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It depends on what I'm taking a picture of. For pics from the deck and walk around camera, I take my large camera so I can zoom if needed. If I'm at the beach or pool, I'll take my waterproof camera. That way if something happens, i.e water gets splashed on the camera, I know it won't be ruined. Plus, by taking the waterproof camera, I can get some really cool shots of sea life and a different perspective for land shots.

 

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I am a 'camera junkie'. I always have my Nikon DSLR with me (with interchangeable lenses, which you said you didn't want)

 

I also use a Canon PowerShot ELPH-360 HS Also has wifi on it ($209 on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2mqbdy3)

I also carry a Lumix DC Vario for underwater ($215 on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2nHpEOa)

I just got a GoPro that I will be using for our upcoming May trip. I haven't even taken it out of the box yet and I've had it a few months.

Then finally I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone. It takes great pictures and does underwater as well.

 

Is there a waterproof case for the Edge????

 

 

My photographic knowledge is spotty, but I've always been interested. So a couple of months ago I got the Nikon D3300 kit. Next month will be my first cruise ever, destination Alaska! Since photography is part of the point of such a cruise, I AM taking my camera and I'll also have my S7 Edge to act as a back up point and shoot. (I do have a very nice point and shoot with a decent zoom as I dislike digital zoom, but with the DSLR and the S7 Edge, it is just extra baggage weight for this trip. I still use it though. Its nice for family events or theme park type of vacations)

 

I've bought lenses beyond the kit for this trip. My cousin has been an amateur photographer for years, and looking over my kit lenses and knowing I'd be in Alaska (and how new I am), he suggested the Nikon 18-300 mm lens. He said that has been his ONLY lens on some trips, especially when he didn't want to take a second camera body. I won't have to switch lens while trying to go from a great glacier landscape shot to zooming in on wildlife, then back again.

 

I've been playing around with it, and I'm more than pleased with the splurge. My strategy is to take a lot of pictures with the auto feature, THEN play around with different settings, etc. I'm guaranteed of decent, in focus shots with the auto feature, but I might actually create a great, artistic shot or two through experimentation.

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I do not travel anywhere without at least o e of my Nikon DSLR bodies. Photography is part of the reason l travel. I always have my phone with me (LG G4) and its camera is okay but l hate shooting with smartphones.

 

 

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I've used several versions of Canon including powershot's over the years, have thousands of photos and several cruise movies in the last 8 years. I have now started learning video editing again and are in the process of putting together a few past videos.

 

My next cruise later this year, I have decided to take only my new Go-Pro Hero 5 along and see what happens. After seeing other peoples great Go-Pro video's, I just had to get one and It's lite, easy to use, full of fun options and most of all waterproof 10m. I am pleased with some of the learning clips I have done so far and found that not having a zoom is not the end of the world.

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I have a Canon 70D DSLR that I used for the majority of my shots on my most recent Baltic cruise. Occasionally I didn't feel like carrying all that around and used just my iPhone 6s, for example for shots I wanted to take of my food or an impromptu "oh my goodness what a gorgeous sunset" photo, but the DSLR gave me exposure compensation, adjustable ISO, and a custom or automatic white balance feature, all of which were very useful in places where flash photography was not permitted or not helpful. I had a camera bag that was wonderfully compact, slung over my back or across my body at my preference, and the actual camera part of the bag was located in a weird spot on the side of the bag that made it easy for me to get to and hard for a pickpocket to open.

 

What camera you get probably depends a lot on your itinerary. If you're shooting underwater, flash photography is worthless. I liked the little waterproof Olympus point and shoot I had a while back for the Caribbean, but I like having the DSLR's power and options for Europe, for example. I hope that's helpful.

 

(Slightly OT) At the risk of being a party pooper, posting photos of your vacation to social media while you're still on vacation isn't a very safe thing to do. That's like posting a big sign on your Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat/Tumblr/Pinterest page that says "HI I'M NOT HOME, PLEASE COME ROB ME WHILE I'M ON VACATION". I know it's fun to make your friends jealous, but it's much safer to wait until you come back.

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Is there a waterproof case for the Edge????

