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A.M. Kane

Disguised Camera Gear

I have a Nikon D50 w/3 lenses and top-mount flash. I would welcome suggestions as to how to carry all without looking like I'm loaded up with expensive camera gear. Heading to South Africa in a couple of weeks and want to be keep a low profile. By the way, South African Airways is running a 2 for 1 special through March 14. If anybody is interested, I would be happy to connect with you and help out if I can. I lived there for a year in 2005. Many thanks. amk

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1/23/2007 7:43:33 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2006
  Your best bet would to check with Robyn Ball for advice. She lives in Johannesburg and travels all over the area with her Cannon gear. Iím sure she could also suggest great places to shoot as well.
See you in you pictures,

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1/23/2007 7:55:12 AM

Bob Fately   AM, you can check out camera bags from ThinkTank Photo and Delsey, to name a couple of manufacturers that try to hide the obvious-ness of having camrea gear. Crumpler bags are also less obvious as far as carrying gear goes.

Another alternative is to get any old army surplus backpack or shoulder bag (find something you like) and simply get an insert from Domke or Tenba - these are the velcro-and-cushioned-separator sets that are made to go into a bag and allow you to keep the equipment protected, even while from the outside the bag looks like a well-used stained knapsack.

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1/23/2007 9:57:05 AM

Sharon  Day
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  I have heard people say they use a diaper bag, but unless you have a kid in tow that would probably cause an observant person to wonder.

As Bob mentioned, I put my camera bag in a beat up old Army surplus duffle. No need to buy anything extra if you put the camera bag inside the duffle. I've been known to put black electrical tape over the name brand if I'm feeling particularly paranoid about an area.

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1/23/2007 11:55:09 AM

Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Might even pick up a very light weight baggy pocketed vest that won't warm you up so much that the baggy jacket you wear over it won't roast you.

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1/24/2007 4:48:22 PM

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