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#21 adamhanlon

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 11:59 AM

Hi Tim...It will take a D8XX series upright, but I would guess not those bodies that have larger battery compartments.

 

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 10:44 PM

Hi Tim...It will take a D8XX series upright, but I would guess not those bodies that have larger battery compartments.

 

Adam

 

Thanks Adam, yeah, I think you're right.

 

The case has a depth of 5" but the cameras with a larger battery compartment (like the D5) or an additional battery holder are over 6" tall. Lying them down probably takes up a bit too much space. Pity, it looks like a really neat bag.

 

I'll put my credit card away  :crazy:


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 06:05 AM

I bought the CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler before with the intention of using it as my personal item in addition to a 'standard' sized carry-on. I ended up returning it.

 

It's a very heavy bag even empty, and the amount of padding in it and the thickness of the internal dividers is overkill IMO. If you try to fill it up, it will look very bulky because of all the padding. Not to mention the weight when fully loaded with camera gear makes it very inconvenient to carry using the standard sling. 



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Posted 30 January 2019 - 06:22 AM

I've got a couple of Cinebags, the GoPro bag and also their big rucksack, if I hadn't ordered them from overseas, I would have returned them.

- Their underwater stuff seems so much better quality, than their normal camera bits.

 

The padding and quality is awful against ThinkTankPhoto stuff.

 

My current arrangement is (for BA, United etc)
ThinkTank Security V2 Roller and a LowePro Hackback 22ltr for personal item

For smaller flights
DIY'd normal roller 22" using clothes as padding
Cooper 13" DSLR shoulder bag for personal item


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 07:19 AM

Thanks Richard and Andrei! Not only have you saved me some money, you have also saved me an(other) equipment row with my beloved.

 

Credit card firmly back in wallet.

 

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 01:09 PM

Initially I ordered the Backlight 36L from ThinkTank, and the next day I realized maybe I made a mistake when I started considering the certain eventuality of having to run through an airport with a 20+ kilo bag strapped to my back (I really must stop online shopping at 2 in the morning). I called ThinkTank Photo and after speaking with Justin, one of their CS reps, we had a very helpful and informative discussion of which bag would work best for my needs and we came to the conclusion it would be the Airport International. He even applied a 15% discount without so much as batting an eye in order to bring my total cost closer to what the Backlight 36 would've cost me. I was really blown away by ThinkTank's service and willingness to go the extra mile.

Once I received the Airport International (within 36 hours, I might add: Wow!), I realized the retractable handle was preventing the bag from zipping closed around my nauticam camera and smallhd 502 housing. I called ThinkTank again, and they were incredibly understanding about what was essentially my own error in understanding the variable depth of the retractable handle housing in the bag, and they sent me the Airport Security bag within a day, along with a free shipping label to send back the International. I should mention they even expedited the shipping to me, next day, on their own dime.

I just received the bag this morning and the extra inch or so of depth really makes all the difference and everything i need to take on a flight comfortably fits into my camera bag, including all the batteries, chargers, cables, my laptop and various little accessories. I must admit, I may have been a little skeptical about spending so much on carry-on luggage, but this bag is very well padded, the exterior is sturdy and it is really well thought out. All bases are covered and I feel very comfortable knowing all my gear is in good hands. Furthermore, I can't say enough good things about how impressively I was handled by ThinkTank's customer service- these guys went the extra mile and then some- I really can't say enough good things about my experience with them. And I have no affiliation to the company and my relationship is strictly a new and very enthused customer. I will just cross my fingers and hope i can fit this bag into overhead compartments or stow under the airplane seat internationally. My first test will be to Kona, Hawaii in a week and a half. Wish me luck.


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 01:58 AM

I use a Thinktank bag as well, and agree with all others who have commented on their build quality. It is top notch. 



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 05:57 PM

Luggage?  I use the lightest luggage I can find, to leave more weight for what I put in it.  

 

Most of my camera gear can fit in my carry-on, but the rest ends up in a suitcase with dive gear packed around it.   My housing and 9" dome port take up the bulk of my carry-on.  (Thinktank roller).   I can also stuff in both strobes, a focus light and some arms and clamps, but macro port, dome extension and other arms have to go in the suitcase.    I put the camera in the dive housing, and I wear a Thinktank waist bag holding at least two lenses and sometimes 3.  (One for non-diving use).  And/or a Nauticam housing with a Sony RX100 II in it as my backup camera.

 

That dome port really screws up packing.



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Posted 07 March 2019 - 04:25 PM

I pack for both myself and wife.- 2 housings, 2 macro ports, 2 domes, 5 strobes, u/w lights, chargers and all the other misc crap.

