator accommodates two pro size DSLRs, six to eight standard zooms, a 500 f/4.0, iPad, and up to a 17” laptop. The largest of the three, this one has a padded removable waist belt.

Airport Commuter accommodates a pro size DSLR, four to six standard zooms, (increased depth holds a 400 f/2.8), iPad and 15” laptop .

Airport Essentials accommodates a standard DSLR, four to six standard zooms, iPad, and up to 13” laptop.

Features include:

  • Bottom hinge opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access.
  • Cable lock and locking YKK zipper sliders for added security.
  • Laptop and iPad stored in a separate locking zippered compartment.
  • Light, comfortable and contoured harness system.
  • Tripod/monopod mounting system.
  • Top zippered pocket for boarding pass.
  • Removable waist belt for additional stability when walking, running, etc.
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket.
  • Seam sealed rain cover included.

Airport Accelerator

  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 20.5” H x 9” D (35.6 x 52.1 x 22.9cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 18.8” H x 6.8” D (31.6 x 47.8 x 17.3cm)
  • Laptop: 12.3” W x 17.5” H x 1.5” D (31.2 x 44.5 x 44cm)
  • Weight: 4.8-5.5 lbs (2.2-2.5 kg)
  • more info

Airport Commuter

  • Exterior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 18” H x 8.5” D (31.6 x 45.7 x 21.6cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 11.5” W x 16.3” H x 6.8” D (29.2 x 41.4 x 17.3cm)
  • Laptop: 11” W x 16” H x 1.3” D (27.9 x 40.6 x 3.3cm
  • Weight: 3.6-4.2lbs (1.7-1.9kg)
  • more info

Airport Essentials

  • Exterior Dimensions: 11.5” W x 18” H x 7” D (29.2 x 45.7 x 17.8cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 10.6” W x 16.3” H x 5” D (27 x 41.4 x 12.7cm)
  • Laptop: 10” W x 15.5” H x 1” D (25.4 x 39.4 x 2.5cm)
  • Weight: 3-3.6 lbs (1.4-1.6 kg)
  • more info

About Think Tank Photo
 – Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

The Retrospective 7

Think Tank Photo to Release the Retrospective 7
The Perfect Photography Shooter’s Bag holds an iPad or MacBook Air

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release its new Retrospective® 7 shoulder camera bag in three color options.  Designed for standard DSLR systems, its classic design along with modern improvements create the perfect shooter’s bag.  This lightweight shoulder bag comes in fabrics that offer a sense of “retro” style that appeals to many. A rear pocket has been designed to hold an iPad or an 11” MacBook Air.

Ergonomically designed to conform to the body, the bags are comfortable to walk with, provide quick access, and are inconspicuous to avoid unwanted attention. With broad appeal, the Retrospective series has quickly become one of the leading bag collections in the industry.

“Working pros to vacationers all will find the Retrospective 7 to be the most useful and functional bag for a day’s outing,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer.  “It combines the broad appeal of the Retrospective design with the perfect size for carrying camera gear and your laptop or iPad.”

Along with the current fabric option of black polyspun or Pinestone canvas, Think Tank is introducing a new canvas color to the Retrospective line: Slate Blue.

Retrospective 7 features include:

  • iPad/MacBook pocket
  • Cushioned and padded nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort.
  • Sound Silencers™ to turn off the front flap hook and loop for silent operation.
  • Organizational and zippered pockets for accessories.
  • Removable divider set for custom layouts.
  • Convenient carrying handle for grab and go.
  • Seam sealed rain cover.
  • Expandable front pocket for DSLR body or accessories.
  • Business card slot under the front flap for identification.
  • High quality YKK zippers.

Retro 7

Review from Scott Bourne at Photofocus

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,

Read the whole review! Airport Review « Photofocus.

The Airport International Rolling Camera Bag V 2.0

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.

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(cover photo credit: snap from the thinkTank PR)

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