Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 04 Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight
Price: £220, $250
Buy it: www.snapperstuff.com
Obviously designed with flying firmly in mind, this bag suits the size restrictions of even the strictest airlines, measuring 36x20x53cm. It’s reasonably lightweight too, at 4kg.
Uniquely in this group, this roller bag features four wheels rather than two, which is great when you’re queuing and want to nudge the bag forward with your foot rather than reach down to grab the handle every time you move.
It’s also neat for pushing or pulling the bag sideways through narrow gaps and aeroplane aisles.
The downside is that none of the wheels have locking mechanisms, so you have to be wary about putting it down on a slope.
There’s plenty of room inside, with masses of dividers for almost endless configuration options.
Pros… Has four wheels, complies with carry-on limits.
Cons… No separate laptop or tablet compartment.
WE say… Made for air travel, it comes into its own in airports.
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Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 05 Tamrac Big Wheels Speedroller 1x
Price: £335, $375
Buy it: www.tamrac.co.uk
True to its name, the Tamrac really does have oversized wheels that are also deeply treaded, making it look a real all-terrain roller bag.
Measuring 36x23x51cm, it’s within the size limits of most airlines for carry-on use, but it’s the heaviest bag in the group at 5.2kg.
Along with a generous main camera compartment, the Big Wheels Speedroller has a large external pocket with a separate zip, an extra internal pocket for a 15.4-inch laptop, and two extra zip-up pockets for keeping your filters and other fairly flat accessories safe.
Despite all this, the main compartment itself is deep enough to accommodate two fully pro camera bodies with built-in vertical grips, plus three or four other lenses. It’s a big, butch bag but lacks a slip-over rain cover.
Pros… Oversized wheels suit tricky terrain, strong build.
Cons… May be too heavy as a carry-on bag, no rain cover.
WE say… A tough, go-anywhere bag with excellent build quality.
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Best Rolling Camera Bag for Photographers: 06 Manfrotto Pro VII Roller
Price: £400, $550
Buy it: www.manfrotto.co.uk
With external measurements of 37x24x54cm, this bag pushes the boundaries of even the larger carry-on size limits and may need a gentle squeeze to fit into a size-check frame at an airport. It’s also almost as heavy as the Tamrac bag, at 5.1kg.
As you’d expect from a Manfrotto bag, there are external tripod attachments. Inside, there’s a main camera compartment with plentiful dividers plus additional pull-out flaps to further protect your gear.
There’s also a padded sleeve for laptops with up to 17-inch screens, and additional zip-up pockets for accessories. Extra-strong grab handles are fitted to the top and both sides of the bag.
The main zip is weather-proofed and the bag also comes with a slip-over rain cover.
Pros… Good weather-proofing, large laptop sleeve, strong build.
Cons… May be too big and heavy for some carry-on restrictions.
WE say… It’s a big, strong and heavy bag, but on the pricy side.
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