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Paul Clarke’s Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC)

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GCERC Train photo

Copyright: Paul Clarke 2013

With over a year’s planning under their belt, Photographer Paul Clarke and a group of friends embarked on the Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC). Travelling from London around Europe and back to London from 6 to 23 July 2013.

GCERC Journey MapCopyright: Paul Clarke 2013 Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC)

Paul has set up a picture gallery for each day of their travels which you can see here:
PAUL CLARKE GCERC FLICKR GALLERY

A large part of Paul’s planning was what camera gear he could actually take with him and how to carry it.

Paul says: What was the most flexible set-up I could bring, capable of everything that could be thrown in front of it from deep inside the Arctic Circle, the rough end of east European cities, the hot plains of Spain and everything in between? And how would I actually carry it? Weight, speed of access, and security mattered here.

Here’s a list of the gear Paul eventually decided upon for his journey:

Camera:
Canon 5D MkIII full frame SLR
Canon G15 (fixed lens, zoom equivalent of 28-140mm)

Lenses:
50mm f/1.4 prime
16-35L Mk II f/2.8 zoom
70-200L MkII f/2.8 zoom
2x extender (MkIII) (to turn the telephoto into a proper big 400mm beast where required)
580EXII speedlite flash

Laptop & processing:
Alienware G14 laptop and Wacom A5 graphics tablet. Big and heavy, and the wrong choice for this trip. In future, a 4GB RAM thin ultrabook of some kind will do. I use the Alienware because it’s ultra fast for crunching pics on location at events. Here, time is not my enemy.

The bits:
Spare memory cards, USB3 card reader, 2 USB-microUSB cables, multi-purpose cable (USB-miniUSB/microUSB/iPhone), 4 AA batteries for flash, 2 spare 5D batteries, chargers for 5D and G15 batteries, mini USB brick, 2 euro AC socket adapters, AC-USB converter, spare phone battery.

So, for carrying the gear around, Paul sought advice from fellow photographer Tracy Howl – which resulted in Paul using the Think Tank Photo belt and pouch system. He used the Lens Changer 75 Pop Down v2, the Skin Body Bag and the Hubba Hubba Hiney pouches on the Pro Speed Belt v2 to carry his camera gear around for comfort, speed of access and peace of mind knowing his valuable gear was attached to him!

You can see Paul’s full camera gear planning article here:
GCERC camera kit

The GCERC group have put together a website which gives extensive coverage of their GCERC journey, including the route travelled, places visited, costs and links to all their blogs and super features from enroute: Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC) – the disOrient Express. London to everywhere and back, via everywhere!

GCERC gcerc410

Copyright: Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC) 2013

To see more of Paul’s work you can see his website here:

PAUL CLARKE’S WEBSITE

Airline carry-on for Summer 2013

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Airplane HA01Copyright: Helen Atkinson 2013

Embarking on your Summer holiday abroad?

There’ve been quite a few changed in Airline Carry-on allowances* since last summer…

So, here at Snapperstuff we’ve put together a list of some popular airlines to help you on your journey.

We have also given you some suggestions for Think Tank Photo bags that are within the relevant airline’s carry-on allowance guidelines.

We’ve listed the maximum carry-on items, weights & dimensions for popular flights out of the UK & Ireland:

Aer Lingus

  • One carry-on bag & one personal item
  • Carry-on bag = max. weight of 10kg  with max. dimensions of 55cm H (21.5″) x 40cm W (15.5″) x 24cm D (9.5″) – note: Carry-on baggage must fit inside the gauge units at the airport (including wheels and handles)
  • Personal item (ladies handbag, gents satchel, duty free shopping bag, etc.) = This personal item must be placed under the seat in front & may not exceed: 25cm H (10″) x 33cm W (13″) x 20cm D (8″)

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 35.6 x 20.3 x 53.35 cm (14 “w x 8″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3 – 5.2 kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

Aer Lingus (Regional)

  • flight numbers 3000-4000 operated by Aer Arann
  • One carry-on bag
  • Carry-on item must not exceed limit of 7kg
  • Carry-on baggage must be within the size dimensions of 48cm H (18.5″) x 33cm W (13″) x 20cm D (8″)

