Keeping your Camera secure while travelig

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#1
Pompano Beach, Florida, USA
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Joined Mar 2012
Hi All: I have a question about camera security. I will be traveling to Rome before our cruise in sept 2018. Any tips on keeping your camera secure. What type of Camera bag do you use. etc etc.
This may be a silly question i know. Your input is of value to me.
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#2
Southern California
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Joined Jan 2003
Originally posted by Action Dave
Hi All: I have a question about camera security. I will be traveling to Rome before our cruise in sept 2018. Any tips on keeping your camera secure. What type of Camera bag do you use. etc etc.
This may be a silly question i know. Your input is of value to me.
Rome is nearly as renown for its pickpockets as it is for its history. How you protect your camera depends a lot on what type of camera you are taking.

A wrist strap for a compact camera will foil a casual thief. A DSLR can be more complicated, especially if you are carrying a bag with extra equipment. PacSafe has a wide selection of steel cable reinforced straps and bags with cut-proof mesh. Wearing a larger camera on a cross-body strap makes it harder to cut and run and a cross-body sling bag carried under your arm is safer than a shoulder bag.

Regardless of what or how you carry, situational awareness is your best defense. Keep your eyes open. Be aware of teams where someone (often a pretty girl or a child) will ask you a seemingly innocuous question while team members relieve you of anything you're not paying attention to. Avoid close crowds and stick with your group if on a guided tour. If you insist on taking shortcuts through dark, narrow alleys while carrying expensive gear, no amount of advice will help you.

Dave


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#3
Maryland
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I just came back from a 12-day Baltic Cruise. What I used were two Peak Design "Cuff" straps for a DSLR and a Sony HX90V.. The DSLR was carried on a PD "Capture" attached to one strap of my day pack up on my chest. The two days we were in St. Petersburg I only used the HX90V as I had heard that pickpockets were handy at removing lenses from DSLR cameras.

Now that I am back I intend to make two tether straps out of "para cord" (so they don't get dropped accidentally when clipping in/out) and get another PD "Capture" to use with the HX90V. I had been stuffing it into a pocket.
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#4
Pompano Beach, Florida, USA
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Thank you for your posts. I really appreciate the input. I will investigate both Pac safe and peak design.
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#5
Charleston SC
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Joined Oct 2011
I just used a simple messenger bag and was just careful when around lots of people. (especially the gypsies around the Vatican. There were a couple old gypsy ladies who got into a fight. it was entertaining, but I did keep my hand on my bag just in case it was a set up to distract everyone and start pickpocketing the "spectators"). Main key is (like any city) keep an eye on everything, but not obsess over it.
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#6
Las Vegas
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I use a belt clamp. You would have to get at the lever on my belt to take my camera. Hard to do especially if it is under a shirt or

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