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Flying with camera gear?


CRAIGR2 14 23 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 6:14PM
Hi anyone been abroad with all your gear ? ive got a chance to go to new york for freebees and want to make the most of it.has any one had any problems with getting their gear in or out the country? im flying with virgin and plan to take a d200 and a couple of lenses,nothing huge but id like to keep them with me. so if theres any sugestions .....?
stevekhart 15 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 6:23PM
Just took a D200, D70, 12-24, 28-70, 70-200, SB-600, SB-800, Quantum turbo 2x2 to Germany, all packed in a peli 1510 and sent with outsize baggage, all there and back no problems - done it several times now.
CRAIGR2 14 23 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 6:28PM
thanks for that, i had been thinking about a peli case is there a charge for oversize? or does it just go as your allowance?
stevekhart 15 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 6:30PM
It wasn't oversize, it's just that's best place for fragile items - it goes on a single straight conveyer belt to the baggage handlers and supposedly limits the amount of throwing around it's subjected to.
The 1510 is small enough for carry on, but it was over 12kg in weight and carry on for my flight only allowed 8kg.
CRAIGR2 14 23 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 6:35PM
Oh ok thank you,i think thats the way to go as im going to be flying alot next year.cheers
stolzy 15 3.8k 7
14 Sep 2007 6:37PM
I travel a lot and wouldn't dream of putting my camera gear in check-in baggage, aside from the problems of damage (those baggage handlers are not gentle), the possibilities for theft are too high - especially when you can't lock the bags.
66tricky 14 742 Scotland
14 Sep 2007 6:48PM

Quote:Hi anyone been abroad with all your gear ? ive got a chance to go to new york for freebees and want to make the most of it.has any one had any problems with getting their gear in or out the country? im flying with virgin and plan to take a d200 and a couple of lenses,nothing huge but id like to keep them with me. so if theres any sugestions .....?


I regularly take a D2HS, Sigma 17-35 2.8, 70-200 2.8 and a Tamron 28-105 2.8 in a Crumpler December Quarter with a 15.4" laptop, flash, chargers and other stuff.. Never had a problem. It's a big bag but fits in the bag test frame and into an overhead locker. The gear you're proposing will be no problem in a smaller bag.
CRAIGR2 14 23 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 6:53PM
thanks for your answers, i may just take my normal kata bag and if i have to pay ill pay! cant risk losing the gear
stevekhart 15 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 6:57PM

Quote:especially when you can't lock the bags.

I put padlocks on mine. You just have to open it for checking when it goes on, but you replace the padlocks, never had any problems at either end.
stolzy 15 3.8k 7
14 Sep 2007 7:02PM

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I put padlocks on mine.


Maybe this has been relaxed in Europe, but certainly bags going to or from the states are not allowed to be locked.
stevekhart 15 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 7:08PM
That wouldn't surprise me, those crazy yanks!
CRAIGR2 14 23 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 7:10PM
well im glad i aint taking my lights too! thanks everyone for your comments im damned if i know what to do ! hahahah
Stockczech 14 445 Czech Republic
14 Sep 2007 7:13PM
Don't lock cases going to the US or they will be broken into.

No problem at all taking camera gear as carry on luggage as long as your bag is within the size and weight limit. Just remember that you are limited to one carry on.

Personally I would never check in my camera gear.

Sheila
CRAIGR2 14 23 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 7:15PM
the old guy i used to help on shoots , when he got work abroad he,d parcel his lenses and post them to his hotel! never lost a thing ever! perhaps ill try that!:-]
Krakman 14 3.6k Scotland
14 Sep 2007 7:57PM
Agreed that checking in camera gear is very brave - but check that your insurance covers it. Padlocking it would give no protection at all, and is just like hanging a sign saying "there's something valuable in here". But maybe it would put you in a better position with the insurance company? Check with them.

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