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D.Smith
04-03-2004, 05:03 AM
Hello,

I have to travel across the country with my camera for a shoot.
Does anyone have any suggestions, or know the requirements to get through security these days?
I would like to keep it with me as my carry-on, so it stays safe.

Thanks

Jim Capillo
04-03-2004, 07:10 AM
Portabrace makes cases that meet carry-on regs for many cameras.

mgrusin
04-03-2004, 10:50 AM
Check it only as a last resort. Try to have a hard shell case with the camera well suspended in soft foam if you do. (A double-wall case is even better, but expensive and big). Shipping it might be even better than checking it, at least you can be sure its well-packed.

Ah the good old days. We used to hand-carry embedded processor boards and spaceflight hardware that look as dangerous as you can imagine, without a second glance. Sigh.

-MG.

vanguard
04-03-2004, 10:58 AM
we carry-on when able.

Be sure to have a battery with the camera!

They will run it through the baggage scanner, then ask to see it on.

IF you do check it, be prepared to pay over-wieght and over-size charges.

Our Bogen tripod case is 1" over the maximum LxWxD for all airlines , and costs between $50 and $150 depending on airline.

Also DO NOT LOCK THE CASE!!! The TSA will cut your lock/case to open it.

They are not foolin' around!

I can post pictures of the two cases we use if anyone is interested.

A PortaBrace soft case for carry-ons (overhead bins).

And a variety of hard cases for checks.

D.Smith
04-05-2004, 04:17 AM
Thanks for the info!

If you have a photo of your Portabrace soft case that would be great.

Thanks,

Doug

Jim Capillo
04-05-2004, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by D.Smith
Thanks for the info!

If you have a photo of your Portabrace soft case that would be great.


Here's the two rigs I have here at home......

left is the Betacam SP and right is Panasonic DVX-100

D.Smith
04-06-2004, 06:15 AM
Thanks for the info....

I have the same full size case.
United Carry-on specs are:
not be more than 9x14x22

The Portabrace case is 27X14X14
What did you need to do, to get passed the chek point?

Thanks again for all of the helpful info

Doug

Jim Capillo
04-06-2004, 06:44 AM
Last time I went to Vegas, I took the betacam apart - my wife had the lens wrapped in a towel in her carry on, I had the camera towel wrapped in a gym bag. That collapses down enough to get thru the scanner. Batteries/charger/tapes were in checked luggage. Make sure you keep one charged battery with you in the bag so you can fire it up for the inspectors.

Not the most eloquent solution, but I was able to keep my hands (and eyes) on the camera for most of the flight without anyone else handling it. The towels provided adequate protection for bumps and such.

United doesn't seem to be too strict about measurements - the gym bag fit thru the scanner but kind of flopped over the edges of the measurement rack at the ticket counter. No one said a word (or even looked, for that matter).

GregGerlach
04-06-2004, 08:58 AM
Jim,

What is the model number for the PortaBrace case you're using for your DVX-100?

Greg Gerlach
Gerlach Productions
Lexington, KY

Jim Capillo
04-06-2004, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by GregGerlach
Jim,

What is the model number for the PortaBrace case you're using for your DVX-100?


Portabrace Model #CS-DV4M

http://www.portabrace.com/Details/CS/CS-DVdetail/cs-dvdetail.htm

Fits the camera with the 4X4 matte box/french flag, spare batteries and charger, cables and wireless mics with room to spare. This is small enough to carry on.

GregGerlach
04-19-2004, 01:02 PM
Does the DV4M fit in an overhead with room to spare or is it a pretty snug fit? Some of the smaller commuters I fly on have somewhat smaller overheads.

Greg Gerlach
Gerlach Productions
Lexington, KY

Jim Capillo
04-19-2004, 01:06 PM
I've only been on one United commuter flight and it fit fine. The equipment was a Canadair Regional Jet, though - not tiny but not huge either.