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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    leave the 300 f2.8 and 2 batteries at home
    i need the 300 2.8 to shoot moon wor...
    i was initially speculating bringing the 200-400 but had already give up, hence bringing the 300 2.8.

    i want bring batt.i ALWAYS need backup.
    in case 1 batt die there...liao liao.

    guys, i forgot 1 more lens that i want to bring.
    16mm FE.

    the prob now is...IF assuming I check everything in with a phototrekker(which is NOT a hardcase), and if anything breaks, can I ask the airline for compensation?

    anyone knows if i can insure the entire camera bag?

  2. #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by robotech View Post
    Hmmm....use a smaller backpack and check in the phototrekker with your luggage? Or use the rolling computrekker for flights.
    the smallest pack i have is a billingham which cannot even hold my d3 with 24-70 mounted, unless I dont attach the lens.

    these are all the bags i have..and the way i see it, NONE fits my needs.

    -billingham 3-something series...

    -3 pelican cases.smallest one is about laptop bag size but way thicker.
    biggest one is for my profoto lights, which i wont be bringing but if i take out the profoto lights, and put all the cam gears in, it has TOO much empty space and i cant bring that on board for sure.=which means i will end up with 2 hard luggages.one pelican and one my clothes luggage.

    -phototrekker AW

    -protrekker AW II

    -primus AW

    - stealth reporter 200

    -3 nikon 'free' camera bags(almost same as the small billingham)

    -crumpler outpost(If i remember the name correctly).

    so...how guys?

    please help....

  3. #43

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    Quote Originally Posted by icenik View Post
    i agree with mahojazz suggestions. and also to be selective with what you carry. I've used my micro trekker 200 on SIA flts to many countries without any trouble. It fits snugly under the seat
    i usually need everything i bring...i'm serious.

  4. #44

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    Quote Originally Posted by proteonXPR View Post
    split into 2, one back pack one shoulder sling
    so i got to carry TWO bags in flight???
    xiong wor...

  5. #45

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    http://www.thepelicancases.com/PL-1620.html

    this is the biggest pelican case i've got.
    and i bought it to house 2 profoto strobes with battery packs + softbox + blah....
    everything i need to get a shoot done outdoors.
    i can remove everything and put my gears in.

    but to check in this monster i also think twice.it's already damn heavy WITHOUT anything inside.

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    Default Re: flying with big camera bags

    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    i need the 300 2.8 to shoot moon wor...
    i was initially speculating bringing the 200-400 but had already give up, hence bringing the 300 2.8.

    i want bring batt.i ALWAYS need backup.
    in case 1 batt die there...liao liao.

    guys, i forgot 1 more lens that i want to bring.
    16mm FE.

    the prob now is...IF assuming I check everything in with a phototrekker(which is NOT a hardcase), and if anything breaks, can I ask the airline for compensation?

    anyone knows if i can insure the entire camera bag?
    why do you need to go overseas to shoot the moon?
    their moon nicer than ours?

    you only need 1 batt in the camera and 1 batt extra

    if you are greedy and kiasu then you must carry lor

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    i need the 300 2.8 to shoot moon wor...
    i was initially speculating bringing the 200-400 but had already give up, hence bringing the 300 2.8.

    i want bring batt.i ALWAYS need backup.
    in case 1 batt die there...liao liao.

    guys, i forgot 1 more lens that i want to bring.
    16mm FE.

    the prob now is...IF assuming I check everything in with a phototrekker(which is NOT a hardcase), and if anything breaks, can I ask the airline for compensation?

    anyone knows if i can insure the entire camera bag?
    From what I know, you will need to insure your photographic stuff under a "home contents" insurance. There might be a rider or extension to photographic things. So that way, if you travel or bring out the cams & lenses from the house, you are still covered.

    It is quite "leceh", have to document all the receipts and stuff. Plus take photos of equipment as proof (this part, we can all enjoy ). This applies to people taking out extra cover for their watches if they have a few "nice" pieces that are normally locked in a house safe.

