With a flight in the near future I needed to pack my camera equipment up for the journey. Of course putting expensive and fragile equipment into the hold is far from desirable so my aim is to carry-on as much as I can.
This isn’t an easy prospect with large heavy lenses like the 300 f/2.8 and what seems to be ever shrinking size limits for carry-on luggage.
Ryan Air’s current size limit is 55 x 40 x 20 cm and 10 KG in weight (Easyjet’s limit is a little bigger at 56 x 45 x 25 cm).
I started out picking up a Dunlop 16 inch wheeled suitcase.
Discovering the extendable handle intruded about 3 cm into the case I decided I needed to cut it out as I needed all of that 20 cm depth. Thankfully the case only £8 so I consider it disposable!
With space maximised I added some foam to try to give the equipment some protection.
Next the kit was packed up in bubble wrap and fitted. Starting with the biggest lenses first and fitting the rest around in gaps. The lens hoods were all removed (except the 300 f/2.8) and will go in the hold along with my camera grip, chargers and other accessories. In total I managed to fit my D800, 300 f/2.8 VR I, 70-200 f/2.8 VR I, 24-70 f/2.8 and 16-35 f/4 VR. Not bad!!
With the bag packed and within the size limits (only one it is even close to is the 20 cm depth) the moment came to check the weight. 9.1 KG! Looks like I’m all set.
I’d be interested to hear how other people deal with lots of kit and carry-on luggage.