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| p.1 #8 · CamRanger and my trip to Rome w/1Dx |
CamRanger seems to work well for you. I agree though that it's pretty risky doing that in Italy. When you're 'targeted', they work as a team and it's gonna be difficult to catch them. But I guess it's somewhat fine inside the Colosseum as everyone has to purchase a ticket to get in there.
When I was at the Vatican a young gypsy woman used an infant to cover her arm and distract me as she reached into my camera bag. She also asked me a question as she reached for my goodies. I'm a suspicious sort so I immediately caught her and scared her off. My friend wasn't nearly so aware and lost his wallet from his rear pants pocket somewhere in St Peter's Square. Luckily he left his Passport in the hotel. But, yeah, letting your camera leave you body in a public place in Italy is really risky. The countryside is a lot safer but you're being watched nearly everywhere in the cities and around tourist attractions.
Ok, just for the record......the photos that we took with CamRanger were in the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Both of which have limited entrances and exits. Both of which have people at those locations. I did not trust to put the camera down outside the colosseum or even at Trevi fountain. When there are too many people that I can't see or fell that I can somewhat control the situation the camera doesn't leave my hand. But if I feel that I can see and semi control what is going on then I will. I am a big guy, 6'3"! So to have someone try and get between me and the camera, well, I won't be the one getting crushed in the ensuing action.
I also don't feel comfortable where there is a crowd of people. I know that can't be controlled at all no matter what I do. So I know I have to pick my place and time. In the Vatican I had a nice grip on my camera. By the way, my wallet is carried in my front pocket. Doesn't mean I can't get pick, just means a bit more challenging and when the crowd gets big and tight, my hand goes down over my pocket.
We have traveled all over the world, this being my 5th time to Rome....we know about the gypsies as my better half and her mom in a previous trip had to fend of a bunch that circled her mom. They don't ever seem to bother us when I am there.
Last thing, my gear is insured with a rider policy. So while I don't want to have to collect on it, it does take some of the worry out of everything. If you don't have a rider policy on your gear, you really ought to.