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06/26/2008 12:15:15 PM · #1
Hello all,

I am preparing for my first international flight with my new dSLR and would like to gather any tips/suggestions for this. Is it better to do it as a cary on or pack it into a large suitcase with clothes? And anything else, thanks.
06/26/2008 12:16:14 PM · #2
Carry it! I have traveled with my DSLR multiple times internationally and have never had an issue.
Originally posted by CraigD:

Hello all,

I am preparing for my first international flight with my new dSLR and would like to gather any tips/suggestions for this. Is it better to do it as a cary on or pack it into a large suitcase with clothes? And anything else, thanks.
06/26/2008 12:17:39 PM · #3
Carry on. I just came back from Europe and my big suitcase got broken. I am thankfull that my cam was not in there. My only regret is that, because it was my first trip with the cam, I left all my good L lenses at home and borrowed a kit lens for the trip. Never again. Next time I bring the good (and heavy) lenses and my TRIPOD!!!
06/26/2008 12:17:45 PM · #4
Never, never, never pack your camera in checked luggage. You're likely to end up at your destination minus your gear.

Now, your tripod may not fit in your carryon so that can go in your checked bag.
06/26/2008 01:07:45 PM · #5
Make your life easier and fill out a CBP Form 4457 for Certification of Registration for Personal Effects taken Abroad for your camera equipment. Then take the form and your equipment to the US Customs and Border Protection Office at the airport and they will sign and stamp it. They will want to match the serial numbers on your equipment with what is put onto the form. It makes it much easier to bring your equipment back into the country without questions. You can do this at the airport.

06/26/2008 02:45:01 PM · #6
Originally posted by PhotoCatcher:

Make your life easier and fill out a CBP Form 4457 for Certification of Registration for Personal Effects taken Abroad for your camera equipment. Then take the form and your equipment to the US Customs and Border Protection Office at the airport and they will sign and stamp it. They will want to match the serial numbers on your equipment with what is put onto the form. It makes it much easier to bring your equipment back into the country without questions. You can do this at the airport.


Thanks, I would have never thought to do that.
06/26/2008 05:50:45 PM · #7
I've traveled quite a lot with my dSLR internationally. I always check my tripod in with my clothes, but try to carry the rest of my gear. Depending on destination, that's not always possible. When I can't carry, I sometimes check my gear in its own hard case with foam insets. I use some luggage straps around the case to make it harder (but not impossible) to open and it reduces the risk of its own catches from opening. I've also just put my camera bag in with my clothes in the main bag. Saying that, I'm always very very nervous checking it and it is a last resort.

Pick the bag you want to use as hand carry very wisely. It has to fit either under the seat in front or overhead. Check the restrictions on size and weight before you travel. I've never ever had one of my hand carry bags checked for weight, but there are limits. Also, fight to get on the aircraft as quickly as possible to secure an overhead compartment which is close to you. I once had to put my gear in an overhead at the back, while I sat at the front.

Also, depending on where you are flying to, and who with, you can sometimes take a "normal" bag and a laptop bag. If you are taking a laptop, you can use the laptop bag to carry other items you might need on the flight like books etc. and keep your camera bag smaller.

Make sure you keep a lens attached, have charged batteries, and a memory card inserted. Once I had to show that it was a working camera and this made it easy to take a test shot and show it on the LCD.
06/26/2008 06:53:37 PM · #8
Definetly carry it on with you & make sure that the camera bag is well padded. Some of those flights can get a bit bumpy. If you have it stored in an overhead compartment with other peoples carry on luggage all boucing around together, it can make things very interesting as luggage tends to shift around a bit in those compartments.
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