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Lois Latraverse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2006
 

Camera Bag for Laptop and Tripod?


I will be traveling to Europe soon. I am concerned with how I can carry my camera, lenses, flash, laptop and tripod aboard the plane. Any suggestions for the best camera bag? I'll need to take it daily as we travel but without the laptop. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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9/9/2009 6:20:43 AM

 
A P
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2008
  Lois, I have a Tamrac rolling bag and I love it. It holds my 17" laptop. It will not hold the tripod, but I put that in my checked luggage. I do bungee strap the tripod to the outside while I roll it behind when shooting. They are a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for in life, and the wheels have stayed on very well ... so far. Have an awesome time in Europe.


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9/9/2009 12:28:46 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Hi Lois,
I have the same bag Ann just told you about. It has had many airplane rides, and it holds up great. I do take my tripod strapped to it as a carry-on. I use the buckle straps that are on the bag and stick one end of the tripod in the open mesh on top of the bag. Mine also has a strap for the neck of the tripod. It rolls nice and quick through the airports.


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9/9/2009 1:28:41 PM

 
Lois Latraverse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2006
  Thank you Ann and Mary. I'll check it out. It sure sounds better than carrying a heavy backpack!


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9/9/2009 1:32:54 PM

 
R K Stephenson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2007
  Hi, Lois,

Another reasonably priced bag to consider is the Kata OC-84. I have a Kata backpack that I love - holds a reasonable amount of equipment plus a laptop. But I just got the Kata OC-84 because I'm doing a lot of travel and this one is a roller. It also fits in the overhead of any airline (though tight on the regional jets). The Europeans are more restrictive on carry-on. This one should be fine even on a European airline. (I will find out next week.) I got it from BH Photo for $200 including shipping.
Cheers,
RK


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9/9/2009 6:50:10 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hello Lois,
I use 2 bags and they are both Lowepro. The Lowepro Vertex 300 will carry just about everything I will need and has a rain cover, tripod straps, great shoulder/waist straps, and fits a 17" laptop. I use this for carrying on airplanes and travelling from place to place. Check the Vertex 100 & 200 as well.
The Flipside 300 is one I use for day outings when I will only need a couple of lenses, and this too has tripod straps. The Fastpacks are nice as well. They have smaller versions and different configurations for photography but I swear by Lowepro packs as I have had a Lowepro (regular camping/hiking backpack) that's over 12 years old that is still going strong. Check 'em out. On my trip to Europe last year with 11 other photographers, almost all of them carried Lowepro packs.
Have fun on your trip!


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9/9/2009 8:15:38 PM

 
Penny Steiner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/16/2002
  HI Lois: I just bought a new Think Tank Bag called Airport Acceleration. It holds all of our lenses including the 70-200 2.8 and can easily go into an overhead rack. I also have the roller bag that everyone mentioned and it has been on the road with us forever. For small aircraft, the TT bag will be allowed on the plane with us and for larger aircraft, we can take both bags so we can have the advantage of the wheels and distribute the weight between us.
The tripod legs go into my checked suitcase, but the heads stay with us in our roller case.
Have fun on your trip.


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9/15/2009 4:50:26 AM

 
Lois Latraverse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2006
  Wow...great advice from everyone. I've done a little research on the rolling bags and that looks like the best option for me. My only concern will be size and airline requirements. Haven't checked the Think Tank bag yet but will do so. Thank you all for your help.


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9/15/2009 8:30:18 AM

 
R K Stephenson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2007
  Hi, Lois,

Speaking of size and airline requirements (to follow up on my earlier post) I now have some real-world experience to share about the Kata OC-84:

In addition to a couple trips across the US, I am in Scotland and have been bouncing around Europe with it.

Three thumbs up:

1. I'm packing two DSLR camera bodies, two long lenses, one prime, one wide and a medium zoom, remote timer, external flash, various filters, extra batteries & cards. Can't ask for much more.

2. With the roller removed and the laptop removed (comes with a separate laptop briefcase) it fits in all overheads (US & Europe) except Regional Jets (which is true for any bag). The dimensions come in under the FAA-specified dimensions which is, I think unique among camera rollers.

3. It is very light and sturdy with external padding that protects the contents when you do have to gate-check it.

Other than the heft of all the equipment =^0 it is working out great on this trip.

Cheers,

RK


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9/15/2009 3:50:44 PM

 
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