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Think Tank PhotoAirport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (15)
  • Durable (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Easy to carry (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (14)
  • Long vacations (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Weekend trips (4)
  • Family trips (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (6), Practical (5), Comfort-oriented (4)
    • Travel Frequency:
    • 6-10 annual trips (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Travel Bag

This is another no brainer product from Think Tank if you are looking for a bag not too big, not to bulky for travel and that could fit in just the perfect kit. Also...Read complete review

This is another no brainer product from Think Tank if you are looking for a bag not too big, not to bulky for travel and that could fit in just the perfect kit. Also this bag is perfect for a shoot of an event or wedding.

When I was searching for a bag that could meet my expectations (always start searching the Think Tank Line-Up) I was debating betweeen this one and the Navigator, but the Navigator doesn´t have the secure cable, the tripod cup and the TSA lock so I decided for the Airport Airstream basically for security issues. It has the perfect size to go unsuspiciuos through airports and there is no way you would be ask to check your back size or weight.

Here is what I got into it:

- Nikon D4
- Nikon D800
- Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
- Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
- Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II
- Nikon 50 mm f/1.8g
- Nikon SB-900
- Nikon SB-910
- Either Nikon SD-9 or Quantum Turbo 3 Battery Pack
- Color Checker Passport
- PocketWizard Mini-TT1
- PocketWizard Flex-TT5 (2)
- PocketWizard AC-3 Controller
- Expo Disc
- Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket for the memorie cards
- Spinlight 360 kit for flash

As I said earlier pretty amazing for a bag this size that could fit all of this, and also all the gear would be absolutely secure because the build is just perfect.

The only cons I could said about this bag is that the extend handle is not too sturdy so if you have to pull up the bag is better to do it with any of the handles around the bag.And also the front zipper pocket is very strechy.

Also for the record I pair this bag with the Think Tank CityWalker20 for traveling!

Hope this review could help you!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good bag but not as compact as they make it sound

This bag is sturdy and well-made, and has a clever layout for a lot of gear. The built in locks are also nice if you are at a shoot location and need to leave...Read complete review

This bag is sturdy and well-made, and has a clever layout for a lot of gear. The built in locks are also nice if you are at a shoot location and need to leave the back unattended. I also love that the wheels are user replaceable and it rolls good on slightly irregular surfaces. My two negatives are:1) this bag is really high and has a hard edge, so you can't squish it down to fit into tight overhead luggage bins. The specs say 8", it's really closer to 9.5" On a recent trip it would not fit into the overhead compartment on two local smaller jets (one Delta Connect, one United Express), even though it fit into the test compartment at the gate. 2) the integration of the laptop in the outside sleeve – the bag is tight in smaller overhead bins without a laptop so there is no possibility to squeeze it in with a laptop in the outside sleeve for convenient security removal. They sell shorter height inner dividers separately so you can put the laptop in the bag - this should really be standard. It's not as convenient of course at security and I don't like opening my bag where people can see pro gear, but at least the laptop is protected by padding. They do sell an optional 'artificial intelligence' padded bag - I bought one of these but regret it, the concept of this is that you have to pull the bag out and put it under your seat if you want to squeeze the main bag in a small overhead – hardly convenient. It's also quite expensive, you can buy an equally protective generic laptop sleeve or bag at @ that does the same thing for one third of the price. So in summary I'd say it's a well-made bag with generous storage but not quite as convenient or functional as I'd hoped it would be for getting into local commuter planes with a laptop.

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5.0

ThinkTank

By Janice

from Undisclosed

Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

Best bag. Easily carries my canon 5D III plus 4 lenses and assorted. Sturdy.

 
4.0

Great rolling bag!

By Dog Photo

from albuquerque, nm

Verified Buyer

Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

Fits my Candon 7d with attached 70 to 200, extender, 150 macro, wide angle, mid range zoon and 2 flashes and still fits under the airline seat. Downside: The bag is heavy and more so with equipment inside

 
4.0

Perfect when carry on size is restricted

By gb

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

This bag is perfect when carry on size is restricted. It has a lower profile than the other Think Tank Rolling Bag that I own and raises far less questions by airport authorities.

 
5.0

Tired of Your Backpack?

