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Grey Grey Wales

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Well I’ve had this commission to shoot of Cadair Idris for the last month and annoyingly most of that time its been cloudy and wet! I went today with Sherpa Paul (!!) with high hopes and… well… see below!

GREY CADAIR from Craig Magee on Vimeo.

Surely all planes are the same?!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Recently I bought a new camera bag that I could use for traveling with as well as a new home for my expanding 5×4 kit. Its a Lowepro Pro Trekker 400, not a small bag but is surprisingly light and, importantly, Lowepro say its Carry-on compatible.

I was a little unsure on the size but couldn’t find anything else suitable really. I need one that can carry the 5×4, some Canon kit and a laptop. A week later i find myself panicking that really its to damn big so I do some research to see what the sizes are for Carry-on with the airlines I use. What I find is that while they are in the same ballpark there are some big differences.

Widths of bags can vary as much as 10cm, depths and heights 5-6cm.

I’m kind of confused as to why?!? I would of thought that there would be a standardization of this between airlines and aircraft manufacturers so everyone knows were they stand. Instead you end up with a bit of a lottery as to whether your bag is gonna be ok to take on the plane or not.

So I took a little trip to the airport to try the bag in a few of the cages they have there for measuring Carry-on.

It fits in Easyjet’s with out a problem, which is good because I prefer to fly with them, but it wouldn’t go anywhere near Ryanair’s and Flybe’s was a really tight squeeze, in fact so tight I didn’t bother forcing the bag in. There is all of about 2-5cm variation in depth there and its a shock how much difference it made. Maybe that’s why the variation, no-one can agree on the right size, or some airlines want to cram more baggage into smaller lockers!

So as I can’t just fly Easyjet all the time, and some international airlines spec the same size as Ryanair, the bag is up for sale and I’m back to trying to find a suitable one. Which isn’t to bad ’cause I do like a bit of kit research!