Roller case that converts into a backpack / Cabin- friendly / 4.7kg
A new Think Tank Photo roller bag and a handy little flash modifier from Lastolite reviewed and rated
Price: £ 360 Website: www. thinktankphoto. com
IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a cabin- friendly roller case in which to transport your photography gear, then there are already plenty of excellent options, with Lowepro's Photostream RL 150 and Think Tank Photo's Airport Roller Derby being two of the best. The Airport Takeoff V2.0 is the latest addition to Think Tank's extensive range, and continues the brand's near- infallible knack for producing superbly designed products that easily justify their premium price tags.
The biggest talking point about its design is that hidden in a zipped area on the rear is a pair of fully padded backpack straps, shoulder harness and padded back panel. When the terrain is too rough for the pair of large wheels to roll smoothly, you can quickly convert the case into a backpack that's comfortable to use. Unlike some roller case hybrids, the straps on this model are very well designed and padded, so you'll have no issues using it as a backpack when required.
At 35.5x53x22cm, you'll find the Takeoff V2.0 is accepted as hand luggage on many airlines ( do check beforehand) and the interior size ( 33x47x13- 17cm) is spacious enough to hold two pro- spec DSLRS with or without lenses attached, as well as several other lenses and accessories. A good number of padded dividers allow for countless configurations and the bag can hold a lens as big as a 400mm f/ 2.8. Small accessories can be stored in two zippered see- through pockets on the interior of the main fl flap.ap. Unclipping the main fl flap ap provides access to the laptop ( up to 17in) and tablet compartments, with a zippered pocket holding small accessories like pens or batteries. A plush- lined zippered pocket on the frontal flap is designed to hold sunglasses or a smartphone without scratching it, while a side pocket that can hold a water bottle also features a cabled combination lock. A tripod/ monopod can be carried on the side using the straps and supplied tripod cup.
The retractable handle ( along with the wheels and feet) is user- replaceable and has a smooth open/ close action, while thick grab handles are located on the top and side of the case. The materials used in the exterior include ballistic nylon and 600D polyester, which is both durable and hard- wearing, while a water- repellent coating ( as well as removable rain cover) provides protection from the elements.
Everything about the Airport Takeoff V2.0 oozes quality, from the excellent design to the high- quality materials and to its dual- purpose handling. The wheels provide a smooth and quiet action and, when strapped on the back, it sits snugly and comfortably. Add to this a capacity that can hold a large camera outfit, as well as a laptop, and you've a storage system that's ideal for the regular travel photographer.