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Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:52 am 
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Thanks for posting, Yvonne. I sympathise with your sore back â€â€

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Hi Yvonne, Not sure what bag you are using???? Heavy bag 'syndrome' is not a new problem for most travel photographers. I am now in the habit of 'spreading' the load.... in other words all Batteries, Tripods, Window mount, Extension tubes, chargers etc. goes in the main bag (checked luggage).... I would suggest you take a look at camera kit bags (on the web), many new versions available some with wheels, back packs etc. I must admit I always tend to take more than I really need, this may just ad to the weight problem :wall:


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[quote="arks"]Thanks for posting, Yvonne. I sympathise with your sore back â€â€

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Hi Ollie, I use a special backpack recently. I use to put some things in my suitcase, but last July somebody cut off the lock of my suitcase as I received it in johburg. So I don't dare to put anything vital in anymore. Before I used a camerabag with wheels, but I was always picked out first to put it on a scale, and ofcourse it is always to heavy. This new packback which is for laptop is made in a way (with zippers and black lines) that it looks very small, but in fact it contains most of my stuff, and its weight is over 13 kg. Now nobody ask me to put it on a scale, I just have to look "bright and happy".

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Canon EF 100-400 mm IS lense; (which is my buddy!!!)

I can imagine! Have it myself and I love it!
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Does anyone has a good tip, how to take so much handluggage WITHOUT having trouble at the airports?

Yep. Wear a coat with deep pockets, and move some of the heavier stuff into it. Also go and buy something duty-free, and plunk say the 100-400 (1600 grams!) into that bag. They never check that.
Once in the plane you can move it back into your backpack.

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Yvonne B. wrote:
Canon EF 100-400 mm IS lense; (which is my buddy!!!)

I can imagine! Have it myself and I love it!
Yvonne B. wrote:
Does anyone has a good tip, how to take so much handluggage WITHOUT having trouble at the airports?

Yep. Wear a coat with deep pockets, and move some of the heavier stuff into it. Also go and buy something duty-free, and plunk say the 100-400 (1600 grams!) into that bag. They never check that.
Once in the plane you can move it back into your backpack.

SUPERIDEA!!!! Thanks! Feel stupid, cause I never thought of that. I allways leave the duty-free bags as I get them, but you can easily remove the tape, put something in, and close it again. NOW I'am getting somewhere, you see, because Nico allways carries that kind of luggage :lol:

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. Now nobody ask me to put it on a scale, I just have to look "bright and happy".


And walk around with a straight back :whistle:
Was once checked by Lufthansa. Received a label and could
go to the plane without any problems

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And walk around with a straight back :whistle:
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You must look very nice Bert. :wink: January last year I was almost suspended from a SAA flight in Johburg :lol: It wasn't funny at the time, I'll tell you. My handluggage was approved inside, and at the stairs near the plane, an lady official came to me, actually grabbed my bag and said that it couldn't get in. I refused that, telling her it was allready approved inside, and then she said I couldn't go on the flight. I was steaming. Then Nico stepped forwards, and told her nicely, that I was a lawyer (which I was), and then she asked her collegue to prove for her that she didn't do anything wrong, which he denied, and then I could walk inside the plane. Inside the plane the purser told me that she had a fight with almost half of the passengers, so it probably wasn't my face that bothered her.

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And don't forget most airlines allow women to take on handbags that don't count as hand luggage. Just take the biggest one you have and fill it.


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Then Nico stepped forwards, and told her nicely, that I was a lawyer (which I was), and then she asked her collegue to prove for her that she didn't do anything wrong, which he denied, and then I could walk inside the plane.


If Nico steps forward everybody would bend backwards :wink:

Friend of mine carries a giant. 800 mm Sigma.
Been to Japan, Peru, Alaska, Gambia and Great Britain.
Had a few problems and always pointed out that if they can carry surfboards inside the passengers compartment why not a very expensive lens. Always gets away with it. And this with different companies.

Last year we sat next to a purser, was on a 747, and he told us that they have a special compartment in the plane for large and heavy stuff. Place where they stall the buggies.

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In november I ttok an SAA flight from Paris to JNB! We had three (heavy) pieces of handluggage. The lady at the check-in said we were only allowed to have one a person (max. 5 kg). When I mentioned the third bag contained nothing but photographic material (nearly true) she said: in that case there's no problem!

I wonder: is that a SAA policy or is it common?

Off topic: avoid Paris - Charles de Gaulle airport. It is by far the worst, most boring and less efficient big airport in Europe! I think even N'djili in Kinshahsa scores better points!

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Off topic: avoid Paris - Charles de Gaulle airport. It is by far the worst, most boring and less efficient big airport in Europe! I think even N'djili in Kinshahsa scores better points!


Try being stuck there for 24 hours :(


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Try being stuck there for 24 hours :(


Spending eternity in the company of Beelzebub and all his hellish instruments must be a picnic compared to that! :lol:

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Only been there a few times, but luggage always goes missing!

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Never had a problem with hand baggage, that is once we get to the airport, getting everything to fit into the allowed baggage at home, now that's another story. The normal camera case, fully laden is around 10kg, then there's the GPS, bins, laptop the list goes on. This last trip we had 4 pieces of hand luggage plus my large handbag.

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