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#61 TomR1

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:13 PM

Lithium batteries either have to be in the equipment or in carry-on. In some areas standard batteries must be OUTSIDE of the equipment, particulary flashlights because of the danger from fire if they inadvertently turn on. My solution is to pack all Ni-MH batteries in a plastic holder and pack all li batteries in carryon.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:50 PM

Yes. I have heard the same. Lithium batteries are check-in only or in the equipment. All my batteries are Eneloops, Ni-MH so just have them in a plastic holder in my checked pelican and assuming they will be fine...

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:01 PM

We came into the US with about 60 checked NiMH batteries and did not end up quantanamo. We packed all batteries in 1 box, tightly packed in special packaging for AA batteries so they cant make contact.
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:40 PM

http://www.sistemapl...m/#/details/2/4 are ideal for carrying 24 AAs
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:51 AM

I have found that a backpack carry-on is less likely to be scrutinized than a wheeled carry-on. I recently switched from a Tamrac 692 (roller) to a Tamrac Adventure 8 (I believe). I can carry everything to shoot one lens w/ 2 strobes.

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When catching Liat in San Juan, they weighed most carry-ons but did not look twice at my backpack....which was HEAVY!

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:20 PM

Chalk one up for human nature. If you able to stand in line with a heavy pack slung on your shoulders without a pained expression on your face, they are likely going to assume (key word there) that it is not heavy. Note: It's even more convincing if you can do it with a smile :drink:

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 03:48 AM

The Tamrac Adventure 8 is a bag not a backpack so I'm not sure which one you have. I've just ordered a LowePro Vertex 300 AW. What would be really handy to know is how thick (front to back) a backpack can you squeeze into the overhead bins - I might have to take a tape measure with me next time I fly.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:43 AM

The Tamrac Adventure 8 is a bag not a backpack so I'm not sure which one you have. I've just ordered a LowePro Vertex 300 AW. What would be really handy to know is how thick (front to back) a backpack can you squeeze into the overhead bins - I might have to take a tape measure with me next time I fly.


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Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:02 AM

http://www.akona.com...?product_id=270

This is an option as well.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:29 AM

I have put my Lowepro order on hold while I find out some more about this backpack - Tamrac Expedition 9x
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:06 AM

I for one never use Pelicans as I think they are an invitation to robbery and just scream "expensive gear inside"! So I carry as much as I can with me, which is usually my camera, lenses, housing and ports. I used to carry them inside a regular plain Samsonite rolling carry-on bag, but a lot of airlines started weighing them (as Dave says a couple of posts above), and mine usually weighs 15kg, which is no good.

So, during my last trip to the Philippines with a photographer friend he had a back pack with about the same gear that I had PLUS his laptop. His backpack weighed like 3kg more than my carry-on, but because it was a backpack nobody in the airline counter even asked to weigh it, they just waved him by. I was not so lucky as they were weighing all rolling carry-ons and I had to check mine in. I am seriously considering getting a backpack with a laptop compartment for my next trip then.

The expedition 9x above looks good, but the Expedition 8x looks even better to me. It is slightly smaller, but has a laptop compartment.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 11:29 AM

I would look at the Think Tank Street Walker Hard Drive. Weighs 4lbs, lets you carry 1 extra lens or body. Holds more than my Lowepro Phototrekker. Then again, I don't carry on the housing and strobes, those go into checked luggage inside a Pelican, inside a battered 10 year old suitcase.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:11 PM

For what it's worth, I suggest all of you men out there start carrying around a murse. Yes, I said it, a murse, aka: man purse.
My last couple of trips I've carried my dome port and (x2) strobes in my giant, trendy purse. Doesn't get weighed ; )

I used to carry a photo backpack, and it's true, if you have a backpack, hardly ever do the airlines make you weigh it.
But, my shoulders just can't take it after 24+ hours of travel anymore. So now I have a black roller bag with padded photo compartments and a large trendy purse.

If I really tried I think I could get a whole assembly into a giant purse. Might make the x-ray screeners nervous though . . .

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:52 PM

For what it's worth, I suggest all of you men out there start carrying around a murse. Yes, I said it, a murse, aka: man purse.
My last couple of trips I've carried my dome port and (x2) strobes in my giant, trendy purse. Doesn't get weighed ; )

I used to carry a photo backpack, and it's true, if you have a backpack, hardly ever do the airlines make you weigh it.
But, my shoulders just can't take it after 24+ hours of travel anymore. So now I have a black roller bag with padded photo compartments and a large trendy purse.

If I really tried I think I could get a whole assembly into a giant purse. Might make the x-ray screeners nervous though . . .


Abi, you are my new hero. I am going to Target immediately for an inexpensive decoy purse. That could really save me on trips to Asia!!

We miss you at UPS/sushi/sake nights, by the way - you should come back for a visit ;)

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 04:31 PM

For what it's worth, I suggest all of you men out there start carrying around a murse. Yes, I said it, a murse, aka: man purse.


Hi Abi,
How about we call it a shoulder bag? I'm already carrying my wife's purse through the airport anyway. I think she takes her weights in it but I'm afraid to look.

I will take the "shoulder bag" idea under advisement. Does the Think Tank Urban Disguise count? Lord help us if Coach starts making gear bags.

By the way, I see the exalted title of Moderator under your name now. Very cool, congrats!

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 11:17 AM

Hi Allison, I'm heading down that way at the end of this month, but I think I'm teaching the night of the SDUPS meeting, bummer. There is a chance I will be down in March again . . . I will let you know.

Steve, Ok, we can call it a shoulder bag. ;)

I think the key is creating the illusion to the gate agent that the carry-on and murse, I mean shoulder bag, is light and we are not photographers.
Hawaiian air says on their website that the carryon shouldn't weigh more than 25 lbs., and that doesn't include a camera OR a "handbag or pocketbook". So, theoretically, if the urban disguise bag looks like a "handbag or pocketbook", but has some heavy lenses, or strobes crammed in, they may not weigh it. See where I'm going?

That's why I think all the men should get murses rather than bags that look like laptop bags that will be weighed.

They also say that a "foot rug" is not included in the carry on weight. So maybe we could just roll up all the gear into a rug and walk boldly up to the counter!

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 02:00 PM

So I packed the Pelican 1564, decided to forgo the canvas outer bag, and checked it in with zip ties for extra security. I had a note to TSA inside with extra zip ties in case the wanted to open and check it. 6 Asia international flights and 10 days later I am back in LA and all the gear is safe and sound. Not one flight did the ties get cut or the case searched. I know this is all down to luck/which flights/destinations. But this is what I am sticking to!

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 02:20 PM

Congrats, Hope you had a good trip.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:03 PM

Hi to all,

Is there anyone who tried the Tamrac Expedition 8 or 9?
I would like to know if I can pack the following:

- Aquatica housing D90
- nikon D90
- 8" dome
- macro port
- 2 x Ikelite DS 160
- 2 x Ikelite DS 160 spare battery
- Tokina 10-17mm
- Sigma 17-70mm
- Nikon 60mm
- MacBook Pro 15"
- miscellaneous stuff

Any picture of the bag packed would be appreciated.

Thank you for your feedback.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:54 PM

I would look at the Think Tank Street Walker Hard Drive. Weighs 4lbs, lets you carry 1 extra lens or body. Holds more than my Lowepro Phototrekker. Then again, I don't carry on the housing and strobes, those go into checked luggage inside a Pelican, inside a battered 10 year old suitcase.
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I have a Street Walker HD.. very light... tall sides (holds a pro body standing upright no worries)... packs more than my photo trekker or vertex ever did, and looks smaller to boot.

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