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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3961 posts, RR: 18
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Hi all,

I'd like to fit a DSLR, a kit lens, a small telezoom(Nikkor 70-300VR) and a big telezoom(Bigma), as well as a medium-sized laptop in a camera backpack, and take it into an airliner as hand luggage. Will this work, and can you recommend any bag?

Thanks

Peter Smile


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User currently offlineTimdeGroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3558 times:
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Computrekker

Cheers
Tim



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User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1300 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3552 times:



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 1):
Computrekker

 checkmark 

http://products.lowepro.com/product/CompuTrekker-AW,1924,16.htm

But fully loaded, you should not put it into the overhead luggage compartments... When I last travelled with it, they asked me to take some heavy stuff out (telezoom & laptop)...

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1745 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3543 times:
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I use a computrekker that doesn't have the "rolling" attachment and it's an excellent bag with no problems going in the overhead. But maybe the rolling mechanism really adds some weight...


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User currently offlineTimdeGroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3540 times:
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I actually have a computrekker plus which is bigger but with your kit you probably dont need it

Tim



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3961 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

Thanks Tim, Walter and Dan! Sounds like the right solution.

Peter Smile



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User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1300 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3535 times:



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 4):
I actually have a computrekker plus which is bigger but with your kit you probably dont need it

 checkmark 

...but one can always find stuff to fill the empty spaces  Smile (and make sure it is future-proof, you might want to buy more equipment).

Peter, I think you best go to a shop with all your gear and try one out! That is the best way, before buying!

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3511 times:



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 1):
Computrekker



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 4):
I actually have a computrekker plus which is bigger but with your kit you probably dont need it

Same here, even though I prefer a normal backpack for travelling and just throw my cam in  Embarrassment
A LowePro backpack always SHOUTS OUT "steal me"... imho!

Computrekker is nice. You can fill the empty space with chargers, a flash, maybe some travel docs, whatever.... highly recommend it!



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User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

I use the Lowepro Minitrekker AW. It fits my D300, 200-400, 12-24, 18-200, 80-200 and an Asus eee mini laptop. It's very, very small, I have owned it for more than 4 years now and I had never any trouble checking it in as hand luggage.

However, there are two things that I have against it: I cannot mount a lens on my camera when the 200-400 is inside. It's not really a quick access bag. And the all weather cover has a velcro lock which is on the underside of the bag and attracts a lot of dirt, grass and other stuff.

Otherwise, highly recommended.

http://products.lowepro.com/product/Mini-Trekker-AW,1965,14.htm

Roel.



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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

I've noticed a lot of you guys saying you put your camera bags in the overhead? Really? I've never wanted to take the chance of someone coming by and jamming a ton of stuff ontop of it or moving it with out my knowledge or anything of the sort. Is it really that safe to put your camera bags in the overhead?


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User currently offlineTimdeGroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
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Quoting Whappeh (Reply 9):
Is it really that safe to put your camera bags in the overhead?

large backs wont fit under the seat, and forget about checking them

Tim



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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3488 times:

I have this one, and can recommend it:

http://www.amazon.com/Urban-Gear-U10...UTF8&s=photo&qid=1220643892&sr=1-3

It fits into most overhead bins (at least one the larger planes), on the ATR, it still fits under the seat though I usually valet check it.

My main reason for loving it: I had a motorbike accident last November (I hit a car that had ignored a stop sign at about 60 km/h), and had all my gear in the backpack. As I went flying, the straps ripped, and the backpack landed about 15 metres away. While the backpack was no longer usable, all my gear was fine!



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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Peter,

I even traveled with a Tamrac Expedition 8 and a Lowepro Stealth Reporter AW 650 as carry on. No questions asked. (then again it was C-Class, mabye that did the trick)

Ever looked at http://www.thinktankphoto.com/ttp_product_ArprtAStrm.php
and it does not.....

Quoting INNflight (Reply 7):
SHOUTS OUT "steal me"... imho!