 

The s7 Edge is water resistance ip68. It should be able to survive in a few feet of water for 20/30 minutes, but I would use a waterproof pouch if you are to go snorkeling or swimming with it.

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Very helpful thread. I love seeing the photos from cruisers who are very talented photographers....I realize that I don't have the time or patience to lug around my EOS Rebel, though. Last cruise we brought a little point and shoot camera, but I used my iPhone much more frequently....it just seems so goofy to pull out a camera and start shooting. (Chef's Table comes to mind -- I would have felt less intrusive with the iPhone, and will use that this time.) Biggest regret the last few cruises? No waterproof camera -- all we took was a disposable, and it just doesn't cut it. Planning on getting an action camera with video...we have missed so many beach and snorkel shots that I regret. Just trying to figure out what price range and size I am willing to deal with!

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Very helpful thread. I love seeing the photos from cruisers who are very talented photographers....I realize that I don't have the time or patience to lug around my EOS Rebel, though. Last cruise we brought a little point and shoot camera, but I used my iPhone much more frequently....it just seems so goofy to pull out a camera and start shooting. (Chef's Table comes to mind -- I would have felt less intrusive with the iPhone, and will use that this time.) Biggest regret the last few cruises? No waterproof camera -- all we took was a disposable, and it just doesn't cut it. Planning on getting an action camera with video...we have missed so many beach and snorkel shots that I regret. Just trying to figure out what price range and size I am willing to deal with!

You can get camera with practically the same spec as the top end go pros for quarter the price and with a full set of accessories from amazon pretty easily, they'll have brand names like campark, kaiser bas or andoer. Check the reviews for the particular one you look at as there's heaps of different brands and not all of them are particularly user friendly or have all the specs you might expect.

You may need to buy a float handle separately as I didn't see that in too many of the kits, but they are generally compatible with all the GoPro accessories so a GoPro float handle will work. The advantage of buying the random Asian brand is that it's so cheap you don't have to worry about losing/damaging it compared to the horrific expense of the GoPro or other regular brand.

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Can someone help me figure out a reasonable fish eye lens for a Cannon Rebel? It's for my husbands birthday and his camera is about 4-5 years old. Maybe a 12 mega pixel.

 

 

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The lens won't affect the mega pixel count, for fish eye lens does he have a preference for canon branded lenses or does he accept third party lenses like sigma, tamron or lens baby? The latter do some more quirky styles of lenses while sigma and tamron tend to do lenses that are theoretically similar spec to the canon lenses but are usually cheaper. I would suggest checking a specialist camera site like slrgear or such like where you'll get reviews of lenses

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The lens won't affect the mega pixel count, for fish eye lens does he have a preference for canon branded lenses or does he accept third party lenses like sigma, tamron or lens baby? The latter do some more quirky styles of lenses while sigma and tamron tend to do lenses that are theoretically similar spec to the canon lenses but are usually cheaper. I would suggest checking a specialist camera site like slrgear or such like where you'll get reviews of lenses

 

 

 

He won't care about the Cannon brand or not. He won't want me spending $500 for a lens either. I've looked online and I have no idea how to find one as I'm not the techno person. I'd like it a surprise, but costs range from $40-$600. Crazy!!!

 

 

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He won't care about the Cannon brand or not. He won't want me spending $500 for a lens either. I've looked online and I have no idea how to find one as I'm not the techno person. I'd like it a surprise, but costs range from $40-$600. Crazy!!!

 

 

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Bhphotovideo.com in New York have an 800 number on their website you can call for advice, they were pretty good in store when I was there a couple of years ago and they've a big range. They also stock second hand items as well. I've not used any fish-eye lenses on any of my cameras so I can't advise on any of those lenses specifically, I've only used an Olloclip fisheye on my iPhone and it's a nice effect but not one I'm particularly interested in using on my SLR or CSC.

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We have all the bases covered I think. I use either my full DSLR with multiple lenses, my GoPro, a waterproof point and shoot, and everyone usually has their cell phone with them as well when we are on an excursion. The kids like taking pictures with their phones and I am a bit of a photo junkie so I use the DSLR almost exclusively.

