MINI TESTS

Roller case that con­verts into a back­pack / Cabin- friendly / 4.7kg

Digital SLR Photography - - Contents - Test: DANIEL LEZANO

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.

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