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p.1 #1 · dSLR on vacation?


Do people here bring their dSLRs on vacation? I would like to bring a dsLR so that I can take the highest IQ photos I can but I also do not want to stand out or spend my vacation watching over gear.

I ask because my significant other and I will be traveling to Playa (south of Cancun, Mexico) in late February for a week. We're going to focus on snorkeling, diving, and checking out the ruins. I will be bringing a s95 w/ underwater case for diving so a P&S will definitely be going. I'm thinking about bringing one dSLR body, a tripod, and two zoom lenses, where I'll only be taking one zoom out with me at a time. (i.e., won't be changing lenses after I leave the resort to explore)

I know that purchasing insurance on your gear is an option but just because you have insurance doesn't mean you won't worry about your gear.


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Feb 04, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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p.1 #2 · dSLR on vacation?


My vacation bag fits only 5D2 plus 17-40L and 50L, tiny little bag i often hand it to the front desk whatever i can't carry with me on that day.


Feb 04, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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p.1 #3 · dSLR on vacation?


How could you Not carry your DSLR on vacation?

Really, though... if you keep it simple, I'd bet you'd be able to have fun without a lot of paranoia, and when you get back home, you'll be so glad you have such great images from your trip...

Nowadays, larger DSLR-type cameras are common enough that you may not attract as much attention as only a few years ago...that said, I think the tripod would tend to focus attention on you as a "photographer", more than just a casual tourist, so I personally limit my tripod use to the times when I'm concentrating on little else but photography...

Playa and Cancun are tourist-oriented areas, and your idea of taking a simple kit out and leaving other things in your room sounds like the way to go...



Feb 04, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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datousteve wrote:
Do people here bring their dSLRs on vacation? I would like to bring a dsLR so that I can take the highest IQ photos I can but I also do not want to stand out or spend my vacation watching over gear.

I ask because my significant other and I will be traveling to Playa (south of Cancun, Mexico) in late February for a week. We're going to focus on snorkeling, diving, and checking out the ruins. I will be bringing a s95 w/ underwater case for diving so a P&S will definitely be going. I'm thinking about bringing one
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Of course! There is no better time to have one! It's often when you visit the most spectacular and photogenic places. It's the one place I absolutely for sure take the DSLR.

Ger can get brpken near home as easily as on the road and same goes for getting it stolen.
And why save the good stuff for a backyard molehill and use the P&S for the DOlomites


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Feb 05, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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p.1 #5 · dSLR on vacation?


When we were on holiday this year everyone had a dslr. You'll stand out with a decent lens!

We always take our dslrs but usually don't have them round our necks all the time.



Feb 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
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p.1 #6 · dSLR on vacation?


most of the places we go on vacation are places we want to get pictures of, so yes we take our DSLRs. We have a backpack that holds one body, a telephoto, and up to about 3 other smaller lenses, plus has a separate compartment for snacks, keys, etc. We carry that with us, often in place of my wife's purse. Works great.

-Brian



Feb 05, 2012 at 01:05 AM
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p.1 #7 · dSLR on vacation?


DLSR on vacation? Absolutely!


Feb 05, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #8 · dSLR on vacation?


Thanks everyone. My friend suggested bringing lenses that are not white in color.


Feb 05, 2012 at 01:09 AM
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p.1 #9 · dSLR on vacation?


I always bring my camera when I travel. I have a bag that I can put my laptop and photo gear in, pretty convenient. I usually try to keep it simple and only bring what I'll need, probably 3 lenses max. I usually leave the heavy white one at home, but I've been known to take it occasionally.

I would leave the tripod, it'll be cumbersome.



Feb 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #10 · dSLR on vacation?


Really? I'll have a rental car and will be travelling to the sites by myself so I was thinking I'd keep the tripod in the trunk. I can see it coming in handy for some long exposures or if I wanted to create some HDRs.


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p.1 #11 · dSLR on vacation?


Last summer I went with 60D + grip, 15-85 IS, CZ 50/1.4 and G6. That worked out great, but I could have skipped the 50mm. Next trip I'll probably take the 60D again with same lens, plus G10 (or G1X, if I have one). Built in flash is nice for interior and dining shots.

I don't want to take anything I can't walk away from in an emergency, but still takes very good pictures. I hesitate to take a full frame body and expensive lens.



Feb 05, 2012 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #12 · dSLR on vacation?


I take vacations to take photos. I bring a pack full of equipment and another smaller daypack which I use on daily excursions.

If you are really worried about the safety of equipment when you travel, buy insurance. Life is too short to worry about such little things. Take your dlsr with you and enjoy.



Feb 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
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p.1 #13 · dSLR on vacation?


Bring the dslr otherwise you'll regret it. Make sure you have insurance.


Feb 05, 2012 at 04:33 AM
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p.1 #14 · dSLR on vacation?


Most certainly! You have a DSLR to take pictures and record the moments of your life. It's no good sitting in the bag at home. Just be smart.


Feb 05, 2012 at 04:37 AM
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p.1 #15 · dSLR on vacation?


DSLR. Don't leave home without it.


Feb 05, 2012 at 04:48 AM
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p.1 #16 · dSLR on vacation?


Hmmmm. . . I take pictures on a regular basis. When I take a vacation, it is to take a vacation, relax and sightsee. I still like to take some pictures, for memories, but don't want to approach it like an assignment -- I used to drive my wife crazy, carting a 4x5 around Yosemite every year. I prefer to leave my working equipment at home and take stuff I don't have to rely on daily . No amount of insurance is worth the hassle and loss of great equipment -- not to me at least.

But if I get a once in a lifetime trip, I'll surely break down and take whatever is my best gear.

To each his own.



Feb 05, 2012 at 05:20 AM
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p.1 #17 · dSLR on vacation?


Its different for different people. I do take a dslr to all my vacations, and usually bring a point and shoot too. my lightest travel kit is 5d2, 24-105, and a fast prime (35 1.4, or 50 1.4, and once I took the 85 1.2). that pretty much takes care of everything for me.


Feb 05, 2012 at 05:40 AM
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p.1 #18 · dSLR on vacation?


What Tenn.Jer said!

Oh, and what Chez said...

And everybody else. Take it - and your tripod, especially since you have a rental. If you have homeowners insurance, see what they cover or can offer.

Have Fun!!!



Feb 05, 2012 at 05:53 AM
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p.1 #19 · dSLR on vacation?


Whether it's casinos, cathedrals or the Cascades, I usually bring my 5D2/24-105L, 220EX, E-P3/Pancake and a small Gitzo tripod. I'm there to eat, drink, gamble, shop, make merry and wander but you can only do that so much, so photography is a great way to kill boredom and build purpose into my activities. I've never regretted bringing my DSLR but often regretted going drinking/clubing with only a S90 so the E-P3 yields near DSLR quality in a tiny package.


Feb 05, 2012 at 06:49 AM
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p.1 #20 · dSLR on vacation?


I stopped taking my gear. I get too stressed from traveling with it afraid I will damage it. It takes a lot too carry it all around as well.

I now use my Nex-5 (and a mini manfrotto tripod) and have much more fun again when traveling.



Feb 05, 2012 at 06:53 AM
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