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May 20, 2009 12:05 |  #1

How do you transport your gear in these days? Andrews AFB in MD last week restricted any bag brought in over 1 cubic foot and absloutely no backpacks. One cubic foot doesn't hold much. NAS Pax River's airshow this weekend says camera bags are OK (no mention of size) but again absloutely no backpacks (sucks because I use a LowePro backpack). How are you non-media credentialed folks getting in your 100-400s and long primes in with a body?


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May 20, 2009 12:22 |  #2

Seems to be a different story here, as I just returned from Old Warden and Duxford, and neither had any problems. It may be different if you are going onto a military base. You do seem to be a bit restricted over there, as a lot of the shows seem to be on bases.
How about a small shoulder bag with small lenses etc in, and just wear the camera around your neck for entrance.

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May 20, 2009 12:22 |  #3

Last year at NAS Oceana, it was similar restrictions. Wear trousers with big enough pockets, so that you carry extra memory card, batteries & maybe a wide angle lens. I hand carried my camera with 100-400 inside and 17-40 in my pocket.


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May 20, 2009 13:40 as a reply to  @ kash80's post |  #4

I use a backpack generally for the majority of my photography travels but for air shows, I went out and bought a small Tamrac bag that has a shoulder strap, I think it is this model or something similar http://www.tamrac.com/​706.htm (external link)

If you sit down and play "Tetris" with the velcro dividers and your gear you can make it work. I can get my body, two telephotos and two smaller lenses for ramp shots in there.


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May 20, 2009 13:50 as a reply to  @ A2EVOMR's post |  #5

I've never come across a similar restriction at any airshow in the UK (and I go to quite a few each year). I would just leave my backpack behind, take in a small bag with butties / drinks etc., plus lenscloth, brush etc. and hang the camera(s) around my neck. I have two bodies, so I would fit one with the 24-105L and the other with the 100-400L and just wear them. That would sort me out no problem, I don't need the big backpack once the cameras are out of it except to carry a bunch of spare lenses around. I generally don't use anything at an airshow other than the two mentioned, so that's fine.

It's a silly rule though, if they are bothered about terrorism then they need to ban ALL bags. You can still make a pretty big bang with a cubic foot of semtex. I can understand if somewhere bans tripods as they can be dangerous in crowd situations, but why bags?




  
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May 20, 2009 13:51 |  #6

kash80 wrote in post #7957233 (external link)
Last year at NAS Oceana, it was similar restrictions. Wear trousers with big enough pockets, so that you carry extra memory card, batteries & maybe a wide angle lens. I hand carried my camera with 100-400 inside and 17-40 in my pocket.

Is that a 600 mm prime in your pocket or are you just happy to see me ? :lol::lol::lol:

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May 20, 2009 15:14 |  #7

This past weekend at the Beaufort, SC airshow here' s what I did. I emptied the camera bag at home of everything. Then I packed one camera with a 10-22mm, another with a 24-70mm and a third with the 75-300mm IS. I also packed two extra batteries and a belt pouch w/memory cards. I also took along a monopod. After we got to the airshow and parked, I put the batteries in one low pocket (I was wearing cargo shorts) and the memory cards in the other. I attached the 30D/75-300mm combo to the monopod, put the other two camera/lens over my shoulder and we were off. I left the bag in the car. Hope this helps


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May 20, 2009 15:26 as a reply to  @ garyeaton's post |  #8

I actually wear the handy dandy POTN vest! I usually have 2 bodies, a 12-24, 18-55, 70-200L, 100-400L IS, extra batteries and cf cards, and still have room for water bottles, etc. It was in the 80's at Seymour Johnson AFB on April 25th, but the vest was comfortable.


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May 20, 2009 15:48 |  #9

kash80 wrote in post #7957233 (external link)
Last year at NAS Oceana, it was similar restrictions. Wear trousers with big enough pockets, so that you carry extra memory card, batteries & maybe a wide angle lens. I hand carried my camera with 100-400 inside and 17-40 in my pocket.

This is exactly what I did at the last air show at Langley AFB. Carried my 40D with 300mm and had my 10-22 & 1.4x TC in my pocket.


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May 20, 2009 16:18 as a reply to  @ drkstang00's post |  #10

I have used a backpack for the past 3 years, have been to civilian and military shows, and while the bag is usually searched, I've never been denied...


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May 20, 2009 17:15 as a reply to  @ xububba's post |  #11

I use a fairly large Tamrac Expedition 5 backpack with lots of big gear. All the air shows in Texas I have attended have had no bag size restrictions. They might search you extensively, but they always let me bring everything in.




  
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May 20, 2009 17:28 |  #12

I use a very small Lowepro backpack and even at military bases that state no backpacks it has been allowed in. Once you open it and they see its all camera gear they most likely will let you in. (must be small, nothing that's obnoxious) Luke AFB this year everyone in line and the police were telling me no backpacks, the guards searched it and let me in.


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May 20, 2009 18:12 as a reply to  @ NukeGM's post |  #13

Langley AFB allowed camera back packs only to be brought onto the flight line... They searched it, but thats cool..


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May 20, 2009 20:33 as a reply to  @ By-tor's post |  #14

What about heading to the nearest sporting goods store and picking up a fanny pack. Carry your cameras and throw the extenders, cards, smaller lenses, snacks, phone, sunscreen or whatever you can think of in the fanny pack.


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May 20, 2009 20:39 |  #15

Wow, I've been searched but never denied entry with a backpack. I carry a monopod and a big floppy hat.


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