Holiday & camera

20 posts
10 June 2018
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz

I have never taken my camera with me abroad on holiday. Obviously I intend to take a few landscape shots etc, but what with my camera being worth a lot of money is there some precautions I should take?

Such as do I need to take out insurance specifically for my camera?

It may seem a silly question to those of you who shoot abroad regularly, but I haven't had a good holiday in years. And I definitely haven't taken my prime camera with me as yet.

 

 

 

Posted 10 June 2018
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron

I would. I do take out good holiday insurance but I still feel more comfortable having specialist insurance via Towergate for the gear. Obviously try to ensure you take the camera on as hand baggage and check flight regulations in terms of lithium batteries. I think they are supposed to be in the camera for hand luggage not loose. Also worth printing out copies of receipts to prove you purchased the gear in the Uk just in case some jobs worth tries to suggest you bought gear abroad and need to pay duty on it. 

Make sure the place you stay has a safe in the rooms so you can lock it away securely as you will soon get tired of lugging it around all the time. For the beach I believe you can even buy a safe if sorts that can be buried in the sand but I have never gone that mad. I don’t tend to carry my camera around in a flashy camera bag either as that invites attention At least not off site. Also make sure you read through the insurance and what steps you have to take if it is stolen. There are a few insurers with slippery small print that makes it very easy to reject claims because. You did not get the right form or make the correct calls within certain time scales. 

Bob is probably the best one on here to advise as he seems to do more travel in a year than most of us in a lifetime. 

Posted 10 June 2018
1
Mr_Catz
exuphoto
Photographer
exuphoto

Definetly contact your insurer or get a special quote. 

I'd be interested too to see which company people rate highest for camera insurance. I know eg that hiscox have a good camera insurance as part of their standard home insurance. 

Posted 10 June 2018
2
GlasgowPhotographer
Mr_Catz
LaurenceJPower
Photographer
LaurenceJPower

Remember, insurers set the rules and you need to play by them or find another insurer. The biggest failing is in declaring your usage, is it amateur or professional? Transport, check what kind of car you can use, I am not allowed to use an estate. Check the T's and C's, read them and abide by them, then if things do go wrong a loss adjuster will quickly authorise payment and you will be a walking advert for that insurer. Oh and re using household policies, these normally exclude professional use - and by professional that means accepting any money, it does not mean you have to get your entire earnings from photography.

Incidentally, if intending to earn money from your images, think about your travel insurance - it may not cover you at all if you are found to be working rather than a pure rest break. Medical fees can be expensive, do not risk an insurer declining your hospital bill.

Posted 10 June 2018
Edited by LaurenceJPower 11 June 2018
1
Mr_Catz

Travel abroad a couple of times a year and always take my principal camera - usually a Canon 1Dxxxx  One thing I did invest in was an anti-theft sling for Sunbounce.  Basically, it has a steel core running through the centre of the strap so it cannot be cut and snatched.

My insurer is Hiscox and have found them to be the best for my needs over the years.  That's the full gamut of business insurance.

As stated above, you can quickly get tired of lugging it around if it is a heavy camera. 

Posted 11 June 2018
Edited by GlasgowPhotographer 11 June 2018
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Mr_Catz
Keltica
Photographer
Keltica

+1 for Hiscox

Posted 12 June 2018
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz

Thank you to everyone for all the valuable information you have given me. 

Posted 13 June 2018
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz

Which lens shouldI take: 16 to 35 mm wide-angle or my 85 mm prime lens?

Will I need a ND filter?

 

Posted 20 June 2018
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
Mr_Catz

Which lens shouldI take: 16 to 35 mm wide-angle or my 85 mm prime lens?

Will I need a ND filter?

 


That surely will depend on the holiday and what you want to shoot. If  there is plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy I would go for the wide angle if there is no scope to take both. If you are only interested in photographing the local two legged fauna then the 85 as you know is a great portrait lens. I'm not sure either would be my choice but given the limits I would go for the wide angle one.

1.) Great for candid photography in confined spaces and scenic shots
2.) Will serve up to 3/4 lengh portraits with a little care taken to watch for distortions
3.) Does not look like you ever use it for you portfolio photography so it would be a good chance to get creative with it just for fun. Who knows you may pick up some ideas that you can bring back to your model work

Posted 21 June 2018
1
Mr_Catz
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz
redbaron
Mr_Catz

Which lens shouldI take: 16 to 35 mm wide-angle or my 85 mm prime lens?

Will I need a ND filter?

 


That surely will depend on the holiday and what you want to shoot. If  there is plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy I would go for the wide angle if there is no scope to take both. If you are only interested in photographing the local two legged fauna then the 85 as you know is a great portrait lens. I'm not sure either would be my choice but given the limits I would go for the wide angle one.

1.) Great for candid photography in confined spaces and scenic shots
2.) Will serve up to 3/4 lengh portraits with a little care taken to watch for distortions
3.) Does not look like you ever use it for you portfolio photography so it would be a good chance to get creative with it just for fun. Who knows you may pick up some ideas that you can bring back to your model work

 

I may decide to try and take both. 

You make a very compelling argument for my wide angled lens. I was already leaning that way so your recommendation is music to my ears.

I do tend to use my wide angled lens for landscape more than anything. Which is why I do not as yet have any portraits with it as yet.

I remain investing a graduated ND filters!

I also have a spare battery. As it has been recommended that batteries should be kept in the camera, that mean that I may have to leave my spare at home?

