The Kata OMB-75 is designed to handle camera and lens combinations up to 20 inches long. OMB stands for "One Man Band," and it’s easy to understand why when you look inside. The main internal compartment can be customized using the provided dividers, and the laptop compartment accommodates a computer with a screen size of up to 17 inches. The OMB-75 has a large, front zippered pocket, two side slip pockets, two detachable interior pouches and a media pocket. A tripod can be lashed to the top using the included straps. It comes complete with a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. Estimated Street Price: $280.
The name Pelican Products is synonymous with protective hard-shell cases. The Pelican 1400 is a virtually indestructible, completely watertight, airtight, dustproof, chemical-resistant and corrosion-proof hard case. It has a 1?4-inch polymer O-ring and double-throw latches for a tight seal, and an automatic pressure-equalization valve for quick equalization after changes in atmospheric pressure. The case is offered in a variety of colors (including bright orange and desert tan), and it’s fitted with a manually customizable Pick N Pluck foam interior. Estimated Street Price: $75.
Although the TSA screens every passenger’s bag before it’s placed on an airplane, there are times when they decide to physically inspect a piece of luggage. For this reason, it’s against the rules to lock your bag. If you do, the lock can be destroyed—unless you use a TSA-approved lock. The TSA has collaborated with several companies to develop locks that can be opened by security officers using universal master keys. You’ll find these locks online or at airport shops.
The PortaBrace PB-2400F Safeguard Field Production Vault is backed by a limited lifetime replacement warranty. It’s watertight and dustproof, and constructed from unbreakable TTX01 high-strength resin—wh
ich makes it up to 20% lighter in weight than comparable cases. The inside is fitted with cubed foam for easy customization. The PB-2400F features a pressure relief valve and a double-hinged locking system. At 16.25×13.5×6.5 inches, it easily meets carry-on size regulations. List Price: $85.
The Airport Security V 2.0 rolling camera bag from Think Tank Photo features a unique design that provides a bottom section so deep that you can put a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens standing straight up inside. It holds two or three camera bodies and seven or eight lenses, depending on the flavor. Built with security in mind, this roller has a TSA-approved combination lock that secures the main compartment zipper and security cables in both front and rear (see the "TSA-Approved Locks" sidebar). The rear cable can be used to lock the bag to an immovable object, if necessary, while the front cable secures the optional computer sleeve with an integrated combination lock. Emergency shoulder straps, a tripod holder and a seam-sealed, waterproof rain cover are also included. List Price: $369.
22-14-9. That’s the size limit (WxHxD) most airlines impose on carry-on luggage. Use your head and check with your carrier to be sure, and be aware that some airlines impose strict one-bag-per-person regulations on international flights. Don’t find yourself in the situation of being asked to check a bag full of cameras—always ask before you pack.
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