questions about traveling w/camera

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questions about traveling w/camera

Okay, it's starting to hit me that I will be traveling to Honduras in 4 weeks. :eek: I am going on a mission trip with my church, and Randall is staying at home with the kids for the whole week. The thing is, I am scared to take my camera, BUT I know I will have lots of photo opportunities. What do I do? My camera is my baby and if something happens to it, I will die. So, what do you reccomend. I have a cheap camera bag, that I hate, but it's all we can afford. Do I take it, or do I use my Dad's little camera bag and put it inside my backpack? Any advice?

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My suggestion is to insure your camera. That way you don't have to worry about it getting messed up, it's covered! Most of the time items like camreas can be covered under homeowners or renters insurance. You can also get an additional policy to cover just your high cost items. That is what I'm thinking of doing now that my list of gear has gotten so high (high for me, though minuscule for most).

Another option is to just get a camera divider. You can buy one off of ebay or amazon for about 30 dollars then put it into a regular backpack or messenger style bag. I bought a Kata backpack for when we go to Miami in July, but found I can take out the bottom camera divider and it fits great into an old messenger bag I have. I use that when I don't want to carry around my other nice bag.

Hope you find a solution that works for you!

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I haven't left the country with my camera yet ... but when I travel with it, I put it in my cloth camera bag (I seriously need to upgrade to something more heavy duty) and put that inside my backpack. I don't like my camera to leave my side unless I know where it is. Lol

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I traveled to China recently with my new camera. I'd suggest bringing the two bags so that you can leave lenses you won't be using at the hotel (in the safe, if possible) and keep them protected in the spare bag.

As long as you're not traveling to remote areas alone or walking down dark city alleys at night, I think you should be fine. In other words, just use common sense like you would in any other country.

Most of all, remember that your camera is a tool to be used. Have fun with it! Take advantage of all the wonderful once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities you're going to get.

Also, I'd highly recommend bringing a zoom lens if you have one. You'll probably see lots of wildlife (butterflies and birds, especially) to photograph. You might also want to plant yourself unobtrusively in a little cafe and sneak some shots of the people and sights around you!

Have a great trip! I can't wait to see your photos!

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I like the insurance idea, didn't think of that. I've flown once with my camera & lenses (my older ones) which I keep in a big purse-style cloth bag, so I carried it with me on the plane and either put it in overhead or had it near my seat. I am like you, I wouldn't want anything to happen to it and wouldn't like to be in with the luggage!

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It WILL be my carry on! Randall wants me to take it, but I am scared, as I mentioned above. I probably will take it b/c of the photo opps, but man, I need to figure out what to do. My dad has an older Pentx bag, that's small enought to carry my camera, lens kit, and 50mm, so I might pack that, and put it inside my backpack for the trip. I will be calling my insurance company today! THANKS!

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I have a lowepro backpack. this one actually. http://www.maclife.com/files/u36/0905_Fastpack_250_red_380.jpg

I will be taking it with me to Paris and London. My camera and lenses will be with me at all times. This one even fits my laptop and has a small compartment on the top for extra stuff. Smile And I will be taking it with me to the states this summer as well. It always stays with me as carry on. I never let go of it! Lol And I usually put it underneath my seat or put it up top and I always watch it like a hawk. lol Just to make sure no one messes with it. But yeah...its a great bag. I don't use it much around here but just for traveling. I have a small one that I carry that only fits my camera and one lens for when I go out nearby. Smile and if that one fits, i put it in my bigger bag with my other stuff (wallet, etc.).

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I've never traveled far with my gear, but the suggestion to get it insured is a good one. I will be making a call to my insurance agent asap even though I'm not traveling. Have fun on your trip... can't wait to see your shots!!!