Most all goes into smaller cardboard or plastic boxes and all into a 30 inch used  hard shell suit case purchased on EBay.

It has two integral rollers (not wheels that are normally broken off), has an extra luggage strap around it and goes on as checked baggage.

Cameras and lens are hand carried in a small roll-on.

BTY: I've had  carry on's weighed many times in the Philippines and in the US by PI Air and on many smaller, connecting commuter planes and many times all are dumped into the baggage hold.

Do not assume your carry on's will always go on the plane with you!!


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 10:06 PM

I've had to make that experience as well recently. In Hamburg, Germany they now appear to weigh hand luggage at all of the check-in counters regardless of airline. Getting my hand luggage to weigh 6kg will be an interesting challenge for my next flight...



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Posted 08 March 2019 - 01:52 AM

FWIW, when travelling, I've had some airlines tag my bag with an indication it's cleared for carry on. 

 

Once, in Toronto (YYZ), I noticed that all passengers were having their carry on check for dimensions but having to fit in the frame Air Canada provided.

 

I would suggest that with more people trying to optimize carry on over paying for checked luggage, airlines will be ratcheting up carry on reviews.



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Posted 08 March 2019 - 04:28 AM

i used to carry all camera bodies and lens as carry on, then a hard case for housing, strobes, ports. Now so many airlines are limiting carry on to 7-8kgs, or 15-18 lbs. and I am in the process of figuring out how to alter my luggage situation. I am watching this to see what others are doing. Thanks! 


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 10:07 AM

The thing is: I wouldn't even mind paying a little extra to get 3-5kg extra carry on allowance. I just don't want to check my stuff in. But that option doesn't seem to exist, yet. Only exception I've seen is business class getting two pieces of 7kg carry on, but that does not cost "a little" extra...



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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:43 PM

Singapore 'Business' class is typically 4 to 5 x coach! :cry:


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:49 AM

Looks like the thread picked back up. I consider 3 elements in my bag choice: weight without gear, how discrete it is, and cost, since my wallet is thin, ha!

 

I use a ThinkTANK backpack as a personal item (rarely weighed since it doesn't look like a camera backpack), a lightweight roller with light camera insert inside (about 8-9kg and if I get hassled, I move something to my pocket until after check-in). Then I use a water-resistant padded case and topside bag inside my checked bag for other items. I've detailed out each bag and what goes in each here: Packing for Underwater Photographers.

 

Another secret for airlines with very strict regulations (e.g. South Pacific) is a photographer's vest, since that's just body weight.

 

That said, there's no right and wrong, but always great to read these threads to see what everyone is doing!


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Posted 13 March 2019 - 03:46 AM

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:47 AM

Looks like the thread picked back up. I consider 3 elements in my bag choice: weight without gear, how discrete it is, and cost, since my wallet is thin, ha!

 

I use a ThinkTANK backpack as a personal item (rarely weighed since it doesn't look like a camera backpack), a lightweight roller with light camera insert inside (about 8-9kg and if I get hassled, I move something to my pocket until after check-in). Then I use a water-resistant padded case and topside bag inside my checked bag for other items. I've detailed out each bag and what goes in each here: Packing for Underwater Photographers.

 

Another secret for airlines with very strict regulations (e.g. South Pacific) is a photographer's vest, since that's just body weight.

 

That said, there's no right and wrong, but always great to read these threads to see what everyone is doing!

 

 

The Photographer's Vest is very high on my list of options right now, considering that I'm flying out of an Airport which now seems to have a rule in place of weighing all hand luggage and I only have 6Kg...



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:43 AM

I have a Lowepro ProTactic 450 Rucksack plus a Lowepro 200 camera bag for housing, camera plus lenses domeports, accus, focuslight, compass, dive computer, notebook, hand-scale  etc. as carry on lugagge (OMD-EM1II with a lot of lenses and two ports (Nauticam 140mm FE port and Nauticam 45 macro port)). My wife has similar lugagge for her EM5II and she takes the WA port (Zen DP-170). Extensions, arms, chargers and regulators must go into the normal lugagge...

 

I must say, however, that my filled rucksack weighs around 12 kg - so far no issues. I always wear a Foto-vest and in case of problems I would stuff equipment into the vest until the maximum hand lugagge limit for the rucksack is fullfilled...

 

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 04:27 PM

I have liked the Pelican 1510. I don't have the dividers, but I have some foam padding on the edges. I tend to stuff it full so nothing really moves around.



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Posted 25 March 2019 - 04:43 PM

I carry on my camera(s), lenses, and anything I absolutely have to have on the trip. Tripods, light modifiers, etc, can go in luggage. I have packed a lens in a pelican case in my checked baggage as well. The carry on is a ThinkTank backpack or roller.