Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Commuter bags, part of Photo Gear Weekly.
(upbeat music) - Photographers love their gear and of course they need bags to put their gear into, especially when traveling, that can be very important. In a previous episode, we talked about the different varieties of bags that are available for photographers. Today, we're going to take a look at some camera bags, roller bags, specifically, that are ideal for the traveling photographer.
I'm here with Chris of Think Tank Photo, thanks for joining me, Chris. Sure, Tim. So, when I'm traveling, I don't like the idea of checking a bag, at least not the bag that has my camera gear in it. - Yeah. - And so, I always want to try and do a carry on, but that can be a struggle, little bit of a challenge, and especially, I'm never sure what size bag I need. So we've got a bag here that's fit for domestic flights, right? - Correct, so being away from your gear when you're flying is a huge problem for our customers. So this is our Airport Security, it's our largest carryon, and it is sized for domestic.
A lot of people don't understand that domestic is slightly larger than international. - Right. - But for a U.S. domestic full size aircraft, this is the maximum sized bag you can carry on and fit comfortably in the overhead. - Okay, and I know part of the reason for bringing the bag onto the airplane with me instead of checking it, is to make sure that it's going to stay safe. But still I see my bag getting hit by other bags in the overhead bins and that sort of thing. How rugged is this, really? It's a carry on bag, but is it really going to protect the gear? - It is, we do a lot for protection. We're using ballistic nylons on the outside for abrasion resistance.
There's a lot of internal plastics and other structure to the bag to make it very, very durable. - A lot more rigid, yeah. - And then internally we use a high density, closed cell foam to protect it from that jostling and motion. So the equipment is extremely well protected. - And then inside, you've got the dividers. Actually, let's go ahead and pop that open and take a look. We've got a series of dividers so that you can actually reconfigure, move things around as needed. There's even a little guide here, so you can get some ideas on how you might want to spread things around. So all these individual dividers can be moved around, taken out altogether, added, etc.
- Everything, everything, you can change the entire configuration, you can put two full bodies here either with lenses on or detached. We have extra dividers so people cut this thing up for lighting equipment or other equipment that's not camera. - Right. - But whether you're doing a 600mm lens, or a whole bunch of small meterless gear, it's going to fit in here. - Right. And you mentioned domestic versus international. We've got here the international version, which is essentially the same bag, right? It's just like we have... - It's the same features, exactly, it's just sized for international. - Different requirements for carry ons. - Right, so once you wind up in Europe and you're flying those planes within Europe, you're going to have a smaller standard.
- Excellent. And speaking of smaller, then we've also got this new addition to the product line. Tell us about this bag. - We're very excited about the Airport Advantage. So what we've done here is made a little bit smaller profile bag. This will fit into commuter jets. So those two by two turbo props you get on and you don't want to give up your bag, this is the bag to take with you. It's thin enough to fit under the seat, it's thin enough to fit in the overhead. - Excellent, excellent. Well, these are some great options, so, if like me, you do not want to check a bag that has your camera gear in it, you want to be able to maximize how much gear you're able to carry with you, depending on what kind of flight, domestic, international or those smaller commuter connections, there's a bag available to keep your gear safe.