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In Topic: PNG Baggage restrictions

25 July 2014 - 09:34 PM

In my travels through BNE the bag was always tagged from my origin all the way to POM. That is why the transfer desk could handle it. If VA says they can't tag it all the way then you have no choice but collecting your luggage, going through immigration and customs, checking in, and going back through in the other direction. But don't stress, there is only 1 small international terminal and 2 hours is plenty.

In Topic: PNG Baggage restrictions

25 July 2014 - 05:51 AM

Are you sure you can't check baggage all the way through? I've done it after arriving at BNE on at least 4 different airlines. Just go to the transfer desk, show the bag claim number, and they do the rest. Seems weird that it would require entering Australia only to check in again, rather than going to the transfer desk while in transit. But I have not had to do this myself so can't be sure.

If you did have to go through immigration and customs with your luggage, check in upstairs, then go back through the process the other direction, 2 hours is comfortable. BNE is not large and rarely very congested, and once you're checked in you're safe.

In Topic: E-M5 set up!

20 July 2014 - 02:57 AM

First of all, if you haven't done so already, you'll want to read the comprehensive OM-D thread and the comprehensive set-up instructions at these links:






Then in answer to your question . . . 


 Or really.. will I even use the 12-50mm underwater?


. . . lots of us do exactly that.  I use mine almost exclusively as I like the combination of decent wide angle, zoom capability, and good macro functionality. It is certainly true that prime lenses and the ports to go with them will make technically better images in the appropriate circumstances, but when circumstances change or unexpected targets materialize you also can't change your objectives once you're under water like you can with the 12-50.

In Topic: Working through my options

12 July 2014 - 08:52 PM

If you have never shot underwater before, my guess is that your biggest mental adjustment will be about lighting. You have to have external lights, and their diffusion and reach behave very differently under water than on land. Good underwater lights (strobes or video) are also a lot more expensive than land photographers think they should be.  Many beginners start out cheap and often with only one light, but eventually upgrade.  I would advise starting with one good strobe, experimenting, then see how you like the results.  

In Topic: Traveling with underwater camera to international destination - packing tips...

12 July 2014 - 08:35 PM

Agreed, the airport security staff don't seem to worry about the size or weight of bags during transit, my point was only that there is in fact a security check.


Another factor is that gate staff do have the authority to check bag size and weight.  It is rare for them to intervene, and I have never seen a scale to verify weight, but I have seen gate staff for several airlines require obviously oversize bags to be gate checked.