Vasco


User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1745 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3485 times:
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Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 10):
large backs wont fit under the seat, and forget about checking them

Nail, meet head.

The computrekker is a robust bag that can take a beating, but it's not a pelican. I'm comfortable with it in an overhead.

For reference, I can have my a700 mounted to my Bigma with storage for 4 more lenses (70-210, 100-200, 17-50, 50mm), cleaning supplies, scanner, and there's still room for a flashgun. This doesn't include the rest of the space, which holds laptop, monopod, etc... the CT is really one of the best bets in bags.



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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2786 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

I've got the CompuTrekker Plus AW and I simply can't say enough good things about this pack. Even fully loaded and overweight, it's still very comfortable to carry as it has super straps. I've put mine under the seat or in the overhead and not had any problems.

User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3961 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3462 times:



Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 6):
Peter, I think you best go to a shop with all your gear and try one out! That is the best way, before buying!

Yes, I will sure do that, but it's great to know what types others recommend. This is still a great forum!

Once I get it on board, I'm sure I'll find a place for the bag somewhere, and I'm not worried about putting it in the overhead bins. I'm more worried about getting it on board in the first place. Are you guys saying a bag of Computrekker size is never a problem to get on the plane - it actually meets the size requirements for hand luggage?
This may sound a bit stupid, but I've always preferred to travel with just a light 70-300 so far, and I've yet to buy the laptop Wink

The immediate reason for this is a trip to Malta around the Sep 27-28 airshow, by the way. If anyone else is going there, please let me know!

Peter Smile



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User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1745 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3445 times:
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Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 15):
Are you guys saying a bag of Computrekker size is never a problem to get on the plane - it actually meets the size requirements for hand luggage?

Lowepro guarantees it. If the bag lit has the little airplane logo, you're good to go.



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User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

Only trouble I've found with camera backpacks, is travelling on smaller aircraft. I do a bit regional travel, and have found that the camera bag has trouble fitting in Dash 8 overhead lockers. So the bag stays at my feet when on these.

User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3412 times:

Peter, there is sometimes a weight limit on hand luggage. You might want to think about that when packing your bag.

For KLM this is 10kg, for Air Malta this is only 5kg. The usually never weigh it (at least not mine  Smile ) but you never know.

Have fun in Malta!

Roel.



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User currently onlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4707 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3410 times:



Quoting Diezel (Reply 18):

For KLM this is 10kg, for Air Malta this is only 5kg. The usually never weigh it (at least not mine Smile ) but you never know.

If they do weigh it, start hanging camera's around your neck, lenses in your pants (the pockets, obviously) etc. Once in the jetway repack the thing.



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3961 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

Thanks again for all the good advice!

Peter



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8456 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3398 times:
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I use a Lowepro Compuday backpack as the primary use is for the laptop but it fits my 350D with 28-200 plus battery charger and cables in the bottom compartment quite comfortably.

Quoting Whappeh (Reply 9):
moving it

I had that recently, a guy took my bag out of the overhead and replaced it with his pull along, then headed to the back with my bag. I told him to put it back and the ensuing argument required the intervention of the cabin crew to resolve. My backpack went back above my head and the pull along went into the hold  Smile



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 37
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3393 times:



Quoting Ptrjong (Thread starter):

I did this last year with a BMW Lifestyle collection "7 series" roll-aboard type bag. It worked fine - but it's not easy packing and unpacking this kind of arrangement. But it was much more rugged that the typical camera backpacks.

But this was on international flights mostly, (B747, B767) and a couple of domestic flights (A320, B757). Never went on any small planes like regional turboprops or jets. I wouldn't take a camera backpack, it just screams "steal me", just like those laptop bags with "DELL" or "VAIO" or other names on them.


User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3367 times:



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 15):
Are you guys saying a bag of Computrekker size is never a problem to get on the plane - it actually meets the size requirements for hand luggage?

I am another user of the Computrekker. Wouldn't change it for anything else (perhaps except the "plus"-version  Smile ). Never had any problems getting it onboard. Even on regional jets or dash 8s.



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