Should I bring my SLR camera?

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Hi everyone,

I read many posts about some safety issues in India, some foreign girls got robbed in broadday light etc.. I wonder if it is not advisable for me to bring my SLR camera along as it might attract unneccessary attention? I enjoy photography and i guess it would be a pity if i miss the opportunities to capture the beautiful sights of india.. What would you advise?
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Absolutely

Take it.
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Ya, that's what i hope to hear.. some reassurance.. such beautiful country, how can i go without my camera? think if i've left my camera at home n when i'm in india, i'll probably whine everyday for not bringing it.. well.. anything i can look out for to avoid being rob..? beside not walking on the street in the night, buy insurance?
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Second that>

I took my Canon 300D along with a couple of lenses last time and I don't regret it at all. It did test the patience of people around me sometimes though.

One little tip, do familiarize yourself with your camera's sensor cleaning procedure and carry a cleaning kit along with you.

Scary stuff but changing those lenses can quickly accumulate dust on the sensor.

To minimize this you could carry a wide range lens like a 18 - 200mm I had on the camera most of the time.
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in varanasi i carried my slr around my neck near everywhere i went, and got some fantastic photos. i also carry a pocket camera for those times when i don't want the hassle of my slr, so that way, i can still be camera-ready. i've not felt any sort of threat, though i think that i can say some of that is due to being in india a few times before. it keeps getting easier.
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It should not be an issue..I would also say GET IT !!
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Aah, nonsense, just take it and just don't leave it lying on he tabel in the cafe.

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If you like Photography then you got to get your SLR here. Other IMers have given pretty good advice. Take the normal precautions like not leaving it lying around. Treat it like how you would treat your purse.
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Sure.. thanks so much everyone! I'm really looking forward to this trip!
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Yes get it..No probs..
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Daylight robberies? Did I miss a post?

You'd be shocked to know how much photography gear I've taken in the past and will be loading up even more for the move.

If you want to read up on stories of daytime robberies go over to the dpreview forums. People are getting robbed all across Europe. There was one thread about thieves targeting wedding photographers at five star hotels in Los Angeles.

You need to be careful with your stuff wherever you go. While India is no exception it's not the sort of place where one walks about fearing for their personal safety.
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Normal precaution should prevail - Of course carry your gear - make sure you have protective cover against vagaries of the weather....
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Camera Insurance

Could I hijack this thread to ask another camera related question? How does one insure thier SLR and Lenses if they do not have Home Insurance?

I've been reading about how you should ensure that your valuables are covered within your home insurance when you go travelling, but seeing I won't have a home for the next 18 months I don't know how to overcome this.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Normal precaution should prevail - Of course carry your gear - make sure you have protective cover against vagaries of the weather....
i've never bring my camera to snowy areas.. what are the protective cover i can get?

Hey, u could get a travel insurance that cover damages and lost of belongings.. the one i got last trip covers up to $3000 and also personal protection.. There is another kind that is solely for electronics insurance.. i could pm you the brochures and also contact no of the agent if you are interested..
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Originally Posted by oneheart View Post i've never bring my camera to snowy areas.. what are the protective cover i can get?
The place where I bought my last DSLR, also sold me all-weather gear. Try http://adorama.com

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