01-10-2018 08:08 PM
I am a hobbyist, and yes, the gear is very important to me. My hobby is photographing birds, and all aspects of that are interesting: appreciating and using the equipment well, the challenge of getting a good shot, the appreciation of the bird's beauty, and the editing process. For me, the equipment itself is a real draw. Modern DSLRs are magnificent pieces of engineering.
When I fly and take my 100-400 mm zoom, I have always taken it attached to the camera body, because I do not like to detach them, from dust considerations. They travel in a Lowepro holster case, as carry-on of course. But some say it is better to detach the lens and camera when traveling, since the weak point in that arrangement is the lens-camera coupling. One must then compromise, and I have chosen to not disconnect the lens.
Since I recently upgraded to the new 7D (from a 60D) and the improved 100-400 mm zoom, I am revisiting the issue. That's the reason for the original post. I appreciate the comments that have been made.
01-11-2018 09:59 AM
I would pack each separately. Not connected. I should say that is what I did when I was working but I still travel that way if I am not the one handling the gear.
Again, the best advice is, just don't do anything stupid. You'll be fine.
01-13-2018 12:55 PM - edited 01-13-2018 12:57 PM
I can't believe this. All of this is exactly what I said in the first reply of this thread.
Use cap for body
Don't be afraid to change lenses, mount is designed for a life time of coupling decoupling
Use common sense during lens changes to avoid contaminants
Use your gear, its not going to be in a lab, its outside, there is going to be dust.
Here's another suggestion. Where a mask on the plane since you will be flying to a 3rd world country known for its exotic diseases and illnesses. Vaccinations might be wise as well.
I'm not trying to be funny, seriously. Are you going to take pictures, enjoy your hobby and capture memories? Or are you going to agonize and commisurate over getting a speck of dust on your camera eqiuipment. If you are that paranoid about your equipment you should stay home. Like I said before, use your gear, take reasonable precautions and enjoy your trip.
01-13-2018 01:23 PM
Yes, you did say this. . . thank you. Sometimes it’s useful to have the comments of several people in a forum like this, because we all have our different views. Even if it gets repetitive sometimes, there can be useful nuances.
I am sorry if I neglected your original, thorough, reply.
01-14-2018 12:35 PM - edited 01-14-2018 12:37 PM
No problem. Not looking for acknowledgement or apology. Getting feedback from multiple souces is impotant, and here we've got many members with a great breath of knowledge - enthusiast to pro level experience. I'm protective and cautious with my gear too. I see you are a photographer at the heart level. I share the same passion and the enjoyment of this outweighs the risk of using our gear, moving and making changes in less than favorable environments.