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11. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Maybe you can buy dummy models (empty shells) like they have of mobile phones (for in the displays) that way you also don't have to carry the wieght and still have the looks of a brand new model.

12. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Sander

"...Amongst those with big expensive brand cameras, the things that serve as a status symbols are tripods.Seriously, it's not funny how often you get looked down upon because you manage to make do with a handy rock rather than a 7lb tripod with uber-expensive ballhead..."

I've seen couples using a table or chair when taking a self-portrait. But, haven't seen rocks used yet.If it helps at all ...I've got a very small tripod which extends from 14cms to 22cms. It's weight is minimal, and it cost very little.

13. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

The thing that I've noticed is whether you have a point-and-shoot camera, or a fancy SLR . Some people seem to look down at pocket/travel point-and-shoot cameras. I dunno ...maybe I don't really have it figured out . .. .

But I do pity the day that people carry cameras like necklaces! How sad.

14. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Peace,

Steph

15. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I carry my camera either stuffed into my (big, floppy) purse of else slung over my neck and across my shoulder. Does that count as a necklace?

I'm not sure if it's the camera-elite or the camera-obsessed that bother me most. Some people seem not so much to travel as to record their travels. Who's ever going to watch 30 continuous days of footage???

16. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

If it helps at all ...I've got a very small tripod which extends from 14cms to 22cms. It's weight is minimal, and it cost very little.

I have one of those. Was very very useful for my point and shoot, but it's utterly useless with a DSLR. Just doesn't have the stability or sturdiness to deal with that camera's size and weight.

17. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Ahem, let me know when children become status symbols, usually I am looked at like I am a fool for over contributing to the population!

CC

Very funny...

18. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Some people seem not so much to travel as to record their travels. Who's ever going to watch 30 continuous days of footage???

There was this one guy on my plane last week that was recording people's reactions to the on-board movie with his cam-corder. Once my friend and I saw that he wouldn't stop taping, we began to wave at the camera and do thumbs up signs. That made him stop recording our part of the plane. But honestly, I don't understand the continues taping either. I understand more taking lots of pictures (since I can get snap-happy now and again) because sometimes they don't work out, you want them for arty shots and not a photo album, etc....but I can't see anyone want to plunk themselves in front of the TV to watch hours on end of a friend vacation footage. It's kinda like Aunt Beatrice bringing home 250 slides from her vacation in Bermuda and forcing everyone to watch.

19. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlchica

It's kinda like Aunt Beatrice bringing home 250 slides from her vacation in Bermuda and forcing everyone to watch.

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to see 250 slides of Bermuda!!!!!!

Since having the digitals, they slip very easily into my (also big, floppy) purse or Mr. Isa's shorts pockets. If I take the SLR, then I wrap the strap around my wrist (several times) and keep it as inconspicuous as possible. (If someone wants to steal it, they're dragging me with it.)

Like Wocca, I also have a small tripod but, like Sander's, it doesn't hold the weight of the SLR depending on the lens I am using. I gave up taking it along and try to find walls, rocks, etc. to set the camera on for stabilization. If I'm with someone else, the tripod can become a patience-tester, so I don't bother with it.

We only do slide shows if someone really asks to see them. Otherwise, why piss off your friends and relatives?! We took the pix for us, not the whole world, to see.

20. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 11y

Strangely enough, several of my friends have asked me for a slideshow-like showing of my pictures for when I get back. They really have no idea what they're in for - I have 1600 edited pictures (out of ~10000-15000 originals) so far, as suspect I might be up to 3000 by the time I get back home. This'll be a weekend-long marathon-slideshow! *cackles evilly* :D