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Rolling Camera Bags for flying
Holly Stein, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 5:29 PM on 11.26.10
->> Can anyone suggest a good rolling camera bag that will hold 2 bodies, a few lenses and a laptop that will fit overhead?
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 5:39 PM on 11.26.10
->> www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/rolling-camera-bags.aspx
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Jock Fistick, Photographer
Brussels | Belgium | | Posted: 7:38 PM on 11.26.10
->> The ThinkTank Airport International - never had a problem getting it on a plane - even small ones.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 7:42 PM on 11.26.10
->> the TT Airport take off is great-it is also a Backpack!
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Mike Hanson, Photographer
Mt. Sterling | KY | USA | Posted: 7:54 PM on 11.26.10
->> I will second theThinkTank Airport International. I have traveled all over the world with it and never a problem.
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Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 8:14 PM on 11.26.10
->> I love the TT Airstreem. Their smallest roller but I can fit 2x gripped bodies, 300 f2.8 IS, 70-200 f2.8 IS, 16-35, 1x Speedlight and another small lens like a 35 f1.4 and/or a teleconverter along with the obvious things like spare filters, cleaning cloths, batteries, a TT Pixel Pocket Rocket (or 2), card reader and misc things...

In the front elastic pouch I have a TT laptop sleeve (I forget their exact name) which holds my 15 inch MBP nicely with its charger and spare battery and I can very easily pull out the laptop sleeve from the front of the bag for airport security (and yes its fine for a laptop to be in the sleeve for security screening) and in the airport to use my laptop without drawing attention to the cameras inside (both for security but also so airline staff don't see how heavy the contents are!!)

If you don't have to carry a 300mm around there is a stack more space for chargers, extra lenses, flash gear or whatever! And even with the laptop pouch infront it easily fits in all planes ive been on except one small one where the laptop had to go under the seat infront of me.

Incase you haven't noticed it's basically another +1 for Think Tank!!
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
| | | Posted: 9:26 PM on 11.26.10
->> Think Tank Airport International
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 1:19 AM on 11.27.10
->> Think Tank Aiport International!

seeing a pattern here Holly? :)

marc
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Chris Large, Photographer
Okotoks | AB | Canada | Posted: 1:57 AM on 11.27.10
->> Not sure I'm seeing a common view here....but.... I've had Think Tank Airport for years and swear by it....just a thought.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
CAIRO | EG | EGYPT | Posted: 5:41 AM on 11.27.10
->> Holly, Think Tank all the way.
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Kent Nishimura, Student/Intern, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 5:59 AM on 11.27.10
->> +1 for the Airport International. just took mines on a cross country trip from Honolulu, Hawaii - Charlotte, NC, Washington DC, NYC, and back.
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Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 6:24 AM on 11.27.10
->> Reason I went small for my suggestion (I have the international too) as the international is not always accepted for carry on on some local flights. I use it in the car and often as my checked in bag when I don't need too much in the way of clothes etc. And the smaller bag fits what you need.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 8:31 AM on 11.27.10
->> the international bag is great BUT it won't fit in the overhead of a lot of the small commuter jets. however, IF you don't want to have your gear gate checked AND are physically able to carry a backpack the Think Tank "shapeshifter" is what you need. I haven't been on a plane where it didn't just drop into the overhead. I usually have three bodies, three lenses, extender, computer and all the other crap we carry....it is without a doubt the best bag I've ever had....just wanted to toss that out as an option...no wheels, but a great way to travel with your gear.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 9:20 AM on 11.27.10
->> as a woman, i find their new Airport take off to be the best bag. It is a roller/backpack so when it is weighted down, having the ability to throw it on your back makes it so much easier to carry. Ever try to carry one of the other bags? H-E-A-V-Y!

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/airport-takeoff-roller-camera-bag.as...
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Frank Lauri, Photographer
Larksville | PA | USA | Posted: 2:11 PM on 11.27.10
->> I have this one from Pelican. I got a great deal on it at the PDN Photoplus show on the last day (and the last one) for $105.00. It will hold 2 bodies and a variety of lenses with the largest I've ever put in there was a 70-200. Other lenses I also had in there were 17-40, 85 1.8, 24-70 and 2 flashes. There is also 2 adjustable straps on the side for a monopod or tripod. My laptop is a 13" MacBook Pro and it fit fine. I've travelled with it once to Florida and it fit into the overhead with no problems.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/443980-reg/pelican_pcs247b_pcs_247_rs...
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 2:45 PM on 11.27.10
->> I hate to say this, but I must agree with Chuck (YUCK)

If you have to take a small (Buddy Holly ) Plane, the have Shifter is the best!!

