Jat74l From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 618 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3664 times:
A very good point 9V.
My worries are not about the hotel room but during the flight. I try to hang the camera round my neck and stash a couple of lenses in my hand baggage. The 100-400L goes in the hold bag but I do worry about it!!
I like trains just as much as planes but trains don't like the Atlantic!
Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3558 times:
Quoting Scbriml (Reply 6): Fine, so nobody can run off with your bag, but a Lowepro backpack wont keep out a boxcutter knife. You'll end up with slashed bag but lose the kit.
Click the link I provided.
If someone can get a 400 f/2.8 or a 300 f/2.8 and a couple MkIIs out of those little mesh openings, they can have 'em.
Besides, if the maid has that much time to sit and slash away at my bag, she's better off probably disassembling the bed, taking the lock off and going off with the whole thing. If she's really nice, she'd put the bed back together for me.
I left it in my room when having breakfast and at dinner times plus a couple of other times when photos were not permitted. I had a small padlock for the zipper and left it with my larger travel case. As we were on a tour most of the places were keen to keep us all happy and keep the tour company coming back with more customers but there was a couple of places the tour guide asked us to be careful and if necessary have our valuables locked away. I took the risk and just locked all our cases while we were out and that was okay. If you are unsure about leaving stuff in your room then ask the hotel to lock it away. Some hotels may not have that service so take all your gear with you is the only safe alternative.
Just one more thing some tourist places will not allow large bags or back packs in so you will have to just take the camera and a lens with you and leave your bag at the hotel or your room. Most times this happened we could leave them on the coach and it would be locked up while we did the tourist bit.
PipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3418 times:
While I was in London for 4 weeks, I left it at the hotel, I didn't put it in any safe (there was none), I just left is on the night table. I was in that hotel for 24 nights, so I knew the staff and I knew they wouldn't had done any harm to it. My laptop was also in the room. No problem with that.
Now I wouldn't do that anywhere. I have it in my Lowepro backpack, and I just keep it in the car if I have the car with me. Otherwise, I hide it a little bit.
And no, it's not insured...
It's not about AIRBUS. it's not about BOEING. It's all about the beauty of FLYING.
Walter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1293 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3345 times:
I keep my gear (camera, lenses, laptop, etc...) in my Lowepro Computrekker backpack. While not in use, I tend to keep it in the boot of the car or locked away in a big suitcase on the hotel-room.
Last year, I wanted to take the complete backpack with me on a (cheap) flight from Brussels to Athens. So, I contacted Virgin helpdesk to check whether I could take my backpack on board as hand-luggage (I did not want to let it be handled as "normal" luggage"). After some discussions and explanation about the photo-gear, they answered affirmative. They would, however, not deliver a written statement. Later on, while checking-in, the problems started... Since I am only an amateur photographer, it was hard to convince the check-in crew that I needed all this equipment during my holidays. Although I could convince them that I had this verbal approval from their helpdesk, they kept complaining that as "hand-luggage", it was overweight (+10kg) and as such could not be taken on-board. After some 20 minutes discussions and with a growing queue behind me, we found an acceptable - but strange - solution: I took the laptop and my camera out, carried them separately on board and by doing so the backpack weight was within their limits...
I do understand that there are weight limits to the overhead storage compartments, but I wonder how professional photographers carry all their equipment around?
JRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3288 times:
I take camera gear (wich gets my bag over 10kg, but no way I'm checking the damn thing) in the bag as carry-on, and sometimes my laptop as well. This summer I did AMS-ATL-RSW-JFK-AMS-FRA with a 18kg carry-on. On location it depends, but mainly I leave my stuff in the room.
It's all insured for new price (so I get the newprice when I drop it, it gets stolen etc) with a 200 euro own risk.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
TUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3261 times:
I'm not going to worry too much when I go to Egypt in a few weeks, but when I was in Tunisia a few years back I had the Apple Airport Extreme Card stolen out of my laptop while it was in the hotel room! Odd!!!
I'd like to keep my stuff with me if I can though.
Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson