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4th of October 2008 (Sat), 21:19
Ok I was wondering how many of have traveled to 3rd world countries with your equipment. I know I should take extra precaution around areas Im especially unfamiliar with. But I'd appreciate some advice. Thanks in advance.
FYI- Im going to the Philippines.
5th of October 2008 (Sun), 21:08
Where in the Philippines are you going? I have been back home a few times and was born there till I was about 10yrs old. You should always be with someone that knows the area, roaming around with a $$$$ in gear isn't always safe, people there knows the price of SLRs. and just about everything else that is worth money.
7th of October 2008 (Tue), 22:45
I've been tripping in and out of SE Asia since 2004,, now living and working in Laos.. I've never had any security issues or felt threatened carry my gear around..
BTW,, "3rd World Country" is no long appropriate.. Developing countries is the correct term..
8th of October 2008 (Wed), 04:21
It depends on where you are going in the Philippines, where in some areas, there are larger issues than just your gear being threatened. Most people, expatriates and visitors alike, will not experience problems in almost any Southeast Asian country, but these are anecdotal experiences, and some areas do warrant more precautions then others.
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 02:57
I think it comes down to common sense. Always have a confident demeanor, do not leave your camera bag on the back of the chair, be aware of your surroundings.....in no particular order. I recently came back from Costa Rica and had no problems, although I heard many unsettling stories.
20th of October 2008 (Mon), 20:23
Thanks for the info guys but I decided to bring just my G9 and 430ex with me. I just got back today and I think next time I'll bring all of my gear.
22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 02:52
I've been to the Philippines 4 times. I never had issues with gear or anything stolen. If you put yourself in a situation where your belongings are in jeopardy, then your gear will most likely get stolen. This means, don't stay in cheaper than dirt hotels. Keep your stuff within arms reach at all times. Don't trust some stranger to watch your stuff for you.
Stay at reputable hotels and don't trust anybody on the street that claims to work at your hotel or knows you from your hotel. It's a scam that's been used in the Philippines for many years.
On a different note, once you get past Manila, there are amazing photo opportunities. I spent countless days in Cebu, Bohol and Palawan. Landscapes, candids, etc the possibilities are endless. Manila is one giant, polluted, old city.
24th of October 2008 (Fri), 17:33
Just keep your head on straight and know where your gear is. No need to fear anything more than basic scams, which can be handled easily by prior-knwowledge of the situation. I got back in the Spring from six months over there with no issues.
24th of October 2008 (Fri), 18:15
I am little help here. I haven't been out of country in twenty years as a photographer, or soldier.
24th of October 2008 (Fri), 22:38
i was in quatar the other day i took my set up with me nothing happened but i guess that cause i was on a airforce base
28th of October 2008 (Tue), 23:49
Sigh... I wish I was able to read this prior to me leaving but thanks again guys. im going again next year so atleast I'll have some time to buy more equipment.
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