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Old 08-06-2012, 22:31   #1 (permalink)
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Cameras on holiday

Not sure if this has been asked before but how do you all take your cameras on holiday, i am asking as i have never taken myne abroad before. I have a camera bag that will go hand luggage but am i better off packing it in my case. Can i take the batteries in my hand luggage as well. It may sound stupid but i really have not got a clue as to what to do. Oh yes and i am not sure if it makes a differance but i will be going to Spain.
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Old 08-06-2012, 22:51   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Cameras on holiday

I drive abroad so I don't have the problem. However I have flown a lot and I always took my Lowepro as hand luggage. It would take a body with 100-400 attached, 24-105, 100, and a WA plus the usual accessories and book etc, etc. If I wanted to take two bodies I'd leave out the 100-400 or the 100. HTH.
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Old 08-06-2012, 23:56   #3 (permalink)
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If you could see what the baggage handlers do to luggage you would not even put clothes in there let alone a camera!

My standard holiday kit is my old D70s with an 18-200 lens and it goes into a small Lowepro bag that itself will go into a bigger holdall as my hand baggage. I don't need spare batteries as one of the best things about the D70s is the amazing battery life tested at 2500 pictures!! I've done a week on holiday without needing to re charge the battery.

In the UK the D70s is replaced with my D300 in a slightly bigger bag.
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As long as your camera bag is acceptable as cabin baggage, then take as much of your kit as possible as hand luggage which will give you maximum control of it. Keep memory cards with you. If your kit weighs more than the hand luggage allowance, take out the camera and carry it separately with a short lens mounted. You are unlikely to be challenged with a normal camera carried separately. You can also put a few items in your pockets. I put my batteries, tripod/monopod in the suite-case for the hold because these might be seen as weapons in hand luggage. Having seen how baggage handlers treat luggage marked fragile I would not subject my kit to the loving care of their delicate fists.
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Re: Cameras on holiday

When we went to Spain: 30D (rather than 40D or 7D) + lenses + G11 + laptop in a slashproof backpack hand luggage (so not obviously carrying a camera). Tripod, batteries, charger in hold.
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Re: Cameras on holiday

question:

is it ok to leave the battery in the camera when taking it onboard. we have only 5kg hand luggage so its gonna be a squeeze
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Re: Cameras on holiday

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is it ok to leave the battery in the camera when taking it onboard. we have only 5kg hand luggage so its gonna be a squeeze
I've always left batteries in, but these days different airlines seem to have different rules. I think that the battery issue is about fire prevention from the contacts shorting out it they are carried loose. As I've only taken the D70s abroad and can get a week out of one charge, I have not taken a spare camera battery, just a charger.

FWIW - I always carry batteries either in the plastic clip-on carrier that usually comes with them - these cover the contacts, or put them in a small sturdy polythene bag rolled up with an elastic band holding it all together.
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Re: Cameras on holiday

i havent a clue what im doing, have flown before but not with this level of gear...... and first time abroad i havent a clue what im best taking or leaving or what! lol
i will take two batteries, and not the charger, the 7D has a phenomenal battery life as well so that should do me
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Re: Cameras on holiday

Personally, Fiona, I don't go anywhere abroad without the charger and if your 7D is gripped I would take the AA battery cart as well.
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Old 09-06-2012, 17:22   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Cameras on holiday

Thanks for the feed back i think i will take d70 with me and leave d300 at home but all will go hand luggage
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i thought about taking the 30D instead of the 7D but will stick with the 7D, its not gripped so no worries there, the more i have to take the more chance there is of me forgetting to bring it back, and then ther eis alans camera gear as well . although the hardest part of his is hoping that the 1DmkII and the 28 - 300L is under the 5kg limit! lol
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Fiona, dont go without your charger, I have known good and reliable batteries go flat on arrival for reasons that are unknown! I travel quite a lot my kit is.... One very reliable DSLR body-one short zoom and one long zoom, that overall covers 24mm to 300mm I never use anything shorter or longer than this, I also take a very reliable compact camera which I know that can produce a good quality A4, I never take a flash, whats the point when you can up the ISO to 1600 and beyond and get really good results.......all this is packed in a small black gadget bag sometimes I use a small back pack, I also pack a small 11inch laptop which I always take abroad, but recently most hotels have computers for visitors, but I prefer my own which is loaded with Photoshop, and skype + outlook........dont leave your gear on show in the room, and if its a dodgy holiday area then carry the gear with you at all times, if poss, Have a nice one......
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thanks Des, thing is i really want to take my wide angle and that would make 3 lenses, and dont worry my gear will go EVERYWHERE with me regardless, i wont be able to take a laptop which means more memory cards.. then i want to take my filters, and a tripod which i know i cant take.
grrrrr dont know why i agreed to this holiday in the first place its turning into more hassle than its worth! lol, however with it being all paid for there is no way i can now get out of it! lol
sooner its over with and im back safely on Scottish soil the better hahaha
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Fiona,if you do a lot of wide angle pictures then take the lens with you! good travel pictures are hard at the best of times, and quite often it means up at the crack of dawn to avoid the tourists (thats you and me) you could still take a tripod that packs in your suitcase even a cheapo is better than nothing, remember you dont get those gale force winds that you get back home but weight can be a problem taking everything with you could spoil your holiday so you really do need only the basics, the lens I used most on the holiday was my 24-85mm I used my 70-300mm 3 times.....and because my camera is so good controling noise I set the ISO at 400 which is great! take care......
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Checked on my shots from Spain:
31 @ 10-20
4!! @ 15-85
87 @ 105 macro
114 @ 150-500

But also took 120 with the G11 (which I guess would be in the 15-85 equivalent) as there was no way I was carrying all my gear all the time!

Have an external hard disk and a tiny little USB adapter which allows connection of the disk to the camera - and backed everything up onto that
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