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

SLING BAG – Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic 30 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 30.5 x 44 x 19 cm (12″ W x 17.25″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.3-1.8 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 20 – or the smaller 10 size from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)
Exterior Dimensions: 35 x 25 x 17 cm (13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D)
Weight: 0.9 – 1.0 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials:
External dimensions: 29.2 x 17.8 x 45.7 cm (11.5″W x 7″D x 18″H)
Weight: 1.4-1.6 kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Pro
External dimensions: 25 x 45 x 19cm (10”W x 17.5”H x 7.5”D)
Weight: 1.2 – 1.5kg (weight varies with accessories used)

American Airlines

  • One carry-on bag & one personal item
  • Carry-on bag total dimensions may not exceed 114cm (45″) (length + width + height). Maximum dimensions cannot exceed: 56 cm length x 35 cm width x 23 cm tall (22″ x 14″ x 9″)
  • The bag must fit in the baggage frames located throughout the check-in area at the airport.
  • One personal item, such as purse, briefcase, laptop bag or a similar item such as book bag or shopping bag. Total dimensions may not exceed 91cm (36″) (length + width + height)

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter:
External dimensions: 31.6 x 21.6 x 45.7 cm (12.5″W x 8.5″D x 18″H)
Weight: 1.5-1.9 kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport Navigator:
External dimensions: 40.6 x 25.4 x 39.4 cm (16″W x 10″D x 15.5″H)
Weight: 3.7 – 4.2 kg (weight is dependent upon accessories used; minimum weight = 2 hinged dividers ONLY)

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 35.6 x 20.3 x 53.35 cm (14 “w x 8″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3 – 5.2 kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

LAPTOP BAG – Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 15 v3 – other sizes available too
External Dimensions: 38 x 28 x 3.6 cm (15”H x 11“W x 1.4”D)

Weight: 0.4 – 0.5 Kg

bmi regional – (Economy &  Economy Flexible)

  • One carry-on bag & one personal item (such as a small handbag, purse, small briefcase, laptop (in a thin satchel), baby-changing bag, etc). Personal items are accepted at bmi regional’s discretion. The larger items should have DAA tags attached to them at check-in or the gate
  • Hand baggage does not have any weight restrictions but must have a maximum length of 55cm, width of 40cm and depth of 23cm. These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. You will not be allowed to pass through security with hand baggage, which exceeds the specified dimensions. Any customer attempting to do so, will be redirected to check-in and asked to check in their bag into the hold

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 35.6 x 20.3 x 53.35 cm (14 “w x 8″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3 – 5.2 kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 v2 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 38 x 32 x 19 cm (15″ W x 12.5″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.0 – 1.7 kg depending on accessories used

LAPTOP BAG – Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 15 v3
External Dimensions: 38 x 28 x 3.6 cm (15”H x 11“W x 1.4”D)

Weight: 0.4 – 0.5 Kg

bmi regional – (Business Fares)

  • The rules outlined for customers travelling on an Economy or Economy Flexible ticket, also apply to those travelling on Business Fares
  • Business Fare customers are however entitled to take two pieces of main hand baggage onboard, in addition to one personal item

British Airways

  • You are allowed one piece of hand baggage plus a laptop or handbag
  • A 23kg maximum bag weight applies and you must be able to lift the bag unaided into the overhead lockers in the aircraft cabin
  • Your main piece of hand baggage is up to the dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in), including the handle, pockets and wheels
  • Your bag must fit into the bag gauge, available at the check-in area
  • Your laptop or handbag is up to the dimensions 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in), including the handle and pockets
  • Your laptop or handbag must fit under the seat in front of you.

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport International v2:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 36 x 22 x 53 cm (14.25″w x 8.75″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3-5.2kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 35.6 x 20.3 x 53.35 cm (14 “w x 8″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3 – 5.2 kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport Navigator:
External dimensions: 40.6 x 25.4 x 39.4 cm (16″W x 10″D x 15.5″H)
Weight: 3.7 – 4.2 kg (weight is dependent upon accessories used; minimum weight = 2 hinged dividers ONLY)

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport Airstream
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 37 x 22 x 46 cm (15″w x 9″d x 18″h)
Weight: 4.1 – 4.8 kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator:
External dimensions: 35.6 x 22.9 x 52.1 cm (14″W x 9″D x 20.5″H)
Weight: 1.9-2.5kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

