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Think Tank PhotoAirport Commuter Backpack (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Roomy (23)
  • Easily accessible equipment (21)
  • Strong construction (20)
  • Adjustable harness (19)
  • Comfortable (19)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (24)
  • Protecting gear (17)
  • Storing gear (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

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5.0

My work horse of a bag!

By Seek Studios

from Los Angeles

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lots Of Pockets And Features
  • Secure
  • Spacious
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Maternity
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

These are my specs: Nikon D800+grip, Nikon D600+grip, 50mm 1.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, 70-300mm 4.0, two yong nuo flashes, flash triggers, + accessories. These these all fit in this bag you ask???? why yes! yes they do! plus there is still more room. I also carry a Samsung ultra book and occasioanly samsung 7in tablet. This bag is very comfortable but does feel like you are carrying a mountain on your back because it is on the bigger side. The space is great and have no problems fitting all my gear. I have yet to travel with it so do not know how it will fair in travel. Given I have travelled with other bags I dont think this one will have any problems at all! Ok so now onto what I use this for: I shoot mostly weddings and maternity shoots and one of the biggest reasons why I love this bag other than it fits everything I need is that it has a security cable to lock the bag up to a table/beanch/poll. I also put locks on the zippers so there is no possibility of someone stealing my gear when Im shooter. This is one of my favorite features! I can shoot without constantly checking or babysitting my gear! The quality is durable and feels very solid. It is heavy by itself without anything in it compared to other bags, i guess thats the trade off.

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4.0

A light backpack for travel

By Paul

from Austin

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

    I have a Lowepro Pro Trekker AW II which I can put everything I need in it, including a 500mm f4 with 7D attached, a 300m f4 and 5DIII. The problem is the bag is too heavy and can not pass carry on baggage weight limit. Airport Commuter from Think Tank is just right for this kind of flight. I can put the 500mm f4 and 2 camera bodies in there and the weight is just right under 22lb. The Backpack is well build as always from Think Tank and comfortable if need to carry for long time. I wish it was 1.5" longer so that 500mm with body attached could fit in it.

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    4.0

    Nice strong bag, awful tripod holder

    By Houston's After Dark Shooter

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

          This is the perfect size bag for travel as it is the correct size for major airlines, and the padding is comfortable to a point. My purpose for this is to serve more of an all around bag for taking my gear to and from events when a shoulder bag just won't do, road trips, hiking, etc. and occasional air travel. In that regard it works.

          What I absolutely can't stand about it is why the tripod holder is not in the middle but the side. A pro tripod is easily 6-7 pounds with the head and it just makes the entire bag feel awkward and off balance. To make things worse, there were no directions included in how to tie the straps so I had to youtube other ThinkTank bags.

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          4.0

          Great backpack for travel, but...

          By Frank

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Roomy

          Cons

          • Hard To Access Equipment
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

          This backpack is excellent for travel and allows you to safely carry tons of equipment to your destination. I'd still recommend to carry a separate smaller shoulder bag to go out in the field.

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          5.0

          Great Quality

          By LittleDebG

          from Hemlock, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Airport Security Friendly
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • No Reflective Patches

          Best Uses

          • Carry On For Air Travel
          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

          Everything we wanted in equipment backpack. Great quality and worked well with tablet/photo equipment when aiport securtiy check was performed. Well padded to protect contents and comfortable when wearing it. Two great handles for carring vertical or horizontal like a suit case. Ajustable compartment dividers allowed us to configure to our equipment. Recommend it!!

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          4.0

          Great purchase

          By ken

          from danvers, ma

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

            Everything about this bag is awesome! It can support multiple cameras, lenses, it's adjustable, comfortable, durable, water-proof, and can hold a laptop + iPad. However, be warned that it is quite large. It would also be nice if it included a zipper on top that allows you to quickly remove a camera/lens.

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            5.0

            Does the Job

            By Desert Rat

            from The Sonoran Desert

            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

            Good quality and does the job.

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            5.0

            Perfect for airline use

            By Erich

            from Cleveland, OH

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

            This backpack fits in small commuter airline jets under the seat or in the overhead compartment, yet it holds a lot of equipment and is comfortable to wear fully loaded.

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            4.0

            Wheels would be nice!

            By KP photo DE

            from Dover, Delaware

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

            I just used mine for a trip to the Dominican. I loaded a MacBook Pro, iPad, 2 camera bodies and 7 lenses, poppers, a flash, batteries, and any other goodies. It was heavy!! Everything was kept safe and the bag is very well made. It would have been a whole lot nicer on my shoulders though if I could have wheeled it around the airport.

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            5.0

            great for air travel

            By Jacko

            from New York City

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Hard To Access Equipment

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

            I did a lot of research into which camera bag to buy. I even walked into the B&H Superstore twice to inspect the various options in their showroom. My must-have's:
            - laptop slot and tripod strap
            - must fit within official airline carry-on size limits (e.g. American Airlines: 56 x 36 x 23 cm)
            - must be deep enough to hold a pro dSLR with battery pack attached (I plan to upgrade my gear in the near future).
            - must have enough space to hold all my photo gear plus essential travel accessories that I don't want to put into checked luggage, such as charging cables, an emergency set of clothing and toiletries (just in case my checked luggage gets lost), travel documents, etc.

            The main competitors in my closer selection were the Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack and the Tamrac Expedition 6x Backpack.
            The Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW is not deep enough to hold a Nikon D800 with even just a tripod clamp attached, so this was easily eliminated.
            The Tamrac Expedition 6x is more expensive, and the curved top takes away valuable space. Also, the external dimension of that bag is deeper than what is allowed for carry-on bags.

