Traveling with DSLR camera??
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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:46:42 AM
I've had my DSLR for 2 years now and its been on 4 family trips with us....but they have all been road trips. So I just pack it in my camera bag and make sure its easy to get to in the car and we go.

This year for vacation we are flying to San Deigo for a few days we are probably going to go to Sea World, Lego Land, and maybe even drive up to DisneyLand for my 2 year old daughter who is in love with Cinderella & me too . I know that if I left my DSLR at home and only take my point and shoot I will be so mad at myself later because of the quality of pictures especially if we do go to Disney. I've never flown with my DSLR (which is like a child) and my 2 year old YIKES!!

So what are some tips for taking it along so I don't have a panic attack that it will get stolen? I have a nice camera bag would fit under the seat so I guess that could be my husband's personal item? I am just worried about taking it on the plane with us!


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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:58:57 AM
I fly with mine all the time. I have never put it under the seat, but in the overhead compartment and have never had any problems.


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Posted: 12/14/2012 2:57:07 AM
I have carried my Mark ii and 3 lenses through Disney... my camera bag straps across my back... I am pretty petite and had no problems. I would stuff it inside the ride with us and wrap the strap around my leg but it never budged. I'd bring a poncho to wrap it in in case it rains or you go on a wet ride.

I have flown with my camera bag and always bring it on the plane. In fact I threw a fit when a flight attendant told me there wasn't overhead room for my bag where I was sitting and it would go in one further back. I started pulling people's coats out... I said coats don't belong up here, I need my bag to stay with me. She made it fit. I actually usually pack my camera bag inside a rolling carry on since it's pretty heavy. If I have just the bag, I put it under the seat.


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Posted: 12/14/2012 5:31:04 AM
I always take mine in a lowpro backpack style case and it goes under my seat. I keep my wallet/ID/etc. in the camera case rather than also carry a purse sometimes.


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Posted: 12/14/2012 8:29:04 AM
I take mine in a Lowepro back pack too...it goes under the seat in front of me and there is enough room to put my wallet, passport etc. in there as well. I'm certainly not about to check it and while, in a pinch, I would put it in the overhead, I prefer it under the seat where some goof isn't going to knock it out in a rush to pull their giant roll-on out of the overhead at the end of the flight.

Maybe I'm paranoid...I'm willing to consider that possibility.

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Posted: 12/14/2012 2:03:45 PM
I have taken mine on flights as well. I have a Roots backpack camera bag and my husband carried it as his carryon.

I put a label on my camera with my name, cell phone number and email address on it. I thought if I ever lost it, having my ID on it would enable the 'good' person who found it to reach me while I was on my trip. I know I would try and contact the owner if I found a camera.

I also took my laptop and every night took my pictures off the memory cards.

No problems ever with taking it on the plane.


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Posted: 12/14/2012 9:17:27 PM
I put my camera bag in my rolling carry on. That way the gear has two bags protecting it. And if I end up on a really small jet with no overhead storage I can pull out my camera bag, stow it under my seat and let the rest of the bag be gate checked.


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Posted: 12/16/2012 7:41:26 AM
Just ask your airline ahead of time how many carry-ons they'll allow. If you've got one carry-on, your purse AND your camera bag, that's three. Last time I flew (can't remember which airline it was, tho), I had to cram my purse into my carry-on because I could only have two carry-on items. Really silly. Also, to be honest, your camera bag looks cumbersome. I'd get something that's a little easier to carry, like a sling or backpack camera bag. Much easier to handle when you're carrying around a lot of stuff and doing a lot of sightseeing. I took my camera to San Francisco last year and only took the kit lens attached to the camera, left my zoom at home, so the camera could fit into a much smaller bag and I didn't have a HUGE bag to handle with all the other stuff I had. I didn't miss having any extra lenses. Too much going on while sightseeing to worry about changing lenses, not to mention worrying about losing anything, too.

Hope that helps!

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Posted: 12/16/2012 10:06:49 PM
We will be flying southwest. I just looked at their website and my daughter will be over 2 so she will be a ticketed passenger too, so will that mean she is allowed a carry on and personal item? Because if that is the case then the diaper bag is her personal item LOL I am going to call Southwest and see if since she has a ticket if she is allowed a carry-on & personal item. Since becoming a mom and taking her to the zoo and baseball games, etc. I have learned a backpack is much easier than a traditional diaper bag for those outings with my daughter. Since posting this I have begun looking at backpack type camera bags as well because we will be taking our stroller too but my camera bag takes up the entire bottom of my stroller so if my DH can have the diaper bag & me the camera bag life would be a lot easier. I am glad I asked about this because taking my camera on a flight was really making me worried.


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Posted: 12/17/2012 6:37:42 AM
I think Southwest isn't as strict about the 2 personal items as some other airlines. And since you've got a little one, I'm sure you can get away with a few more. They'll probably stow your stroller up front, so you won't have to put that above the seats. Glad you're looking at backpack camera bags, but I would also re-think taking all your lenses, etc. Are you really going to be switching lenses that often while you're on vacation with a 2-year-old? Especially if all that gear takes up so much room. I'd be worried about losing or damaging something.

Good luck!!

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Posted: 12/17/2012 6:30:59 PM
I will probably put my 18-200mm lens on the camera and keep it on there since it has a good zoom range but I want to be able to keep my camera safe, and easily accessible when not in use. I will also probably use my camera bag as my purse, and keep my point and shoot in there because I do use that on occasion too. I also saw a slingback bag that only held a body and one lens that might work for this trip as well. But I figure that if I am investing in a camera bag I want one for more than just this trip.


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Posted: 12/17/2012 8:13:04 PM
Walmart has a great backpack camera bag. I bought it and took my DSLR to China last year. It was easy to carry around. I would suggest looking into one of those, it was not very expensive.


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Posted: 12/20/2012 12:22:45 AM
You want a sturdy bag for travel. I bought a messenger bag at Target because it was cute but it didn't have enough padding. My lens hood broke. Lesson learned...don't cheap out on a bag. It could have been a lot worse.

I fly all the time and have never had a problem. I have a Lowepro Slingshot 200. There's enough room for wallet, etc. so I don't carry a purse. A purse is too much to deal with on a plane anyway.


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Posted: 12/21/2012 12:58:31 AM
I was at Wal Mart the other day I saw some camera bags, and they had this Lowepro one which was one I was interested in. I didn't get it but I am thinking it may be the one I get. It should be big enough to hold my camera with the 18-200mm on attached and possibly my 18-55mm lens as well. Should be big enough to hold my boarding passes for myself and our daughter. [

My wallet, and other things like that will go into my diaper bag. I can put my charger for my battery if it doesn't fit into my carry on.

I am so nervous about this trip. I haven't flow since 2009 and taking a toddler along scares me!!


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Posted: 12/21/2012 9:55:13 AM
I've flown with my DSLR many times and never had an issue. I don't have a dedicated camera case- I usually just throw it in my backpack (along with my laptop, which is in a sleeve, and anything else I'm taking) with no case at all! I've been doing it for years, and the camera has never been damaged or had an issue- I just slide the backpack up under the seat in front of me.

While I'm at my destination, the backpack doubles as my camera case and makes it super easy to carry around (along with anything else I need to tote around with me).


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