SAA's carry on restrictions are 18lbs per bag. I have a LowePro fast pack 350(4lbs) and pelican 1510 (14 lbs)
I plan to bring:
Each right about 2.5 lbs
Canon 100-400 3.0 lbs
Tamron 70-200f2.8 3.2 lbs
Canon 24-70 f4 1.3 lbs
Canon 15-85 1.3 lbs
Rokinon 14mm f2.8 1.2 lbs
430ex .7 lbs
Other various accessories (excluding my tripod and mono pod) but including batteries hard drives, chargers my fiancé's bridge camera totaling about 8 lbs
Laptop ~5 lbs
Anyone have real issues with SAA? I was think of of loading a bit into a third small carryon to reduce individual weights then redistributing once they weigh everything. Worst case I put the laptop, 6d bridge camera, tamron lens, chargers and 24-70 in my lowepro bag and carry that on lock the pelican and check it.
I'd always planned to check my tripod and monopod (tripod and head are worth about $200 monopod about $60) as well as three smaller holster cases to use on the actual trucks during game drives. I'd also get tsa locks for that bag.
Obviously I'd rather carryon my Lowe pro and pelican. Anyone have any advice? Thanks!
Please don't say bring less I've already considered that. I intend on using the 100-400 on the 70d, the 70-200 on the 6d and the 15-85 on the 60d incase we end up with animals extremely close. The 24-70 will be for landscapes on the 6d and the rokinon for astro photography.
I was flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg in Business Class. Both my wife and I are Star Alliance Gold. They weighed by camera bag (which we had no problem flying to South Africa with) and told me it was too heavy. So I took out a few items, it was reweighed and then I put back everything. Go figure.
For the short flight I thought it was worth the few extra $ to fly business class for extra carry on luggage. SAA is the only airline which has hassled me.