LAPTOP / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60v2:
External Dimensions: 41.9 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm (16.5″ W x 12″ H x 6″ D)
Weight: 1.7-2.0 kg

Delta

  • Carry-on allowance is ONE bag AND ONE personal item (personal item can be: purse, briefcase, laptop bag or similar sized item)
  • Baggage may not exceed 114 linear cm (45 linear inches) in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels
  • Baggage must fit easily in the Carry-on Baggage Check  – approximately sized 56 x 35 x  23 cm (22″ x 14″ x 9″) – which is located near the check-in counters

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS: same range as for United Airlines (below)

easyJet

  • dimensions must be no more than 50 x 40 x 20cm for easyJet to guarantee that “it will travel with you either in the overhead locker or, if necessary, under the seat in front of you”
  • OR easyJet plus cardholders, FLEXI fare, easyJet plus Upfront or Extra Legroom customers, can continue to bring ONE piece of cabin baggage no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels – and use easyJet plus Speedy Boarding to board first in order to secure space in the overhead lockers
  • see easyJet’s website for full info

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter:
External dimensions: 31.6 x 21.6 x 45.7 cm (12.5″W x 8.5″D x 18″H)
Weight: 1.5-1.9 kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 v2 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 38 x 32 x 19 cm (15″ W x 12.5″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.0 – 1.7 kg depending on accessories used

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 20 – or smaller size 10 from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)

Exterior Dimensions: 35 x 25 x 17 cm (13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D)
Weight: 0.9 – 1 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

SLING BAG – Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic 30 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 30.5 x 44 x 19 cm (12″ W x 17.25″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.3-1.8 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

NOTE: For the 56 x 45 x 25 size – see suggestions as for British Airways

flybe (Essentials & New Economy)

  • One piece of carry-on baggage
  • 10kg hand baggage allowance
  • max. dimensions of: 55 x 40 x 23cm

flybe (Plus)

  • One piece of carry-on baggage + laptop (where airports allow)
  • Carry-on baggage must be max. weight of 10kg
  • with max. dimensions of: 55 x 40 x 23cm

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Retrospective 50 – or any other size from the range
External Dimensions: 40.6 x 30 x 21.6 cm (16″ W x 11.8″ H x 8.5″ D)
Weight: 1.6 – 2 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 30 – or any other from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)

Exterior Dimensions: 41.5 x 29 x 21 cm (16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D)
Weight: 1.2 – 1.4 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

First Choice

  • One piece of carry-on baggage
  • this must weigh less than 5kg
  • with max. dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS: same range as for Ryan Air (below)

Jet2

  • One piece of carry-on baggage per person
  • This must weigh less than 10kg
  • This must be no bigger than 56x45x25cm, including wheels and handles

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Retrospective 50 – or any other size from the range
External Dimensions: 40.6 x 30 x 21.6 cm (16″ W x 11.8″ H x 8.5″ D)
Weight: 1.6 – 2 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 30 – or any other from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)

Exterior Dimensions: 41.5 x 29 x 21 cm (16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D)
Weight: 1.2 – 1.4 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

KLM (Economy Class)

  • ONE bag measuring 55 x 25 x 35 cm (21.5″ x 10″ x 13.5″) (l x w x h) – where the sum of the dimensions may not be greater than 115 cm (45 inches), including wheels and handles
  • and ONE of the following accessories: handbag, briefcase, camera, small laptop, or one other item of similar or smaller size
  • Total weight must not exceed 12kg (including bag & all accessories)
  • NOTE: Flights operated by KLM Cityhopper and KLM Boeing 737 aircraft have limited storage space in the cabin, and so they may ask you to put your hand baggage in the hold

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter:
External dimensions: 31.6 x 21.6 x 45.7 cm (12.5″W x 8.5″D x 18″H)
Weight: 1.5-1.9 kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 30
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)

External dimensions: 41.5 x 29 x 21 cm (16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D) – this bag really is Tardis like in it’s capacity!
Weight: 1.2-1.4kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 v2 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 38 x 32 x 19 cm (15″ W x 12.5″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.0 – 1.7 kg depending on accessories used

