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    I will choose to carry my camera and lens in hand carry backpack while dumping my portable HDD and notebook in check in luggage
    I've done it twice...lucky for me nothing happened but its all up to individual to take the risk or not

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    Thanks to all the bros here for the adv.. will use my back pack to carry the lenses, accessories in the baggage. Btw, i am heading to the US, so, i hope should not be any problem going thru customs..? And i am not so pro leh, don't have all these prime lens..


    Quote Originally Posted by ericpooi View Post
    First time in this sub-forum... just to share my experiences.

    I do put a few of my lenses, batteries, etc in the check in luggages.

    For example, when I travel to Kenya/Thailand purely for avian/animals/nature photography, I carry my 500mm, 400mm, 2 bodies, flash, chargers, 1 spare battery and the rest I dumped it into the luggage (already >10kg). There is a weight limitation on the handcarry, thus I don't want to be in a situation where I am forced to check in inclusive my hand carry. I brought along, 70-300mm, 12-24mm and many other accessories, inclusive heavy tripod Gitzo 1325, certainly the latter all check-in.

    Thus, it is up to your risk appetite, don't ever check in 500mm or 400mm, check-in simpler, cheaper stuff, inclusive spare batteries, spare chargers, etc. Breaking a cheap lens - ouch, missing a golden opportunity to shoot the shot of your life? Priceless!!!!!!!

    There are proper check in luggage for 500mm and 600mm for example, but I strongly discourage... too high a risk!!

    Hope the above helps.

    Forget to add, so far... zero problem... done at least 5-8 times already.

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    YOU MUST BE JOKING! check in lugguage, u'd be bringing broken lens out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnng121 View Post
    Thanks to all the bros here for the adv.. will use my back pack to carry the lenses, accessories in the baggage. Btw, i am heading to the US, so, i hope should not be any problem going thru customs..? And i am not so pro leh, don't have all these prime lens..
    Don't worry....I have been to US a few times per year.....they are very reasonable if you co-operate

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    Thanks..!
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Don't worry....I have been to US a few times per year.....they are very reasonable if you co-operate

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
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    A big NO-NO!

    Huggable hand carries the tripod onto the plane too.

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    For me is everything hand carry except Tripod...too heavy....The extreme Temperature in the Cargo hold can cause damage to the Lens too
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    The last thing I will ever do, apart from the tripod. Not worth the risk, especially if you are carrying expensive lenses as well as other expensive photographic equipment.
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    Does TS intent to carry more than 7KG of photog equipment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    does spore sell?
    You can find PELICAN Cases at John 3:16 - the photo shop at Funan...
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    Quote Originally Posted by airfins View Post
    For me is everything hand carry except Tripod...too heavy....
    I carry my tripod up the plane too.
    Sekali they scratch the head or make a dent here and there, equally sim1 tia3. U got all the big guns but no workable tripod for tripod critical shots.

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    tripod + 1 camera bag, can meh?

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    Even pelicans are unbreakable, you won't want to do that... especially if you're travelling to countries that doesn't have much security... it will simply "not arrive" ...

    a pelican case shouts to the whole world something is precious inside...

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    Default Re: Is it safe to pack Lenses in check-in luggages?

    I do check in my camera, lens, ball head and tripod very often for flight. No problems at all.

    My cameras are pack in a seperate paded bag. Lenses in their own lens cases. Ball head in a exta wide lens case from Lowe Pro (fits just nice) and Tripod wrapped in tower.

    However, I do not use softcase. Only the hard oyster cases like those from Samsonite. Not even the polycarbonate ones.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomlowct View Post
    tripod + 1 camera bag, can meh?
    Can. Many times. But bear in mind diff airlines got diff policies. Better to check with them beforehand than to realize on the spot cannot, and u got nothing to protect the tripod during check in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    does spore sell?
    you can do a search. i believe there is a couple of places that sell it. in fact, i'm thinking of selling off my pelican 1400 (1 body, 3 lens) when i'm back in sg, as i may upgrade.

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    I only checked in my tripod...a super heavy Slik pro 700DX (3.2KG). In fact, the check in counter girl in HK does not allow me to carry it in handheld cus it looks kind of offensive. Maybe she is afraid I use it to smash the plane's window. Well, other than that, I carry everything else handheld.

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    Default Re: Is it safe to pack Lenses in check-in luggages?

    i can't carry everything on handcarry.

    my way of doing things in principle is
    i hand carry
    - things easily sussceptible to damage (sensitive electronic, glass)
    - things i need to use anytime

    things to hand carry
    1. camera body + tripod plate
    2. all lenses + UV filters on lens
    3. battery in body
    4. all memory cards
    5. lenspen
    6. laptop with battery

    for tripod, check with airport and airline. some do not allow tripods as they can easily be weapons on flight.

    things i check in
    1. backup compact camera
    2. CPL and cokin filters
    3. extra batteries
    4. portable HDD storage (well wrapped)
    5. blower and cloth
    6. tripod
    7. laptop accessories e..g power cord

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    So far i have not try checking in my camera and laptop. Mostly is all hand carry them but the laptop have to be turn on for the custom to check at the boarding gate.
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