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Tips how to transport UW Photo Equipment on Airplanes

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Postby Willie » Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:09 am

It a serious problem today with all the regulations on air travel.
How are you all handling it ?
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Postby Karl » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:13 am

I just carry it on as hand luggage - I have a Sea & Sea DX-1G and it has it's own carry case - so I guess thats one of the benefits of a compact.

Never had any trouble travelling internally in Australia or overseas to Thailand carrying it that way.

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Postby Willie » Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:19 am

it is serous trouble with my seacam housing, 2 strobe with arm,superdome, several lenses and lense adaptors and so on...
till now i was able to sneak through with 1 back pack and 1 laptop case each weighing 12 to 15kg in the hand luggage.
If anyone has some good ideas on hoew to do it on a airplanr ?...

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Postby scottg » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:28 pm

Ridlon is writing a 2 part series on how to avoid baggage fees on airlines. ... ggage-fees

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Postby James » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:39 am

On a quest, myself, to avoid over charges I have been miniaturizing and reducing all of our gear. My S90 and FIX90 housing, strobes, arms, chargers, batteries, fisheye and macro lens, cables, tray and clamps, everything I need to shoot pics, is in this carry on size and weight hard case:


I much prefer to hand carry camera equipment which means it must be carry on legal.
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Postby sharkman » Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:26 am

I'll expand on this in the second part of the article I am doing but the first piece is deciding how much gear you want to travel with. I travel compactly most of the time and I can fit all my camera gear into my one carryon and a computer bag. I prefer this. What this means though is that I don't travel with 47 lenes and 4 camera bodies. Having a lot of lenses is great but I've found that I can shoot almost everything I want with three lenses and this dramatically cuts down on what I have to schlep all over the world. This is where I start. More on this soon .....
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Postby oceantony » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:17 am

Yes now Spirit has limited to one checked bag under 40 pounds! I will not use them anymore
This what I do I carry on with me all my photo gear. My Ikelite housing, ports (macro and wide) and the two strobes they go in a hard shell carry on suitcase padded with left over foam from a Pelican case. Everything fit well. Then camera, lenses and laptop as well as one of my prescription mask in a laptop Lowepro day backpack. So I will take any risk of loosing any thing due to theft. I Only take 3 lenses on Scuba trips! 10-20 and 85 VR II macro and 18-125 for surface shots!
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Postby Hintermann » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:32 pm

I carry almost all my UW photo kit as hand luggage. The only exception is the Ikelite AF35 strobe which is too bulky to pack in the hand bag. I used to put bubblewrap around the strobe head and put it between my clothes in the checked-in baggage but now I am getting the Honl photo wrap which makes it more secure.
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Postby bvanant » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:09 pm

I take 2 bodies (7D), three lenses (100, 60 and 10-17), macro and small dome, housing (Nauticam) and a single Inon s2000 strobe plus arm in my Thinktank backpack. More than 7kg for sure but so far no issues. Other stuff goes into a big blue Storm case that of course we end up paying lots for. We think of overweight fees as part of the ticket price, but I wish you could buy them at the time you buy your ticket.

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