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  • mocamom
    started a topic How to travel with your camera?

    How to travel with your camera?

    So we will be taking our trip with my husband soon. We have decided to go to London, Amsterdam, and Paris. Eric will be working most of the time leaving my 12 year old and I to explore the cities. I really really want to take my big girl camera and my one zoom lens (28-300 which weighs a ton!), but my husband thinks I'm asking for trouble. Do you think anything nefarious will happen to us if I'm walking around with it? How do YOU keep your camera safe when traveling? Should I just take my pocket camera and phone and not worry about it? The only reason we are getting to go is because his work is covering all of his expenses (which means the hotels too!). I don't think we will be back to Europe anytime soon. I'd love to get some great pictures, but not at the risk of having my camera stolen or damaged. What do you think????

  • GlazeFamily3
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    Last year, we traveled A LOT. About half the time, I took my DSLR and the other half of the time I relied on phone pictures that my husband and I took. Looking back, I am incredibly disappointed in the photos from the phone only trips. Granted, they aren't BAD, but my DSLR just looks so much better. Yes, it can be a pain to carry around. I would sometimes even carry two lenses with me. But, I think it's worth it! I got a neoprene sleeves that wraps around my camera and I carry the camera in the sleeve. It offers protection if something got splashed or in the case of light rain and some protection if it gets bumped (though I am still VERY careful with it in that regard). But I love having my DSLR with me to capture things I may never get to experience again.

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  • Kat Hansen
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    I see this is your first post at The Digital Press -- welcome to our community!!

  • Kat Hansen
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    I used to lug around my larger lens, but then found it to be too cumbersome ... and I have an older phone, so while the camera is pretty good, it doesn't have all the bells 'n' whistles that I would like. My compromise: a pancake lens. Tiny profile, 40mm F/2.8. Honestly, it was a freebie from some points I'd accumulated on a credit card, and I wasn't 100% sure if it's like it. However, for landscapes, the sharpness is great, and portraits and macro photos turn out awesome (the depth of field that i can generate is really great!). However, zero zoom capabilities, which can be a drawback. But, like I said, it's a compromise. The lens is lightweight, only has a profile of an inch or so, and gives good quality results.

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  • Simoes
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    Originally posted by chloe View Post
    Could you maybe give Best Penis Extenders a shot and rent a smaller zoom for the time of the trip? Because yours sounds very heavy indeed, and that would ruin some of the fun for me. Having a smaller, lighter zoom lens would be a good compromise between the good pictures and not breaking your back after the first two days! LOL I wouldn't get too scared about pickpockets for the camera, but make sure the rest of your stuff is safe, especially in very touristic places like the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
    I've heard similar experiences. I've never actually heard someone's camera was stolen. I'm sure it happens though. I guess pickpocketers are interested in fast cash, and can't be bothered with having to sell the camera and other equipment.
    Last edited by Simoes; 11-19-2021, 10:23 AM.

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  • chloe
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    Could you maybe rent a smaller zoom for the time of the trip? Because yours sounds very heavy indeed, and that would ruin some of the fun for me. Having a smaller, lighter zoom lens would be a good compromise between the good pictures and not breaking your back after the first two days! LOL I wouldn't get too scared about pickpockets for the camera, but make sure the rest of your stuff is safe, especially in very touristic places like the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

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  • Dunia
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    I'm a professional photographer but I on't like to go in vacation with so much gear and weight, so I travel only with my camera (5D) and my 24-70 lens (more versatile) and according my husband it's too heavy (because on travels he carry them)
    LoL

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  • mocamom
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    See Krista, that's why I should never sell my older equipment. I wouldn't be in this predicament if I had kept my 60d!! My family is so bad about getting rid of stuff, and sometimes it comes back to bite us!!

