Setting Off With Your Belair: Traveling Tips

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With it’s light weight body, compacting bellows, and it’s charm the Belair X 6-12 is just screaming “TAKE ME ON A TRIP!” So now you can with confidence of your Belair being safely tucked away. Find out how to pack your own Belair safely to after the jump.

I love traveling- some people do and some people prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home. It helps to know how to pack a camera so nothing will be broken, I can’t imagine going traveling without a camera! But, I am no professional photographer and don’t have a case to put my cameras in for traveling so… I have to get a little creative- and the Belair was no exception!

Other than your camera, lenses, and frames here is what you will need:

  • Large Pencil Case (optional)
  • 6+ Socks
  • Bubble Wrap (optional)
  • Small Box

I am notorious for putting socks on my lenses when I lose the lens case (yes I know that the sock can scratch the lens slightly), its just something I do. Socks make great and cheap cushions for your valuable items to remain safe in. They do work, I have done this numerous times. First part is optional. I like my camera to have some sort of separation from the other materials while traveling (to avoid bumping and clashing with other materials), so I used a large pencil case to protect my Belair. Remove any lens attached to the Belair, and secure the “plug” (as I call it) on the camera, taking the lens place. wrap two long socks around the body of the Belair (with it compacted) and slide it into the bag. If you don’t have a bag, no worries, just secure the socks on with rubber bands.

What would the camera be without all its lenses? When packing the lens of the Belair MAKE SURE BOTH FRONT AND BACK LENS CAPS ARE ON SECURELY. Gently wiggle the lens to the bottom of the sock, and fold the remainder of the sock over the lens and repeat until no more extra sock is left. Repeat this meathod for the view finders. Easy right?

The frames that come with the Belair you don’t really need to worry about, they are quite sturdy. If you want to take extra precaution though, there is no harm in wrapping it in a large sock or even wrapping it in bubble paper. If it were me, I would want to take the Belair as carry on to prevent any risk of it being tossed around in a suit case. If you are taking it carry on, there is no harm in letting the items in your bag remain loose rather than boxing them up. If you do want your Belair to travel in a suitcase just put the items in a neat little box, tape it up, and you are ready to board!

While you may look at this tipster skeptically, this method does work. I have been traveling with cameras for a while and have learned what doesn’t work and what does. It is always a nice alternative to insure that your belongings (the precious Belair) doesn’t break even if you don’t have a fancy-smhansy camera bag like me.

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written by abigail0605 on 2012-12-14 #gear #tutorials #vacation #camera #tutorial #tipster #compact #traveling #packing #belair #belair-x-6-12


  1. saisai
    saisai ·

    Nice! But I wonder how to carry and access quickly cameras like Diana with lenses, splitzer and frames without buying a big expensive camera bag?

  2. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    @saisai my one and only solution to everything: put them in socks and stick them in a bag :)

  3. saisai
    saisai ·

    I've tried: you are all right ! And I ve received my Belair yesterday! Thank you for the tips !

  4. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    @saisai my pleasure, and have fun!

  5. ivegotjewels
    ivegotjewels ·

    if it is in your carry-on do they make you take out your camera prior to screening, like laptops?

  6. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    @ivegotjewels : They never make me take it out, but I think it could depend on where you are. I think more strict airlines may have you unpack it.

  7. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    I find used camera bags are generally inexpensive. I have gotten several from eBay for less than $25 including shipping. That way I can carry my camera as carry-on and have it with me while traveling. I always ask the security people to hand inspect my camera and film rather than put it through the X-Ray.

  8. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    @bsdunek I guess it is all preference :) I personally would just use stuff around the house to pack but $25 isn't a bad deal at all! I always search for the little "film safe x-ray" on the machine, it makes me so paranoid when I travel- it drives my dad insane! :)

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