Posted 21 June 2018
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz
redbaron
Mr_Catz

Which lens shouldI take: 16 to 35 mm wide-angle or my 85 mm prime lens?

Will I need a ND filter?

 


That surely will depend on the holiday and what you want to shoot. If  there is plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy I would go for the wide angle if there is no scope to take both. If you are only interested in photographing the local two legged fauna then the 85 as you know is a great portrait lens. I'm not sure either would be my choice but given the limits I would go for the wide angle one.

1.) Great for candid photography in confined spaces and scenic shots
2.) Will serve up to 3/4 lengh portraits with a little care taken to watch for distortions
3.) Does not look like you ever use it for you portfolio photography so it would be a good chance to get creative with it just for fun. Who knows you may pick up some ideas that you can bring back to your model work

 

I do use my 35mm wide angled lens when there is beautiful scenery. The landscape photographs I have do not have anyone in them, hence the lack of wide angled images on here.

I'm worried about my photography bag - have I got to spend a lot of money for a specialised photography bag?

Stats for hand luggage are - 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

Posted 1 Sep 2018
RupertRudd
Photographer
RupertRudd

Flashy Camera Bag - Carrying my LowePro bag in St Petersburg I got robbed of £1700 second hand value kit. Thieves are bag experts. My Travel Insurers were totally useless with a £300 ceiling on any single item. Body £1000, Lens £400 plus an overall excess. Think I might have got about £500 back in total. My domestic household cover told me they covered it fully but for a £250 excess. And they replaced AS NEW. £2000 plus. And I nearly didn't ring them. Treat travel insurance as health cover. Cover photo gear separately and buy good quality domestic insurance. (I also came out of a Russian Police station without being beaten up with rubber truncheons and carrying a paper registering the attack and theft, written in Russian. Russian Rozzers are great.).

Posted 1 Sep 2018
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
Mr_Catz
redbaron
Mr_Catz

Which lens shouldI take: 16 to 35 mm wide-angle or my 85 mm prime lens?

Will I need a ND filter?

 


That surely will depend on the holiday and what you want to shoot. If  there is plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy I would go for the wide angle if there is no scope to take both. If you are only interested in photographing the local two legged fauna then the 85 as you know is a great portrait lens. I'm not sure either would be my choice but given the limits I would go for the wide angle one.

1.) Great for candid photography in confined spaces and scenic shots
2.) Will serve up to 3/4 lengh portraits with a little care taken to watch for distortions
3.) Does not look like you ever use it for you portfolio photography so it would be a good chance to get creative with it just for fun. Who knows you may pick up some ideas that you can bring back to your model work

 

I do use my 35mm wide angled lens when there is beautiful scenery. The landscape photographs I have do not have anyone in them, hence the lack of wide angled images on here.

I'm worried about my photography bag - have I got to spend a lot of money for a specialised photography bag?

Stats for hand luggage are - 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

I never take a specialist camera bag with me. Too much of a thief magnets as someone has pointed out. But also I don’t want the camera to dominate my holiday. There is always a danger of seeing the whole things through the constraints of a viewfinder and not properly enjoying the experience. The next holiday coming up is a Kenyan safari while the Misus can still do it. At one point all I way taking was a Sony Alpha7 mkII with cheap stock lens on it. I have relented to the point of digging out an aging Canon telephoto from my film days and stuffing it onto an adaptor but they will get chucked in the smallest and scruffiest bag I can find. 

Posted 1 Sep 2018
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz
redbaron
Mr_Catz
redbaron
Mr_Catz

Which lens shouldI take: 16 to 35 mm wide-angle or my 85 mm prime lens?

Will I need a ND filter?

 


That surely will depend on the holiday and what you want to shoot. If  there is plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy I would go for the wide angle if there is no scope to take both. If you are only interested in photographing the local two legged fauna then the 85 as you know is a great portrait lens. I'm not sure either would be my choice but given the limits I would go for the wide angle one.

1.) Great for candid photography in confined spaces and scenic shots
2.) Will serve up to 3/4 lengh portraits with a little care taken to watch for distortions
3.) Does not look like you ever use it for you portfolio photography so it would be a good chance to get creative with it just for fun. Who knows you may pick up some ideas that you can bring back to your model work

 

I do use my 35mm wide angled lens when there is beautiful scenery. The landscape photographs I have do not have anyone in them, hence the lack of wide angled images on here.

I'm worried about my photography bag - have I got to spend a lot of money for a specialised photography bag?

Stats for hand luggage are - 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

I never take a specialist camera bag with me. Too much of a thief magnets as someone has pointed out. But also I don’t want the camera to dominate my holiday. There is always a danger of seeing the whole things through the constraints of a viewfinder and not properly enjoying the experience. The next holiday coming up is a Kenyan safari while the Misus can still do it. At one point all I way taking was a Sony Alpha7 mkII with cheap stock lens on it. I have relented to the point of digging out an aging Canon telephoto from my film days and stuffing it onto an adaptor but they will get chucked in the smallest and scruffiest bag I can find. 

Well Im will have to sort something out fast - an old laptop bag may come in handy....

Posted 1 Sep 2018
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker

I've been seriously contemplating a premium compact like one of Canon's G-series for holidays.  Sure, it's still expensive if damaged or lost, but it's a hell of a lot less conspicuous and won't dominate the lugguage like and SLR would (I normally take a 6D with 24-70 and 100-400... all pretty damn heavy and space-consuming).

Posted 2 Sep 2018
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