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Old March 4th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #16
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William I purchased the same bag in a longer version, and I know you will not be disappointed.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #17
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hi ..

I carry my fx1e and nikon D80 on flights in a Lowepro Vertex 200 AW backpack.
It has no issue fitting in carry on luggage compartments in small or larger jets ...

I was recently told by the US customs guard that even though it did not fit in the sizing frame, as it was camera equipment and i had no other personal items (eg clothes) in it they will allow it ... that was their policy ...
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Old March 5th, 2010, 02:29 AM   #18
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I still see a lot of camera guys carry their cams on the plane in their hands during my pretty frequent travel. Everything else goes in the checked baggage. But these are usually big shoulder cameras. If you're travelling on a smaller plane you will pretty much be checking any bag as you've only got the under seat bit for carry on. But they'll generally allow you to check the bag as you climb the ladder which means you will see it go in the hold and it's brought out to the bottom of the steps for you to pick up. Any of the bigger jets will have overhead bins so you'll need something that goes into one and that's going to limit you to a camera and some bits.

I'm a bag nut and generally work my bags pretty hard. Over the years I've had lots. I can honestly say the quality in Lowepro, Think Tank and Portabrace is awesome. I've beaten a couple of lowepro bags into submission for years and am really impressed with the fact the fabric is so tough and the zippers never let go. Portabrace is the same and my recent purchase of a thinktank has allowed me to see and test it's quality and I'm very impressed.

Prioritise zip quality as there's nothing more annoying than having a zip break. It practically writes off the bag.

But you will pay a premium for any of the three brands. I've not had experience with Kata. Portabrace is horrendously expensive in Oz and thinktanks are new here. But the bags will last for along time.

My expensive lowepro backpack for my SLR (film and then Digital) has been everywhere from the snow to the desert, been mis-treated and beaten for over 10 years and is still performing faultlessly.
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Old March 11th, 2010, 05:11 AM   #19
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In reply to Chris Miceli. I really wish Portabrace would update their web bag descriptions. See Kata and Petrol where one can get a real feel for what the bag can do. You make a great product but I could never buy it online with the small undescriptive dark pictures which accompany the product. A pity.
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