LAPTOP BAG – Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 15 v3
External Dimensions: 38 x 28 x 3.6 cm (15”H x 11“W x 1.4”D)

Weight: 0.4 – 0.5 Kg

KLM (Business Class)

  • TWO bags: ONE bag measuring 55 x 25 x 35 cm (21.5″ x 10″ x 13.5″) (l x w x h) – where the sum of the dimensions may not be greater than 115 cm (45 inches), including wheels and handles AND and ONE bag smaller than 45 x 20 x 35 cm (18″ x 8″ x 13.5″) (l x w x h)**
  • and ONE of the following accessories: handbag, briefcase, camera, small laptop, or one other item of similar or smaller size
  • Total weight must not exceed 18kg (including bag & all accessories)
  • NOTE: Flights operated by KLM Cityhopper and KLM Boeing 737 aircraft have limited storage space in the cabin, and so they may ask you to put your hand baggage in the hold
  • ** Exception for World Business Class passengers: on flights from India you may only carry ONE item of hand baggage. You may check in a second hand bag free of charge

Lufthansa (First Class & Business Class)

  • TWO pieces of hand luggage (Please check for possible country-specific variations to this general rule)
  • A piece of hand luggage may not be larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm and may not weigh more than 8 kg. NOTE: Foldable garment bags are an exception to this; they count as hand luggage up to a size of 57 cm x 54 cm x 15 cm
  • Items of hand luggage which exceed these limits will be carried free of charge in the cargo hold within your permitted free baggage allowance, as storage space on board is limited. This is in the interests of your own and other passengers’ safety and comfort. Please ensure that you remove any medicines and any valuables such as your laptop, mobile phone, PDA, documents, identity papers, jewellery, etc, from your hand luggage if it has to be carried in the cargo hold

Lufthansa (Economy Class)

  • ONE piece of hand luggage (Please check for possible country-specific variations to this general rule)
  • A piece of hand luggage may not be larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm and may not weigh more than 8 kg. NOTE: Foldable garment bags are an exception to this; they count as hand luggage up to a size of 57 cm x 54 cm x 15 cm
  • Items of hand luggage which exceed these limits will be carried free of charge in the cargo hold within your permitted free baggage allowance, as storage space on board is limited. This is in the interests of your own and other passengers’ safety and comfort. Please ensure that you remove any medicines and any valuables such as your laptop, mobile phone, PDA, documents, identity papers, jewellery, etc, from your hand luggage if it has to be carried in the cargo hold

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS: same range as for KLM but watch your weight limit of 8kg!

Monarch – (Scheduled flights – flight numbers starting with ZB)

  • One piece of hand baggage no bigger than 56 x 40 x 25cm (there’ll be a size gauge at the airport to check this) and no heavier than 10kg, plus a small duty free bag from the departure airport.
  • OR Two separate pieces of hand baggage, as long as the combined size is no bigger than 56 x 40 x 25cm and the combined weight no heavier than 10kg, plus a small duty free bag from the departure airport.
  • Monarch also say: “There is limited space onboard, and we are sorry but on busy flights we cannot guarantee that we can fit all baggage in the cabin. Taking two smaller bags and placing one under the seat in front of you will help to avoid your baggage being placed in the hold.”

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 35.6 x 20.3 x 53.35 cm (14 “w x 8″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3 – 5.2 kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

Monarch – (Chartered flights – flight numbers starting with MON)

  • One piece of hand baggage no bigger than the new slightly reduced size of 56 x 40 x 25cm (there’ll be a size gauge at the airport to check this) and no heavier than 5kg, plus a small duty free bag from the departure airport.
  • OR Two separate pieces of hand baggage, as long as the combined size is no bigger than 56 x 40 x 25cm and the combined weight no heavier than 5kg, plus a small duty free bag from the departure airport.
  • Monarch also say: “This means there’s no need to choose between your bag and your laptop. And you won’t have to cram everything into one bag at the departure gate.  All we ask is that you put small items under the seat in front of you, to leave more space in the overhead lockers for larger bags.”

