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May 18, 2009 10:10 |  #1

I am planning on taking a vacation outside the U.S. to South and Central America. I don't think I want to bring my entire camera kit as I would be too worried about it being ripped off or making me a target. Therefore leaving the "L" lenses at home seems like a good idea.

What's a good "vacation" kit? perhaps my 20d without grip and an off brand 28-200 lens?

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May 18, 2009 10:13 |  #2

I'd say you should get some insurance and not worry about taking your L lenses.


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May 18, 2009 10:14 |  #3

XT/XTi used. Good quality, inexpensive, fully functional and small and easy to travel with.
For the lens, either the 28-135IS or 18-200. Good quality, light weight, cheap.


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May 18, 2009 10:19 |  #4

Thanks guys! Insurance is an option I didn't consider. Would you know about how much?
I also like the idea of getting a cheap 28-200 light weight lens.


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May 18, 2009 10:50 |  #5

Trackerxx wrote in post #7943163 (external link)
Thanks guys! Insurance is an option I didn't consider. Would you know about how much?
I also like the idea of getting a cheap 28-200 light weight lens.

It is a good idea. It only cost me about $60-70 dollars a year to insure $4,000 worth of gear. I got it part of my Condo/Coop insurance. It protects you from accidents (drops, water damage etc) and theft. The good thing is that there is no deductible.


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May 18, 2009 11:14 as a reply to  @ DL.Photography's post |  #6

the problem with insurance is it won't replace you gear in the middle of a vacation very easily, so you'll be missing shots for a while...

I'd go with a very stealth bag, XSi, 10-20, 75-300 and one fast (small) prime. Personally I'd go with a 20mm 1.8 because I'm a wide whore...


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May 18, 2009 11:41 |  #7

Get Pacsafe straps for your camera and bag. The 100 for the camera and 200 for the bag. They have steel cables woven into them, and will keep all your glass safe. Why have L lenses if you can't travel with them?

They're about $20 each and are the best travel insurance you can buy for a camera. I use them on all my gear whether I'm travelling or not.


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May 18, 2009 11:58 |  #8

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Get Pacsafe straps for your camera and bag.....

That may stop a snatch and run, but most altercations are going to involve a bit of face to face, a demand, and the brandishing of a weapon.


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May 18, 2009 13:12 |  #9

gjl711 wrote in post #7943760 (external link)
That may stop a snatch and run, but most altercations are going to involve a bit of face to face, a demand, and the brandishing of a weapon.

Wow, sounds a bit dangerous. Just wondering, where exactly are you going on vacation if you don't mind me asking.


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May 18, 2009 13:31 |  #10

bah just take a G9 or G10


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May 18, 2009 19:53 |  #11

Looking at your signature, I would just bring 20D (no grip) and 16-35L.


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May 18, 2009 20:16 |  #12

I'd get a cheap sigma 18-200 and call it a day. That is the ultimate small vacation lens.


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May 19, 2009 02:49 as a reply to  @ picturecrazy's post |  #13

im on the same boat
im going to the Philippines...much worse

im thinking of bringing my ungripped 30d, tokina 12-24, 50 1.8, and a 70-210 f3.5-4.5..
maybe my cheapy 24-85 too

but i want to bring the 40d and 28-70L to get it serviced there..
its soooo much cheaper to get things serviced in the philippines

i wanna get both 40d and 28-70L 2.8 sent in for cleaning
leaving the 17-40L and 80-200L at home




  
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May 19, 2009 03:08 |  #14

I agree in that you should simply get insurance. Just travel smart and don't venture off into places that make you uncomfortable. I took my 40D + L lenses to India, including an area in old Delhi called Chandi Chowk filled with pick pockets and worse. Be watchful and stay smart. I personally would be more afraid using my camera in NYC compared to India. I grew up in NYC and I've seen robberies in broad daylight. A lady got her purse snatched in midtown manhattan and the thief was running and laughing and even looked back to taunt the woman. No one did anything and just went about their business. In India, if you call out a thief, the people would seize the opportunity to beat the living daylight out of him.


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May 19, 2009 03:39 |  #15

In September I'm planning a trip to San Fransisco and Los Angeles, should I bring my L lenses? From what I've seen on TV I'm likely to get mugged somewhere between the plane and the arrivals lounge.:rolleyes:


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