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For photographers flying internationally, this camera backpack has it all: Carry-on size, Comfort and Capacity. 

The Airport Commuter fits a pro-size DSLR, 4 - 6 standard zooms, iPad and 15” laptop. With its increased depth, it holds a 400mm f/2.8 attached to a camera body or a 500 f/4 unattached. It's equipped with integrated, rapid-access pockets for both a laptop and an iPad. The top pocket holds boarding passes and your passport. Three sturdy handles ensure easy placement/retrieval from overhead bins. The lightweight, adjustable, contoured harness provides comfort and lumbar support. Air mesh paneling helps keep your back cool.  A removable waist belt, side pocket for a water bottle, tripod/monopod mounting system and seam sealed rain cover add versatility. For greater functionality, this camera backpack can be used with our Pro Speed belts for additional support and capacity by adding components from our Modular Component line.

Key Features
  • International and domestic carry-on size compatible*
  • Cable lock & locking YKK zipper sliders for added security
  • Holds your laptop and iPad in a separate (lockable) zippered compartment
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system
*Check with your air carrier to confirm current size restrictions

Gear Profile

  • Holds a pro DSLR, 4 - 6 standard zooms, iPad and 15” laptop.
  • Fits a 400mm f/2.8 attached to a camera body or a 500mm f/4 unattached
Technical Specifications

Exterior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 18.” H x 8.5” D (31.6 × 45.7 × 21.6cm)
Interior Dimensions: 11.5” W x 16.3” H x 6.8” D (29.2 × 42.4 × 17.3cm)
Laptop: 11” W x 16” H x 1.3” D (27 × 40 × 3.5cm)
Weight: 3.5 - 4.2lbs (1.5-1.9kg)


Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric underside has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, big hole air mesh, honeycomb mono mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, belly-o mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

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Feature 1 Perfect for travel – does not look like a traditional camera backpack. Security cable & combination lock allows you to lock the laptop case or to immovable objects. This security cable is very effective when you have to leave your gear for a period of time in a media room, wedding hall, hotel room, or other open area.
Feature 2

High capacity:holds a pro-size DSLR with 6-8 standard zoom lenses. Its increased depth holds up to a 400 f2.8 lens. Quick access pockets hold a 15" laptop and iPad.

Feature 3 Holds your 15" laptop and iPad in a separate, integrated, locking zippered compartment.
Feature 4

The removable waist belt allows the Pro Speed belt (shown) or Thin Skin Belt to be used which increases carrying capacity, stability and functionality.

Feature 5 Contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support and Air Mesh paneling to help keep your back cool.
Feature 6 Height adjustable sternum strap and elastic pockets on shoulder strap for phone or business cards, etc.
AI 15 V3

Compatible with Artificial Intelligence™ Laptop cases.

Feature 7 Robust handles on three sides ensures rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
Feature 8 The inside flap has see-through mesh pockets for various accessories such as note pads, energy bars, memory card wallets, instruction books, and other items.
Feature 9 Includes tripod/monopod mounting system.

The included lock and cable allow the backpack to be secured to an immoveable object or can be used to lock the zipper sliders on the main compartment.

Feature 10 YKK RC-Fuse zipper and highest quality materials throughout. Lockable zipper sliders for additional security.

Seam sealed rain cover helps protect your gear. Stows away inside backpack when not in use.

Belt Compatibility

The height adjustable sternum strap allows for the perfect fit. Elastic pockets on shoulder straps are sized for phones, keys or business cards.

Nikon Gear What's in the bag:
Nikon D700 attached to MB-10 battery grip with 300 f2.8 VRII attached, 14-24 2.8, 24 - 70 f2.8, 70 - 200 f/2.8 stacked on top of a Nikon SB-910, Blue Rain Cover, SB-900 stacked on top of D700 Battery Charger, TC-17EII stacked on top of TC-14EII stacked on top of D7000 battery charger
Nikon Gear

What's in the bag:
Nikon D700 attached to MB-10 battery grip, 14-24 2.8, 50 1.4 stacked on top of 1.4 TC stacked on top of D700 battery charger, 70 - 200 f/2.8 stacked on top of Nikon SB-910, 105 2.8 Micro, Blue Rain Cover, Gray Camera Strap, Nikon D3S attached to 24 - 70 f2.8, Nikon SB-900 stacked on top of D3S Charger, Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket, two Pocket Wizard Plus II transceivers

Nikon Gear

What's in the bag:
Nikon D700 with MB-10 battery grip attached to 200 - 400 f/4, 24 - 70 f2.8, 70 - 200 f/2.8 VRII stacked on top of Nikon SB-910, Nikon D7000 Body, SB-900 stacked on top of the D700 Battery Charger, TC-17E II stacked on top of Blue Rain Cover