            The Think Tank Airport Commuter perfectly fits within carry-on limits, yet it is still quite deep inside. It weighs less than the two alternatives listed above. The bag easily holds my Nikon D90, 70-200mm F2.8, 14-24mm F2.8 (the bag is deep enough to allow this lens to fit in vertically), 18-200mm DX, two small prime lenses, and there is still enough space to hold a 24-70mm F2.8 (if I ever buy one) and an additional FX body with battery pack attached.
            The bag has a laptop slot which easily holds my Lenovo Thinkpad 410s (14-inch screen), and it has an additional ipad slot.
            It comes with a generous supply of movable dividers, many more than you are likely to use. And it comes with a rain cover, and a security cable with combination lock. The security cable is quite thin and is more a nuissance than a real obstacle for someone trying to steal your bag.
            In comparison to the two alternative backpacks listed above, the padding of this backpack is somewhat thin and flimsy, but I feel it is still sufficient to provide adequate protection. The advantage is that the thin padding maximizes the available interior space.
            Another nice aspect is that the bag is not immediately recognizable as a camera bag. It looks more like a business-traveler carry-on trolley that happens to be a backpack.
            The bag may be too big for walking around in a major city all day, but if used for traveling, especially by air, it is the perfect choice.

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            5.0

            Perfect backpack

            By Renee of Featuring Animals

            from Maitland, FL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

              We travel on small commuter planes for some travels and often had problems carrying all necessary equipment. This backpack stores all of our equipment - 2 canon bodies w lenses, batteries, chargers, filters, memory cards, rain gear, etc - everything fits well within the backpack for easy carry that will fit on any plane!

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              5.0

              Perfect for traveling through airports..

              By Indianscout

              from Vidalia, GA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                The name says it all. I picked this bag to take my photography gear to Calgary, Canada. It made it through customs, on a connecting flight on a small aircraft under the seat (the flight was full and all the overhead space was taken) and then on a 737 in the overhead.
                Now, I'm retiring my old bags and using this one full time. It carries a DX1, a Canon 200 mm fixed, a Canon 70-200 mm zoom, two other smaller lenses, and all of the accessories. The padding is soft yet also stiff enough so nothing slips around on the inside. I also put an iPad 3 and a MacBook Pro in it.
                This is an awesome bag.

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                5.0

                not too big, not too small

                By photoguydon

                from Vancouver Island

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                  Very well constructed and thought out bag. Very functional.

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                  5.0

                  A nice revision

                  By Steve

                  from Ashland, OR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                    I have an older version of this backpack. I purchased this one as a replacement for another brand so that my wife and I can share two similar packs. The older one has been an excellent travel companion. With more depth and an vastly improved computer pocket this pack will fill the bill for travel with all the photo gear we need for an extended trip. So we have now sold our other brand packs (much more cumbersome to carry and stow) in favor of having these. Weight for travel is a significant consideration, and this pack is much lighter than our others of similar size and carrying capacity.

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                    4.0

                    Just the right size.

                    By Oregon Coastie

                    from Toledo, Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                      I need to get through the airport and on to the plane with both my camera gear and my laptop. This has the features I was looking for. My 15" laptop slides right in. So many of the backpacks I looked at were pushing the boundaries of the carry-on maximum size. This is boxy but compact. The locking cable is an added feature I hadn't even considered. Only concern is the padding between compartments, but I can use ones from other bags. It will be a month yet before I take it on my first trip.

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                      5.0

                      GREAT BAG

                      By Jrhoppe

                      from Chicago Area

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Roomy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                        Have this bag and love it. My wife loves hers too. We travel many places where we have to look "small". This does the job for me. I can carry a 200-400 lens on a D800 as well as a second D800 body and several lenses and peripherals. The only complaint I have with this bag, as well as others I own,(pay attention manufacturers) is the places to connect carabiners to are way too high up or they need to add lower ones for like water bottles and other easy access items. Let me re iterate, love the bag!
                        Best bag I own.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent for carrying a lot of gear

                        By Mr. Magoo

                        from Virginia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Comfortable
                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Roomy
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Storing Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                          I am using it to haul three Nikon DX DSLR cameras + 70-200/4, 300/4 (with 1.4 extender), 16-85, and 85/1.8 lenses, hoods and misc. accessories, plus a MacBook Air in the front pocket, on a safari this summer. It all fits with room to spare. I can even comfortably fit the three bodies, each with a lens mounted, with the 85 lens in a separate pocket. If that does not tell you how much space this has, I don't know what will.

                          The only downside is that it is large enough to hold all that aforementioned gear. Meaning, if you don't need to store or haul so much stuff, check out B&H's selection of smaller models from this manufacturer.

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                          5.0

                          A great bag for travel

                          By Jim

                          from RI

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Fits On The Plane
                          • Roomy
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                            I bought this bag to bring all my gear to a workshop. As advertised, it fits in the overhead compartment on most planes. On smaller planes, it fits under the seat if you remove your tripod. Overall, it was easy to carry and fit everything I needed for my trip.

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                            5.0

                            A must have for travelers

                            By Nicholas

                            from Ontario, Canada

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Adjustable Harness
                            • Comfortable
                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting Gear
                              • Storing Gear
                              • Transporting Gear

                              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                              I found the Airport commuter to be the all in one bag I needed. It seems to be very durable and holds almost all my photo gear I need for traveling. I had no problems going through airport security with it or fitting it into the overhead storage bins.
                              It's a great choice for anyone who is looking for quality at a resaonable price.

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                              5.0

                              Great backpack!

                              By Frank

                              from CT

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable Harness
                              • Comfortable
                              • Easily Accessible Equipment
                              • Roomy
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Protecting Gear
                                • Storing Gear
                                • Transporting Gear

                                Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                                Very roomy and strong!

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