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How to bring camera equipment and what to bring or leave out

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1. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 3 Jul '08 04:09

Hi Everyone

My hubby and I will be going to SE Asia for 10 weeks later in the year.

My hubby is a keen photographer so we are going to bring our Nikon D80 . Thing is we don't know whether its best to keep it in the rucksack or carry an additional camera bag ?

Also not sure whether or not to bring tripod?

Any tips/tricks/advice will be appreciated.

Thanks :-)

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru, 516 posts) 4 Jul '08 04:22


Most people will have their own opinion on this one. But I have carried a big camera around SEA and other parts of the world for come time now. Here's what I have experiencing and think

keep it in the rucksack or carry an additional camera bag ?

Neither. I keep it in my daypack, its in a nondescript canvas bag there that I can take out when its time.

I personally think going around with a big Nikon or Cannon etc custom bag is asking for unwanted attention. I also have a dry bag that fits the camera too which is great in heavy rain.

I don't keep it in my big heavy backpack as it usually gets tossed around too much and is not always so secure on SEA buses trains etc.

Also not sure whether or not to bring tripod?

Yes. Just not one of those big heavy things. Tripods are good for evening and nighttime and dawn shots. Sometimes the lighting can be poor in SEA so a tripod helps out there. Just make sure it's the lightest thing you can find and picture yourself carrying it everywhere.

I found a really light fakish one in Nepal 500grms and its about 5ft. I will always regret not taking it out at night in China. So moral of the story is, don't leave it sitting in your bag!

Hope this helps and enjoy!

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4275 posts) 4 Jul '08 06:32

I have exactly the opposite opinion on bringing a tripod; much though I'd always love to have one available, the weight and especially bulk of a tripod would simply be far too large a percentage of your total luggage when travelling. If you then look at how few shots you'd actually take where a tripod would make the difference (especially if you have a VR lens; or when there's handy rocks nearby which could serve just as well as a stable base to rest the camera on), the equation just doesn't come out favourably for the tripod.

(Also, it sounds like you already have a tripod; but for other people reading this who might be considering buying one: don't go for the lightest possible - but make certain the tripod will actually be stable and sturdy enough to handle the full weight of your camera with its heaviest lens fully extended; otherwise you might as well not have one at all.)

I agree with outcast on keeping the camera in the daypack, though. Personally I have it in a small triangular toploading bag, which completely fits into the daypack. (The extra bag offers extra protection, and can be carried separately in places where you don't need to "hide" the camera - or if you're semi-actively using the camera, but do want to put it away for a couple of minutes between shots.)

4. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 5 Jul '08 10:09

Thanks for the tips so far :-)

We will change the strap of the camera as it virtually advertises it and get a plain one.

5. Posted by joffre (Respected Member, 157 posts) 5 Jul '08 17:44

Hiya Mimi, apart from carrying my SLR camera in a daypack, I always take a small portable camera, in my case a Canon G5 that you can take out quickly and doesn't attract much, if any attention... (things like taking 2 re-chargable camera batteries and and a couple of extra memory sticks are also useful...) Cheers, Joff.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2008, at 5:45 PM by joffre ]

6. Posted by mr_maserat (Budding Member, 3 posts) 27 Aug '08 06:47

Agree withe Sander leave tripod at home. If you feel you really need one take portable table-top. Especially, with newer digital with high ISOs, IS and noise reduction programs, Ive taken phots late at night hand held at 800 and photos deep in very dark Chateau Dugeons at 1600 and had them come out O.K.

Also, agree with bag advise. I carry a few lens, extra battery and memory card(s) in fanny pack and carry camera. Usally, with strap wrapped around wrist three time hanging at side. You.'d be suprised how many great shot are only available for a few seconds.