10 years of ThinkTankPhoto : Best Camera Bags in the Biz
Technical Image Press Association Names Think Tank Photo’s 10th Anniversary
Airport International™ LE Classic Rolling Camera Case 2015 “Best Photo Bag”
Seems like only yesterday that I was walking the lanes of PhotoPlus Expo in NYC and saw a sea of black bags, with a company name I had never heard of. ThinkTank Photo.
Aside from being very nice guys in the booth, and all of the bags being black, the stuff all looked incredibly well made. I had always used one other brand for soft bags and one for the hard shipping.
After some discussions, and making one of the early videos with them that I ever posted for this site, I learned that the bags were designed by pros. Real photographers with input that had purpose. The folks who knew what you needed, because they needed it. I use the gear daily. Made perfect sense. Still does.
And after years of developing great useful products of all of us, they realized it had been 10 years of being in business.
I raise a toast to this group: two designers, Doug Murdoch and Mike Sturm, and two photographers, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Kurt Rogers. Deanne Fitzmaurice won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism in 2005. Thanks for making the best stuff I’ve ever used!
Now, My Airport International is still going strong and has traveled around the world with me many times, so i may not pick up this special edition. If you don’t have one, this may the time to pull the trigger and get the best carry-on camera bag around!
And the official release:
SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – The Technical Image Press Association recently named Think Tank Photo’s 10th anniversary edition Airport International™ LE Classic rolling camera case 2015’s best photo bag. The TIPA awards are given to the best products in their category that have come on the market in the year preceding the election.
In naming the Airport International™ LE Classic “Best Photo Bag” TIPA wrote: “The roller photo case is specially designed for photographers who need to bring a lot of equipment in the aircraft. The bag has been approved as a carryon and offers space for several cameras, lenses and a 15 or 17 “laptop. The outside of the bag is equipped with water-repellent fabric and protected strips.”
TIPA Awards are independently voted on by TIPA’s General Assembly every year. TIPA membership comprises 28 leading photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents, and also has a cooperative partnership with the CJPC (Camera Journal Press Club), representing 11 top photography magazines in Japan.
Think Tank Photo developed the Airport International™ LE Classic in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its founding.
“The Airport International™ LE Classic is most definitely a limited edition bag. In celebration of our founding 10 years ago in my garage, we have added such one-time highlights as full-grain leather accents and panels,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s founder and lead designer. “The roller is extremely useful for wedding and commercial photographers who need quick access to their gear and who are concerned about gear security while shooting remotely.”
The Airport International™ LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.
It accommodates up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses, two gripped DSLR camera bodies, and other photography accessories. TSA approved combination locks secure the main compartment zipper sliders.
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ABOUT THINK TANK
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank is a group of designers focused on studying how people work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign