Review: Airport 4-Sight by Think Tank

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I travel with my photo gear four or five times a year. The trips are always photo-heavy and last anywhere from five days to two weeks. As such, I want to bring enough gear with me to accommodate any photographic situation. I never EVER check my camera gear in with my luggage, I always carry it on board with me. I need a bag that is easy to carry, accommodates the airline size restrictions for carry-on luggage, and will protect my gear from the bumps and bangs prevalent when traveling in a flying bus.

The Think Tank Airport 4-Sight responds to almost every requirement I have of a travel solution for my gear. I say “almost” because it has no room or compartment for my laptop, which if you want to argue semantics isn’t technically photo gear. So, my husband usually gets stuck lugging around a backpack with the laptop and accessories, while I wheel around the 4-Sight.

The 4-Sight measures 14 inches wide by 20.8 inches high by 8 inches deep and weighs about 8.5 pounds empty. The interior is comprised of customizable compartments, a zippered mesh bag, and two large zippered sleeves on the inside of the lid. A rain cover compresses into a nicely tiny size to be tucked into whichever nook or cranny is left after you’ve stuffed in all of your gear. Four rotating wheels allow you to push or pull the bag in any direction, even sideways. You can tip it to pull behind you on two wheels, but I usually find myself walking along with it right next to me, rolling along sideways on all four wheels. There is a handle on the short edge and another handle on the long edge for lifting, carrying, or pulling it out of overhead bins.

Here is what I’ve loaded into this bag:

- Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Not pictured, but represented by my old Rebel camera body in the following interior photos, as I’m using the 7D to take the photos for the review)

- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens with lens hood

- Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens with lens hood (standing in for my trusty 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens)

- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens with lens hood

- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens with lens hood

- Canon EF 2.0X III Telephoto Extender

- Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash

- Canon BG-E7 Battery Grip for the EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera

- Two sets of Polaroid Optics 3 Piece Special Effect Lens Filters in 77mm and 67mm.

- Batteries for both camera and flash, battery chargers, card reader, lens cleaner, cleaning cloths, a Giotto Rocket Air Blaster, and a remote shutter release.

This amount of gear fits quite easily into the bag, with room for more if I wanted to reconfigure the compartments and apply a bit more concentration to the geometric puzzle of fitting everything in.

Obviously, I would have to put the lens cleaner into my checked luggage due to regulations, but you get the idea. If you have to work out of a camera bag for an extended period of time, I highly recommend the Think Tank Airport 4-Sight. It’s extremely handy when on the road, too – it often rides on the back seat of our truck, ready for me to pop back and conduct a fast lens change or battery swap. The large opening gives me ready access to anything I need, then zips up again quickly to keep my gear protected from the elements.

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  • Myer Bornstein

    I have the same unit, what I like it fits in the overhead of some of the regional jets. I have carried my 500 mm f/4 in it. I also removed most of the partitions and wrapped camera and lenses in cloths to save weight and space.

  • Lil Jimmy

    careful with the rocket blower when in airport, that will look like an actual rocket when x-rayed, and might faced fine or likely an act of terrorism..