Saying a Few Words for Think Tank Photo

September 01, 2017

Originally posted Feb 04, 2015

 

I’m pleased to have been selected as a representative for Think Tank Photo, whose products I use and enthusiastically recommend.  If you order a Think Tank camera backpack using the link below, you’ll receive your choice of an accessory for free, and me a very modest percentage of the amount of that sale.

The reason I’m doing this – and trust me, I am not planning on taking any photo trips with the proceeds from this arrangement – is that I have been so thoroughly impressed and very well satisfied with Thank Tank over the past three years.

I have two of their equipment bags, the Airport Security roller bag, which went to Alaska with Cindy and me three summers ago, and the Airport Essentials backpack, which accompanied us to Africa in 2013.  Both of these great bags were purchased from Amazon, and I subsequently gave each of them a glowing review, which they very much deserved.

The Airport Essentials was purchased specifically because it will hold a ton of gear and will fit in the overhead of any “regional jet,” on which we flew the first and the last legs of our African adventure. The bag’s size notwithstanding, it carries two Nikon bodies, four lenses, and assorted accouterments, did not require three men and a strong boy to lift, and has a security cable that can be locked around any convenient object, like an airport bench, making it impossible to snatch and run with.  While it’s not a good idea to go and leave any kind of bag or container un-attended (unless you don’t mind if airport security seizes and blows it up for you), we spent most of a day in Heathrow, and it was comforting to know that I could relax and even doze off without worrying about getting to the bush with nothing more than a camera phone.

The Airport Security also has the cable arrangement.  It will fit in the overhead of a “real” airplane, but if you fill it up, you might need help in getting it up there.  Since getting the Airport Essential, I don’t use the Security for commercial travel, but do use it every time I’m traveling by car, truck, or Jeep.  It won’t hold each and every piece of gear I own, but it’ll come darn close.  Using it, with its padded dividers, keeps gear organized and protected in one place, obviating the need to go through several cases or duffels looking for your favorite lens.

One other Think Tank item that I really can’t say enough about is their cable organizer and carrying case, which I believe now comes in two models.  When I first saw this item cataloged, I tended to view it as overkill, but broke down and ordered it when I finally beheld all of the cables, chargers, batteries, etc. we would be taking to Africa with us.  This case is not that large but had room for all of that stuff in three compartments which, again, made it easier to locate the battery or battery charger I was looking for amidst all of those that made the trip with us. One especially nice feature of this little case is that its lid is clear vinyl, allowing TSA to see what’s in there – if they decide to take an interest – without ever opening it up and stirring its contents into a rat’s nest.  Not that they ever would, mind you.

So that’s my story on Think Tank, and I’m sticking to it.  Use the link below to review and/or to order for yourself any of the fine items they inventory.

thinktankphoto.com/categories/camera-backpacks

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