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Apr 20, 2016 14:02 |  #31

Italy is one of the worst places in Europe for petty theft and pickpockets, you would be foolish not to insure your gear at least for that one trip.. I have all risk insurance on all my gear and it covers for worldwide travel and accidental damage....
Insurance may be expensive but it's more expensive to replace all your gear should anything happen.


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Apr 20, 2016 14:33 |  #32

Charlie wrote in post #17978590 (external link)
is it really all that different for international flights? honest question.

Ryanair (which the OP is flying) is the super budget carrier in Europe, similar to Spirit in the US. All bets are off as it comes to what you can or can't carry on. Many of these planes are only 2 or 3 seats wide, so the overhead bins won't accommodate much more than a sweatshirt or purse. You should come prepared to check anything / everything, and be charged accordingly with a carrier like Ryanair.

I would highly suggest a Pelican case, the 1510 is US carry-on sized. If you do get a puddle jumper plane that has effectively no overhead space, at least you can trust that the Pelican case is your best bet for the gear to get there safely.


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Apr 20, 2016 14:44 |  #33

Thanks again for the responses folks.

Main thing I've learned is to take my important stuff as carry on. According to the airline

"You can carry one cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 onboard the aircraft."

So as I'm now only taking 2 bodies max my main walk around gig bag will fit the bill. I can also potentially put a lens or so in my pocket too if required. My actual luggage will just be a few changes of clothes so a lightweight tripod can go with that if needs be.

I'm only there for 4 days or so, 3 venues and a radio interview. Also the band's manager and the band we are meeting over there have local contacts who they have used before to transport us around. My camera bag won't leave my side ( same as when I shoot medium or small venues locally ) and the rest of the time we will be in a 12 seater mini van that is hired for the tour. So I'm not worried about insurance against theft etc as I don't see that being an issue.

My main worry was being able to do shots on the plane and how to transport my equipment, so thanks again folks for the responses :-)


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Apr 20, 2016 15:46 |  #34

PMGphotog wrote in post #17978679 (external link)
Thanks again for the responses folks.

Main thing I've learned is to take my important stuff as carry on. According to the airline

"You can carry one cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 onboard the aircraft."

So as I'm now only taking 2 bodies max my main walk around gig bag will fit the bill. I can also potentially put a lens or so in my pocket too if required. My actual luggage will just be a few changes of clothes so a lightweight tripod can go with that if needs be.

I'm only there for 4 days or so, 3 venues and a radio interview. Also the band's manager and the band we are meeting over there have local contacts who they have used before to transport us around. My camera bag won't leave my side ( same as when I shoot medium or small venues locally ) and the rest of the time we will be in a 12 seater mini van that is hired for the tour. So I'm not worried about insurance against theft etc as I don't see that being an issue.

My main worry was being able to do shots on the plane and how to transport my equipment, so thanks again folks for the responses :-)

Cool, sounds like a good plan. :-)


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May 03, 2016 12:42 |  #35

Just to update the thread. Thanks for all the replies. I'd never flew before never mind taking camera so it was great to get some information here.

It all worked out fine. Travelled light so I had my camera gear in one bag and my clothes in another with no issues at all using the overhead storage on the plane. I took a lightweight tripod which came in handy for video stuff and just 2 cameras and 4 lenses.

We had a 9 seater van to tour in and made sure we parked it in secure areas while we were on foot. Arrived at Pisa airport then picked up the van and went to see the tower. We parked near a student area for 2 hours or so with no issues at all (but my camera bag was always on me and never left in the van with the band's gear.) The rest of the tour took in Barbaresco which was our first stop so the band's manager could hook up with local friends. Lovely place with no issues about crime. Then Gattorna, Genoa, San Torenze, Genoa, then Atina. On the last day we drove to Rome to fly back to Scotland ( the traffic near Rome is like the Daytona 500, just on the Freeway/Motorway :-) )

I would say that Pisa was more risky as their are a lot of tourists around so it may have attracted some dodgy types. But there were 9 of us all looking out for each other and lots of Police around.

All in all it was a fantastic trip, no issues using my DSLR on the flight when the seatbelt light was off ( just filming the bands and not intruding on other passengers.) No issues with locals in the places we visited either.

Several people posted about using common sense and that was the key thing I think if you travel anywhere. My camera was only visible when I was using it, and in my camera bag crossed strapped across my shoulders when not.

Thanks again for the replies folks :-)


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May 03, 2016 12:50 |  #36

PMGphotog wrote in post #17994570 (external link)
Just to update the thread. Thanks for all the replies. I'd never flew before never mind taking camera so it was great to get some information here.

It all worked out fine. Travelled light so I had my camera gear in one bag and my clothes in another with no issues at all using the overhead storage on the plane. I took a lightweight tripod which came in handy for video stuff and just 2 cameras and 4 lenses.

We had a 9 seater van to tour in and made sure we parked it in secure areas while we were on foot. Arrived at Pisa airport then picked up the van and went to see the tower. We parked near a student area for 2 hours or so with no issues at all (but my camera bag was always on me and never left in the van with the band's gear.) The rest of the tour took in Barbaresco which was our first stop so the band's manager could hook up with local friends. Lovely place with no issues about crime. Then Gattorna, Genoa, San Torenze, Genoa, then Atina. On the last day we drove to Rome to fly back to Scotland ( the traffic near Rome is like the Daytona 500, just on the Freeway/Motorway :-) )

I would say that Pisa was more risky as their are a lot of tourists around so it may have attracted some dodgy types. But there were 9 of us all looking out for each other and lots of Police around.

All in all it was a fantastic trip, no issues using my DSLR on the flight when the seatbelt light was off ( just filming the bands and not intruding on other passengers.) No issues with locals in the places we visited either.

Several people posted about using common sense and that was the key thing I think if you travel anywhere. My camera was only visible when I was using it, and in my camera bag crossed strapped across my shoulders when not.

Thanks again for the replies folks :-)

Thanks for the report and glad it went well. Actually it sounds like it was perfect.

Maybe good preparations help to make a successful trip.


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May 03, 2016 13:00 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #37

That's true. I was perhaps over worried, but I prefer to have a plan to work to rather than just wing it when I get there. I might actually travel with slightly more equipment next time, but apply the same common sense rules as before.


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May 06, 2016 03:05 |  #38

My camera bag weighs up to 16kg (two bodies, 4 flashes, around 6 lenses). TOUCH WOOD I have never been asked to weigh my carry on. I've had people check in in front of me and behind me who've been asked but for some reason I have been overlooked. I think the trick is to carry it on your back, they are less likely to think it's heavy that way.

I also have a rolled up vest with multiple deep pockets so if I was ever asked to check in my equipment, I would unpack my carry-on until I reached the weight limit and literally 'wear' the rest of my gear.


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May 06, 2016 06:11 |  #39

I would be careful about taking a tripod or monopod in carry on. I have had mine removed from my luggage before because it was a weapon. I would have gone back and put it in my luggage, but that was already though the shoot. Thankfully I had a friend at the same airport taking a flight an hour later, so I gave it to her to check in and got it back from her later. Was a close call to loose a 200€ monopod.

Also be ready to be inspected at every machine. I always get inspected so I made sure that I have enough time to go through and not miss my flight. I also watch the staff very carefully and try to open it myself, which they won't always allow. Be assertive and make sure they don't mishandle any of your equipment. If you think they have, get their name and number in the case you need to make a claim against them in the future.

I wrote a blog post about travelling where I talk about what lens to bring, and then a little more about the security process, you might find it useful. http://www.aperturetou​rs.com …4/what-lens-should-i-pack (external link)




  
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