When I travel to my yearly Trade Show in Vegas and I don't have to carry a Butt-Load of gear, the Shape Shifter is the bag I use!! Two D3's, 70-200, 24-70 and one SB900, plus my MacBook and a ton of other little things!!

Well worth the price.

Y
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Robert Smith, Photographer
Brandon | MS | USA | Posted: 4:41 PM on 11.27.10
->> Think Tank. Airport International is my weapon of choice.
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Shane Psaltis, Photographer
Aquebogue | NY | USA | Posted: 11:42 AM on 11.28.10
->> For what you need, the Airstream is Ideal, The international is a real winner also, and another awesome bag is the Take-off, I think you get the hint, this thread does not need to go any further. Think Tank all the way.

Shane
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Jonathan Nimerfroh, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 11:57 AM on 11.28.10
->> think tank. you will thank us later :)
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Shane Psaltis, Photographer
Aquebogue | NY | USA | Posted: 11:57 AM on 11.28.10
->> Actually the best kept secret at TT is the StreetWalker® HardDrive, an amazingly versatile back pack that will fit on every plane in every overhead. will carry 2 pro bodies, 70-200, 300 2.8 , 24-70 and flash plus other odds and ends.

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/streetwalker-harddrive-backpack.aspx

Shane
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Christchurch | NZ | | Posted: 5:35 PM on 11.28.10
->> While all the comments about TT bags (and I'm sure others) is spot on, one thing to consider, especially if you're traveling internationally, is the actual weight of the bag/roller.

Airlines -- at least the ones I've used lately -- seem to be getting stricter about the weight of your carry-on (as well as your checked bags). I'm sure there are other threads on this on SS. Just be forewarned that it may not be if your carry-on will fit in the overhead or under the seat but what it actually weighs.
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David G. McIntyre, Photographer
Beijing | . | CHINA | Posted: 5:47 PM on 11.28.10
->> Think Tank International, and even when I have to gate check it on Commuter planes, I never worry. I always carry my laptop though, and won't check that.
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Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 7:03 PM on 11.28.10
->> PJ, i know weight is a problem but the weight of the bag never really has much of an impact i don't think. The baggage allowance is often 7KG and the gear in my bag alone often weights about 10KG so its over before its even put in a bag.

Something that was once suggested to me (and i once had to do on a Sydney to Wagga Wagga flight - 7kg Allowance) is when the airline staff ask to weigh your bag is to take out a couple of cameras and lenses over your shoulders (thus reducing the bags weight) as the cameras will then count as "Personal Items" and not be included in the weight when outside the bag, once past security or on the plane simply put them back in the bag.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
| | | Posted: 7:14 PM on 11.28.10
->> As for the actual weight of carry on bag allowances ... I compiled the info for 68 airlines around the world here - http://bagsize.notlong.com
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 12:50 AM on 11.29.10
->> Angus:

That's exactly what I've done to get around those rules. And if you have a laptop, you can take it out of your bag and carry it on and it also doesn't count toward the weight limit.
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 1:40 AM on 11.29.10
->> I travel with the Shapeshifter and an International. Perfect for almost everything I need, including some clothing if its an overnight.
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Chris Large, Photographer
Okotoks | AB | Canada | Posted: 2:47 AM on 11.29.10
->> I've had my bag (TT Airport Addicted) weighed a couple of times on international flights. One time I had to take a couple of bodies out and have them on my shoulder ( but somehow they got back into the bag after security) and another time I had to "gate check" the bag but the tag fell off before I got to the plane - so it made it in with me. Go figure how these things happen.

C
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Caleb Simpson, Photographer
Austin | TX | USA | Posted: 4:53 PM on 11.29.10
->> LowePro makes some great bags too. Although mine is pretty old and I don't know the model number. I tried to find it online, but they have updated their entire line. I love my LowePro bag though and have carried it on the plan a few times. It's a tight fit, but it does fly.
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