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DSLR Sercuity Worries in south america

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1. Posted by MattyD348 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hey everyone,

Im going to be traveling through south america at the end of the year and was wondering if it is safe to take my Nikon D90. Ive heard some horror stories and am thinking about just taking my point and shoot instead
if anyone has experiece with traveling to south america any adivce would be great. Im going to the following contries

[list]Countries
[*]Peru
[*]Bolivia
[*]venezuela
[*]Argentina
[*]Brazil

Thanks=D

Matt:)

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 7y

Hi Matt,
I just got back from Brazil and never had any problems.
I myself don't travel with my DSLR due to the weight of the body and lenses etc..
But i met up with quite a few people who had their DSLR's. It the usual common sense issues - i.e. don't flash it about, if you act like a victum you'll add you chances to being one. Be aware of your surrounding and you ought to be ok.
If it does come down to it being stolen, remember the camera can be replaced, but the photo's on the card can't, so back them up as you go if you can - it's better to take 6 smaller cards than one large one.

Hope it helps.

Jase

3. Posted by MattyD348 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Quoting Jase007

Hi Matt,
I just got back from Brazil and never had any problems.
I myself don't travel with my DSLR due to the weight of the body and lenses etc..
But i met up with quite a few people who had their DSLR's. It the usual common sense issues - i.e. don't flash it about, if you act like a victum you'll add you chances to being one. Be aware of your surrounding and you ought to be ok.
If it does come down to it being stolen, remember the camera can be replaced, but the photo's on the card can't, so back them up as you go if you can - it's better to take 6 smaller cards than one large one.

Hope it helps.

Jase

Thanks for the reply!

I am the most worried about going to Rio, but i'm taking a small black discrete bag to carry it in and truthfully doesn't look like a camera bag. I don't intend on using it in Large cities just in rural areas. I'm also traveling in a group of three and don't intend on bringing it out of my room otherwise. Hope it all goes fine because a friend just told me a horror story of being held at machete point for their camera's/cash and im just a little worried

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

I'd definitely be a bit more careful in Rio. The hostel I stayed in there advised us against taking our cameras with us anywhere, but there's no fun in that! As Jase said, if you do your best to back up your photos as much as possible and also insure your camera, then you might as well just try to relax about having it with you and be as inconspicuous as possible.

People can and do get mugged in South America. It happened to me, but all you can do is try not to stand out like a big awkward tourist (easier said than done ) IF it happens, it's not the end of the world. My biggest loss was not the camera itself but my 1Gb worth of photos from Patagonia which are gone forever :(

C'est la vie. If nothing else, it's a good reason to go back again! :)

5. Posted by serko (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Brazil is great, but I would worry about the safety of your DSLR in the big cities. However if you go out in the sticks Pantanal/Amazon you have nothing to worry about. The pantanal and amazon are amazing. -snip-

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