Think Tank Photo Air­port Es­sen­tials T483

Smart and stylish, it looks more like a piece of posh lug­gage than a photo back­pack £135, $185

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Stealthy by de­sign, the Air­port Es­sen­tials bag looks just like a reg­u­lar piece of carry-on lug­gage, rather than a spe­cial­ist photo back­pack that’s likely to be hous­ing lots of expensive cam­era kit. Even so, it’s also ex­tremely se­cure, with a built-in teth­er­ing ca­ble that ex­tends from a small pocket on the bag, com­plete with com­bi­na­tion lock. The zip slid­ers for the main photo com­part­ment and 13-inch lap­top sec­tions are also suit­able for use with pad­locks.

Fully pho­to­graphic

As a full photo back­pack, there’s plenty of space in­side for one or two cam­era bod­ies and several lenses, a flash­gun and more be­sides. In­ter­nal mesh pock­ets are ideal for fil­ters and other small ob­jects, while the lap­top com­part­ment also fea­tures a use­ful gen­eral stor­age area and or­gan­iser sec­tion. A re­mov­able waist strap and seam­less rain cover are also supplied. One handy fea­ture that’s unique in this test group is that, as well as the usual grab han­dle on the top of the bag, there’s a sec­ond on the side to give an ex­tra car­ry­ing op­tion. All in all, it’s a smart and well-de­signed bag that has im­pres­sive build qual­ity. The lack of a side-open­ing flap might be a draw­back to some, but it does en­hance over­all se­cu­rity.

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