« on: February 07, 2015, 09:17:45 AM »
I can't recommend much, but my experience so far:
First, I assume you're mostly in Asia, so for flying, try Cathay. Last November, we flew to and from US to HK, and HK to NZ. The allowed luggage was 2 pieces each person at 23 kg (50 lbs) each, plus the usual carry on. That beats United's single luggage.
Second, I never used a slider, but I made a screw driven motion carriage for macro photography, it's just over a foot long, weights too much. I may reduce the linear bearings down later this year to make it simpler, and may change the drive to accommodate a clutch to move manually. (See first photo).
Third, my suggestion to a larger view screen would be a set up comprising of a CamRanger and an iPAD. (See second and third photo). You may go for a retina mini iPAD or an iPAD Air to reduce weight. Get an adaptor for the iPAD to read SD (!) card if you use SD card for your cameras. I use a HyperDrive hard drive (installed with an SSD) with built in multiformat card reader so I can transfer images back an forth with the iPAD. The iPAD doubles as a larger screen for live view shoots and a display later of shots. I think this setup is a multifunction purpose rather than a dedicated monitor for the camera.
Hope this helps.