Think Tank Photo has unveiled eight new photo bags and bag accessories aimed at the working shooter and serious weekend photographer. Like previous Think Tank offerings, they feature some of the nicest product design we've seen coupled with the company's usual flair for product naming. Here's a rundown of what's new:
|Carry On: The Think Tank Photo Airport Acceleration backpack, pictured with a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L for scale. Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo)|
Airport Acceleration backpack This is the latest in their series of backpacks for the traveling photographer. Smaller than Think Tank's cavernous Airport Addicted backpack, it shares the same rectangular appearance and clean exterior design, but with outer dimensions of 18.5" H x 13" W x 7" D (47 cm x 33 cm x 18 cm) it should meet airline carry-on requirements worldwide (as well as comfortably fit both overhead and under the seat of larger commercial aircraft).
Its boxy shape enables it to hold a lot of gear for a bag this size: it will hold up to a 400mm f/2.8 or 500mm f/4 lens, plus up to two larger digital SLR bodies, 70-200mm f/2.8 and other accessories. It comes with an Artificial Intelligence 15 sleeve that will hold up to a typical 15 inch laptop; the sleeve slips into an stretchy front pocket on the Airport Acceleration, but can also be slipped out and toted as a separate shoulder bag with its included strap, to reduce the appearance of backpack bulk when checking in or boarding.
The stretchable front pocket of the Airport Acceleration will also hold the Artificial Intelligence 17 laptop sleeve with a typical 17 inch laptop loaded. The Aiport Acceleration includes a stretchy monopod/tripod side pocket, removable rain cover, tuck-away backpack straps, removable waistbelt and the usual several hundred interior dividers (number of dividers is approximate).
We had a brief opportunity to try out a prototype of this backpack over the summer, and immediately made plans to switch to it for plane travel as soon as it came available. For what we normally have to carry on board, its size, internal capacity and smart laptop solution should make it an ideal on-the-road backpack here.
The Airport Acceleration has a manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP) of US$279 in the U.S. (look for the street price to be about the same) and is slated to ship beginning the week of September 25, 2006.
|Baby Bear: The Think Tank Photo Airport Antidote backpack, pictured with a Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L for scale. Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo)|
Airport Antidote backpack If Airport Addicted is Papa Bear, and Airport Acceleration is Mama Bear, then think of Airport Antidote as the Baby Bear of Think Tank Photo's backpack line. Its design closely mimics that of Airport Acceleration and it also includes the Artificial Intelligence 15 sleeve, but with outer dimensions of 17" H x 11.75" W x 7" D (43 cm x 30 cm x 18 cm), it's not quite as tall or wide. But it's roomy enough to hold a 300mm f/2.8 or even 400mm f/2.8 lens (though the latter will gobble up a lot of interior space), and can be configured to hold a pro digital SLR body, smaller lenses and other accessories as well.
In keeping with flying theme, Think Tank Photo literature emphasizes that the Airport Antidote will fit inside the cramped overhead bin of smaller regional jets, as well as under the seat, even when turned sideways in some instances.
Like the Airport Acceleration, the Airport Antidote features a stretchy monopod/tripod side pocket, removable rain cover, removable waistbelt and lots of adjustable interior dividers. Its shoulder straps don't tuck away like its slightly-larger counterpart, and the front pocket isn't large enough to hold the Artificial Intelligence 17.
The Airport Antidote has a MSRP of US$199 in the U.S. (expect the street price to be about that too) and is slated to ship beginning the week of September 25, 2006.
|Stand Tall: The Think Tank Photo Glass Taxi, pictured with a Canon EF 17-40 f/4L for scale. Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo)|
Glass Taxi This is the other new product from Think Tank that we're coveting, and you may too if you've ever struggled with where to stow a long lens during end-of-game jubilation as all heck is breaking loose. With outer dimensions of 17" H x 8.5" W x 8.5" D (43 cm x 21.5 cm x 21.5 cm), it's a tall, narrow backpack (it can be configured as a shoulder bag too) meant to hold up to a 400mm f/2.8 or 500mm f/4, or even a 300mm f/2.8 with camera body attached. On the inside is a stabilizing collar to keep longer lenses from wobbling about.
It includes a removable raincover, removable shoulder strap, tuck-away backpack straps, stretchy monopod/tripod side pocket and adjustable interior dividers. It has a velcro flap in the base that enables it to be linked to a Think Tank Pro Speed Belt; the front of the Glass Taxi incorporates a rail for attaching Think Tank Modulus components, including the Chimp Cage, which will hold a larger digital SLR. The Glass Taxi's raincover can be extended to cover an attached Modulus component (presumably up to a certain size).
The Glass Taxi has a MSRP of US$149.50 in the U.S. (look for the actual selling price to be about that also) and is slated to ship beginning the week of September 25, 2006.
|Big Sleeve: The Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 15. Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo)|
Artificial Intelligence 15 and 17 These are padded, zippered laptop sleeves with a removable shoulder strap and organizer pocket. As noted earlier, and as their names imply, the Artificial Intelligence 15 will hold a 15 inch laptop, the Artificial Intelligence 17 will hold a 17 inch laptop.
Both the Airport Acceleration and Airport Antidote backpacks comes with an Artificial Intelligence 15. The front pocket of the Airport Acceleration will accept the Artificial Intelligence 15 or Artificial Intelligence 17 with a laptop inside, while the Airport Antidote's front pocket isn't wide enough to contain the Artificial Intelligence 17, though the Artificial Intelligence 15 fits nicely. Neither laptop sleeve will fit in the front pocket of the Airport Security.
The Artificial Intelligence 15, when purchased separate from the two new Airport-series backpacks, has a MSRP of US$49 in the U.S. The Artificial Intelligence 17 has a MSRP of US$59 in the U.S. Both products are slated to ship beginning the week of September 25, 2006, at prices that will track closely with their MSRP.
|On Top: The Think Tank Photo Airport Check In briefcase, shown here perched on top of an Airport Security roller. Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo)|
Airport Check In This is a 16" W x 13.375" H x 6.25" D (41 cm x 34 cm x 16 cm) soft-sided computer briefcase. It features a padded slot that will take up to a 17 inch laptop (with the padding removed from the slot, the Artificial Intelligence 15 with a laptop inside will also fit) and removable Cable Management 50 multi-pocket organizer, plus an additional set of slots and compartments inside the briefcase's front pocket.
The Airport Check In is designed to slip over the extended handle of an Airport Security, and is roomy enough to hold both a laptop and a Think Tank Photo Pixel Eclipse light shade at the same time.
The Airport Check In includes an attachable backpack harness and removable rain cover. It has a MSRP of US$149.50 in the U.S. (expect the street price to be similar) and is slated to ship beginning the week of September 25, 2006.
Cable Management 50 and Curved Comfort shoulder strap Rounding out Think Tank Photo's announcements are a large organizer insert and an accessory shoulder strap for bags and briefcases that the company is billing as "the most comfortable curved shoulder strap ever!" Cable Management 50 is included with the Airport Check In and will also be sold separately at a MSRP of US$29.50 in the U.S. The Curved Comfort strap has a MSRP of US$25 in the U.S. They're slated to ship beginning the week of September 25, 2006.
The Think Tank Photo web site hasn't been updated with information on the new products yet. The company will be exhibiting their line of photo bags, including the newly-introduced items, at Photokina 2006 in Cologne, Germany from September 26 to October 1.