Monarch – (Scheduled flights – to Freetown)

  • One piece of cabin baggage per person to include handbags and laptops + one standard size carrier bag of goods purchased from the departure airport.
  • Hand luggage dimensions must not exceed 56cm x 40cm x 25cm (including handles and wheels)
  • this must not weigh more than 5kg

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS :

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 30 – or any other from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)

Exterior Dimensions: 41.5 x 29 x 21 cm (16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D)
Weight: 1.2 – 1.4 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

Quantas – (international flights – First/Business/Premium Economy)

  • TWO pieces of carry on:
  • EITHER 2 x 115cm (45in) bags = each with dimensions of approximately 56 x 36 x 23 cm (22″ x 14″ x 9″)
  • OR 1 x 115cm (45in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag = one with dimensions of approximately 56 x 36 x 23 cm (22″ x 14″ x 9″) plus one with dimensions of approximately 60 x 114 x 11 cm (24″ x 45″ x 4″)
  • Max. weight of each bag is 7kg – thus total weight of 14kg
  • NOTE: Due to capacity constraints, if transferring to/from an International service, the 4kg Carry-on Baggage limit applies, regardless of your International Carry-on Allowance. Any excess may need to be carried in the hold

Quantas – (international flights – Economy)

  • ONE piece of carry-on
  • EITHER 1 x 115 linear cm (45 linear inches) bag = dimensions of approximately 56 x 36 x 23 cm (22″ x 14″ x 9″)
  • OR 1 x 185 linear cm (73 linear inches) non rigid garment bag = dimensions of approximately 60 x 114 x 11 cm (24″ x 45″ x 4″)
  • Max. weight is 7kg
  • NOTE: Due to capacity constraints, if transferring to/from an International service, the 4kg Carry-on Baggage limit applies, regardless of your International Carry-on Allowance. Any excess may need to be carried in the hold

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS: keep an eye on your WEIGHT ALLOWANCE on Quantas

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport International v2:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 36 x 22 x 53 cm (14.25″w x 8.75″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3-5.2kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator:
External dimensions: 35.6 x 22.9 x 52.1 cm (14″W x 9″D x 20.5″H)
Weight: 1.9-2.5kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

LAPTOP / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60v2:
External Dimensions: 41.9 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm (16.5″ W x 12″ H x 6″ D)
Weight: 1.7-2.0 kg

Ryanair

  • Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger (excluding infants)
  • weighing up to 10kg
  • with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted
  • Note: handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera etc.) must be carried in your 1 permitted piece of cabin baggage

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials:
External dimensions: 29.2 x 17.8 x 45.7 cm (11.5″W x 7″D x 18″H)
Weight: 1.4-1.6 kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 20 – or the smaller 10 size from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)
Exterior Dimensions: 35 x 25 x 17 cm (13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D)
Weight: 0.9 – 1.0 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Retrospective – the 30, 20, 10, 7 or 5 sizes
External Dimensions: 43.2 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm (16″ W x 10.5″ H x 7″ D)
Weight: 1.5 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 v2 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 38 x 32 x 19 cm (15″ W x 12.5″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.0 – 1.7 kg depending on accessories used

SLING BAG – Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic 30 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 30.5 x 44 x 19 cm (12″ W x 17.25″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.3-1.8 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

Thomas Cook Airlines

  • Each person is allowed to carry one 5kg piece of hand luggage
  • with dimensions up to: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS: same range as for Ryan Air (above)

Thomson Airlines

  • you can carry ONE piece of hand luggage of up to 5kg for free
  • The maximum dimensions of your hand luggage can be 55x40x20cm
  • Thomson Airlines also say: “you must be able to lift your hand luggage into the overhead storage compartments yourself. Things like laptops, handbags and items bought at the airport must fit within your 1 piece of hand baggage”

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS: same range as for Ryan Air (above)

United Airlines

  • you can carry-on ONE bag AND ONE personal item (see below), per customer
  • Carry-on bag maximum combined linear measurement (length + width + height) must not exceed 35 x 23 x 56 cm (14″ x 9″ x 22″) or 114 linear cm (45 linear inches)
  • Your personal item, such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item must be no larger than 23 x 25 x 43 cm (9″ x 10″ x 17″), or 91.4 linear cm (36 linear inches)

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 35.6 x 20.3 x 53.35 cm (14 “w x 8″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3 – 5.2 kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter:
External dimensions: 31.6 x 21.6 x 45.7 cm (12.5″W x 8.5″D x 18″H)
Weight: 1.5-1.9 kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

