Think Think Tank Photo’s Product Development Team have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you some new bag solutions. Have a peek at 3 of their new bags:
Glass Limo – specially designed for long lenses
Airport Navigator – rolling bag with front and top openings for rapid and unobstructed access to gear
CityWalker – messenger bags in 3 sizes – soft & light, for urban environments
These bags will be available in the UK & Ireland around mid November 2012 from: snapperstuff.com
Copyright: Helen Atkinson 2012
With the Summer holidays on the horizon we thought a summary of current Airline Carry-on weights & dimensions* would be helpful… so, here are the weights & dimensions for popular flights out of the UK & Ireland:
Aer Lingus (shorthaul & longhaul) – under 10kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm
Aer Lingus (regional) – under 7kg – 48 x 36 x 21 cm
American Airlines – 56 x 35 x 23 cm (max) & personal item e.g. laptop or handbag with total dimensions not exceeding 91cm (length + width + height)
bmi – unlimited – 55 x 40 x 23 cm
British Airways – 23 kg – 2 pieces – 56 x 45 x 25 cm & 45 x 36 x 20 cm (laptop or handbag which must fit under seat in front of you)
easyJet – unlimited – 56 x 45 x 25 cm
flybe – 10 kg – 50 x 35 x 23 cm
First Choice – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm
Jet2 – 10 kg – 56 x 45 x 25 cm
Monarch – 10 kg – 56 x 45 x 25 cm
Ryanair – 10 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm
Thomas Cook Airlines – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm
Thomson Airlines – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm
Virgin Atlantic – 6 kg – 56 x 36 x 23 cm
*Note: all carry-on weight and dimension allowances are subject to change at any time by the airlines, so please ensure you check with your preferred airline for accuracy prior to travel, to avoid disappointment.
We welcome your feedback on this, especially your experiences traveling with the Think Tank Photo bags, and if you have any other carry-on info you’d like to share please let us know. Thank you.
Pete Rawlinson, Sales Specialist at London Camera Exchange in Winchester, was privilaged to be asked to test out the new Nikon 1 cameras at the press launch in Shanghai, back in October…
“I thought I’d need a bag that would better suit all my kit. Now, like most photographers, I have many different bags and cases yet none seem to be able to handle the kit I’d be taking out with me.
While at work I looked at the Retro series and thought I’d appeal to my rep, Helen’s, kind nature and ask if there were any Retro Demo bags I could borrow. Unfortunately none of these were available, but Helen kindly lent me her own Retro 10. The bag was big enough to fit all my kit plus the chargers and my vitals, phone and wallet.
The main things I really found great about this bag were;
- Enough room for all my kit plus more
- Not your typical “Camera Bag” (meaning I could happily walk around the streets with £8000 worth of camera equipment on my shoulder)
- The cushioned strap was more than welcomed as I spent 5 days carrying all this kit for the whole time
- The carrying handle made picking up my gear from the taxis, buses and boats easier than having to pick it up via the long strap.
- The sound silencers were probably the best feature with this bag. I found this particularly handy while exploring the Buddhist temple when I had to switch over memory cards.
All in all I don’t think I could say anything negative about these series of bags and since returning from China I have bought myself a Retro 10 which has become my primary Camera Bag.”
Congratulations to Pete who recently wind 3rd prize in the Sony World Photography Awards (staff competition)!
Here he is collecting his prize: Pete collecting prize
Pete Rawlinson shooting in Shaghai with the Nikon 1 camera
Shaghai at night, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011
Shaghai People, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011Fellow Nikon Photographers Simon Stafford & Will Cheung (Advanced Photographer Editor) with their Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise shoulder bags in Shaghai, shot on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011
Nikon 1 camera gear, which Pete fitted in the Retrospective 10 bag – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011
To see more of Pete’s work please check out this link: www.Pete-Rawlinson.co.uk
To find out more on the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 and other bags in the range to can catch up with Pete in the LCE – London Camera Exchange – store in Winchester, Hampshire. Website: www.lcegroup.co.uk
You can follow LCE on Twitter here: @LCEUsedCameras
and here: @LCEOffers
You can follow LCE Winchester on Facebook here: LCE Winchester
For more info on the Retrospective range click on this link: RETROSPECTIVE RANGE
After reading the ‘Does My Kit Fit? Airport International v2.0’ feature, Sports Photographer Stefano Grasso, contacted us about his experience travelling with his Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Pro backpack. Based in Italy, Stefano works internationally:
“The Airport International is definitely the best trolley we can have !!
