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Dec 18, 2017 19:50 |  #31

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I had to remove my light jacket and it was weighed along with my pack. Don’t know if this was standard practice or just a random check...but bottom line be prepared before you travel for the unexpected. You might get by wearing a vest with a bunch of gear hanging out...but then you might not. What would be your plan if they don’t allow all your gear on board?

I guess ... if you choose to live it ... life comes without total warranties or guarantees.

Insure as best you can. Take care as far as you are able. Don't set out carrying things you know you will not need. Be prepared, if absolutely necessary, to stow some camera gear in the hold. Have a plan for how you will keep the minimal kit that is the most important close by you.

Accept that, if you lose it, it was only 'stuff'.


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Dec 18, 2017 22:01 |  #32

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I found that odd about AC vs Westjet. When I called them to confirm the person told me as long as I can lift it myself so don't bring any gold. :-)

Air Canada is such a hidebound airline. Probably run by former military guys. They are the only airline I know that wants you to put the big item under the seat in front of you and the small item overhead. All other airlines advise the opposite. AC has other stupid rules too, like not letting you check in online if you are within the 24 hours but a connecting flight isn't. So you can't select your seat for several hours while other passengers without connections pick the best ones.


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Dec 18, 2017 22:09 as a reply to  @ post 18521313 |  #33

TBH, I never have had to resort to shoving two big lenses in jacket pockets, let alone wear a vest with a bunch of gear hanging out. But I have tucked a flash and a mid-size body in loose jacket pockets, which isn't really noticeable. I generally try to live by the Japanese saying "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down" when dealing with airlines staff, as there have been so many incidents of crew fanaticism since 9/11. So while I may push the rules I don't do so obviously.

But having a plan means having reasonable knowledge of what to expect. So I would do my research in advance and for each leg of my trip. Doing the research on Vietnam Airlines, I would see that one carry-on bag 22x11x9 and under 7kg is permitted, as well as the following additional "personal items:" handbag/pocketbook/pur​se, laptop, overcoat, umbrella and small camera, with no specified weight limit, subject to additional restrictions as may be printed on the ticket. There is nothing in Vietnam Airline's written policies indicating that the total weight of all these items must not exceed 7kg. My Plan A would be to adhere within compliance of these policies. My Plan B would be to politely point out the airline's published policy to explain my confusion, and respectfully ask for a supervisor to assist in possibly reaching a mutually-acceptable compromise, perhaps payment of a reasonable cash fee for the overage. Failing that, I'd have to decide whether to try calling the airline's corporate offices for assistance or just taking the chance and moving some gear to my checked luggage.


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Dec 19, 2017 17:23 |  #34

voila;

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Then wrap the rest in boxers, socks and shirts, and you are not checking anything that can't be replaced.

The only time I had a hard time was in Mexico City airport, they were tough!
It's worked on flights to and from Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos, Guatemala, South Africa (twice) Botswana, and Namibia.

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Dec 19, 2017 17:29 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #35

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It doesn't look like the lens hood is on the big white, neither in forward or reverse position. . To me, it looks like it just isn't on the lens at all. . If this is indeed the case, then where do you pack it?

When I say that it looks like the hood isn't there, I am referring to photo #1. . In the subsequent photos, the lens is too "wrapped up" for me to be able to tell what is going on, inasmuch as the hood's presence is concerned.

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Dec 19, 2017 17:37 |  #36

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It doesn't look like the lens hood is on the big white, neither in forward or reverse position. . To me, it looks like it just isn't on the lens at all. . If this is indeed the case, then where do you pack it?

When I say that it looks like the hood isn't there, I am referring to photo #1. . In the subsequent photos, the lens is too "wrapped up" for me to be able to tell what is going on, inasmuch as the hood's presence is concerned.

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By the way, I like that tee shirt!

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It's there. If you look in the last photo and the 3rd to last photo you can see the thumbscrew for the hood clamp.




  
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Dec 19, 2017 17:43 |  #37

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It's there. If you look in the last photo and the 3rd to last photo you can see the thumbscrew for the hood clamp.

I saw the thumbscrew, but didn't know that that meant that the hood was necessarily there, as well. . On my 400 f2.8, you can take the thumbscrew out of the hood and insert it into the female threads of the lens, so it is possible for the thumbscrew to be there even if the hood is not. . I just didn't want to assume anything, no matter how obvious such an assumption may seem to be.