Nikon Gear with Modular What's in the bag:
Nikon D3S with 70 - 200 2.8 VRII attached, 24 - 70 f2.8, Blue Rain Cover, Gitzo Ball Head, Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket, R U HOT? water bottle holder, SB-910 stacked on top of D3S Battery Charger, Skin 75 Pop Down V2.0 lens pouch for belt system, Skin Strobe V2.0, Thin Skin Belt V2.0 S-M-L
Canon Gear What's in the bag: 1DMKIII Body with Really Right Stuff L-Bracket, 1DMKIV with 70 - 200 f2.8 IS II attached, 24 - 70 f2.8, 50 1.4, 85 1.8, 100 f2.8 macro, battery charger, Blue Rain Cover, Pixel Pocket Rocket, Strobe Gel Wallet, two 580EXII flashes stacked one on top of the other
Canon Gear What's in the bag:
1D MKIV with 17 - 40 f/4 attached, 1D MKIII Body with Really Right Stuff L-Bracket, 85 1.8, 100 f2.8 Macro, 200 f2 IS, Battery Charger, Blue Rain Cover, Pixel Pocket Rocket, Strobe Gel Wallet, two 580EXII flashes stacked one on top of the other, two Pocket Wizard Plus II transceivers
Canon Gear 400

What's in the bag:
1D MKIV with 400 f2.8 IS attached, 2.0 TC stacked on top of 1.4 TC, 24 - 70 f2.8, 580EXII, battery charger, Blue Rain Cover, filters, Pixel Pocket Rocket, Strobe Gel Wallet,

Canon 500

What's in the bag:
500 f4, 2.0 TC stacked on top of 1.4 TC, 28 - 135 3.5 - 5.6 IS, 100 f2.8 macro, 580EXII stacked on top of battery charger, Bag, Blue Rain Cover, Canon 7D body with battery grip attached, DSLR Battery Holder 2, Media Card Reader, Pixel Pocket Rocket, Strobe Gel Wallet

Overall Product Rating:     

A very nice backpack with lots of room. I first acquired the bigger Accelerator model but returned it and took this model instead. For my purposes this is big enough. Actually the camera compartment is "too deep" for everything except my 200/2. The design is very simple and does not contain features that I would not need. The lock and wire can be removed and put back if need be without damaging anything. A bit boxy look perhaps but that's the price for the carrying capacity I guess. I had a 12kg load in this bag and it was comfortable to carry around. Warning: The external dimensions do exceed some airline carry-on limits. The bag is also very easy to load with too much weight. All in all, I am happy with this bag. Think Tank quality and design.

overall great bag. the whole bag seems small but opening it up it was huge. there is so much room. i was able to pack Canon T3i with 70-200 L USM f2.8 attached, rain cover, 18-55 kit lens and 50 1.8 in the same pouch, 430 EXll, laptop, ipad, Pocket rocket blower thing, nikon D60 with kit lens attached and the nikon 55-200 f3.5-5.6. i was able to fit my charger in there as long as lens caps and dust caps for all lenses. it also fits my black rapid rs7 attached to canon body. with all that in there there is still room for 2 more lenses. i should also mention the 70-200 has is lens hood in the ready position so there would be more room if it was reversed. With all that it weighs around 20 lbs and it feels great on my back. the bag sits perfectly and feels like im carrying half its weight. i did make a mistake when setting the code for the lock and i thought i knew how to do it and accidentally set it to 0-0-0 but i dont mind too much because i found the dials harder to turn then another lock i own so i use that one instead. Unfortunately virgin atlantic has a very low weight limit(12lbs) so im putting my main gear in it for the flight and pack it up fully when walking around. Love the bag, great functionality, small on the outside, huge on the inside.

The best investment you can ever make for carrying your priced equipment. This is a smallest bag that carries a 500 f/4 Nikon lens. I have a 500mm f/4 , 80-400 f/5.6, 18-105mm f/5.6 a D300s body and still space some left inside main compartment.

I found the bag very made and takes my 5 nikon lenses and D800 with battery pack with ease and also my 910 flash, I just hope this fits the planes overhead locker as I can not see how the bag is only 8-5 inches deep unless it is by moving the carrying straps

I usually pack my Canon 500 f4 II, 1.4X, 24 105, 17 40, 70 200 f2.8 II, 530EX flash, 1DX and 5DMKIII and miscellaneous items . Heavy, around 20 pounds, but very comfortable. No problem with the airlines so far even in commuter jet trips.

Glad I went with the larger Commuter backpack instead of the slightly smaller Essentials bag as it fits all of my camera equipment nicely without squeezing the items. This bag stored all of my equipment with ease. However, remember putting all of your gear in a bag of this size makes it heavy. So beware. It's probably not something you would want to carry around all day. But the beauty of the Communter backpack is you can store all of your photo equipment in one place then take out what you don't need when traveling. With my DSLR, 3 lenses, two flash units, two Pocket Wizards, batteries, chargers, while heavy the bag was very comfortable on the shoulders as the shoulder pads are thick and wide. This apparently is not the case with the Essentials photo bag (so I'm told). I found that even with all of this weight I didn't need the waist straps as the backpack was stable on the back/shoulders when walking.
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Airport Commuter Camera Backpack

Product: TT486
High capacity, carry-on camera backpack meets domestic and international size requirements. Fits up to 400mm f/2.8 attached to a body or a 500mm f/4 unattached.
Customer Rating:
(6 reviews)
Quantity: In Stock

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