  • mocamom
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    Thank you for the tips for avoiding pickpockets. That is something that I was concerned about. Glad to know you think the camera won't be the main draw, but rather the wallets, phones (didn't think about that being grabbed out of my hands!!), and passports. I need to read up on how to walk around without getting things taken. I am so bad now about just putting my phone in my back pocket and not paying attention to what's going on around me!!

  • mocamom
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    I LOVE my Sigma Art 35mm!! I truly don't use my 50mm hardly at all anymore! And I know what you are talking about with your zoom. My Canon 28-300 weighs almost 5 pounds. When I bought it, I thought to myself 5 pounds? Pffft. Apparently 5 pounds can make a huge difference when walking around for periods of time with it!! I'll have to pick your brain about your macro. With more and more kids leaving for college, I'm needing something else to take pictures of hehe!
    Last edited by mocamom; 01-30-2018, 12:20 PM.

  • lealawson
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    mocamom, the best place to start would be calling your insurance company. They likely can draw up a rider just for the equipment & time you will be away. Just be aware of deductible amounts & if there are any restrictions on what they will cover.

    Honestly - I don't typically use my zoom lens for travel. I have a 70-200 f/2.8, and it is a beast. I initially purchased it because my little brother was a star athlete in high school, and wanted to make sure we documented it with amazing images. And it DOES take amazing images. But it is so big & heavy, that it mostly gets used only at wedding ceremonies now. I primarily use my 50mm, 105mm macro (which is a GREAT portrait lens as well) and my fisheye for fun shots. All 3 lenses are easy to carry, and I can switch out a lens in like, 2.5 seconds. Lol! I'm actually looking to purchase the 35mm f/1.2 in the near future, which I will likely change out for my 50mm.

  • kristallund
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    I have a BIG camera (mark ii) and then I have a smaller BIG camera (7d) and I always take that one. Have a great time!!

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  • ninigoesdigi
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    I bought a camera bag that allows me to put my big camera and a lens at the bottom but in the top pocket I can put papers, purse and such. I use to have a bag that weighted only on one shoulder and it gave me painful shoulder aches. I bought a rucksack and bye bye pain. If I travel to a new country I would definitely take my big camera but 1st because I have this ruck that doesn't hurt my back. I would probably don't take any extra lens because I have one that goes from 28 to 200 I think and it is perfect for travel.

    I usually have my camera at my neck so I don't think it risks being stolen. But in your place I would be more careful riding the metro (I only know for Paris) with you bag on your back. There are a lot of pickpockets and I would always keep it in the front when I go in a station. But for the camera I wouldn't loose the opportunity to take nice pictures that's for sure.
    My iPhone 8 would probably take nice pictures too as the lens is much better than the 6 I had before but I would be careful not to take it out too much as now it seems people grab it and run lol

    I'm sorry. I am going to scare you but really it's just more about pickpockets interested in purses. They would probably only try to reach in your bag to get that. I don't think they would go for the camera as it is too obvious. Listen to me, I sound like a pro pickpocket lol lol But all the people or friends that got robbed it was either passports or purses. Actually I was told by a friend that a woman she was travelling got pickpocket twice and each time it was her make up poach thankfully. 2 trips, 2 pickpockets. You think people would learn, huh?! lol

    Anyway. I hope you can find a nice solution so that you don't miss out on anything.

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  • caliten
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    Robin ( mocamom ), London and Paris (and probably Amsterdam) are rife with WWII history. London has the Churchill War Rooms right near Parliament and Big Ben. We totally wanted to go, but for us it wasn't worth the cost of admission with kids who have no patience for reading the signage and whatnot in museums. And I hope the weather is nice when you're in Amsterdam, because the rooftop patio at the NEMO is awesome.

  • mocamom
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    hmmm, insurance! I didn't think of that!! Great idea about the memory cards. My zoom lens is a beast unfortunately and quite heavy and noticeable (I should have paid more attention to the reviews prior to purchasing!), but if I'm taking my camera, I don't want to just take my 35mm lens. Do you carry your zoom? Where do you get travel insurance lealawson?
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