Q&A about Camera Bags & Air Travel
While I have been using digital cameras since about this time in 2001 (I now have about 50,000 photos in my iPhoto library) I have only recently joined the league of SLR owners. I received a Canon Digital Rebel T3 as a gift in the Fall of 2011.
I love digital photography. On previous air flights and road trips, I took compact point-and-shoot digital cameras with me. To this day, I have never taken an SLR with me on a plane.
I admit I am ignorant of how airlines and the TSA handle professional and/or prosumer-grade photography and video equipment. I heard once that airlines let you carry-on a camera bag. I have never confirmed this and do not pretend to understand what it means.
I still own the Rebel T3, and am thinking about buying another Rebel so that one can use a wide-angle (18-55 kit) lens and the other can use my telephoto (75-300) lens. I am curious about methods to pack a pair of relatively small SLRs, with lenses, for travel. I took along my Canon with lenses in a Canon 2400 Gadget Bag (cheap, crummy padded shoulder bag) during a bus trip in Nov. of 2012. I hated it. It was a unique circumstance anyway. (I was part of a team that set up the trip, and I served as photographer, so I could carry what I wanted.
I want to know what Tom Bihn owners who also own SLRs do to pack and carry their photo and/or video gear for air trips. How do you arrange your gear? How do you protect your gear? (I'm not asking about using socks or T-shirts in packing SLRs; I'm asking about dedicated packing and carrying arrangements.)
Also: how do the airlines and TSA handle photography gear bags? What is the proper way to do it if you want all of your photo and non-photo stuff to be carry-on?