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How to take my DSLR to India

SDPirates 835 June 19, 2013 at 08:34 PM in Tech & Electronics (3)
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Hello,

I know many people will have experience with this and can provide me their valuable feedback.

I am making a trip to India next month and want to carry my DSLR with me, I will also have my laptop with me while traveling.

I will bring both back to US. Should I get the DSLR receipt as it's recently purchased.

I need advice to how to carry the DSLR, should I keep in the same bag as my laptop with camera bag inside the laptop bag or keep it out with DSLR bag hanging on my shoulder ? I wouldn't trust to put it in my check-in bags.

TIA.

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I do recommend you take them with you , you can not keep the camera hang on your shoulder on plane for hours ,right ? But don't put them in your check-in bags.

I have been there with my Canon 550D in 2010 , seems not a problem .

If you are a girl and go there by yourself , seems not that kind of safe , don't go out at night late ,
When a driver invite you enjoy Indian massage ,then you should be careful .
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Always make a fist with one hand whenever you talk to someone. Always keep one hand fisted. It gives the feeling that you're angry and Indians tend to shy away from conflict. I'm an Indian and I should know. I took my DSLR to India and back along with my RMBP.
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Thanks Dealsfans for your input

Yes, I didn't mean to hang on shoulder for the flight duration, I meant during checking in.

I will put it in the laptop bag I am carrying once check-in is done.

Thanks Again.

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I do recommend you take them with you , you can not keep the camera hang on your shoulder on plane for hours ,right ? But don't put them in your check-in bags.

I have been there with my Canon 550D in 2010 , seems not a problem .

If you are a girl and go there by yourself , seems not that kind of safe , don't go out at night late ,
When a driver invite you enjoy Indian massage ,then you should be careful .
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I took my brand new Nikon DSLR camera back in December 2011. At Mumbai Airport a person who was performing baggage green channel suspected that I am going to sell my camera here in India just because the model I was carrying was kinda newly released. He asked my visa status, since I am a US citizen I denied to give him my passport without providing me a valid reason to see it.

He was interested in making some money initially, but I did not show any interest to give up money. Finally he let me go.

If you are too weak in arguing with immigration folks in India, then I would not recommend to get into hassle because they know very well how to harass people.

I was also went into similar situation due to Golf club (carried a big golf bag) but did not pay them a dime.

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Thanks Dealsfans for your input

Yes, I didn't mean to hang on shoulder for the flight duration, I meant during checking in.

I will put it in the laptop bag I am carrying once check-in is done.

Thanks Again.
In custom green channel, they will ask you to put your all luggage in green channel. So they will get to see all items you have brought from USA.
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Thanks smart84 for your reply,

I really didn't think how I will handle it in India, I am sure I can deal with it, the only thing I worry is since I have a brand new A77 and do not trust leaving it in a checked-in bag. I will keep it with me in my laptop backpack which is big enough to fit the laptop and my DSLR carry case.

I will also carry the Receipt for it and I have no intention to leave it back in India.

Appreciate your help, I dont know if I will have to check-out at Mumbai or directly at A'bad, I am travelling thru AI.

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I took my brand new Nikon DSLR camera back in December 2011. At Mumbai Airport a person who was performing baggage green channel suspected that I am going to sell my camera here in India just because the model I was carrying was kinda newly released. He asked my visa status, since I am a US citizen I denied to give him my passport without providing me a valid reason to see it.

He was interested in making some money initially, but I did not show any interest to give up money. Finally he let me go.

If you are too weak in arguing with immigration folks in India, then I would not recommend to get into hassle because they know very well how to harass people.

I was also went into similar situation due to Golf club (carried a big golf bag) but did not pay them a dime.



In custom green channel, they will ask you to put your all luggage in green channel. So they will get to see all items you have brought from USA.
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Quote from SDPirates View Post :
Thanks smart84 for your reply,

I really didn't think how I will handle it in India, I am sure I can deal with it, the only thing I worry is since I have a brand new A77 and do not trust leaving it in a checked-in bag. I will keep it with me in my laptop backpack which is big enough to fit the laptop and my DSLR carry case.

I will also carry the Receipt for it and I have no intention to leave it back in India.

Appreciate your help, I dont know if I will have to check-out at Mumbai or directly at A'bad, I am travelling thru AI.
I carried my DSLR in my handbag. In general I won't advice to keep any fragile electronic item in check-in bag. Because Homeland Security holds all rights to open your bags after your bags checked-in and prior to getting loaded on plane in USA. (My golf club bag was opened by Homeland Security at JFK and I came to know by their receipt of inspection left inside bag)

FYI, my golf club issue was at A'bad AMD airport. As long as you keep an attitude to fight with custom officers, then you should be fine. AMD airport is comparatively got liberal about duty in past 5 to 8 years.

You should be able to figure out your immigration port of entry of AI by looking at your itinerary. I can tell you if you already have decided your route.
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I just took my DSLR in a small bag inside my backpack with laptop for the flight. In my carry on, I had the shoulder DSLR bag (stuffed it with socks and such, put fragiles on the the way back home).
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When you leave India please have a print out of your itinerary before arriving to the airport. I almost got stuck in India just because I couldn't find it at the entrance. They won't let you into the airport if you don't have one on you.
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Oh and yes it's safe to carry your laptop and dslr on the plane just keep it within your sight at all time. Best thing is to put it under your seat with the strap tuck under your butt if that makes you more secure. Always hold your camera and strap on your shoulder while taking picture in India.
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