SLING BAG – Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic 30 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 30.5 x 44 x 19 cm (12″ W x 17.25″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.3-1.8 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Retrospective 50 – or any other size from the range
External Dimensions: 40.6 x 30 x 21.6 cm (16″ W x 11.8″ H x 8.5″ D)
Weight: 1.6 – 2 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 v2 – or any other from this range
External Dimensions: 38 x 32 x 19 cm (15″ W x 12.5″ H x 7.5″ D)
Weight: 1.0 – 1.7 kg depending on accessories used

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 30 – or any other from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)

Exterior Dimensions: 41.5 x 29 x 21 cm (16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D)
Weight: 1.2 – 1.4 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

US Airways

  • for carry-on you’re allowed ONE bag AND ONE personal item (the personal item can be a purse, briefcase or laptop bag)
  • Carry-on maximum dimensions 36 x 23 x 56 cm (14″ x 9″ x 22″) or 115 linear cm (45 linear inches)
  • Carry-on maximum weight 18 kg

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

ROLLER BAG – Think Tank Photo Airport International v2:
External dimensions including wheels and feet: 36 x 22 x 53 cm (14.25″w x 8.75″d x 21″h)
Base weight: 4.3-5.2kg (depending on accessories used such as dividers, rain cover, etc…)

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter:
External Dimensions:
When expanded: 32 x 51 x 18cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 7”D)
When compressed: 32 x 51 x 8cm (12.5”W x 20”H x 3”D)
Weight: 1.73kg

BACKPACK – Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator:
External dimensions: 35.6 x 22.9 x 52.1 cm (14″W x 9″D x 20.5″H)
Weight: 1.9-2.5kg (weight fluctuates based on accessories used)

LAPTOP / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60v2:
External Dimensions: 41.9 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm (16.5″ W x 12″ H x 6″ D)
Weight: 1.7-2.0 kg

Virgin Atlantic –  Little Red (UK Domestic) & Economy & Premium Economy

  • One item of Carry-On
  • 23 x 36 x 56 cm (approx. 9″ x 14″ x 22″)
  • max weight: 10Kg
  • Children’s allowance varies – please see Virgin’s website for full info

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS:

SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Retrospective 50 – or any other size from the range
External Dimensions: 40.6 x 30 x 21.6 cm (16″ W x 11.8″ H x 8.5″ D)
Weight: 1.6 – 2 kg (Varies based on which accessories are used)

MESSENGER / SHOULDER BAG – Think Tank Photo Citywalker 30 – or any other from this range
(available in Blue Slate/Black or just Black & 2 smaller sizes)

Exterior Dimensions: 41.5 x 29 x 21 cm (16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D)
Weight: 1.2 – 1.4 kg (depending on insert & dividers used)

Virgin Atlantic –  Upper Class

  • Two items of Carry-On
  • 23 x 36 x 56 cm (approx. 9″ x 14″ x 22″) for each one
  • maximum weight combined = 16Kg (max. weight individual item = 12Kg)

Snapperstuff SUGGESTS: same range as for Virgin Atlantic Little Red & Economy & Premium Economy… but you can take a little more weight!

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*Note: all carry-on items, weight and dimension allowances are subject to change at any time by the airlines, so please ensure you check with your preferred airline for accuracy prior to travel, to avoid disappointment.

We’ve compiled the above list in July 2013 from each airline’s website.

We’d welcome your feedback on this, especially your experiences traveling with the Think Tank Photo bags, and if you have any other carry-on info you’d like to share please let us know. Thank you.

SWPP Societies 2013 Convention

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The SWPP Societies 2013 trade show is almost upon us!

Trade Show Dates and Opening Times
11-13 January 2013 – 10:00-17:00

New Venue Hilton London Metropole

For full information on the Societies’ 2013 Convention including tickets explained, seminar schedules, Big L Challenge, hotel layout plus more, please see the Societies’ 2013 Convention website: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/

The SWPP 2013 show will be offering a broad range of learning opportunities designed to expand the proficiency of photographers and brings together a rich selection of talent within the photographic industry:

Masterclass Schedule

Location Seminars

Superclass Schedule

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Trade Show Exhibitor List

Snapperstuff will be exhibiting at the SWPP 2013 Trade show – Hilton London Metropole, 11-13 January, 10:00-17:00, King Suite, Stand K52, K53, K54!

