Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2.0 case / backpack

Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2.0 case / backpack Hot
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Think Tank Photo
Interior Size
13” W x 8” D x 21” H 33 x 20 x 53 cm
Exterior size
14” W x 9” D x 22” H 35.5 x 23 x 56 cm
12- 14 lbs
Bag Capacity
1 or 2 bodies and 3 lenses or more

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Designed for airport travel, to take the maximum amount of gear possible on the plane as legal carry-on. Features: Airline carry on size. Security combination locks. Security cable. Holds 400 2.8 and larger lenses. Replaceable wheels. “Emergency” shoulder straps. Dual main compartment access. Monopod holder. Tripod holder. Seam-sealed raincover Stretchable front pocket Organizer side pocket Business card holder

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This Tupperware box has dividers and a tray. It holds cables, tools spare batteries, and other small miscellaneous bits and pieces that I can't do without.
The lid flap has loads of storage space for cables, CF cards, notebook, business cards, grey card, remote release, etc., etc., etc.

I got my new camera case the other day - it's a Think Tank Airport Security roller case. I think it's going to do the job very well for a long time to come!

think tank airport security

Equipment list in bag

Camera Make/Model
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D300
Equipment in bag
Nikon D700 with MB-D10 battery pack
Nikon D300 with MB-D10 Battery pack
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 micro
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VRG ED-IF AF-S VR
Pocket Wizard Plus II transciever (one of three)
B+W 77mm polarizing filter
L358 Sekonic meter
The rain cover for the case and tripod straps are underneath
The Tamrac camera straps fit nicely under the lens
Nikon SB-900 flash
Nikon SB-26
Nikon SB-26
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(Updated: September 25, 2014)
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Just received my brand new ThinkTank Airport Security. I debated long and hard about whether to get this or the Airport Int'l. Boy, I'm glad I got this one as it turns out I need every drop of space. You can read my gear list to see what's in it, but that doesn't include flash battery packs, AA's, extra batteries, chargers, etc. Here's some poor iPhone photos of it!

3 Bodies, 7 lenses, 2 flashes and a Lastolite softbox (the blue bag) IN the case. As I continue to grow a little more, the softbox will be carried separately.

Equipment list in bag

Camera Make/Model
  • Canon 1D Mk III
  • Canon 5D
Equipment in bag
Canon EOS 1D mk III
Canon EOS 5D + Grip + Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EOS 5D Body + Grip
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
2 x Canon 580EX Speedlite II Speedlite
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L USM
cp-e4 battery pack
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM UPRIGHT!
Canon 50mm f/1.2L

pros and cons

1. Size 2. Wheels and may I point out that they are rollerblade wheels so readily and inexpensively replaceable 3. Plenty of dividers, but not enough smaller dividers. A lot of large ones, though 4. Durability. I think all of their bags are made really well 5. Lots of compartments. Great for all those little items that you need to store. 6. Inside flap is full of CLEAR compartments. Small thing, but really important 7. ALso holds a tripod on the side. Really convenient 8. Great safety features. Locks on the zippers and another locking cable
1. Size 2. Heavy when filled 3. Pricey, although well worth it in my opinion. (Why can we spend $$$$$ on equipment but don't want to spend $ on our bags!?) 4. Not enough smaller dividers in my opinion
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Firstly some important background info.

I've got a couple of trips planned this year and I was trying to get my head around a practical solution for carrying a substantial amount of gear with me in one bag. The deciding factor would be its ability to hold a 400mm f/2.8L lens.

Ideally it would also be a bag that would have a reasonable chance of staying with me on a flight as carry-on luggage... and, if I was forced to check it in, then it would still offer the kind of protection that the kit needs.

It would also need to give me a sense of security. Firstly by not looking too much like a camera bag... and secondly it would have top notch build quality, solid zips and locks etc.

I didn't want or need a backpack. I'm not a landscape photographer, so I wouldn't be taking the kit on a hike or lugging it around for prolonged periods of time. My requirement was for something that I could get in and out of sporting venues with reasonable ease - ideally a roller, but with carrying options as well. I wanted integrated wheels so that I wouldn't have to carry separate ones. I didn't want straps/flaps and any other dangling nasties that could drag in the mud

Less is more. One bag to hold plenty of kit. Rolling. Carrying. Safe and secure.

