Safety of carrying cameras

Sep 12th, 2006, 03:24 PM
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Safety of carrying cameras

We leave tomorrow night...2 nights in Venice..one week in an apt in the Tuscan countryside then 6 days in Rome. My husband wants to bring our 35 mm digital camera and a zoom lens as well as our small compact digital camera that fits in a pocket. Should we be concerned about the security of carrying the large camera in Rome or Florence or Venice? He would carry a fanny pack or an over the shoulder camera bag. Need advice asap...
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Sep 12th, 2006, 03:34 PM
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I carried my smallish digital video camera everywhere. I had an over-the-shoulder travel bag that had a pocket large enough for it, but usually it was in my hand, ready for use.

I was pickpocketed (they didn't get anything, so no issue) while I was using the camera, (busy filming in the Curia Julia), but it had nothing to do with carrying the camera itself. I would imagine it would be more a matter of convenience in carrying rather than security. And the pictures will be priceless!

Have a wonderful trip!
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Sep 12th, 2006, 03:35 PM
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NO! I am a photographer and I carry that with me when I travel, and I will be going to Italy next month. You should just be aware that there are thieves and be alert with your camera, money, etc.
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Sep 12th, 2006, 10:34 PM
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There's a recent thread (ie yesterday) on carrying a camera

http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...2&tid=34868561

As for fanny pack, there's already a thread on them

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...archText=fanny

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Sep 13th, 2006, 01:53 AM
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Thanks for the quick advice. He has decided to take the bag he can carry over his shoulder. I like the idea of the extra precaution of the camera strap outside the bag and around the neck as an extra precaution. (from the thread)

Leaving today....caio
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Sep 13th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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No fanny pack and no shoulder camera bag (either one is asking for the camera to be stolen). Camera should be around your neck (or - if a small one in your purse while not being used).

I question the zoom lens - depending on how big/heavy it is - it can get quite uncomfortable.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 08:11 AM
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I've traveled 30 years with a large camera bag with no problems, including in cities like Rome, Florence and Venice. Of course, it does not mean that tomorrow ...
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Sep 13th, 2006, 09:21 AM
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Whatever the mode of transport for the camera, I would have the memory cards in a seperate place - that way if the camera and/or camera bag were to be stolen, they haven't gotten away with your pictures.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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Not for reasons of safety, because I don't see that as an issue... but I'd prefer just the digital because I don't like to haul a bunch of stuff around. Depends how serious you are about photography, I guess.
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Note memory cardS - it's better to have 2 small ones than 1 large one as it means you aren't totally goosed if one card fails
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I've been traveling for decades and I'm a photographer. Lately, I've been carrying a 35 mm with a large lens and a digital camera with a medium lens. I use a Domke bag to lug the cameras, extra film, batteries (and sometimes a guidebook) around. This stuff goes with me EVERYWHERE. And by the end of many a day I'm swearing up and down that on the next trip I won't carry as much stuff. But I always do. Knock on wood, no one has ever tried to rip me off. Could I get by with a smallish digital? In some situations, yes. But there have been more times than not that I was very happy that I my big camera with me. That's my take on it, but I realize that other people have different personalities.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 10:22 PM
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Last year we traveled in Rome, Florence and Venice - I took my digital SLR with a few lenses everywhere with me and never had any problems. I would advise not to use a backpack, but carry your gear in a shoulder bag - this way the gear is much more accessible and safe, since it's not on your back.

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