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- Meets ALL airline carry-on size requirements
- TSA combination lock secures main zipper sliders
- Front cable & lock secures laptop case
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|Item Dimensions||9.8 x 16 x 22.3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||14 pounds|
|Item Weight||15.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||14.6 pounds|
Roller meets INTERNATIONAL and USA domestic carry-on size requirements. Although passengers are rarely asked to put their roller into airline test "frames", photographers can travel with the peace of mind knowing that this roller is designed to fit. Shown is an AIR CANADA luggage test frame. The Airport International V2.0 has also been tested in BRITISH AIRWAYS, KLM, UNITED, and other major airlines' test frames. Actually, the most important feature is that this roller "looks" small and is visually within legal carry-on requirements. It does not call out to be questioned by airline attendants on major flights.
Top customer reviews
The bag is expensive, but well made and is worth the money. There are several external and internal pockets to sort out smaller stuff. The lens pockets are deep enough to hold more than the lenses. So there is plenty of room for us amateurs to carry our equipment. The pros will have to give their own take on this bag, but they also have assistants, and many pros have an entourage to help them out, so it is a different world than mine.
This is an excellent case for photo gear for either local or distant travel. Highly recommended!
I looked at buying this bag 3 years ago. A few things scared me off. #1, The price. It's an expensive bag to say the least. #2, It didn't have a dedicated laptop sleeve, and the "low dividers" solution seemed inadequate to me. #3, No backpack straps. #4. Think Tank is a small company, and didn't have nearly as wide of a distribution back then (i.e. I couldn't get it Amazon Prime back then and didn't want to pay big shipping costs . . . ) So, I bought a Tenba Rolling Shootout. A good camera bag which satisfied many of the above requirements (still expensive, though.)
3 years later: I've never used the backpack straps on the shootout. Too heavy. The laptop sleeve is virtually useless. Hard to get in and out of it, and awkward for airport usage. And, the design of the rolling apparatus leaves a lot to be desired. The single handle design makes the bag tend to rotate around when you are wheeling it. The sleeve and the roller handle take up a lot of valuable camera space. And, it's rounded at the top, taking away more camera space. There are "convenient" pockets on the outside that stick out and make it hard to position in an overhead compartment or under a seat. More over, they make the bag attract attention as potentially being bulky and heavy.
OK, so why say all this in a review of Think Tank bag:
Every inch of this bag has been thought out in excruciating detail.
Even though this bag is not as deep on the exterior as many other bags on the market, the interior depth is larger than most. The telescoping handle only takes up a portion of the top of the bag, but this works in your favor when carrying a camera body with lens in place. It makes a good supportive structure that is easy to retrieve your camera from. Compared to the Tenba, I can stack my 70-200 f/4L with the hood reversed on top of a speedlite, The lack of the laptop sleeve and back straps adds about 2 inches of depth despite being 2 inches more shallow on the exterior. The international sizing makes this bag about 3/4 of inch too shallow to stand the lens up, but I could in a pinch. For certain you could in the Airport Security 2.0 domestic version.
EVERY inch of this bag is usable. There are no sections that are curved and therefore hard to put your equipment in. There is a nice front compartment for storing things like pens, passports, etc. And, the stretch compartment on the front will easily hold a 15 inch laptop in a sleeve.
Moral of the story: Don't spend $700 to buy two bags. Spend the money once and buy THIS bag. You will be happy. It carries a METRIC BUTTLOAD of stuff.
And, for those who like this stuff: Here's what I have in my bag ATM:
Canon 5DMIII with 24-105 f/4L IS attached.
Canon 50D body.
Canon 70-200 f/4L IS with lens hood reversed (and the hood for the 24-105 around that hood) and in soft case.
Canon 17-40 f/4 with lens hood reversed and in soft case.
Canon 85 mm f/1.8
Canon 50 mm f/1.8 II (Nifty Fifty)
Canon Speedlite 580X II in a Tamrac Case
1954 Rolleiflex MX-EVS Type I
Black Rapid Sport Strap
Battery chargers for both cameras.
Batteries for both cameras.
Giottis Medium Rocket Blower
Various filters in the square plastic B+W cases they came in.
Cables, card readers, etc. etc. etc.
Plenty of room, and everything is well cared for. I could easily find room for another lens or two.
The interior has a lot more room than my similarly sized backpack, with adjustable dividers. What I carried in the bag: Canon 5D Mk II, 7D, T2i, 17-40 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f2.8, 24mm tilt-shift, 1.4x extender, 2x 580 EX II, remote shutter control, 2 pocket wizards, one eTTL cord, memory cards, batteries, etc. The bag was very heavy when loaded with this, but fortunately they don't tend to weigh carry-on luggage.
There was a period when the telescoping handle wouldn't come out all the way and this was irritating, but it worked itself out. The only other problem I've had (and this is very minor) is that one of the zipper pulls had the plastic at the end of the cord come off - the zipper is fine, but if the cord comes out then operating the zipper could be a pain.
The only time I haven't been able to carry it on the plane was on a commuter flight with very tiny overhead compartments. In that situation, the bag was gate checked and brought my gear through safely, though I was nervous.
Overall I'm thrilled with the purchase. It's a fair chunk to throw down for a bag you've only seen online, but it's carried all my gear well. I would recommend it to anyone who carries much photo gear and travels.