Gear review time!

It’s been a while since I did a post on any gear, really, but too long since I’ve done one on a camera bag.
Confession time, i have about 8 camera bags. Don’t judge me, I’m a woman and a photographer, it’s in my DNA to have many options. 😉

Here’s the thing, some days you want to just grab a camera with one lens, our wallet and lipstick into a small camera bag for the day. Some days you need a slightly larger bag to handle that camera body and a couple of lenses. Some days you need an even larger bag to hold your camera (s), lenses, speed lights, etc… you see where this is heading. I’m not crazy, just smart.

For ages I’ve been watching Think Tank Photo’s line of roller bags expand, with the thought in mind “I’m getting one, one of these days.”

I always struggled with some of the weight of the bags though. When I think of a roller bag, I think of travel, and knowing weight restrictions that most airlines have, especially for carry on, especially for international flights, having the lightest bag possible is important.

Another consideration is how much gear the bags hold. I’m an uber minimalist when it comes to gear, I own two digital cameras (we will overlook how many film cameras!), a few lenses, a tripod, a couple of flashes and a handful of smaller accessories. This smaller lightweight kit always meant I didn’t need a larger Airport series bag, so I held off, for a while.

A few months ago, somehow, Think Tank heard of all these needs and made a bag just for me. Wait! Not just for me, for everyone! Haha

Check out the Airport Advantage a lean and lightweight roller bag, fab for many but essential for folks like me who use Fujifilm Cameras and lenses or other smaller mirrorless systems. Fear not, it will hold DSLR’s too.

So far this Airport Advantage has been with me on several flights through several cities, from Seattle to Daytona Beach to New York City to Dubai. And it’s working out fabulously!

Here’s some snaps of how I’m using it.

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Here’s a list of what I typically have with me.

  • Fujifilm XT-1
  • Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4
  • Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2
  • Fujifilm 14mm f/2.8
  • 3 Legged Thing Brian Tripod
  • Westcott reflectors (20″ & 12″)
  • Think Tank Photo memory card wallets
  • Think Tank Photo Cable Management (with lots of batteries, and misc accessories)
  • Batteries + Charger for Fujifilm XT-1
  • Cokin 9 Stop ND Filter
  • Pens
  • Business cards
  • 13″ Macbook Pro + Charger
  • 4 – G-Tech Portrable Harddrives
  • 2 – WD Portable Harddrives
  • Fujifilm Instax SP-1 Printer + Instax Mini Film

Note a couple of things.

The backpack in the first picture is the Think Tank Perception Tablet, a pretty small pack. :)

In these images I have my tripod in the bag. This bag has attachments on the side so you can roll with the tripod on the outside, making more room inside.

What I love?
Laptop pocket on the outside holds up to a 15″ laptop
Pockets on the inside for smaller items
The usual customisable interior to fit anyone’s needs
The handle placement, on the top, side and even bottom
Wheels roll smooth
Handle extension is smooth and locks well

What I’d love to see down the line on this one?
The four way wheels, sometimes rolling the bag instead of pulling makes my life easier, especially in an airport.

One of the joys of a smaller roller like this is that it’s slim, it doesn’t look like it holds too much. I can also carry less gear if I don’t need it and throw some clothes in there. All in all this has been great bag so far and I’ve only had it a couple of months. I see many adventures ahead with this bag.

Thanks for reading!

Kate

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