So, after a couple of months of research, I arrived at this product: The Think Tank Airport Security. I took delivery of it today.

The depth of the bag is a huge plus. It will hold the 70-200 vertically as well as accommodating the 400mm's sizeable lens hood. There is a small raised section in the base of the bag which allows for the handle - but there should still be room for another reasonably long lens to be positioned vertically if needed.

The padding is excellent. This isn't a completely rigid bag but the padding around the sides and base is around 1 inch thick. There is slightly less padding on the top but enough nevertheless.

Equipment list in bag

Camera Make/Model
Canon 1D Mk II
Equipment in bag
1. Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS
2. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
3. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
4. Canon Extender EF 1.4x
5. Memory cards in wallet
6. Canon EOS 1D mk II body
7. Canon EOS 1D mk II body
8. NP-E3 batteries x 2
9. Gossen Variosix F lightmeter
10. Canon CP-E2 battery pack
11. Pocket Wizard Plus set
12. Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
13. Canon 580EX Speedlite
14. Off-camera shoe cord 2
15. OP/TECH USA Camera Straps x2
Also... Sony laptop (see later picture)
ACCESS: It's possible to gain access to your gear without opening the main compartment. If you want to whip out a camera and a lens then it can be done with minimum fuss. Importantly, the bag can remain in the vertical position when doing this - so you don't have to lay it down if you don't want to.
ANOTHER VIEW: of bag loaded up.
FLAP AGAIN: The other side of the inner flap - again sporting a couple of see-through pockets.
WHEELS: The wheels make very little impact on the internal dimensions of the bag - a nice, low-profile design, very small but they seem very robust.
Here it is in standing position. The bag is made primarily from ballistic nylon - this looks and feels as if it will stand substantial wear and tear:
TRIPOD ATTACHMENT: Large or small tripods can be attached via these additional, supplied straps/accessories.
LAPTOP: Not a problem - the laptop fits nicely in the front compartment and I have a fairly chunky 15" machine. I'd probably remove it if the bag was checked in as it might be a little bit vulnerable, but for travel to and from a venue it's fine. A thin neoprene cover might come in handy. I wouldn't think that a 17" machine would fit though.
MORE HANDLES: Another view of the bag showing some of the carry handles. As you can see there is a handle for horizontal carrying and one for vertical. There is also a handle on the corner of the bag and one on the base. I assume these are to make it easy to pull the bag out of a storage compartment - another very nice touch.
FLAP: The inner flap with a large mesh pocket for storage.
LABELS: All the straps are labelled for easy identification- another very nice touch.
---  HANDLE: I'm fairly tall at 6'0" - so I was pleased at the overall length of the handle. It would suit a taller person as well. The handle has three positions, so that you can adjust it for your height. It is hidden under a zip flap and is raised/lowered/locked via a simple button on the top surface.
MORE SECURITY: Hidden behind the backpack harness is a security cable - great for securing your bag if you leave it unattended - e.g. in a media centre. This 'hidden' compartment could also be useful for storing valuables.
ORE POCKETS: Inside the top flap - a nice touch is that all the pockets are transparent so you can locate items speedily.
ALL-OVER PROTECTION: The rain cover is quickly and easily fitted and provides coverage for all the important parts of the bag in a downpour. It is secured tightly via an adjustable elasticated fastner so it won't be troubled by the wind.
Cleverly designed locks add a sense of security to both main zipped compartments. The zippers are of industrial standard. It would also be possible to use a padlock to secure the zippers if you wanted to.
BACKPACK: If you want to carry it on your back, then you can. The shoulder straps are tucked away under a small flap on the rear of the bag. The harness isn't a huge, chunky padded affair, but is quite adequate for carrying the bag up stairs or over uneven ground if necessary. I tested it up and down the stairs at home - using just one strap over one shoulder  The bag is heavy when fully loaded but it worked just fine as a temporary measure. Like I said before, this isn't a hiking bag - but it's a useful feature.
MONOPOD ATTACHMENT: Via one simple (and suitably long) cinch strap and a flexible pouch on the side of the bag.
POCKETS: This one is on the side.
RAIN COVER: Supplied in a handy little bag that is attached inside the front pocket - bit like a 'pac-a-mac'
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