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How Do You Guys Travel with Your Gear?

Discussion in 'Sony Snappers' started by Chrisan, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Chrisan

    Chrisan Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Michigan
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    My old Nikonos V with 1 strobe would travel in one small bag I'd throw in with my dive bag. Haven't done this in years but the new rig is going to roughly consist of:

    Nauticam housing for a Sony A6500
    Couple Sea and Sea DS2J strobes
    Port and extension ring for a macro lens
    A couple more extension rings
    A 6" dome port
    Usual extension arms, clamps, etc etc
    That's about it for the foreseeable future.

    All of the terrestrial gear, camera, lenses, etc will be in a separate bag.

    What do you guys like best? A rolling case with a handle? Backpack mode? Anyone have roughly the same gear that can recommend a specific brand/model?

    Thanks! Chris
     
  2. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    2,849
    2,144
    113
    I use the ThinkTank International 3.0. I always have a backpack for my personal items. I travel to Southeast Asia extensively twice a year for diving and take 7-8 flights each time and blow past the 7kg limits all the time. My camera bag alone is 16kg. When I am told to check it if they bother weighing it, all I do is unzip and show them what it is and they let me take it on. It serves its purpose well in being protective and mobile (wheeled) without standing out to be camera specific baggage. It locks and also can be tethered to something so there are no run and grabs. It fits in small overhead compartments and under seats in smaller planes like commuter jets. The company has excellent customer service. Expensive bag, but solidly built and a lot if it has user replaceable parts which will extend the life.

    I have a RX100IV, housing, all hardware and accessories, 2 YS-D2s, all batteries, wide angle lens plus dome, macro lens, chargers, video light, dive light. Everything fits in there. Even my laptop. The only thing that doesn’t fit is my intl surge protector.

    Sounds like you aren’t cramming as much stuff as me so look at their backpacks or consider getting it and combining it to 1 bag. Their stuff is quality and well made.
     
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  3. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
    2,895
    1,752
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    I’m just going to travel with you....I’ll just bring a carryon :wink:
     
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  4. Chrisan

    Chrisan Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Michigan
    13
    2
    3
    That may be the ticket for me - thanks for the suggestion.

    Chris
     
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  5. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    2,849
    2,144
    113
    If you end up with something from ThinkTank and remember or care to share, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on what you end up with! :) Enjoy and happy shopping!
     
  6. kevjli

    kevjli Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Silicon Valley, CA
    30
    4
    8
    If you don't need wheels, have a look at the Lowepro ProTactic 450. I put together some pictures of it for a friend a while back...

    The bag itself weighs less than the ThinkTank, leaving more allowance for camera stuff.

    Camera bag
     
  7. Chrisan

    Chrisan Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Michigan
    13
    2
    3
    I'll check it out - thanks!

    Chris
     
  8. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    8,738
    7,703
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    I put my camera and a lens inside the housing, then pack everything in a Pelican Storm case.
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  9. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Seattle
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    I use a ThinkTank roller bag as well with a Nikon DSLR & Nauticam housing. I don't put my camera in the housing any more (used to) because I found it can cause alignment issues over time. I put some ziplock-bagged cables and other light small parts inside the housing. The bumps and jolts during transport can bend the mounting tray. Camera and 8" dome port go in a back pack or with the clothing bag.

    I do a few trips every year where I can drive to the destination and I just use a big pelican case for those trips.
     
  10. kevjli

    kevjli Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Silicon Valley, CA
    30
    4
    8
    Interesting about the bumps and jolts on the mounting. I'll need to rethink how I'm packing.
     

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