November 26th, 2009 by admin
It’s not very exciting photography-wise, but a lot of my readers are other photographers, so this post is for you:)
My bag for about the last 5-6 years has been a Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW. It worked well, fit almost everything I needed, and was comfortable to carry. It has however, worn out. The zippers are a little busted and get stuck quite often, it has tears on the inside, and when I fully loaded up, it weighs way too much to carry on my back for hours on end.
I did consider another Lowepro, but decided to go with the new kid on the block, a ThinkTank bag.
They just released a new bag which had the four key points I was looking for covered.
1. Roll. With all my travel kit in the bag, I reckon it weighs over 30kg, that is too much for anyones back for hours of walking through airport terminals or carparks.
2. Backpack. For those times where I am off road or climbing stairs.
3. Fit my 17-inch laptop.
4. Be international carry-on approved.
The ThinkTank Airport TakeOff does all those things like it was designed for it.
I transfered my gear into it using a different setup to what was suggested, and so far its pretty cool. The zippers are a pleasure to use, I have a fair bit more room for all those chargers and batteries that used to just float in my LowePro bag, and the wheels are heavy duty and seem like that will last at least another 5 years for me. And if it does that I’ll be happy.
Two cool things about the new bag, the laptop bag I bought separately, it’s their Artificial Intelligence 17, and I think it will become my new laptop bag overall, that is, as soon as i figure out how to get my Dell’s massive power supply in it.
The second is that the bag comes with a lock. For a little extra piece of mind. I rarely leave my bag unattended, but even if its in a hotel or whatever it’s still better to lock it than not.
It looks like I’m off to Japan again in a bit over a month, so I reckon my back will thank me for the new bag. I had a family shoot yesterday, which was the first time I used the new bag, and it was awesome. I love how it stands by itself, the old bag I always ended up leaning on something.