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    Those dimensions for your tripod bag are just no problem. We do it all the time.
    After you check in, you will be asked to take the 'extra-long' tripod bag to a 'special bag' drop off.
    Our bag for the legs is actually a soft protected case and we have never had a problem. The head goes in a pelican like you say.
    Avoid unduly heavy cases and remember to carry your batteries on board.
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    Hiya William. What kind of soft cases do you use for that?
    I just tried to dissassemble the tripod and managed to make it much smaller, but downside is now there are lots of screws to keep track of.
    Is there not a risk of the legs being bent in a soft case?

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    Btw, talked to a store selling pelicans and they did not recommend the Air for cargo. Said that they broke too easily in transit. Anyone know if this is true?
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    Hi Andreas,
    The bag is just a soft Manfrotto. The legs are carbon fibre or aluminium and neither have ever had any problem.
    We do wrap them in extra padding, like expedition clothing, jackets etc - but nothing more.
    I certainly wouldn't pull them apart. Often you want to hit the ground running and reassembly would just be an annoying delay.

    ... besides I'd be much more concerned about that big beautiful lens you have. Hope you don't put that in the hold?!!!
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    Haha, Will,
    No THAT lens I will carry. Thankfully there are two of us so we can carry 2x10 in the cabin. And in reality with big pockets it is probably closer to 30kg. So Red, probably all lenses will go there.
    Peli I think I will put all mechanical things. The most sensitive would probably be laptop, maybe 5DSR, 1DX.

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