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I am a 'camera junkie'. I always have my Nikon DSLR with me (with interchangeable lenses, which you said you didn't want)

 

I also use a Canon PowerShot ELPH-360 HS Also has wifi on it ($209 on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2mqbdy3)

I also carry a Lumix DC Vario for underwater ($215 on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2nHpEOa)

I just got a GoPro that I will be using for our upcoming May trip. I haven't even taken it out of the box yet and I've had it a few months.

Then finally I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone. It takes great pictures and does underwater as well.

 

I'm with you, I loved my Canon ELPH, an earlier version, so I'm buying a new one for the upcoming trip. The reasons are so many - you can take photos (like selfies) one-handed, it has a timer delay, the quality of photos is great, and I can slip it in a pocket easily or use the wrist strap. I'm leaving the Canon DSLR home but also taking an Iphone 6 and Ipad. i love the quality of these last 2 but it's a guessing game trying to take photos in full sunlight. No underwater photography for this trip - maybe next one!

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Can someone help me figure out a reasonable fish eye lens for a Cannon Rebel? It's for my husbands birthday and his camera is about 4-5 years old. Maybe a 12 mega pixel.

IMHO, you DON'T want a fisheye lens unless you're sure you want a fish-eye lens. I find the look to be very gimmicky, so only a few shots from it make sense in the overall gallery of "top cruise photos" you share with friends, etc. Now, a good wide-angle lens can be an awesome choice though. Perhaps the Canon EF-S 10-18mm as a starter idea.

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And I should chime in with what I take. I have the luxury of living in the Seattle area, so a cruise is just a 40-minute drive, no need to fly. My wife is also into photography, which is both good and bad. We've had several Alaska cruises to learn and refine our "kit", so here's what we plan to take in September:

 

Canon 5D3 with a 24-70/2.8 - a great "base" to build on, hanging from my left shoulder.

Canon 1Dx with a 100-400 - excellent "action rig" for whale watches and all of the "hey, quick, what's that?" stuff, hanging from my right shoulder.

Canon 5DsR with a 600mm with either a 1.4x or 2x TC - awesome birding rig on a monopod.

A 14mm f/2.8 ultra-wide lens in a pouch on my belt, so I can switch to a wide vista whenever the mood strikes.

 

My wife will likely get:

Canon 5D4 with 16-35 f/4 IS on her left shoulder.

Canon 1Dx with 70-300L on her right shoulder, perhaps with a 1.4x TC

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and perhaps a 50mm f/1.2 in a Shootsac at the ready.

 

Back in the cabin, we'll likely have a Profoto B2 studio light and a 1'x3' softbox with a lightweight stand. We'll take that to formal night dinners and get a few shots with our waiters, allowing us to expose for the view out the window and light the room to match, so there's a real view to be had.

 

In the end, it's two backpacks and one rolling duffel to bring this gear on board. To me, it's very manageable and we love having it ready if we see anything from our balcony.

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I am a camera nerd and i always have a DSLR with me. When we leave on our cruise next September i will be carrying 2 DSLR bodies, a Nikon D300 and a Nikon D5100. The D5100 is the one I will probably carry around with me most of the time, as it is very lightweight and easy to use, plus, it is better in low light at high ISO than my D300. My D300 is what i will be using should we run into some inclement weather, as it is weather-sealed and water and dust resistant. It is heavier but it is built like a tank. I will have an external flash and a 35mm F1.8 prime lens mounted on one of them and an all in one tele-zoom, like an 18-200mm for my walk around lens on the other..

 

I also have my phone, which I HATE taking pictures with and I truly get it when people say that they want to enjoy their holiday rather than lugging a camera kit around or hunting for the perfect shot. As for me, photography is my form of stress relief and I cannot imagine traveling without my cameras. My only dilemna, at this point is how many memory cards i will need to bring with me. I wil probably have 5 or 6 since each camera takes a different format.

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And I should chime in with what I take. I have the luxury of living in the Seattle area, so a cruise is just a 40-minute drive, no need to fly. My wife is also into photography, which is both good and bad. We've had several Alaska cruises to learn and refine our "kit", so here's what we plan to take in September:

 

Canon 5D3 with a 24-70/2.8 - a great "base" to build on, hanging from my left shoulder.

