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To bring or not to bring....DSLR Camera to Europe x2 months?

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


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 Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

How important are pictures for you? For me I take the best camera I can afford and pictures are one of the prime reasons I travel. But I've met some who take 20 pictures in a two month trip and don't need anything more than a disposable. So really it's up to you and you have to decide if the hassles of a big camera outweigh the ablility of having quality pictures and creative oportunities.

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

Hi Degolasse,
I am definately a picture taker-holic! I love taking photos of ppl, animals and scenery....and thus the reason I stepped it up and finally got myself a DSLR.

Just wondering if you have experience with bringing a big camera around? Whether it is safe, any problems due to wet weather (ie. mold).

I realllly want to bring it..but worried about it affecting my safety as well.


4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4890 posts) 10y

I've carried along a DSLR for most of my 2+ year backpacking trip, and I'd say it's totally worth it. I also brought along a laptop, so I simply had my camera (inside a toploading camera bag) and the laptop inside the daypack, and carried this with me wherever I went. Whenever I was in locations where I wanted to take a lot of pictures, I took the camera bag out separately for quick access to the camera, but the rest of the time I only had this one daypack to carry. (And because it's just a regular looking backpack, it doesn't scream "steal me" like a camera bag does.)
If it's raining heavily, just put a plastic bag around the camera bag, and that should definitely be dry enough. Depending on when in fall, you'll probably have an average of a couple of days of rain each week, but there'll also be plenty of stretches of sunny days.

It's a bit of a bother always needing to keep your daypack with you, but definitely worth it. (Just don't do like one of my friends travelling Europe did recently, leaving all your valuables in a dorm room while going out. (He had them all stolen.))

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

A few years ago I carried my SLR everywhere on trips and never had any problems. I now travel with my laptop all the time and also (still) haven't had any problems. Naturally you have to be a bit more cautious, but it's so worth it when you see the pictures for years to come! Just make sure your travel insurance will cover valuables like this and offload pics as often as you can and you're pretty safe :)

I haven't upgraded yet to a DSLR, but our digital compact just broke down, so what better time than before our up and coming 4 month trip!

6. Posted by sunraybret (Full Member 27 posts) 10y

The diversity of people, landscapes and buildings in these areas should warrant bringing it. I generally carry a portable hard drive to download to as well as a few cards. I explored Prague last winter and had never ending opportunities for photographs and the extra control you have with an SLR makes a big difference (see my images Czech gallery). My girlfriend found the snow mad a lot of her images blow out on a compact. You will have lasting memories of your trip as well as great content to upload here as you travel, start a Blog. Your friends and parents back home can see where you are as you travel. It sounds like a great mix of countries and some of the best images happen in the rain and dark skies make a great backdrop as the sun breaks a cloud. I manage to limit myself to 7500 images the last trip, told you there were lot of opportunities for photos

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 4, 2006 7:44 AM by sunraybret ]

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

Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for your've helped to reaffirm my desire to lug my baby around! To capture those priceless moments...and share them! Laptop would be great...brought it with me to Asia..but I wasn't that will stay home this time.

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?? Did 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?

"And because it's just a regular looking backpack, it doesn't scream "steal me" like a camera bag does." Great idea!

TGIF! 6 weeks to gooooooooo!

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

Dont know much about cameras, but why else would you buy one other than to take pictures and what better place than europe:)

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Quoting Lorcan

Dont know much about cameras, but why else would you buy one other than to take pictures and what better place than europe:)

Finer words have never been said !! That's all I wanted to add to this thread.

Incidentally, I'm heading over to around the same area (Poland, Czech Rep., Germany, etc.) end of this month. I'm taking my Canon A620 for snapshots. But I think I'm going to take my Minolta X-700 manual film camera and just one 50mm f1.4 lens. I think central europe will present lots of b&w opporotunities. I feel like getting back to fundamentals at the moment. :)

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 6, 2006 8:00 AM by Q. ]

10. Posted by atle (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I just came back from 7 weeks in Asia where I brought with me my SLR (EOS-1Ds). Going to some of the places we went I wouldn't call it smart to bring my camera, but that's just part of the game. As long as you are careful and pack your equipment in a non conspicuous bag (I like the crumpler ones) and don't show it off at the wrong places you should be ok :) A good insuranse doesn't hurt either.

This time I brought two lenses, a 24mm and a 100mm with macro. I really wanted to bring a 300mm too, but the other two lenses + camera, extra battery and charger was more than enough to haul around.

Bringing a laptop can be a good idea too, but you have to remember that you have to carry it too ;) I opted for several memory cards instead. They are pretty inexpensive these days so buying several of them would be a good idea since you can swap the cards often. Then you woun't lose too many pictures IF your camera should be stolen.

Good luck on your trip!