Bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo has introduced a rolling case for lighting kit that it claims is the largest on the market. The Production Manager 50 is designed to hold a pair of studio-style heads with power packs, battery packs, dishes, umbrellas and even lighting stands. The case has internal dimensions of 38 x 125 x 25.4cm / 15.5 x 49.2 x 10in and comes with a collection of adjustable dividers so users can customize the layout of the interior. Zip-up pockets on the inside of the lid are designed to keep cables tidy, and straps on the exterior can be used to attach tripods and larger lighting stands.

The bag is made with ballistic nylon coated with a water-repellent agent that covers a rigid shell, and the shock-absorbing wheels are user replaceable should they get damaged. Think Tank Photo says that the idea of this big case is to make it easier for photographers to transport large amounts of kit in one load, and claims the Production Manager 50 can carry what it would normally require two assistants to manage.

The Think Tank Photo Production Manager 50 costs $599.75/£515. For more information see the Think Tank Photo website.

Press release:

Photographers Can Fit Lighting Equipment and Large Light Modifiers in One Rolling Bag with Think Tank Photo’s New Production Manager 50

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo has released the largest rolling photography equipment case on the market, the Production Manager 50.  Designed to hold an immense amount of gear, including lighting equipment and large light modifiers, one photographer will now be able to transport what it used to take up to at least two assistants.  It is easy to move, carry, work out of, and stack among other gear.

This large rolling bag features stabilizing, wide-set, shock-absorbing wheels that roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions, the ability to lock the main compartment and secure the bag with the included lock and cable, and a fully customizable interior with dividers to protect small and large lighting equipment including c-stands and large modifiers.

“Pro photographers usually travel by car or van to where they are going to shoot,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and Lead Designer. “Once a shoot is completed the set needs to be torn down and moved to the next location. Often times, there can be a time crunch where all the gear has to be loaded quickly. Carrying these bags up and down stairs and over rough terrain can be very cumbersome and often takes two people.  The Production Manager 50 makes this time-sensitive, cumbersome process easier and quicker.”

* Large front zippered pocket for reflectors, umbrellas, extension cords, cables, etc.
* Attachments for lightstands or tripods on both sides (straps included)
* Rigid shell and stiffened dividers ensures gear protection
* Robust handles on four sides for easy loading and unloading by two people
* Heavy-duty aluminum side-frame protects axle from impact
* ID plate can be registered on the Think Tank site that may allow lost or stolen bag to be returned
* YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon, and super-stick velex (interior) contribute to one of the most robust products on the market.
* Large interior mesh pockets for organizing pocket wizards, gels, cords, tape, batteries, and other accessories
* Ergonomic top handle for rolling or carrying by two people.
* Velex wrapped dividers for extra durability and longevity.
* Adjustable lid straps keep bag open and accessible
* Rear skid rails and custom wheel housings allow for loading and unloading from a vehicle with ease
* Business card holder for easy identification on top panel
* User replaceable wheels & hardware
* Seam-sealed rain cover included

External: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, replaceable custom-designed wheels, antique nickel plated metal hardware, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

Internal: 210D silver-toned nylon, PU backed velex liner & dividers, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, closed cell foam & PE board stiffened dividers, belly-o mesh pockets, 3-ply bonded nylon thread


Exterior Dimensions: 17.3” W x 53.1” H x 12.6” D (44 x 135 x 32 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 15.6” W x 49.2” H x 10” D (39.5 x 125 x 25 cm)
Weight:  20.7 – 29.8 lbs (9.4 – 13.5 kg)