I have just purchased a Canon 500mm F4.0 lens - weight about 3 kg (7 pounds). It comes in a robust case (total weight with lens is about 8 kg), but the case identifies its contents as a Canon 500mm lens, so I would be worried about checking it in as baggage on flights - I might never see it again!
I already have a 70-200mm F2.8 zoom lens and a swag of other lenses, so my question is - what is the best way to carry these lenses and my Canon 5D Mark III camera on airplanes.
Baggage limits for me in Australia are often 1 bag up to 23 kilograms (50-ish pounds) and a carry-on bag up to 7 kg (15-ish pounds) + a laptop.
Note that I am not a believer in the 'travel light' philosophy - many of my best photos come from my travel destinations, and I want to have the best lens for the situation with me, and not sitting at home.
So I need a rigid and robust suitcase that will protect my lenses from whatever the baggage handlers can throw at it, but that weighs almost nothing. Such a suitcase doesn't exist, but what comes closest?
Or is there another way to get my camera gear from A (Australia) to B (Brazil, say) safely and at a reasonable cost.