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Oct 19, 2012 07:37 |  #1

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.




  
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Oct 19, 2012 07:50 |  #2

I am in a similar dilemma but decided to leave my telephotos at home. You can take something like a Gura Gear 30L and fit in the 500mm on one side and a body w/normal walkaround lens on the other and still be within the carry-on limits. Consider this as an option.

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Oct 20, 2012 01:29 as a reply to  @ vsg28's post |  #3

Is there a chance your 500mm and one body to fit inside a backpack as your carry on?

I traveled this year to Europe and had my 600D, 70-200 F4, 50mm1.8, 18-55 kit lens, sunglasses, remote transmitter and other bits inside a Kata bag. Weight limit wasnt an issue for me.

I wouldnt dare stuffing other gear on my checked lugage tho. Maybe buying a Pelican case and have your gear insured?


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Oct 20, 2012 05:42 |  #4

ABTsolut wrote in post #15145708 (external link)
Maybe buying a Pelican case and have your gear insured?

But double-check that your insurance actually covers the cost of the lens. Most travel policies specifically mention that expensive stuff on an airplane must be carried with the passenger.


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Oct 20, 2012 06:20 |  #5

Thanks for all of the wise advice. It isn't easy getting a swag of lenses halfway across the world! The Gura Gear 30L looks fabulous (except for the price). When I bought my last camera bag, I swore that it was definitely the last. Well ... Thanks for letting me know about it.




  
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Oct 20, 2012 07:19 |  #6

Two solutions if you're going overweight for carry on and they are calling you out on it, one cheap and one not so cheap

1. Buy something small from the duty free shop and get a big bag from them. Use some sort of case that will fit inside it. There seems to be some unwritten rule that you can load as much duty free crap into aircraft overheads as you can carry.

2. Fly business class or obtain status (gold or above) with your preferred carriers frequent flyer program. They have never said anything to me about loading up the overheads at the pointy end.

I've only had my DSLR for a few weeks but took it OS with me in a Lowepro backpack which also was handy to store my laptop. I also carried on a garment bag with two suits and two duty free bags.

If you want to load them in your suitcase get a Samsonite. They weigh nothing and are very robust.




  
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Oct 20, 2012 07:37 |  #7

if i 'm you, i would leave 500mm at home and just take my 70-200mm F2.8 with me


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Oct 20, 2012 08:16 |  #8

If you can not get it on carry on then pack it well inside a s/c and pay for the extra weight if you have to. I just did a bush flight in Africa and total weight allowed was 30lbs...my camera gear weighs that. They did weigh every thing but let us skip on the overweight as the flight was only 1/2 full...but I was prepaired to pay overweight charges.




  
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Oct 20, 2012 08:40 |  #9

I have a Pelican 1510 which I carry on. It fits five lenses and two bodies, plus small stuff. It would make the carryon overweight for you, but see if you can pay extra for the weight. It's the safest way to transport camera gear, and it keeps it with you all the time.


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Oct 20, 2012 08:44 |  #10

When we go to South Africa, we rent 500ms in country. So we never have to worry about them disappearing or being damaged in air transport. If possible, rent heavy glasss at your destination.




  
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Oct 20, 2012 14:44 |  #11

where do you rent lenses in Africa?


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Oct 20, 2012 16:01 |  #12

MCAsan wrote in post #15146351 (external link)
When we go to South Africa, we rent 500ms in country. So we never have to worry about them disappearing or being damaged in air transport. If possible, rent heavy glasss at your destination.

That is a great idea.


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Nov 02, 2012 02:23 |  #13

Thanks for all of the great suggestions. Much to think about.




  
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Nov 02, 2012 11:29 |  #14

I'm in the same position. I just picked up a 5D Infrared and have 5DMKII & III and normally carry 70-200mm 2.38L IS II - 85L - 16-35mm - 24-70mm and dont have room for the 3rd body with my Temba back pack. Thinking of getting something with wheels on it. Carrying a computer bag and back pack gets a little heavy on long terminal runs. This way I can set the computer bag on the camera bag and wheel it to the gate. Maybe a Pelican bag maybe the way to go??


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Nov 02, 2012 11:41 |  #15

Aquatech makes a folding lens hood that will fit on the 500. Leave the big hood at home, the 500 can fit in a Think Tank roller that meets carryon dimensions and you have room for two bodies and the 70-200. If you want a third body and a wide to normal zoom just wear it around your neck--I've never seen them say a word about a camera on the shoulder or neck.


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