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Best Air-travel carry-ons to hold dSLR + Laptop

Looking for the best carry-on bag or case that is air-travel friendly. And, can pack my D90 dSLR plus 2 lenses, 13" laptop (MBP), iPad and some peripherals and cables.

Tenba 15-inch Black Messenger Bag and Benro Tripod

Amazon.com: Photographer's Pro Bundle with Tenba 15-inch Black Messenger LE Bag and Benro Tripod Kit: Camera & Photo. At $129-$149, this is a super deal with a great tripod thrown in.

Lowepro Pro Roller x100 Camera Bag

Price: Approx. $270 USD

Description:
The Pro Roller X100 is a hardworking mobile studio-with a few inventive surprises built into its modern design. Airport-friendly and super-secure, it holds a notebook, and is filled with refined yet practical features, such as the Reserve Pack-a camera backpack that zips out of the hard case when a photographer needs to downsize. A zippered front panel secures the hard case for check-in or storage while the Reserve Pack is in use. The exclusive Lock & Go System features a combination lock and a retractable cable to keep gear secure. The Pro Roller X100 is a true companion for the photographer who needs to get gear safely and easily to each assignment.


Hardware Capacity:
1-2 pro DSLRs with grip plus 4-6 lenses; accessories, up to 14" notebook; airline carry-on size

Lowepro Pro Runner x350 AW DSLR Backpack

Price: Approx. $225 USD

The Pro Runner x350 and x450 AW DSLR rolling backpacks delivers a convertible, streamlined and urban-inspired solution for pro photographers and photojournalists who carry their gear through crowded airports and busy city streets. It’s purpose built for superior protection and maximum flexibility as photographers work and travel. This easy-to-convert design fits a DSLR with attached lens up to a pro-sized body with grip and 300mm f/2.8 attached lens (x450 AW), laptop, tripod and multiple accessories, plus a few personal items. From its fully padded interior to it’s patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover, the Pro Runner AW thoroughly safeguards valuable gear. Each pack includes: spring-loaded trolley handle; premium wheels; checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeve; Hideaway Tripod Mount system; rainflap lids; SlipLock attachment loops; multiple storage pockets; memory card pockets; and more.

Tenba Rolling Photo/Laptop Case - Compact

Price: Approx. $300 USD

Tenba has upgraded their Roadie rolling photo/laptop cases to meet the demands of todays' image makers. After many months of careful development and testing, these new cases are set to raise the bar for airline carry-on compatible camera cases.Roadies enable you to take heavy equipment off your shoulders, put it all on wheels, and get it into the overhead compartment of any airplane. The cases are built to withstand serious professional use - with rugged, ballistic nylon exteriors, an internal support frame, genuine YKK zippers, heavy-duty, smooth rolling, ball bearing wheels (that are user replaceable), and massive reinforcement in all stress and load-bearing areas.The Roadie II Compact Photo/Laptop case holds a medium sized professional DSLR, HD video or medium format camera system, as well as a laptop (up to 15 inches), plus the normal "briefcase" assortment of important gadgets, documents and accessories. The Compact Roadie meets international airline carry-on standards-and it even fits under many full-size airline seats. Inside Dimensions Width: 11 in, 28 cm Inside Dimensions Height: 14 in, 36 cm Inside Dimensions Depth: 5-6 in, 13-15 cm

Tenba Mini Messenger Bag

Price: Approx. $100 USD

The Tenba Messenger is an urban-inspired laptop bag that's designed to hold everything you need for a day; on vacation or at work; at school or at the gym. Adjustable dividers let you configure the interiorfor a wide variety of photographic or video equipment, and removing the dividers converts the Messenger Mini into a perfect, general-purpose carrying bag.Capacity: SLR body, 2-3 lenses, flash and accessories, magazines and files.

Think Tank Airport Antidote® V2.0

Price: Approx. $200 USD

Front stretch pocket holds laptop case: Unlike other photo backpacks, when the laptop case is removed, the main backpack reduces both in size and weight, which can be critical when getting your gear onto aircraft of different makes.

Laptop case included: The Artificial Intelligence15" laptop case is included. There is an organizer in the front pocket and it is bellowed so that bulkier items like an AC Adaptor can be carried.

When laptop case removed, front pocket can be used: If the laptop case is not being used, the front pocket is very useful for jackets, books and other items that need to be carried.

Meets all international carry on requirements: This size meet all international requirements for carry on size. With the laptop case removed, it will fit into the overhead of all planes INCLUDING small CRJ planes.

Fits under airline seats: In a pinch, it's important that that your backpack fits under the seat. Clearance under the seat varies from 8.5 - 10.5" depending on the plane. In this photo, the laptop case is in the front stretch pocket.

Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 Shoulder Bag

Price: Approx. $200 USD

This will hold more gear than you ever imagined and a 17" laptop! (Check dimensions for exact size of the compartment). The front compartment will hold a wide angle with a hood attached, a 24-70 2.8 with the hood, a 70 -200 2.8 with the hood reversed, AND two pro size DSLRs in the expandable front pockets (without lenses attached). A regular size DSLR, with a lens attached, can also be carried straight down inside the bag. Strobes or some water bottles fit into the side stretch pockets, as well.

Think Tank Airport Takeoff Check In, Rolling

Price: Approx. $300 USD

The Airport Takeoff bag is the new standard in a rolling camera backpack. Think Tank Photo has designed a transportation solution that combines the portability of a backpack with the ease of a rolling suitcase. Converting it to/from a rolling camera bag to a comfortable backpack is so easy because the straps can be simply tucked away to immediately start rolling or they can be completely zipped inside the rear panel. The Airport Takeoff can also accommodate two pro or regular size DSLR bodies with or without lenses attached. The backpack straps can be tucked away yet remain exposed while the Airport TakeOff rolls along. When you are ready to use it as a backpack, simply collapse the extendable handle and pull out the backpack straps The TakeOff can carry regular size DSLRs across the top of the bag and/or pro size DSLRs along the sides. The rear panel covering can be easily zipped open or shut to hide or expose the backpack straps. A tripod or monopod can be carried on the side of the Airport TakeOff by using the straps and tripod cup included with the bag. A monopod can be carried in the stretchable side pocket and stabilized near the top of the bag with the included monopod strap. The cable and lock are inside the clear pocket and underneath the front fl ap on the Airport TakeOff. The Artificial Intelligence 15 or 17 fits in the front pocket Open the zipper flap on top of the Airport Take Off