By Granny Franny

from Cambridge, MD

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

    This is the perfect rolling bag for short or long trips. It has more compartments that you can think of, but fits easily in airline compartments.
    Looks well-made and will stand up to heavy use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Perfect size.

    By Jayne

    from Arkansas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

      Everything I need with me on the plane fits and I anticipate no problem finding a safe place to store it on board. It will easily go under the seat in front of me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good bag but not as compact as they make it sound

      By Philip

      from Cleveland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Doesnt Always Fit
      • Poor Laptop Integration

      Best Uses

        Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

        This bag is sturdy and well-made, and has a clever layout for a lot of gear. The built in locks are also nice if you are at a shoot location and need to leave the back unattended. I also love that the wheels are user replaceable and it rolls good on slightly irregular surfaces. My two negatives are:1) this bag is really high and has a hard edge, so you can't squish it down to fit into tight overhead luggage bins. The specs say 8", it's really closer to 9.5" On a recent trip it would not fit into the overhead compartment on two local smaller jets (one Delta Connect, one United Express), even though it fit into the test compartment at the gate. 2) the integration of the laptop in the outside sleeve – the bag is tight in smaller overhead bins without a laptop so there is no possibility to squeeze it in with a laptop in the outside sleeve for convenient security removal. They sell shorter height inner dividers separately so you can put the laptop in the bag - this should really be standard. It's not as convenient of course at security and I don't like opening my bag where people can see pro gear, but at least the laptop is protected by padding. They do sell an optional 'artificial intelligence' padded bag - I bought one of these but regret it, the concept of this is that you have to pull the bag out and put it under your seat if you want to squeeze the main bag in a small overhead – hardly convenient. It's also quite expensive, you can buy an equally protective generic laptop sleeve or bag at @ that does the same thing for one third of the price. So in summary I'd say it's a well-made bag with generous storage but not quite as convenient or functional as I'd hoped it would be for getting into local commuter planes with a laptop.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Solid as a Tank

        By Dave

        from Atlanta

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Highly Configurable
        • Protective
        • Quality Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Aircraft
          • Travel

          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

          I've come to the conclusion gear bags are like woman's purses – the perfect one doesn't exist. But the next one… it's like a never ending search.

          I could fill a small closet with camera bags, backpacks and inserts… but none seem to be the perfect solution. I think I still prefer a backpack for my kit, however I already carry my work laptop and papers and such in a backpack, and traveling with two backpacks is a true PIA. Most of my travel is work related, so…

          After much research, talking to friends that are professional photographers, etc., I was able to narrow down my latest search. I settled on the Think Tank Airstream as I wanted to make sure I never had to check the bag, no matter how small the plane…

          Even though it is a bit snug, my D750 with a Nikon 28-300 attached fits, along with my Nikkor 24-85 and new 200-500 F5.6 (with hood). There is room left for another lens, my SB 700 flash in its own case along with the usual – spare batteries, chargers, cables, USB sticks, hard drives and lens cleaners.

          It is a clean looking bag that feels solid, and the Think Tank bag tracker is a nice touch, as are the two locking cables, locking zippers and pockets and storage nooks and crannies.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          excellent photography equipment travel bag

          By sharonart

          from Elk, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Great Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

            This travel bag holds one or two camera bodies and numerous lenses. I just packed it full, including a 70-300mm L lens, a 180mm macro, 24-70mm f/2.8 II, a lensbaby velvet, numerous filters and other extras. I had everything I needed with me, it has a great extending handle and fits on the small commuter airplanes under the seat. LOVE this bag!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Brilliant! More Room to Buy More Gear

            By Warren

            from Southern Pines, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

              Got this bag to schlep my more than too much camera gear to domestic & overseas vacations...Fits on a plane no problem...Helps keep me organized...Great quality and it should last a long time...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Excellent Compact Rolling Camera Bag!

              By JustJayne

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Regular Dividers Too High

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

              Bought this to use on international trips instead of a backpack. While it is tight, my D800 and four lenses do fit, as does the 15 inch slim laptop, with the use of the low profile divider accessories. Think Tank should off the bad with these lower dividers instead of making a buyer pay extra. Other than that, it rolls well and is just what I needed.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Awful...Bag arrived locked with no documentation

              By Mike G.

