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    I can take my standard carry on to the UK for my trip. I cannot take it back from Gatwick to the USA, as of today.

    Bag restriction: 35cm x 45cm x 16cm ( 13.77" x 17.72" x 6.29" )
    Laptop size bag.
    http://www.gatwickairport.com/

    I need a camera bag from my
    E-500
    14-54, 14-45, 40-150, and 50-200 lens
    two storage units
    Three E-500 batteries and 3 set of AA x 4.

    I am looking for a decent bag for my E-500 and components for under $100. I want something to protect the lens and fit the rules.

    I hope the rules change back before the trip. The alternative is ship back my camera Fedex.

    Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Camera case for return trip from Gatwick

    Have a look at Pelican cases. They are virtually unbreakable, lockable and fully waterproof. You can get a size that is carry-on compatible (the 1500 and 1520 are in Oz) and if it has be be checked in on return, your gear will be safer than in any other type of case.

    http://www.pelican.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckennma
    I can take my standard carry on to the UK for my trip. I cannot take it back from Gatwick to the USA, as of today.

    Bag restriction: 35cm x 45cm x 16cm ( 13.77" x 17.72" x 6.29" )
    Laptop size bag.
    http://www.gatwickairport.com/

    I need a camera bag from my
    E-500
    14-54, 14-45, 40-150, and 50-200 lens
    two storage units
    Three E-500 batteries and 3 set of AA x 4.

    I am looking for a decent bag for my E-500 and components for under $100. I want something to protect the lens and fit the rules.

    I hope the rules change back before the trip. The alternative is ship back my camera Fedex.

    Any suggestions?
    I know cancelling the trip is not an option for you. But I've almost given up on the clueless airlines and governments regarding flying. I'm not going to hurt anyone when I fly and I am tired of being treated as though I'm Satan incarnate. I'm rethinking my entire concept of travel, including selling a piece of property that's really not within driving range. Let the airlines sink (or crash, as the case may be) without me.

    You can put any size case you want in the back of a van.

    Please excuse my rant. Otherwise, I agree with OzRay. Pelican if you must travel.
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    Jim Pilcher
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    All they have to do is spend the money and put in the newer X-ray and detection hardware. They are more worried about profit than us. All airports should be non-profits. They have detectors for all types of explosives avaialble that work. They attach to the front of the x-ray machines. They just don't want to spend the money. Cheap bastards.

    I will check out Pelican.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckennma
    I can take my standard carry on to the UK for my trip. I cannot take it back from Gatwick to the USA, as of today.

    Bag restriction: 35cm x 45cm x 16cm ( 13.77" x 17.72" x 6.29" )
    Laptop size bag.
    http://www.gatwickairport.com/

    I need a camera bag from my
    E-500
    14-54, 14-45, 40-150, and 50-200 lens
    two storage units
    Three E-500 batteries and 3 set of AA x 4.

    I am looking for a decent bag for my E-500 and components for under $100. I want something to protect the lens and fit the rules.

    I hope the rules change back before the trip. The alternative is ship back my camera Fedex.

    Any suggestions?
    I bought a Stormcase im2500 to replace my current rollerbag, and is still legal for US carry on. However past experience has shown that if you fly the smaller jets, you likely will have to gate check it. Unfortunately I cannot tell you how well it works, since the company I bought it from (cases4less) did not get it to me before this current trip. Pelican and Stormcase look like rivals, and provide similar features.

    The one downside is such a case screams expensive equipment inside, and might be more of a target for thieves. I've seen the suggestion for putting a Pelican or Stormcase inside of a normal checked suitcase to disguise it from the baggage handlers (obviously the actual people who check on bags and such would see inside). For a smaller case, maybe using a canvas bag would work.

    You might check out the thinktank that is an advertiser for this site, and there was a review of the bag. Go through the link on this site if you buy it, so the owner can get the credit.

    In terms of these bags, you need to think about the inside. There are 3 options: Foam that you pluck to fit the exact equipment you have, velcro dividers so you can arrange the space, and nothing (presumably you then put in your shoulder bag with clothes for padding). I would imagine foam gives you the best protection, but the amount of gear you can carry is reduced. Also, if you change gear, the foam might be the wrong shape.

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    I am 6' 3" 200+ LBS ex-hockey player. I am not worried about them grabbing the bag from my hand. The last pick pocket in Milan I ran into got a elbow square in her hose. It was not a pretty site. Her hand went in my pocket. My elbow caught her square in the nose and she dropped like a pile of pickpocket.

    We are flying business class so it is less people. I usually take the window seat and put it under the seat in front. I just need something that is the correct size or gamble they come to their senses before I return. Ryanair is suing over the policy because it is only UK to USA. Not inbound or any other destination from the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckennma
    I am 6' 3" 200+ LBS ex-hockey player. I am not worried about them grabbing the bag from my hand. The last pick pocket in Milan I ran into got a elbow square in her hose. It was not a pretty site. Her hand went in my pocket. My elbow caught her square in the nose and she dropped like a pile of pickpocket.

    We are flying business class so it is less people. I usually take the window seat and put it under the seat in front. I just need something that is the correct size or gamble they come to their senses before I return. Ryanair is suing over the policy because it is only UK to USA. Not inbound or any other destination from the UK.
    Ummm, the problem isn't so much people stealing the bag from you when it is in your control, but there have been reports of baggage handlers stealing stuff when it is being loaded on the plane. While I would hope it is rare, you do need to consider the possibility.

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    Default Re: Camera case for return trip from Gatwick

    The bag is for carry on. Not for the baggage monkeys to load under.

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    I am going to look at a Pelican 1400. 13 3/8" x 11 5/8" x 6"

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    Its a squeeze, but I managed to shoehorn my entire E-Zuiko kit into an aluminium attache case that is UK legal. I Bought a set of 3 cases off Ebay - item no 320019100640 from "cb_auctions" for 33 plus postage, I used the largest case of the set, 430 x 290 x130. The Peli 1400 is quite a bit smaller but deeper at 330 x 280 x 150, UK limit is 450 x 350 x 160, so teh case I tracked down is just about as big as you can legally get on board these days.

    In teh case is : E-1 & SHL2 plus E-500, 11-22, 14-54, 50-200, 50 Macro, 1,4tc, FL50 flash, anglefinder, 3x E500 batteries, 1x SHL2 spare batteries & 2 chargers

    This was in preparation for a trip to Spain at the end of the month, all my standard camera bags fail the 6" width test. Just hope they don't make me check it in
    Mike Smith

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    Default Re: Camera case for return trip from Gatwick

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Smith_UK
    Just hope they don't make me check it in
    I would fill out the empty space with plastic foam chips just in case... or wrap the stuff in bubble-plastic.

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    I would not want to have to check in that bag. I like padding around everything.

    Bag restriction: 35cm x 45cm x 16cm ( 13.77" x 17.72" x 6.29" ) is the maximum for UK to USA travel unless you check it. You better check before you fly. They changed the UK limit because of the terrrorist capture of a few weeks ago.

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    Default Re: Camera case for return trip from Gatwick

    I purchased the Pelican 1400 for $79.95.

    E-500
    14-54 Lens with filter and lens hood
    50-200 Lens with filter and lens hood
    Storm Jacket
    Battery charger and cord
    Three batteries (one in camera and two in case)
    Wolverine MVP 60GB storage device and plug
    Hyperdrive 60GB storage device.

    My 40-150 and 14-45 will have to be in the check in bag along with my Canon S45, S1 IS, and other stuff.

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