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Apr 08, 2016 21:58 |  #16

so you have two canon bodies, and one nikon? is that the reason for so many lenses because you have two different systems going?


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Apr 10, 2016 07:52 |  #17

I travel quite a bit, but my business is not photography. I rarely if ever see anyone taking any pictures inside the cabin these dsys, just the occasional snap out the window. A relative was recently prohibited from taking a picture of a traveling group in the cabin on a European carrier. I think it's likely to be a problem regardless of whether th re is an actual policy or rule in place. Cabin crews have become rather capricious about passenger behavior and from one crew to the next the situation could be quite different. Ask the chief purser and be prepared to comply with a no - to avoid an incident.




  
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Apr 10, 2016 08:55 |  #18

Still to contact the airline which I'll be doing soon, but I think I'll remove the battery grips from both my Canon bodies and just take the spare batteries instead. That way I can use a smaller camera bag as carry on and just put the chargers etc in my luggage. I probably have enough batts for the whole trip but will take the chargers just in case. And I'll leave the Nikon at home as it was just a spare but I aim to travel light so 2 bodies will suffice.

The bands are looking for me to document the trip with both stills and video so I was hoping to get some footage of them on the plane, but that's not a biggie if it can't be done, I'll be able to get plenty of stuff as we travel between cities in Italy.

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Apr 19, 2016 14:31 |  #19

Not sure if you have taken the trip yet, but two things to make sure of first.

1) Make sure your gear is well insured using an appropriate insurance policy so in case of a loss, you aren't getting half the value of the equipment.

2) Carry on luggage internationally is of a different size than in the US. You will NEED to make sureyou know what the restrictions are for every flight you may be taking. When you leave the US, your bag may go through security or checks here, but once there they may flag you for having too large a bag. then guess what, it becomes checked luggage at a significant expense.




  
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Apr 19, 2016 14:41 |  #20

Flight is booked for 28th April from the UK to Italy via Ryanair ( who are a bit of a budget airline and tend to charge for all "extras" ). I'm checking their carry on policy just now.

Really cutting down what I'll be taking so that I can travel light. So I reckon 2 bodies minus grips plus 4 smallish lenses, mem cards etc will be in my normal gig bag and I have a lightish tripod which will go in with my actual luggage. I'll need to weigh my bag a few days before I travel to see if it fits the airline's policy or if I'll need to pay extra etc.


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Apr 19, 2016 14:42 |  #21

mikeinctown wrote in post #17977471 (external link)
Not sure if you have taken the trip yet, but two things to make sure of first.

1) Make sure your gear is well insured using an appropriate insurance policy so in case of a loss, you aren't getting half the value of the equipment.

Insurance on average is a losing proposition. Don't buy insurance unless you can't reasonably cover a loss, you know you are higher risk than average, or you have issues with unhealthy levels of stress.

https://www.nerdwallet​.com …rof/buy-camera-insurance/ (external link)

2) Carry on luggage internationally is of a different size than in the US. You will NEED to make sureyou know what the restrictions are for every flight you may be taking. When you leave the US, your bag may go through security or checks here, but once there they may flag you for having too large a bag. then guess what, it becomes checked luggage at a significant expense.

It's wise to check, but usually carriers will honor the rules of the first carrier.


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Apr 19, 2016 14:52 |  #22

if you want to cut down on your carry on items, you can look into a bulky travel/photography vest. I do typically travel with two cameras, but much smaller mirrorless. Stuff your gear in the vest if needed. I was shooting inside the terminals so kept some gear on my body and it doesnt count towards your carry on. Something like the humvee photo vest or milton's vest, you will be able to fit two bodies/lenses. Check in all your cloths.


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Apr 20, 2016 08:54 |  #23

Archibald wrote in post #17977483 (external link)
Insurance on average is a losing proposition. Don't buy insurance unless you can't reasonably cover a loss, you know you are higher risk than average, or you have issues with unhealthy levels of stress.

https://www.nerdwallet​.com …rof/buy-camera-insurance/ (external link)

It's wise to check, but usually carriers will honor the rules of the first carrier.

He is talking about travelling with two bodies and 4 lenses on an airline into a European country where he can easily be singled out as not local. it would be stupid to not CYA. In fact it is stupid to not CYA at any time. Do you know of anyone or any business who doesn't have insurance of some sort?

Also, if he is making plane changes or tansfers on the way there, that may fly, but do you really think he will win an argument when he is 6,000 miles from home on foreign soil checking in with a carrier who doesn't care that he didn't read their policy?




  
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Apr 20, 2016 09:42 |  #24

mikeinctown wrote in post #17978258 (external link)
He is talking about travelling with two bodies and 4 lenses on an airline into a European country where he can easily be singled out as not local. it would be stupid to not CYA. In fact it is stupid to not CYA at any time. Do you know of anyone or any business who doesn't have insurance of some sort?

Also, if he is making plane changes or tansfers on the way there, that may fly, but do you really think he will win an argument when he is 6,000 miles from home on foreign soil checking in with a carrier who doesn't care that he didn't read their policy?

This discussion is not about having insurance "of some sort", nor is it about ignoring the policies of airlines.


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Apr 20, 2016 12:21 |  #25

Archibald wrote in post #17978319 (external link)
This discussion is not about having insurance "of some sort", nor is it about ignoring the policies of airlines.

I specifically addressed YOUR comments which were "Insurance on average is a losing proposition. Don't buy insurance unless you can't reasonably cover a loss, you know you are higher risk than average, or you have issues with unhealthy levels of stress." And also "usually carriers will honor the rules of the first carrier." To which I specifically replied.

And I will say it again. The carrier in Europe (on the return flights) is under no obligation to honor any rules of the airline through which he flew from the US with, except that he has a ticket for a given flight. The consumer needs to know the rules of the airlines they are flying with.




  
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Apr 20, 2016 12:33 |  #26

sheesh, I dont even consider these rules, if I cant fit all my gear into my carry on, it's not coming along. No way am I checking that stuff in.

fwiw, my brother went from USA to AUS and carried all his camera gear as a carry on. 5D3, 200/2, 24-105, 85L, 11-24, 580ex..... MASSIVE GEAR!!! I'de only worry about insurance if you have to check in your gear, otherwise, camera gear is generally a waste of money to insure, it's too inexpensive to cover. Same reason I dont have dental or vision insurance.


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Apr 20, 2016 12:53 |  #27

He's flying from uk to Italy...not the us


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Apr 20, 2016 13:22 |  #28

DreDaze wrote in post #17978554 (external link)
He's flying from uk to Italy...not the us

is it really all that different for international flights? honest question.

I've been with camera gear to SE asia, notorious for theft, and never an issue as long as I am bringing my gear as a carry on (which TS has indicated). International carry on luggage is generally smaller than domestic flights, but it's not drastic. All my luggage is international standard anyhow.


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Apr 20, 2016 13:42 |  #29

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

I've been with camera gear to SE asia, notorious for theft, and never an issue as long as I am bringing my gear as a carry on (which TS has indicated). International carry on luggage is generally smaller than domestic flights, but it's not drastic. All my luggage is international standard anyhow.

There is no international standard.


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Apr 20, 2016 13:56 |  #30

Archibald wrote in post #17978621 (external link)
There is no international standard.

AFAIK, 20" and no bigger covers international rules (all countries). I know standards change from country to country, but if you keep it 20" and smaller, nobody will complain. Not necessarily a standard, but a guideline.


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