We are proud to now represent the following brands, which we’ll have on display for you to check out:

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New Distributor for Peak Design

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Snapperstuff is excited to announce that we are the NEW DISTRIBUTOR for PEAK DESIGN®.

Who are Peak Design®?

The mission of Peak Design is to enable photographers and outdoor/adventure enthusiasts to better capture the beautiful world around them. We will do this by designing and building innovative, thoughtfully composed, ultra-durable products that are easy to use and versatile. Right now our aim is to help people better transport and physically manage their cameras, but as time goes on we will continue to tackle other ubiquitous pain points that photographers and outdoorsy people face. We believe that wherever you go and whatever physical activity you do, your camera should be right there with you.

What’s their product range?

Peak Design has developed the Capture® Camera Clip System – which they launched through Kickstarter (and they are the 2nd most funded project in Kickstarter’s history!).

WHAT IS CAPTURE®?

The Capture® Camera Clip System rigidly holds your camera to any strap or belt, keeping it secure and accessible during any physical activity. Take your DSLR Camera everywhere. Capture® is an aluminum clip that will forever change the way you shoot. It lets you carry your DSLR camera, with lens attached, directly on any backpack strap or belt. This eliminates the need for a neck strap, sling, holster or bulky camera bag. Capture® holds your camera rigidly, allowing you to be physically active without your camera swinging and swaying.

CAPTURE CAMERA CLIP KEY FEATURES:

  • Holds any camera: DSLR, Micro 4/3 or point-and-shoot
  • Attaches to any strap or belt: Works with straps up to 7.6 cm (3”) wide & 1.3 cm (0.5”) thick
  • Quick-release locking action: means you’ll never miss another shot
  • Strong enough for any physical activity: Quick-release lock withstands over 150 lbs. of force
  • Compatible with other tripod brands: including ARCA® (see compatibility list below)
  • Change lenses with ease: Your camera locks into Capture omnidirectionally
  • Redundant twist-lock: Extra security for extreme activities & theft prevention
  • Works with hand straps: Built-in strap loops Ultralight, Ultra-Durable Weatherproof aluminium construction

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HOW CAPTURE® WORKS:

1. SCREW
Screw the quick release plate into the tripod mount on your camera. There are 3 low profile plates available, which can attach to any camera. Pictured: ARCAplate – also compatible with ARCA®-type tripods

2. CLAMP
Clamp the aluminum Capture clip around any backpack strap or belt using the two hand-tightened bolts.

3. SLIDE
Slide your camera (attached to the plate) into the clip. Your camera locks into place, keeping it secure as you move around. Access your camera instantly by pressing the quick-release button.

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There are 5 Capture® products in the range available now:

Capture Camera Clip with ARCAplate

Capture Clip with ARCAplate (above)Capture Camera Clip with DUALplate

Capture Clip with DUALplate (above)CW from top: ARCAplate; MICROplate; DUALplate

CW from top: ARCAplate; MICROplate – idea for 4/3s cameras; DUALplate – Manfrotto® RC2 & Arca®-type tripod compatible (above)

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 Download here:

 How to Attach Capture Camera Clip to Think Tank Photo Pro Speed Belt

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Where and when can I buy their products?

All Capture® products available NOW direct from www.snapperstuff.com – where you can also find a full Dealer list.

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Does My Kit Fit? Glass Taxi

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Withe the Binocular & Telescope Show at Titchfield Haven (National Nature Reserve) coming up this weekend – 30th June & 1st July – we took a look at how some optics fit in the Think Tank Photo Glass Taxi:

Leica APO-TELEVID 82 with 25-50 eyepiece attached

Swarovski ATM80 HD with 25-50

Carl Zeiss DiaScope 85 FL with 20-70 eyepiece

Carl Zeiss DiaScope 85 FL with 20-70 eyepiece with the new Conquest HD large Binoculars (10×42) and Carl Zeiss Victory Compact Binoculars (10×25)

You can find out more about the Think Tank Photo Glass Taxi here (click link) as well as from our network of Authorised Retailers.