The size is ok, BUT, as you know, mainly in Europe the problem of carry on cameras and lenses is the weight…
I have a lot of equipment to bring with me and every time is a real nightmare. Lufthansa and Swiss allow 1 piece of 8 kilos max in cabin !The last frontier for me right now, is a 400 f2.8 + EOS body 1D IV in the Streetwalker Pro and my other equipment (200 f2, 70-200 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 14 f2.8, 8-15 f4, 2 bodies EOS 1D, Mac Book Pro 15″ and some more things in the Airport International. No comment about the total weight… Sometimes some equipment flies in a Peli Case, but what a stress. I have insurance of course, but I can’t afford to miss the picture !!!“
Here’s how Stefano fits his gear in his Streetwalker Pro:
You can see Stefano’s work here: www.stefanograsso.it & www.horse-poster.com
For more info on the Streetwalker Pro backpack click on this link:
Angus Thomson, Snapperstuff’s Product Specialist, shows how he has his Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff configured:
Click on the images to find out more info on the Airport TakeOff – backpack & roller bag in one.
The first person to correctly list x5 of Angus’s lenses, as pictured in his Airport TakeOff above, wins a Think Tank Photo branded Pixel Pocket Rocket.
Please enter your answer in the ‘Leave a reply’ box below (and ensure your comment links to you).
We’ll post the winner and then list the full kit in Angus’s Airport TakeOff here…
See how much gear Freia Turland can fit in her Airport Antidote:
Professional photographer Freia Turland packed her Airport Antidote up for an adventure both for the bag and herself:
Canon 5D mkII with Battery Grip (BG-E6), Black / Blue Camera Strap and 24-70 f2.8 lens attached
16-35 f2.8 mkII
Canon Speedlite 580 EX
Special edition Pixel Pocket Rocket
Spare camera batteries, AA battery holders, lens cleaning cloth etc
Canon battery charger LC-E6E
In the front stretch pocket of the bag Artificial Intelligence 15 (included with the Airport Antidote) containing a 15” MacBook Pro (this is also included in the version 2 or you can get this separately)
Freia told Snapperstuff, “I wouldn’t normally keep a battery charger in my bag, but off to catch a series of planes to the Arctic Circle I needed to have everything in one place. I knew that the Airport Antidote met current legal international carry on requirements for my journey and was comfortable to have on my back for many hours of the day. A must with 100km snowmobile routes to make over the ice!”
Freia has the version 1 Airport Antidote, which has now been updated to the version 2 after feedback from users… find out more about the Airport Antidote™ V2.0 here…
We will show you some images from her trip here soon…
Please note: We highly recommend you check with your airline the legal carry-on allowance for both weight and size are prior to travel. Carry-on size and weight restrictions vary with different airlines and at different airports nationally and internationally.
See how much gear Helen Atkinson can fit in her Airport International V2.0:
Canon 1D mkIII (with Black / Grey Camera Strap)
Canon 5D mkII with Battry Grip (BG-E6), Black / Blue Camera Strap and 70-200 f2.8 lens attached
100 f2.8 macro
300 f2.8 with lens hood (reversed)
x3 MultiMAX Pocket Wizards (wireless transceivers)
Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket (CF & SD card holder)
x1.4 & x2 Canon EF Extenters / Converters (stacked)
Canon Speedlite 580 EX II
Canon Compact Battery Pack CP-E3
16-35 f2.8 (hidden under converters)
extra batteries; cables; lens cleaning cloths; etc…
The Airport International™ V2.0 is designed to meet current legal international carry on requirements. Also to transport heavy camera or lighting equipment in urban environments.
We highly recommend you check with your airline the legal carry-on allowance for both weight and size are prior to travel. Carry-on size and weight restrictions vary with different airlines and at different airports nationally and internationally.