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Think Tank Photo Airport Acceleration V2.0 Backpack

Thomas Berg (twberg) on November 5, 2009


Keywords: think, tank, photo, airport, acceleration, backpack, bags, non_nikon, product, articles

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The quest for the perfect large travelling & touring backpack?

Well, yes and no — but more "Yes" than "No!"

About a year ago I decided to join a group of photo enthusiasts for a photographic safari in Namibia (which was performed just recently). I had all the photographic equipment available but no suitable bag compatible with modern air traffic regulations. My bag choices were either too small or way too bulky and I did not want to compromise my equipment selection. So I started to look around to see what was on the market.

Face to Face: the AA2 and my el-cheapo
Face to Face: the AA2 and my el-cheapo

My goal was to find a kind of "perfect travelling backpack for photographers" and whenever I looked at the many offerings from numerous branded and non-branded manufacturers, I found the search converging towards the products of Think Tank Photo more than once. My photographic equipment is rather on the professional's side and the gear acquisitions in the past years left no margin for travels. Definitely, I would not want to put this equipment at risk of damage during my travels and I am convinced that here the difference between "professional" and "amateur" fades away.

Actually, I should not be surprised if amateurs are even more concerned about the potential loss of their photographic equipment (in the same sense as children are concerned about their favourite teddy bear) than professionals are. Be it hobby or profession, we all rely on our photographic equipment.

At this point international air travel regulations in general and the dreaded international luggage handling regulations in particular come into play. The latter forces us to indulge the former strict limitations. Ouch! Soon the conflict raises. A typical large photo backpack suited for convenient hiking will often not meet the airline's regulations and limitations on cabin luggage, neither does the classic photographer's shoulder bag meet the hiking traveller's needs – the trapdoor is wide open.

Actually, I should not be surprised if amateurs are even more concerned about the potential loss of their photographic equipment (in the same sense as children are concerned about their favourite teddy bear) than professionals are. Be it hobby or profession, we all rely on our photographic equipment.

 

 

compared_tb06871Have a look inside: the AA2 as delivered

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2 comments

Zita Margit Kemeny (zkemeny) on November 25, 2009

Your article helped me to decide faster which backpack shall I buy. Thank you!

Hendric Schneider (Hendric) on November 23, 2009

Thank you Thomas for writing this review.

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