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May 16, 2012 09:17 |  #1

I am traveling to Jamiaca, bringing my camera gear.
I am bringing 5D2 x2, 17-35mm, 24-70, 70-200, 3 speedlites, laptop, etc.

My plan is to bring them in my Lowepro 300AW sling bag and have a small roller suitcase for carry-on and one checked suitcase.

Is it okay to bring all my equipment in my backpack (carry-on)? I do no want my camera equipment in my checked luggage. What do you guys think?

I am traveling US Airways. Any tips or suggestions? This is my first time traveling with gear.


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May 16, 2012 09:49 |  #2

I was in Hawaii a month and a half ago, I carried all my gear on along with a roller suitcase. As long as you bag can fit under the seat in front of you they have no problem. If both your bags must go in the over head bin and the plane is full they may ask you to check one.




  
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May 16, 2012 10:08 |  #3

I have a Lowepro pro roller that I pack with my gear and use as a carry on. I did check a bag with my light stands without issue. If they announce that the flight is full and you are in the one of the last boarding groups and may risk running out of room for overhead storage (if you use a roller bag to carry your gear) be sure to talk with a representative, explain your situation, and usually they can help you out.


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May 17, 2012 10:17 |  #4

I have a Lowepro backpack for the camera gear and a laptop bag for the computer that I carry on. Most carriers allow for one carry on (backpack) and one personal item (laptop bag). I throw the monopod or tripod in the suitcase with the clothes that gets checked. This has worked for both international and domestic flights with no problems so far.


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May 19, 2012 10:40 |  #5

I checked my tripod and light stands in a duffelbag and carried everything else in my carry on Canon backpack when I went to Thailand last month.


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May 20, 2012 21:57 |  #6

Can I bring my Vagabond Mini Lithium and Alien Bee in my carry on? Is it safe? or is it just not worth it? I was planning to just bring my flash.


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May 20, 2012 22:57 |  #7

US Airways Baggage policies: Carry-on bags (external link)

Size requirements
You're allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item. Personal items include a purse, briefcase or laptop bag.

Up to 45 in/115 cm (14 x 9 x 22 in or 36 x 23 x 56 cm)
Up to 40 lbs/18 kg

Carry-on rules for US Airways Express
Not sure if you’re on a US Airways Express flight? Please check your confirmation. If you're on a flight operated by Air Wisconsin, Colgan, Piedmont, PSA or Trans States, you’re allowed to carry on 2 items.

1 personal item (such as a purse or laptop) in the cabin and;
1 small carry-on bag. Your carry-on bag will be tagged, placed in the cargo bin and returned plane-side or in the jetway when you arrive.

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May 21, 2012 10:10 |  #8

I just read American Airlines Baggage Allowances.

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There are exceptions, special rules, and/or packing instructions that apply to some specialty items. Examples of these include duffel bags used by military personnel and certain musical instruments. To determine if your item has special charges, please contact American Airlines Reservations

AUDIO/VISUAL EQUIPMENT
Camera, film, lighting, and sound equipment will be charged a rate of $50 USD per piece when tendered by representatives of network or local television broadcasting companies, commercial film-making companies, professional photographers, the federal government, Department of Defense or the American Society of Media Photographers. These rates apply to travel within the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and international destinations. A maximum of 25 pieces is allowed per organization/company per American Eagle flight or 40 pieces for American Airlines flights. This policy is subject to seasonal and permanent baggage embargoes. The maximum size and weight allowances are subject to the policies in place for the destination.

I am going to Jamaica for a my grand mother's funeral, but I am meeting with a potential client about a wedding, and giving a engagement shoot in Jamaica.

Do you think they will charge me these fees?


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May 21, 2012 11:12 |  #9

professorman wrote in post #14463039 (external link)
I just read American Airlines Baggage Allowances.

I am going to Jamaica for a my grand mother's funeral, but I am meeting with a potential client about a wedding, and giving a engagement shoot in Jamaica.

Do you think they will charge me these fees?

I would think if they determine your a pro photog, then yes...but my question is how do they determine you're pro? As a non-pro, I could easily look like one if they saw my gear.


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May 21, 2012 12:13 |  #10

MadlyAlive wrote in post #14463349 (external link)
I would think if they determine your a pro photog, then yes...but my question is how do they determine you're pro? As a non-pro, I could easily look like one if they saw my gear.

Well, I am now confused of how to present myself. I am bringing a decent amount of gear. I do not want to get charged by customs, so I will be bringing my business card. I am also worried about customs having a problem with my equipment and trying to charge me as well.


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May 21, 2012 23:15 |  #11

professorman wrote in post #14463039 (external link)
I am going to Jamaica for a my grand mother's funeral, but I am meeting with a potential client about a wedding, and giving a engagement shoot in Jamaica.

Do you think they will charge me these fees?

I think those fees are for the guys who turn up with a party of 15 people and 25 hard-ass transportation cases, or a pro and his assistant with a number of similar cases, which are built to survive the armageddon that is the luggage hold. If you are carry on your kit it shouldn't be an issue - and of course you should always carry it on. Never check it unless you have a similar pro style travel case.


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May 21, 2012 23:55 |  #12

I've traveled a lot with my gear, including three trips to Jamaica. I always pack my gear in a backpack that will fit under the seat. That way, even if the overhead bins are full (which happens on almost every flight I've taken this year) I can still bring my gear with me and keep it with me. Also be sure to bring the receipts or proof of purchase of your gear so you don't get questioned at customs. This has never happened to me but I've heard it has happened to others so I always bring my receipts with me.

I've never been charged any sort of fee, although I don't remember what airlines I took down that way.


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May 24, 2012 12:22 |  #13

http://www.thinktankph​oto.com …ape-shifter-backpack.aspx (external link)

I can fit just about everything I own into this backpack. 2 pro bodies, 16-35, 24-70, 50 1.4, 70-200, 2 flashes, 2 lumedyne vhuf battery packs, 3 pocket wizards, fuji x100, laptop, ipad... That back pack is worth every penny and then some.




  
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May 24, 2012 14:22 |  #14

I have never had a problem traveling with my gear. I carry on everything including laptop in a Lowepro Pro Trekker II backpack. The heaviest bag ever. Once in Europe I was told that it was too heavy to carry on. I told them what it was and i was good to go. Have a great trip.


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May 24, 2012 22:00 |  #15

hooookup wrote in post #14479012 (external link)
http://www.thinktankph​oto.com …ape-shifter-backpack.aspx (external link)

I can fit just about everything I own into this backpack. 2 pro bodies, 16-35, 24-70, 50 1.4, 70-200, 2 flashes, 2 lumedyne vhuf battery packs, 3 pocket wizards, fuji x100, laptop, ipad... That back pack is worth every penny and then some.

No room in there for the kitchen sink?

Wow, that is a nice looking pack if you have a ton of stuff to carry.




  
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