Taking a camera to South america

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1. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys, heading off to south america in may for a year, have got a DSLR, but am unsure about taking it as I would hate to have it stolen. Would I be better off taking a small digital camera?

Or should I get insurance on it just in case and avoid using it in cities?


2. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

No replies... I'm also interested to know what everyone thinks. Not only as far as South America is concerned, but also, for instance, Mexico City? :)

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5712 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Taking into account that I've never travelled to a place which had real poverty, so that this is not speaking from experience: I would take the DSLR - what's the use of having it if you're afraid of using it? I would be certain to have complete insurance coverage, though, be very certain to always have it slung around my neck and arm, and maybe use a few old photographer tricks like using a brand-less strap and covering up the shiny "nikon" lettering with some black duct-tape to make the camera look old and beaten-up and not all that valuable.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 2, 2007, at 7:31 AM by Sander ]

4. Posted by u2o41 (Budding Member 18 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Definately take a camera.. it would be stupid not to. I went to SA last year travelling and have so many brilliant pictures to remind me of what a great place it is. Just keep your memory cards separate if they are not in use. i never had any trouble when I was out there and I was a girl travelling by myself. Just make sure you have insurance that includes personal posessions and you will be fine.

5. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, got it insured, was already thinking of keeping the memory card seperate, losing the photos would be the worst part!

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

just came back from travelling Peru with 2 cameras.
Never had a problem,I carried them mostly both with me,not in special bags,never had them hanging around my neck.I hold them with my hand in my schoulder bag,take it out only when I feel safe,take my shot fast and put the camera bag.
Since my Olympus E-100 and C 5050 dont look so digital like,I also use many times the viewfinder and not the display maybe some interested
camera thiefs think they are "old fashion "cameras.
Had also a fotobank with me and downloaded every evening my fotos to this hard disk to be on the safe side in case off.
(now I'm busy working on 6856 pics,made in 4 weeks)


7. Posted by SJS (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


My friend's a photographer and he gave me this excellent tip. Put masking tape or hockey tape on the extra shiny (especially silver) areas of your camera. It will make your camera appear old and not worth stealing, as well as minimize reflections and will draw less attention.

If your camera's made of any modern material, the tape and any residue will wash off just fine at the end of the trip.

I'm going to Ecuador/Peru as a girl travelling alone (with an expensive camera) and I thought this was a great idea!