LCE Winchester will be showing the optics featured here at the Titchfield Haven Binocular & Telescope Show this weekend, so if you’d like to go here’s the full info:

Airline Carry-on travel guide (June 2012)

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Copyright: Helen Atkinson 2012

With the Summer holidays on the horizon we thought a summary of current Airline Carry-on weights & dimensions* would be helpful… so, here are the weights & dimensions for popular flights out of the UK & Ireland:

Aer Lingus (shorthaul & longhaul) – under 10kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Aer Lingus (regional) – under 7kg – 48 x 36 x 21 cm

American Airlines – 56 x 35 x 23 cm (max) & personal item e.g. laptop or handbag with total dimensions not exceeding 91cm (length + width + height)

bmi – unlimited – 55 x 40 x 23 cm

British Airways – 23 kg – 2 pieces – 56 x 45 x 25 cm & 45 x 36 x 20 cm (laptop or handbag which must fit under seat in front of you)

easyJet – unlimited – 56 x 45 x 25 cm

flybe – 10 kg – 50 x 35 x 23 cm

First Choice – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Jet2 – 10 kg – 56 x 45 x 25 cm

Monarch – 10 kg – 56 x 45 x 25 cm

Ryanair – 10 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Thomas Cook Airlines – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Thomson Airlines – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Virgin Atlantic – 6 kg – 56 x 36 x 23 cm

*Note: all carry-on weight and dimension allowances are subject to change at any time by the airlines, so please ensure you check with your preferred airline for accuracy prior to travel, to avoid disappointment.

We welcome your feedback on this, especially your experiences traveling with the Think Tank Photo bags, and if you have any other carry-on info you’d like to share please let us know. Thank you.

Does My Kit Fit? Retrospective 10 pinestone

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Pete Rawlinson, Sales Specialist at London Camera Exchange in Winchester, was privilaged to be asked to test out the new Nikon 1 cameras at the press launch in Shanghai, back in October…

“I thought I’d need a bag that would better suit all my kit. Now, like most photographers, I have many different bags and cases yet none seem to be able to handle the kit I’d be taking out with me.

While at work I looked at the Retro series and thought I’d appeal to my rep, Helen’s, kind nature and ask if there were any Retro Demo bags I could borrow. Unfortunately none of these were available, but Helen kindly lent me her own Retro 10. The bag was big enough to fit all my kit plus the chargers and my vitals, phone and wallet.

The main things I really found great about this bag were;

  • Enough room for all my kit plus more
  • Not your typical “Camera Bag” (meaning I could happily walk around the streets with £8000 worth of camera equipment on my shoulder)
  • The cushioned strap was more than welcomed as I spent 5 days carrying all this kit for the whole time
  • The carrying handle made picking up my gear from the taxis, buses and boats easier than having to pick it up via the long strap.
  • The sound silencers were probably the best feature with this bag. I found this particularly handy while exploring the Buddhist temple when I had to switch over memory cards.

All in all I don’t think I could say anything negative about these series of bags and since returning from China I have bought myself a Retro 10 which has become my primary Camera Bag.”

www.LCEGROUP.co.uk

www.Pete-Rawlinson.co.uk

Congratulations to Pete who recently wind 3rd prize in the Sony World Photography Awards (staff competition)!
Here he is collecting his prize:  Pete collecting prize

Pete Rawlinson shooting in Shaghai with the Nikon 1 camera

Shaghai at night, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Shaghai People, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011Fellow Nikon Photographers Simon Stafford & Will Cheung (Advanced Photographer Editor) with their Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise shoulder bags in Shaghai, shot on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Shaghai, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Nikon 1 camera gear, which Pete fitted in the Retrospective 10 bag – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

To see more of Pete’s work please check out this link: www.Pete-Rawlinson.co.uk

To find out more on the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 and other bags in the range to can catch up with Pete in the LCE – London Camera Exchange – store in Winchester, Hampshire. Website: www.lcegroup.co.uk

You can follow LCE on Twitter here: @LCEUsedCameras

and here: @LCEOffers

You can follow LCE Winchester on Facebook here: LCE Winchester

For more info on the Retrospective range click on this link: RETROSPECTIVE RANGE