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Feb 27, 2015 15:00 |  #1

Do any of you uglify your camera when traveling overseas? Every year I travel to an area where my gear would be the equivalent to 5 years of income to most people. People there stare at my camera and will occasionally follow me around talking about my camera. I know this because I can make out the word "Canon" lol. The area is very safe but I don't want the camera stolen and I want to be more inconspicuous. I will be taking my gripped 7D2+ sigma 18-250 on a third party strap. Tape? what kind? Any other ideas?


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Feb 27, 2015 15:16 |  #2

I don't but people use gaffer tape or black electric tape and even black sharpie. Take the grip off to make it smaller.

I've also seen a photo of a camera somebody decorated with paint, making it odd and pretty much worthless for resale. I'd not do that, but one could get creative with colored electrician's tape? Get insurance and shoot :-)


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Mar 03, 2015 07:36 |  #3

I detect a possible market for snap on covers just like the mobile phone industry ?
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But seriously would disguising a camera really prevent a would be thief helping him/her self ?


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Mar 03, 2015 18:10 as a reply to  @ birderman's post |  #4

TBH I have no idea :)

However, there are some who swear by it and I haven't heard of anyone claiming that masking/uglifying a camera made it more likely to be stolen.


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Mar 03, 2015 18:15 |  #5

Only thing i have done is not to use the strap that came with the camera. That is just advertisement for how expensive of a camera you have.

For that matter, the strap from my 5D Mark III is on my T1i. :-D


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Mar 03, 2015 18:16 as a reply to  @ Nogo's post |  #6

:lol::lol: Nice!!


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Mar 03, 2015 19:58 |  #7

Japokies wrote in post #17452731 (external link)
Do any of you uglify your camera when traveling overseas? Every year I travel to an area where my gear would be the equivalent to 5 years of income to most people. People there stare at my camera and will occasionally follow me around talking about my camera. I know this because I can make out the word "Canon" lol. The area is very safe but I don't want the camera stolen and I want to be more inconspicuous. I will be taking my gripped 7D2+ sigma 18-250 on a third party strap. Tape? what kind? Any other ideas?

Seriously??

If you are worried about your camera being worth 5 years income to these people, what will disguising the fact that it is a Canon do? I can just see them thinking "Oh, I thought that was one of those valuable CANON cameras but it's just some cheap camera only worth ONE years income, no way am I going to waste 5 minutes stealing THAT".

If their income is so low, ANY DSLR, no matter how scruffy and uglified, is going to be worth stealing.




  
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Mar 03, 2015 20:39 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #8

Good point. Thanks.


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Mar 04, 2015 14:34 |  #9

I know this may be a moot point, but i presume everything is insured.

All my camera gear is covered under my household insurance which also covers it outside and whilst on holiday, i only need to inform them when we are on vacation.

TBH though, and i think sandpiper hit the nail on the head, if it's going to get stolen then it doesn't matter what you do to it.

There was a lengthy thread on POTN which i followed for a bit, and it was regarding your exact question, i think the cover up logo option originally stemmed from the Journalists years ago.



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Mar 04, 2015 17:15 as a reply to  @ Norry Rodgers's post |  #10

Thanks for the reply. The problem for me is that even if I had insurance I would have no time to report it and obtain a police report. I will be supervising 40 students of which about 10 will be my sole responsibility. Their days are jam packed with leadership drills, hiking, traveling to schools, service projects etc. Even if I had my camera stolen, I probably wouldn't report it because my whole group would be paralyzed during the time it would take to file the report. I don't know how long that would take there, but here where I live, the whole process would take 2-4 hours. I can't take that time away from my kids. I know many may disagree with me here and think that my line of thinking is ridiculous, but I've been on this trip before and I know the schedule and I know myself.

I was just trying to find out ways that may make it less likely for my camera to go missing and came across an article about uglifying cameras. So I just put it up here to see what everyone thought.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts :)


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Mar 04, 2015 17:49 |  #11

If you're going to be that busy watching the students, etc., maybe get a small(er) P&S, maybe a G series, S120 or SX60 to name three that do RAW, and won't be as obvious a lure.


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Mar 04, 2015 18:37 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #12

Also a good idea and something to think about.
The truth is I don't know how much (or even if) the photo quality will suffer if I use a P&S in stead of a DSLR (Shooting in the dark and fully extending the zoom). The photos will be shared with the students, family and school so they have to be pretty good. I've had success with my DSLR in the past. Maybe I should sneak a small P&S in my bag this year and try it out. If the photos are good enough, this may be the way to go next year.


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Aug 26, 2015 15:48 |  #13

What about a cheaper older DSLR off of ebay or somewhere thats not as huge of a loss, money wise or being your nice camera wise. Look around and you can find some good deals on older stuff.


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Sep 04, 2015 10:34 |  #14

Nogo wrote in post #17459210 (external link)
Only thing i have done is not to use the strap that came with the camera. That is just advertisement for how expensive of a camera you have.

For that matter, the strap from my 5D Mark III is on my T1i. :-D

Ahahaha I've done something similar with my mark ii. Strapped the t2ii strap to it :)




  
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Nov 29, 2015 19:04 |  #15

Old thread but always a question for anyone. One advantage is being in a group of 10 to 40, which will help you be a bit less of an easy target, especially if you stay within the group. Maintain a firm grip, don't let it just hang. Same ideas as how a purse should be treated. "Look" aware of your surroundings as if you belong there. Nothing is certain, common sense always. Wear camera under a jacket if you can.

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