Canon 1Dx with a 100-400 - excellent "action rig" for whale watches and all of the "hey, quick, what's that?" stuff, hanging from my right shoulder.

Canon 5DsR with a 600mm with either a 1.4x or 2x TC - awesome birding rig on a monopod.

A 14mm f/2.8 ultra-wide lens in a pouch on my belt, so I can switch to a wide vista whenever the mood strikes.

 

My wife will likely get:

Canon 5D4 with 16-35 f/4 IS on her left shoulder.

Canon 1Dx with 70-300L on her right shoulder, perhaps with a 1.4x TC

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and perhaps a 50mm f/1.2 in a Shootsac at the ready.

 

Back in the cabin, we'll likely have a Profoto B2 studio light and a 1'x3' softbox with a lightweight stand. We'll take that to formal night dinners and get a few shots with our waiters, allowing us to expose for the view out the window and light the room to match, so there's a real view to be had.

 

In the end, it's two backpacks and one rolling duffel to bring this gear on board. To me, it's very manageable and we love having it ready if we see anything from our balcony.

 

My kind of travelers :D

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I am a 'camera junkie'. I always have my Nikon DSLR with me (with interchangeable lenses, which you said you didn't want)

 

I also use a Canon PowerShot ELPH-360 HS Also has wifi on it ($209 on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2mqbdy3)

I also carry a Lumix DC Vario for underwater ($215 on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2nHpEOa)

I just got a GoPro that I will be using for our upcoming May trip. I haven't even taken it out of the box yet and I've had it a few months.

Then finally I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone. It takes great pictures and does underwater as well.

 

I 'm also am a Nikon junkie.:)

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I will have my Nikon D5500 DSLR and 4 lenses, my GoPro, my underwater Fujifilm, plus our two phones. I plan on using the GoPro to take some timelapse sail away and going into port photos this time.

 

I drive to the port, but I don't see myself ever traveling without my DSLR kit.

 

Travel to photograph and see the world.

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For an upcoming Caribbean cruise I probably will pack just a Canon G11 plus my Galaxy S7 and leave my balky Nikon D7200 home. The G11 has been a great little camera on several TAs and lengthy stays in Italy.

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For my next cruise-Regal Princess to New England and Canada I am packing a Canon 6D Mk II with EF 16-35 f/4L IS USM, EF 24-70 f4L IS USM, Canon T3i with EF-S 55-250mm, Canon S880 pocket camera, Go Pro Hero 3 and an iPhone 5. Video is a Sony PJ810 HD camcorder. Sandisk 64Gig cards and a Sony tripod complete the package.

Norris

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The OP asked "and why" regarding the cameras we take on a cruise and the answer is "because I like to take photos" and particularly cruise photos as it's a beyond the everyday existence for me and I want to photograph everything I see so I can remember it going forward.

I could use an iPhone but I get no joy or challenge in doing that. I like to exercise my brain and using a DSLR and Lightroom does just that. And I like buttons and dials and menus and changing lenses.

The reason why I have two camera bodies along is that I don't (yet) have the EF L series zoom lens 70-200 f/4 IS that fits my FF camera. The pocket Canon is for tour bus shots out of the window where space is a consideration. The Go Pro is for action shots attached to my body in some way or to the railing on the ship. The camcorder is for hand held video.

And there you have it.

Norris

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The OP asked "and why" regarding the cameras we take on a cruise and the answer is "because I like to take photos" and particularly cruise photos as it's a beyond the everyday existence for me and I want to photograph everything I see so I can remember it going forward.

 

 

I could use an iPhone but I get no joy or challenge in doing that. I like to exercise my brain and using a DSLR and Lightroom does just that. And I like buttons and dials and menus and changing lenses.

 

 

The reason why I have two camera bodies along is that I don't (yet) have the EF L series zoom lens 70-200 f/4 IS that fits my FF camera. The pocket Canon is for tour bus shots out of the window where space is a consideration. The Go Pro is for action shots attached to my body in some way or to the railing on the ship. The camcorder is for hand held video.

 

 

And there you have it.

 

 

 

Norris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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