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor documentation
                • Poor Lock Functionality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                  I ordered this bag for an important trip out of the country. The bag arrived in time but I cannot use it because it is locked and there is no documentation on how to unlock it. I looked online and found the factory default combination but that does not work.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Another Outstanding Product from Think Tank

                  By Blair

                  from San Antonio, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                      I bought this bag to store my Fujifilm system (Xt-1 and five lens to include the 55-140mm telephoto lens) for traveling. I wanted a smaller bag where I would not encounter any issues with airline traveling and this bag worked fantastic. Small, lightweight, and of course has the normal Think Tank workmanship, quality, and well thought-out design. I also purchased the shorter inserts which allows placing a 15" laptop on top of the gear. Great idea. I was able to lock it and secure it to a non-movable item in my hotel room when I was not in the room. Great piece of mind. I would highly recommend it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Compact Travel Bag

                      By spud

                      from westchester, ny

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                          Purchased this bag for my underwater photo gear; I needed something compact for traveling yet spacious and padded enough to hold the numerous bits that go with an underwater rig. Knowing I will not likely be adding any large components, I did not need a larger bag for future equipment expansion.
                          It handled its task well, and the compact size was easy to maneuver through airports and on the plane.
                          I gave it 4 stars only 'cause it is a tad heavy.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Will

                          from Dubai

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                            This is not my only Think Tank bag, but it is my new favourite. Nice and compact, but takes a surprising amount of gear. Great for a day trip. The quality and practicality is top notch.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Mega Pleased

                            By alex

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                              This is a great case. The quality is excellent and I was surprised at its capacity: 5D Mark lll, 24-70 mm, 85 mm, 24/90/45 PC lenses, on camera flash, meter, accessories. I'm petite, so the size is perfect for me as far as weight. I am often on smaller aircraft and hate to check my camera. This case fits either under the seat or above. Even if you don't travel, this is a great case. I carry my computer separately as I use a 17". A 15" could fit inside the bag if you had the short dividers or would fit in the front pocket.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Just what I needed for my LA trip

                              By Norm

                              from Rhode Island

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                                I carried 2 DSLR bodies, three f2.8 zoom lenses, a point and shoot, iPod, headset and other small accessories. A little snug under the seat of one of my flights but it did fit under the airline seats on all my flights. It was easy to roll each day that I was shooting and took the load off my back that used to carry this gear in a backpack.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Bag, Perfect for Wedding Pros

                                By Catalina Jean Photo

                                from Portland, OR

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                • No Secure Laptop Space

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                                This is the bag I use when traveling to shoot weddings. It fits everything I need and is small enough that it is easy to get around. Easily fits into overhead bins on places. The wheels are sturdy and roll very smoothly.

                                The only con is that this bag really does not have room for a laptop. There is a pocket on the very front that works for me but it does not zip shut. It is however good enough to get it around the airport and to the plane as I usually work on my laptop anyways when I fly. If you need a secure area for a laptop I would suggest purchasing one of Think Tank's larger bags.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Great Bag

                                By 1dane805

                                from Solvang, California

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                                  I am a retired flight attendant for a major airline. This bag fits all of my needs and I know it will fit in the overhead bin or under the seat with ease. Cannot believe how much I can pack into this bag. I do wish the optional low dividers were not a separate purchase, as I can see where they are most useful.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great bag!

                                  By Fank

                                  from Michigan

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                                    If you have a bad back or simply prefer to carry the kitchen sink with you, this is a great travel choice. I agree with others that the lower divider set should be an in initial purchase option, thus the 4 rating.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Excellent travel bag.

                                    By Rich

                                    from Illinois

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag (Black):

                                      I haven't traveled much with this bag yet, but since it fits what I need in a compact form and with the low dividers it is extremely customizable I will give it this rating. Using a combination of the tall and low dividers I was able to configure the interior so my gear fits nicely. The multiple locking features give a greater sense of security. I also use the Artificial Intelligence 13 V3.0 that fits in the elastic pouch on the front so its not considered the 2nd carryon bag and the laptop doesn't have to be inside the Airstream taking up valuable space need for camera gear.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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