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Old April 29th, 2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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semi-urgent help needed finding a bag for carry-on use

Hi gang. I'll be traveling on the 17th of May, and I need to lug a lot of video equipment. Obviously, I want to make sure I carry on the camera bag with my A1.

Can anyone suggest a bag that will fit the A1 and some accessories? I'll need to be able to get my hands on it in 2 weeks, and I'd like it to be fairly safe size-wise when it comes to airline rules for carry-on bags.

I checked Delta's site, but their size requirements seems smaller than almost any bag I can find: "Baggage must fit easily in our SizeCheck® unit (approximately 22"x14"x9" or 56x36x23 cm)." I assuming that's LxWxH.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/Kata-CC-193-Camcorder-Shoulder-Case/dp/B0009OFQ8S/ref=pd_bxgy_p_text_c
I have this bag and love it. Fits the camera great, and will hold a lot of accessories. I have taken the bag on the plane many times, and the larger and midsize planes will fit it fine, but unfortunately, some smaller planes have such tiny overhead compartments that even this won't come close to fitting.

Often though, when it won't fit, I can get the attendants to stick it in the crew's luggage compartment. It's a toss-up though.

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Old April 29th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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This was just asked the other day. Even though it wasn't appreciated, there were a couple of suggestions.

New bag for XH-A1
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Old April 29th, 2010, 01:17 PM   #4
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This was just asked the other day. Even though it wasn't appreciated, there were a couple of suggestions.

New bag for XH-A1
Just for the record, the question I asked the other day was not a general question about a bag for the A1 that met airline carry-on guidelines. Had that been the question I asked, I would have appreciated the suggestions that were given. What I asked was for feedback on two SPECIFIC bags that I had narowed my choice down to, after doing a bit of research.

I have posted other questions in the past, and always appreciate the suggestions and feedback when they are responsive to the question I ask - which is the case most of the time.

What I didn't and don't appreciate are the chastising comments (they feel that way to me, though maybe that's not the intent) when I groused about the comments that completely ignored my actual question and gave me suggestions on bags in which I am not interested.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 05:58 PM   #6
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At this point, I prefer to operate on the assumption my original post was just not read as closely as it should have been.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 07:35 PM   #7
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Petrol PCCB-2n

Hey Bob - I bought a Petrol PCCB-2n only last week, just checked the spec's L22 xW12xH11 it fits my XH A1, HV30 and a bundle of accessories. It also fitted in the Jet Blue over head compartment. Seems like a good bag, I'm happy with my purchase, will be able to give a more accurate review in a few months and a few air miles under it's belt :)

Just my 2 cents, hope this helps.

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Old April 29th, 2010, 08:10 PM   #8
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I can vouch for the Kata CC-193 as a great bag to carry, but it's 21"x11"x11" which might be a tiny bit too large to meet Delta's requirements depending on how strict they are at the gate. (I fly American most of the time and I have never seen them use the bag size check frames at the gate. As long as it's close, it'll be fine with AA.)

You mentioned carrying "a lot" of equipment, but that may be a little vague. I often carry the CC-192 which is smaller (20.9"x8.7"x8.7"), but far more manageable for me. I am able to get quite a bit of stuff inside and it will easily fit in the overhead bin.

A lot of the time, I carry a Cinebags CB-25 (12"x21"x10") which might work. It is my current favorite and I can REALLY carry a lot of stuff in it. This weekend I will be traveling by car and will have my A1, 1-2 wireless lav systems, an ME66 w/windsock, a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, 5-6 extra batteries, and a lot of odds and ends like filters and tapes.

And Stephen, I think Bob's original post asked nothing about comments regarding the other thread. Do you think you might be doing here what you accused others of doing on the other thread? At least in the other thread, folks were answering the topic as described in the header -- "New Bag for XH-A1" -- and those posts that you keep objecting to ARE relevant to Bob's question.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #9
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Phil,

I was responding to Bill's reference to my thread, where he commented that there were a couple of suggestions that weren't appreciated. He could have referred Bob to that thread without making that comment, and I wouldn't have felt the need to say anything. In any event, it is not my intent to hijack this thread.

Bob, I do apologize for this detour.

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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:00 AM   #10
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I use a Lowepro commercial AW bag and it's fine for carry on. You h=can fit heaps of stuff in it too.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 08:46 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. I picked up the Petrol PCCB-2N. I'll let you know how it works out for me.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 02:42 PM   #12
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BoB - I don't think you're be disappointed ;)
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Old May 20th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #13
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Hey guys, I just did my first bit of travel with the petrol, and here is my report.

The bag held my A1 and loads of equipment. I even managed to fit a laptop in there. It also fit in the carry-on compartment of a plane just fine, and I had no trouble carrying it on.

The only downside is the weight with all the stuff crammed in there. There are no wheels on the bag, so humping it through parking lots and airports was a nightmare. Anybody have any advice for that? Can I add wheels and handle for dragging? On the other hand, does anyone think it would be a bad idea to simply check the bag so I don't have to carry the damn thing so long?
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