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To bring or not to bring....DSLR camera?

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1. Posted by sumthinswt (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Hello,

I'm so torn as to whether I should bring my new digital SLR camera during my 2 month backpack around Europe...alone. I'll mostly be in Eastern Europe (UK, Ireland, Amsterdam, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia).

I know that it is something extra I have to worry about and lug around....also I'm travelling in the fall. Will it mostly be raining in those countries? The difference in quality of pictures is huge...I dont want to get there and have photo ops and regret not bringing it as well...

What do you think?? [?]

2. Posted by Stockczech (Full Member 30 posts) 10y

'The difference in quality is huge'. So how important is this to you? Are you travelling September/October or October/November? If the former, the weather could well be excellent. For me, September is the best time to visit as the crowds are considerably less, but the weather is still good. By November it could be pretty miserable!

If you want to take good photos, then take the DSLR. If you just want to have a record of your trip, buy postcards! (Although you can get very good images on modern digital compacts.)

Whatever you decide, enjoy your trip!
Sheila
p.s. When did the UK and Ireland move to Eastern Europe?;)

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 10y

Quoting Stockczech

p.s. When did the UK and Ireland move to Eastern Europe?;)

I think they moved to Eastern Europe when Amsterdam did.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 10y

sumthinswt,

What's the alternative?, to not take any camera? Or do you have a small pocket digital camera as an alternative? I would definitely take some type of camera...:)

5. Posted by sumthinswt (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,

I also posted this question in the photography forum and received lots of advice! It happens to be the featured topic! Which prob helped!

and yes...I know Amsterdam/UK/Ireland are not in Eastern Europe...but I did say "mostly". Also, I've been corrected further! I'm actually not going to be in Eastern but Central Europe!

So...looks like I'll be lugging this around along with a pocket size digital point and shoot.

A couple more questions...

Will I have problems uploading/burning to disc at the web cafes during my travels? Will it be possible to upload to my Ipod harddrive at some of these places?

  • **What about lenses?? Do you bring a simple all around lens? I don't think I'll be bringing more than one...gonna shop around for one w/ a good range. Any recommends for the Rebel XT?

TGIF! 6 weeks to gooooooooo!

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Webcafes are pretty widespread in Eastern Europe, as not everybody there has a computer. But in most parts in Western Europe (especially the non-touristy places) you'll have to look hard for one. If you find one, use it and don't put off burning or uploading. A lot of cafe's don't allow it, so don't let that opportunity slip.

7. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y

Quoting sumthinswt

Also, I've been corrected further! I'm actually not going to be in Eastern but Central Europe

!

I suppose it depends how technical you want to get about it really...

8. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 10y

Hello there;

I had taken my Pentax SLR camera with carrying case and extra zoom lens to Germany, Austria and Czech Republic in May 2006. In some ways, I have regretted taken it along instead of basic point and shoot model. Regrets: lugging extra baggage, and because it's an SLR and since you are changing lenses there is a far greater risk of damaging the lenses or inside the camera - which is what happened. While changing lenses on a hot dusty train ride from Prague to Vienna, I scratched the inside of my camera. It's too expensive to fix - I'd rather upgrade to a newer model. Now whenever I pick up my processed photos at Blacks they keep leaving pamphlets amongst them about tips on camera maintenance! LOL

When I travel again, it will be with a point and shoot with a great zoom lens and memory to match.

Cheers,

Petra M of Vancouver BC Canada