Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Backpack

This is a big camera bag - and it’s also a backpack. Honestly, when it arrived in the mail from Think Tank Photo, I thought for sure they sent me several bags to review. When I opened up the box, to my surprise, only the 1 bag: the Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Backpack was all that was in the box. The exterior dimensions listed on their website are 21” (height) by 14” (width) by 8” (depth). When reading it, it doesn’t sound that big, but when you’re thinking in terms of camera bags and/or backpacks, it’s a good size. It’s designed to be pretty much as big as they can make it, but still be “airplane carry-on legal.” I didn’t have any trips planned, so I could actually test it out on a plane myself, but I checked out some of the airlines that I fly frequently, and according them, this bag fits by an inch or so with their carry-on policies (check out WestJet’s carry-on policy, for example). The hard part, will be keeping it under the weight restriction (which, for most airlines, is in the 20lb - 22lb range).

Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Bag

If you’ve ever seen or used a Think Tank Photo camera bag, you know that they’re constructed well, using good quality materials - from the solid outer shell, to the high quality zippers, clasps and straps - it feels solid, which is important if you’re going to trust it to hold and protect your camera gear. The main zippers have metal holes so that a separate lock (make sure it’s TSA approved to avoid even further hassles at the airports) can be used for extra security.

Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Bag

While it looks like a standard-sized carry-on bag, if you flip it around, it has 2 hidden backpack straps. Both shoulder straps have a pocket perfect for random items (cell phones, wallet, passport, etc) which lay flat if nothing is in them. The backpack also has a waist belt, which is attached by a removable metal buckle. Personally I can’t stand waist belts, but I know others swear by them. Either way, it’s easily removable, so you’ll be happy regardless of your preference.

Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Bag

Now, if you have the bag full of gear, it’s a hefty backpack. I’m 6’4”, and I can get away with carrying it around without it looking to silly on me, but if my 5’5” wife were to strap it to her back, well, let’s just say we wouldn’t get to our gate before the plane left. That’s not to say that it’s too big, just know that if you’ve got it stuffed with heavy gear, that it’s going to be a heavy bag. Just because it’s a backpack, doesn’t make it magically less heavy.

Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Bag

It also comes with the Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 15 laptop case, as well as a security cable and combination lock which allows you to lock the case to the bag, or other (preferably immovable) objects. I’m usually too lazy to do this, but a good idea - especially if you’re travelling in places where laptops are more likely to get lifted, or if you’re working at a wedding or some other function full of people you don’t know (ie. using the security lock to attach your laptop to a table in the wedding hall or hotel room, etc). A nice feature of the removable laptop case is, of course, if you remove it, the whole bag is smaller and lighter (important if you run into smaller planes that might have smaller bag limits). If you don’t haul a laptop around with you in the Airport Addicted V2.0 camera backpack, the large pocket (which easily fit my 17” laptop, by the way), is great for stuffing all sorts of stuff, and expands out enough to fit a good-sized winter coat.

Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Bag

Some other random thoughts and features:
  • There are a bunch of pockets scattered throughout the bag (inside flap, under the handle for business cards, mesh side pocket, top pocket) which are great for stuffing a variety of “loose” objects
  • In addition to the shoulder and waist straps (backpack part of the bag), there are also 3 other handles:
    • A padded handle at the top
    • A padded handle on the side
    • and a handle at the bottom (which makes heaving the bag up into the overhead compartment a little easier)
  • Lifetime warranty
  • There are a bunch of random, but well-placed straps, to which you can attach anything from a carabiner, to a hat, a tripod, rope, or anything else that you may want quick and easy access to

Of course, being the size that it is, you can fit a lot of gear into it. It easily holds 300mm & 400mm f2.8 lenses, and you can even get a 500mm lenses with a hood in there. Honestly, there’s no point in me listing the variety of items you can fit in there - in all likelihood, most of the gear you would bring with you on a trip will fit. It comes with a whole bunch of dividers so that you can make it fit your gear. For reference, the interior dimensions are 20” (height) by 13.5” (width) by 6.5” (depth), though I was easily able to strategically expand those dimensions, particularly the depth, with some creative packing.

Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Bag

Technical Details

  • Interior Size: 20H x 13.5W x 6.5D in. (50.5H x 34.5W x 16.5D cm)
  • Exterior Size: 21H x 14W x 8D in. (53.5H x 35.5W x 20.5D cm)
  • Laptop Case: 15H x 11W x 2D in (38.1H x 27.9W x 4.4D cm)
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg) - 6.5 lbs (3 kg) - depending on interior configuration and whether or not laptop case is attached

Think Tank Photo Airport Addicted V2.0 Camera Bag

Conclusion

This is a big camera backpack. This is not for backpacking around or for bringing on day-trips. This large bag/backpack is for hauling a lot of gear, specifically through airports. It’s plain-looking enough that it doesn’t scream “I’m a camera bag - steal me!” but it is definitely a quality, well-constructed and well-thought-out bag. If you don’t travel a lot, especially via airplane or train, this may be more bag than you’re looking for. But if you’re an avid traveller and you can’t help but bring a lot of your gear with you when you travel, then you may have found the camera bag of your dreams.