If what you're saying is correct, then that would seem to indicate that Jake takes the hood off, wraps a shirt or two around the lens body, then re-installs the hood (in reverse position) over top of the shirt(s), so that the gap between the lens body and the hood is occupied with the shirt(s). . This is smart, as it could help to keep the hood from being damaged in the event of impact.

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Dec 19, 2017 17:55 |  #38

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18522097 (external link)
I saw the thumbscrew, but didn't know that that meant that the hood was necessarily there, as well. . On my 400 f2.8, you can take the thumbscrew out of the hood and insert it into the female threads of the lens, so it is possible for the thumbscrew to be there even if the hood is not. . I just didn't want to assume anything, no matter how obvious such an assumption may seem to be.

If what you're saying is correct, then that would seem to indicate that Jake takes the hood off, wraps a shirt or two around the lens body, then re-installs the hood (in reverse position) over top of the shirt(s), so that the gap between the lens body and the hood is occupied with the shirt(s). . This is smart, as it could help to keep the hood from being damaged in the event of impact.

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Yeah, you can't remove the thumbscrew on the Mark II's like that. It's a real pain when you need to replace a broken circlip. Filling the gap between the lens hood and lens body is pretty common practice when traveling, I've seen quite a few people do that.




  
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Look again at the last photo, and 3rd to last, you can clearly see the thumbscrew that is found only on the hood at the bottom of the lens, just where it usually is when the hood is installed in reverse.

Also, here's and in between image that might help illustrate;

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I don't want the hood to break or rub against the lens body in shipment, so before the hood is installed in reverse position, I wrap the lens body with a soft cloth (boxers! :) ) that acts as padding between the lens and hood.
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then the whole thing gets an additional wrap.


Since my entire carry on bag is dedicated to camera gear, meds, etc. Items I simply cant live without upon arrival at the designation, EVERY item of "padding" is some form of clothing. If my Checked bag is lost, I still have many items of clothing to choose from.

Notice the laundry seen in the periphery of many of the images. It will be used to wrap bodies, smaller lenses, t-cons, etc.

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Dec 20, 2017 10:14 |  #40

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If what you're saying is correct, then that would seem to indicate that Jake takes the hood off, wraps a shirt or two around the lens body, then re-installs the hood (in reverse position) over top of the shirt(s), so that the gap between the lens body and the hood is occupied with the shirt(s). . This is smart, as it could help to keep the hood from being damaged in the event of impact.

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Dec 20, 2017 10:22 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #41

You're going to be so popular with the people behind you in the queue at security, come the day they decide you are going to have to unpack your lenses and put them through the machine individually! ;-)a


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Dec 20, 2017 10:24 |  #42

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You're going to be so popular with the people behind you in the queue at security, come the day they decide you are going to have to unpack your lenses and put them through the machine individually! ;-)a


Mexico City,. just a connecting flight but they make you enter Mexico before you can connect,. yes it was a drag.

Still, I find it to be the best way.


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Dec 20, 2017 15:59 |  #43

when i travel i bring my bag t4i and 2 lenses :)




  
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Dec 22, 2017 11:58 |  #44

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Air Canada does have weight limits, but WestJet doesn't.

Sometime in 2017 Air Canada eliminated their weight restrictions for carry-ons. Previously their carry-on weight limit was 10kg or 22lbs. They now allow what you can load into the overhead bins by yourself. I wish that was the case for European airlines that usually nail you on weight and size.




  
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Dec 22, 2017 12:06 |  #45

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Sometime in 2017 Air Canada eliminated their weight restrictions for carry-ons. Previously their carry-on weight limit was 10kg or 22lbs. They now allow what you can load into the overhead bins by yourself. I wish that was the case for European airlines that usually nail you on weight and size.

Did they. That is good news. Yes it was 10kg at one time. I may have to blow the dust off the old Airport International roller bag. Flying to TO and then Portugal in Feb but I won't take it. First time ever flying TAP - Portugal's airline. Transat wanted $500 additional airport fees - per person. I hope we just don't get olives to eat :-) I haven't looked at their restrictions yet.


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