Most airlines will only let you hold an iPad or mobile phone size device during take off and landing.
Where on earth (or in the air) do you plan to put this supposedly very large camera when you eat or go to the toilet ?
Have a backpack with suitable padding ready.
Thank you, I had not considered if my camera will be considered too large to hold during take off and landing.
The camera is a full frame body with a 28-300mm lens (about 30cm combined length), which I was going to house in a large camera pouch - as opposed to a more traditional, larger camera 'bag'.
I'm not even sure if pouches this size exist for slr camera's, if they do I will need to buy one.
I don't own a camera 'backpack' and don't think it will be a suitable size to fit the rest of my (carry on) travel items into, although this is something I will need to research.
In saying that, I don't expect the camera pouch will fit into by carry-on bag, so I was just going to leave it on the seat of plane when I have to get up and keep it between my feet under the seat in front for the rest of the time.
Buy one locally on Day1 - that way you know what charger plug you need etc.
The ones they offer with the vehicle are usually low quality and expensive.
Thank you, that was the option I was looking at.
Better still, buy a good map.
Normally I would agree, I am a big fan of the physical version of maps.
However in the particular case I need a SatNav device which displays the map infront of me as I am driving along.
eg. when chasing trains between rural cities; which roads run adjacent to the train line and are these roads dead ends?
Are they sealed the full length or just some of the way? etc.
I prefer to have these questions answered while I am driving in some time critical cases (train chasing), rather than needing to pull over and stop to read the map.
I've often wondered how tourists get their humungous Nikons or Canons into their 7 kg carry-on allowance.Believe it or not, some "Legacy" Airlines are quite generous when it comes to the Carry On allowance (some seem to ignore it completely, though a spot check one day will catch many).
They seem to separate "Computer" from that 7kg - meaning that laptop bags generally get past. Now a "Computer" is what these days? - can be a Laptop, Tablet, even an SLR Camera.
Don't try it on a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) though.
Yes this weight issue is causing some concern and I will need to research further.
Many major airlines are now cracking down and enforcing the carry-on weight limits.
My carry-on will weigh approx 5kgs+laptop.
Then I hope my camera will be considered as my 1 'personal item'.
Thank you all for your replies.