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Chris Gentile

tripod case

I fly frequently and typically place my tripod in a large suitcase, even when my trip doesn't require such a large bag. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to travel with a tripod (e.g. do you check it or carry it on; are there any good, hard cases or padded bags that can be used to check my tripod, etc). Any input is appreciated. Cheers.

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7/10/2005 11:38:15 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Just read this recently, maybe in a photo magazine:

You know those canvas folding chairs that come in a bag with a shoulder strap? The bag can make a handy carry bag for a tripod.

If you're checking it on a plane, maybe you could wrap some foam or bubble wrap around the tripod before you put it in the bag.

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7/12/2005 12:01:04 PM

John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Chris G, Chris V. is right on (as usual). My old tripod (I accidently left (lost) it at a shoot three days ago) fit perfectly in a folding chair bag if I left the legs extended to the length of the bag. The strap made it handy; however, as Chris mentioned, there is no padding protection for the tripod, so additional padding is in order.

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7/12/2005 1:18:56 PM

Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
  Wouldn't try taking a tripod as carry-on these days, and mine's always in check-in baggage. Bubble wrap is great (and light). I've also wrapped mine with soft stuff like thick socks covered with a large ziplock to keep them in place. Kneepads for photographing close to the ground are nifty for tripod protection also. And my favourite solution: my photography backback has padded sidepockets I take off and slip over the disassembled head and the top of the feet part where the screw thingy is (as she descends into technical jargon).

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7/12/2005 3:29:30 PM

Chris Gentile   Thanks for the ideas. I actually have one of those folding chairs I need to dig out of my closet.

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7/13/2005 5:39:53 AM

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