Impact of Constant Movement and Shaking on Camera Gear

2 months 3 days ago #764288 by Pettigrew
Good morning PT.  I often find myself in situations where my camera gear is subjected to a lot of movement and shaking, whether it's during travel, while hiking, or in bumpy off-road conditions. How detrimental is this constant movement to the longevity and performance of my equipment? Are there any specific precautions or protective measures I should be taking to minimize potential damage?

I'd love to hear your experiences and any tips you have for keeping gear safe and functional in these scenarios.

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2 months 3 days ago #764297 by CharleyL
Careful packing, and everything in a bag/case is my best answer. Most tripods come in protective bags, light stands too. We buy bags for our camera and lenses with padded linings, etc. All kinds of boxes and bags are available today if they didn't come with adequate case and padding, for adequate protection, or if you feel that something better is needed for the travel that you are planning. Traveling by car needs different protection than does travel by air, or shipping the gear ahead by freight. Some of my 20 year old gear has worn spots in the bags from just long trips by car. Some of my trips by air had much of my gear packed in hard cases with plenty of foam packing around, under, and over them. Similar was done when shipping ahead by freight, but then wooden crates or double or triple wall cardboard boxes were usually added to protect the cases too. I'm considerably older now, so traveling considerable distance is something that I no longer do, and most of my photo gear remains set up for use in my studio. Travel  wear is no longer a consideration for me, but it has been in the past. What you use for safe travel of your photo gear should depend on the kind of travel expected. Even the best of packaging will suffer damage sometimes. I keep thinking back about the TV Commercial of the Gorilla working in Eastern Airlines Baggage Distribution throwing the suitcases around, and I pack accordingly. 

Charley


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2 months 3 days ago #764303 by Petroguy
A good camera bag should take care of the vibrations from the road.  But avoid dropping in the bag.


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2 months 7 hours ago #764390 by Ian Stone
If there is some softening of movements and shaking, then in moderation I would say it's OK.  But I would make sure there is as much 'softening' to prevent rolling the dice one to many times.  


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1 month 4 weeks ago #764394 by Hassner
I have the normal padded bag and I often drive very bad roads, laptop in bag too. 
So far, so good.


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1 month 3 weeks ago #764550 by Noah J
I have my stuff in the back of my truck all the time.  But I keep it in a camera bag and under that camera bag is a towel folded.  I go down some pretty rough roads here.  no issues to date relating to shaking all around.  


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1 month 2 weeks ago #764655 by MYoung
Mine are in my bag all the time and no issues when transporting.  Now granted I'm not driving bumpy roads all the time.  


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1 month 2 weeks ago #764692 by Razky

Pettigrew wrote: Good morning PT. I often find myself in situations where my camera gear is subjected to a lot of movement and shaking, whether it's during travel, while hiking, or in bumpy off-road conditions. How detrimental is this constant movement to the longevity and performance of my equipment? Are there any specific precautions or protective measures I should be taking to minimize potential damage?
I'd love to hear your experiences and any tips you have for keeping gear safe and functional in these scenarios.

First off, I try to buy the best quality professional gear I can afford. Secondly, my gear is in well-padded cases unless actually being used.


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1 month 2 weeks ago #764801 by Choff
ha ha ha, good padding under my bag and making sure my gear isn't touching anything hard when in transit.  


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