5 Tips for Air Travel with Luggage by Professional Photographer Jason Lanier ThinkTank Photo Bag


Award winning photographer Jason Lanier lists the top 5 tips for traveling with your gear as a photographer when you have to fly to a location for your shoot.

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  1. I own a MindShift BackLight 26L, and it's too large to fit underneath the seat on an international flight. (29 x 51.5 x 20 cm) I already have a carry-on to put above. I will NOT be checking anything in.

    Here are the personal carry on limitations of the flights I will be on.

    Air Canada: 16 cm x 33 cm x 43 cm (6 in x 13 in x 17 in)
    Swiss International Airlines: 40 x 30 x 10 cm)

    Here is the gear that I want to take:

    Canon 5D Mark III
    EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
    EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM
    EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM
    Gitzo GT2542T Series 2 tripod
    Really Right Stuff BH-40-LR Ballhead
    Format Hitech filter kit in pouch
    Canon Timer Remote Controller TC80N3
    Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
    Canon Extender EF 1.4xIII

    I already have a carry-on travel backpack for my clothes, etc., so I need a camera bag to put under the seat.

    What do you recommend?


  2. Thanks for the suggestion, I will now look into the ThinkTank. I have used the Sony LCSBP3 for my travels with my A77ii. Now that I also have an A99 and intend to travel with both I have been looking for a backpack that rolls, even though it will fit both my cameras with one having a 70-200 attached to one of them. It's getting heavy.

  3. Think Tank is a great company, destroyed my zipper on one of my bag while in Arizona, ( I live in Pennsylvania ) They shipped a replacement directly to me, never a question asked . They fixed it and when I got done my 12 State Photo run we just exchanged them back. If people don't dig the fact that you have a sponsor or two (maybe more) , I would venture to say that they are jealous. It takes perseverance , dedication and hard work to get anyplace these  days, "It is not handed to you" Dig your videos man !!

  4. Hey Jason. I just want to ask if you could suggest some budget lenses for the a6000. I recently bought one and I do have the 16-50 and the 55-210 lenses. I would love to know what future lenses are worth saving for. Plus a budget wireless flash setup. I'm still a student and I couldn't get some expensive ones yet. Thank you so much

  5. Damn good video, very important info that's overlooked by many pro photographers out there, as in they don't make videos about it but it's something paramount actually. Great job! Thanks for taking the time to make it and post it! 

  6. Jason, look into ScotteVest, as well.  Clothing that allows you to carry equipment and accessories in a jacket and then just take it off and run it through security scanners like your carry-ons.  Not a full substitute for your backpacks, but if you stuff a day's change of clothes and other goodies in it, then when they misplace your luggage or it gets delayed, you have a "survival" stash on you, so no worries…..

  7. The big Samsonite bag is bigger than the regular luggage size; and probably heavier? With most airlines the allowance is one luggage + one carry-on bag. If I am correct the limit is 20 pounds for the carry-on bag and 50 pounds for the luggage. You pay extra for it/them, don't you?

  8. I know this might sound like a silly question but what is the point of carrying 3 point and shoot cameras when you have 5 other mirrorless cameras and lenses? I usually carry just what I need, especially when travelling. The most I would carry would be 2 camera bodies (both mirrorless) and about 5 different lenses, a tripod, flash and extra batteries.  I guess it depends what you're shooting, but when I'm walking for miles in a new country, I want to carry as little as possible. I like watching your videos mate, keep them rolling! I even recently bought an A6000 after watching your video in the abandoned warehouse. I often venture in these types of places to shoot. Love it! 

  9. Hi Jason, could you by any chance make a video explaining your lens setups with the Sony mirrorless cameras. I really like the A6000 but the small number of e-mount lenses, compared to the amount of Canon or Nikon compatible lenses has prevented me from buying one so far.

  10. Haters gonna hate… Sony have really picked up there game, I love my A6000, not that i dont like my Canon but its just so damn light and the images are as good if not better…

    I am not sponsored by Sony or Canon, lol

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