    Try to contact your insurance agent and check if they do it. If not then, more legwork, contact AIG or something.

    One of my relatives had a Canon 5D stolen from his backpack while in Kunming. Lucky, he had full cover, insurers "gave" him money to buy a 5D (mk1) on replacement cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    i brought my gitzo overseas before.i was told to check the tripod in.
    i brought my big samsonite oyster luggage, so it could squeeze in and i know it has ample protection.

    i remember seeing a thread here in CS they check a tripod in and it came out koyak.
    damn scary.
    Normally on my biz trips, I very kiasu, so don't check in any luggage. Just a Samsonite roller plus another Samsonite soft ballistic nylon computer bag (fits my 40D fine).

    I wonder if I put my Gitzo into the Samsonite roller, will they give me all sorts of problems? I think this is a little bit of a "double" standard. Generally, if you don't hold in hand, should be ok. The tripod is in the bag, so no accidental clobbering of other passengers when I turn around.

    Anyone else has experiences to share?
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  9. #49

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    why do you need to go overseas to shoot the moon?
    their moon nicer than ours?

    you only need 1 batt in the camera and 1 batt extra

    if you are greedy and kiasu then you must carry lor
    of course their moon nicer.
    even grass is greener.
    and their ortega are wiser.

    no lah.not only moon, was thinking of going to the zoo.

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    you are bringing too many lenses... much too heavy.

    my last trip i bought along

    hasselbald 503
    50mm
    80mm
    120mm
    polariod back
    2 film magazine
    1 canon g10

    my shoulder was hurting already lor.
    lucky we dun use mamiya now.

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    bring the phototrekker and sr200. shldnt be a problem clearing the customs. weight will be the biggest issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zekai View Post
    you are bringing too many lenses... much too heavy.

    my last trip i bought along

    hasselbald 503
    50mm
    80mm
    120mm
    polariod back
    2 film magazine
    1 canon g10

    my shoulder was hurting already lor.
    lucky we dun use mamiya now.
    it will really be a pity if i buy those lenses and only restrict them to be used in sgp...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    bring the phototrekker and sr200. shldnt be a problem clearing the customs. weight will be the biggest issue.
    ya.sigh...

  14. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    ya.sigh...
    split it with other ppl travelling with u then.

  15. #55

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    jeanie, u have any 300mm lens but not f2.8? i think 300mm at f2.8 is way too heavy. if shooting moon or in bright daylight, no need f2.8. can lighten ur load considerably le.

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    You could buy all the gears there and sell off before you come back.
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    I packed my gitzo and gimbal head in my suitcase layered with my clothing. The rest carry on board, I put into my computrecker plus, (500mm, 1 body, flash, power pack, 90mm macro lens, filters) 300f2.8IS in a small bag and my 40D with 17-40L hung on the neck. Hee.

    Almost 17Kg but act like 5Kg.



    Actually on that trip, there wer 6 of us doing the same thing..

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    i usually carried my 5D + 24-70 (~2kg) on board as it saved me from weighing down my hand luggage. i also carried my laptop separately. i was never questioned once after 17 connections in 7 weeks.

    btw, i travelled from melbourne to singapore, china, singapore, london, france, germany, italy, spain, singapore, melbourne. i used all airlines from SIA to easyjet.
    Last edited by dan_1337; 10th March 2009 at 07:16 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    split it with other ppl travelling with u then.
    hahhaha...no way they will share my load.
    they told me to just bring a pns....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    it will really be a pity if i buy those lenses and only restrict them to be used in sgp...
    yhou have to always always draw a compromise when travelling

    unless you can move your entire house with you wherever you go.

    if you spend your trip with a sore shoulder or back, you won't produce good pictures, unless you are hooked on self-abuse.

    it is different for professional photographers, because they usually have solutions; but if it's just a casual trip, where you want to take a few shots for memories, maybe even seriously.. limiting the weight, either by using zooms or taking a pick of what you might use more.. that is essential.

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