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7 months RTW Digital SLR or not SLR??????

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1. Posted by gandk (Full Member, 100 posts) 19 Jun '07 02:32

Hello,

Im in a dilema on wether to buy an SLR or not, ive never had one before, but off round the world for 7 months and though hey im gonna see amazingthings i will never see again shall i buy a decent camera? I already have a decent compact sony T7. But how much of a pain is it carrying an SLR round asia, oz, NZ, fiji etc? be great to hear some advise. can i get insurace to cover it? the backpackers insurance doesnt seem to go beyong £300 per item.

any advise form people who have traveled with SLR's would be great. thx.

2. Posted by dajaga (Budding Member, 27 posts) 19 Jun '07 18:39

well this year or begining of next year im going to asia with the nikon d80 and prolly 2 or 3 lenses, i havnt traveled with one. but i am also curious on whats it like to travel with a slr.

3. Posted by jwhitten (Inactive, 8 posts) 19 Jun '07 20:32

I have traveled to the Philippines 3 times, all over the U.S., Cayman Islands....with my SLRs (D70, D80) and lenses. I have a Tamrac backpack and carry all of my gear in it. I can carry it on the plane with me - don't ever put your camera gear in your regular luggage - carry it on board. You may get tired of lugging your gear around, it may get heavy. But when you miss all of the shots you would have gotten if you and made the effort, you will wish you had taken the DSLR.

You can get a lot of good shots with a small point and shoot that you can carry in your pocket, but you will get a lot of great shots if you have a really good DSLR that you know how to use well. And be sure to learn your camera very well before you travel. Modern DSLRs like Nikons and Canons are small computers with lens ports on the front of them.

Make the effort and get the shots that count.

jw

4. Posted by t_penguin (Budding Member, 21 posts) 20 Jun '07 22:48

I have just bought a Canon 400d SLR. Would recommend it although def more hassle than a compact. make sure you get a small tripod as well for those night shots.

I am just back from Hong Kong. The weather was crap but I took some pics which can be seen here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tartan_penguin/

5. Posted by RyanDuggar (Budding Member, 7 posts) 12 Jul '07 22:13

Would definitely take SLR. It is more a pain to carry because it is heavier, larger etc but it's worth it. Plus, this will give you lots of time to practice and learn it.

6. Posted by Linger (Full Member, 59 posts) 13 Jul '07 02:13

Do get the SLR. My husband and I went travelling for a year lugging along a digital SLR (with 3 lenses) and a digital compact.

It was definitely worth it - looking at the photos now (though we were whinging back then)!

If you decide to get the SLR, consider getting a 70-300mm lens - it should cover (more or less) a wide range considering you have a compact in hand.

You would need to get seprate insurance if you are considering insuring your photographic items. But, remember to read the fine prints....

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2007, at 2:18 AM by Linger ]

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru, 1167 posts) 13 Jul '07 02:43

where are the Photos?please show me why that this cameras or lenses are soooooo
fantastic,

What ever camera you use,
you are the composer,
you deside what the camera should capture
you are pushing the shutter,
it is not the camera alone to take good photos.
dont spend your money for something you can't handle.
If you are happy to take photos to show to your friends what a good time you had ,
this photos you can take with a point and shoot or your cell phone.?

[ Edit: do you realy need anew camera? ]

8. Posted by Linger (Full Member, 59 posts) 13 Jul '07 03:24

There’s this saying “It’s the photographer that takes the picture and not the camera”

It is true to an extent, when a photographer sees an image and recognises its artistic value. He/She takes the photo. At the end of the day, it is how you compose a photo, the angle, the lighting etc… and in my personal humble opinion having a good camera, lens and accessories do make a difference.

To quote Marlin – I never did say that the lenses that I have are “…soooooo
fantastic….,“ I merely suggested that having the particular lens cover a wider range (together with gandk's compact camera). So, there is a difference "fantastic" and "wide range".

9. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member, 167 posts) 26 Jul '07 07:10

Im currently in south america with my slr and two lenses, im based in quito and have been doing week trips away, only taking a day pack. The camera takes up a lot of room which can be annoying, but have got some fantastic shots, especially at night- tripod is a must, even though it takes up even more room than the camera.

I have also seen some great photos taken with standard digitals, and they are handy if you want to take a pic without drawing attention to the big expensive looking camera.

I wouldnt travel without mine, the wideangle lense ive got lets so much more into the photos than my standard digital does. lets you take a pic without have to be so far away from the subject.

If you decide to take one, definately practice and play with it to learn as much as you can before you go.

10. Posted by dmsafranek (Budding Member, 3 posts) 23 Feb '08 13:23

Think of a camera like a tool. A carpenter can use a tack hammer to build a house, but it will take him longer than using a carpenter's hammer. The quality of the house won't be as good with a tack hammer either. But, none the less, a good carpenter could build a house with any tool. Lenses are tools and cameras are tools. Search newspapers photography sites. Or search images of photojournalists. Photojournalists are an elite crew of photographers that can tell a story with an image. Study their images; composition, aragement of the elements, technique and so on. Study them and say, I can do that to. All of the time that I have worked for a newspaper I have looked on the AP wire daily to get new ideas. Inspiration. Now I want to seperate myself from the rest by filling my portfolio with my experience in South America.