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Mary J. Lowisz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/22/2005
 

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Hi,

I will be taking trip to Puerto Rico soon and want to bring my 20D along. What camera bag would you suggest to provide camera protection without advertising itself as a camera bag? Currently I have a Lowepro Mini Trekker backpack. I don't think that it shouts, "camera bag", but my daughter says it does. I am not sure weather she is telling the truth or just doesn't want to be seen with me (she is a teenager) lugging that around.

Thanks in advance,

Mary


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6/27/2006 7:23:30 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  How about getting a second purse and stuffing it with bubble wrap, and putting your camera in that, if you are afraid that the puertorriqueños are looking for cameras to steal?

I checked out that bag you have. It looks like a backpack from the outside, and it looks great on the inside, so I don't think people would spot it when searching for 20Ds to steal.


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7/2/2006 2:45:29 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Your daughter's probably right. It does. Pros, including me, will tell you to get the most beat-up, unobtrusive, most unlikely container in the world that would house camera gear. My personal preference is baby diaper carry bags, for obvious reasons, and no, I'm not kidding. When was the last time you heard of someone boosting one of those???

My second choice is military carry bags, well-washed, small and light weight. The other thing you should consider is to place a hefty, as in thick, piece of piano or guitar wire running down, like taped, to the inside of the shoulder strap. In some countries, here and elsewhere, it's not uncommon for a thief to try to cut the strap and run. Sometimes, even encountering a minimum of resistance, like inability to quickly cut and run, and they bolt.

BTW, a number of thieves will target their marks as they come through customs when whatever they have in their baggage may be exposed to public view. The best way to prevent being ripped off, (and there's no sure fire way other than to protect yourself with something like Smith and Wesson Security Services) is to be aware of your surroundings, whether you're walking and especially shooting; where your equipment is at all times; and to have good equipment insurance policies just in case.

Take it light.
Mark


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7/2/2006 7:00:41 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Hi Mary, my friend is a world traveler and he carries his Canon 1DsMarkII in a camera bag that doesn't shout Bad A$$ Camera. He carries the bag around his shoulder and clips it to his belt so if a runner comes by they cant pull it off his shoulder and pull him down. clipped to the waist it makes it much more difficult to steal.


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7/3/2006 8:04:41 PM

 
Mary J. Lowisz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/22/2005
  Thanks you all for your input. When ever I go somewhere new I get a little worried about what could (worst case senario) happen. I'd hate to lose my camera because I didn't take precautions.


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7/4/2006 4:41:25 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Oh yeah and one other point, Dont use the in room boxes use the one at the front desk and if they say NO talk with the manager. My friends have all had theyre safes broken into on trips. I always made out lucky hiding my money in pockets in my clothes.


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7/4/2006 12:30:24 PM

 
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