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The Airport Ultralight from ThinkTank Photo

The Airport Ultralight from ThinkTank Photo - The Airport Ultralight is a photo backpack designed to fit within hard cases such as the Pelican 1510 Carry On Case and the Hardigg Storm Case iM2500.

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Press Release: The Airport Ultralight from ThinkTank Photo

This new backpack holds a full array of equipment, including one to two pro-size SLRs, multiple lenses, and accessories. The optional Artificial Intelligence 15 laptop case fits into the front pocket and will hold some 15.4" laptops. The inside lid also has clear zippered pockets for pens, pencils, notebooks, credentials, and other essentials.

Keeping the total weight of your bag down to the minimum is critical on many airlines. This ultra-light backpack cuts down your base weight from 2 to 5 lbs before you even pack it with gear. Although the backpack is very light, it still has closed cell foam to protect your gear while being transported and in the field. It is 6.5" deep, so it will hold pro- size SLRs and large lenses with hoods.

Free advice for keeping your gear safe while travelling internationally:

To aid you in getting your gear through the airport and safely onto the plane, especially while travelling from one country to another, we have posted a second instalment of the free article entitled ear for your gear while running through the airport.

Written by Think Tank Photo founder and lead designer Doug Murdoch, this 13-page article presents the best strategies leading photojournalists employ to get through the airport quickly and onto the plane with their most important gear always near them. Their advice is particularly pertinent, especially based upon current world events. It answers the following important questions:

  • How to deal with the many size and weight restrictions of different airlines, especially on extended trips to different countries, flying multiple legs on multiple types and sizes of aircraft.
  • Which countries are the most challenging to travel to and the best tactics for carrying your gear there.
  • The role of the perceived size of your roller/ backpack/ shoulder bag, and the aesthetics of your carrying solution on your ability to navigate airports successfully.
  • The best advice for photographers who have little experience flying with their gear internationally.
  • The best strategies for not getting your bag checked.
  • The biggest mistakes a photographer can make when travelling by aeroplane.

Those providing travel insights are a who's who of photojournalism luminaries, including 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, USA Today's Robert Hanashiro, Getty Images' Donald Miralle, Al Bello, Sports Illustrated's Peter Read Miller and Bill Frakes and Sports Illustrated freelancer Brad Mangin, the New York Times' Vincent Laforet, and USA Today's Bob Deutsch.


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