Some tips from my own recent experience...

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by sbalsama, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. sbalsama

    sbalsama TPF Noob!

    Dec 27, 2004
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    I just got back from my trip to Vienna, it was a great trip but what a photographic bummer! Here's what went wrong:

    -Tripod couldn't be taken into Amsterdam airport, so I had to check it...without protection...just in a plastic bag...-_-
    -20 rolls of film were zapped many times, including three times on one occasion in Amsterdam!
    -Flash bracket and chinsy 30 dollar connector broke (fixed them, at least)
    -Camera body! broke and I was only able to get out about 2 and a half rolls.

    My tips:
    -Put the tripod in checked luggage (which I did do)
    -Try to mail your film when travelling overseas. Newark and Detroit had no problems hand checking my film, just allow 10-15 minutes, and make sure you keep the exposed ones separate.
    -Have a backup body - I am definitely purchasing one, luckily it's only an OM so it will be cheap.

    I thought I would share these, perhaps other people could add to the list for traveling with equipment. Hope everyone else had a good Easter (excuse me, SPRING) holiday, especially those that were up at JT recently. I saw a special about the park on CNN International while over there.

  2. Rob

    Rob TPF Noob!

    Jan 29, 2005
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    The security people seem to appreciate you carrying your films in a string or see-through bag separately as hand luggage and adopting a "please" approach to hand-checking.

    I use an indestructible Velbon alloy tripod from the 1970's, so it's never had a problem with harsh airport treatment.

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