DSLR vs Compact?

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I currently own a Canon T4i with a heavy 17-55mm lens attached.
I'm a bit nervous to take my camera for a couple of reasons:

#1. Safety.
-I don't want to lose my camera, have it stolen, or be a target.

#2. Tourist
- I fear that carrying my camera around will shout "tourist" more than I'd prefer. However, it's obvious that I am indeed a foreigner but I don't want to be one of those kind..

#3. Skill and approach
- Another fear is that my skill at this moment isn't particular good. I would love to photograph and document some lives in India, however I question my skills and rather or not taking such equipment will even be worth my time.. and money. Not to mention that I certainly don't have the guts to approach people in my own home state to talk to and photograph.. so I question how I will in a different country. Any tips on approaching, and spending time with locals? Enough to get to know them first then photograph? Just feeling awkward with it in general.

#4. Finally, money.
I could easily sell my lens for double what I paid for and apply that to traveling and buy a smaller camera. But quality will surely be seen.
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I assume you didn't read this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/photo...-dslr-t209918/
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Re: DSLR vs Compact?

Dear OP. it's all in the mind. If you have a good camera and don't bring it to India then what is the point of having it? India is more or less equally likely or unlikely a place to lose your equipment. Exercising normal caution will prove enough more often than not. Please go through the above thread as well. Happy shooting and keep sharing.
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PS: don't bother with your skill set too much, India is photogenic. Just basic idea to use your camera will allow you to take back many good memories home. Good luck!
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My first rule of taking things to India: don't take anything that you're not prepared to lose. Chances of losing it, having it stolen in India are very slight, very, but again, shit happens. Just like at home.

Second of all, you are a tourist. Second of all, Part 2 - being one of "those" kinds of tourists (whatever that is) has nothing to do with you carrying a camera, it has mostly everything to do with knowing where you are and respecting that. Worry more about learning where you are, culturally. Put your camera in the wrong place or face in India, and, just like at home, you'll "not be received well" (he said, understatedly ) .

I'm a photographer, and it is difficult to come to terms with taking photos, especially of people. What I do is make sure the person I want to shoot knows that I'm going to do it. The photos I want and treasure are face to face, there is a relationship, of sorts. That relationship might take a minute, it might take a day, it might never happen. Your gut is going to tell you what's right, learn to trust that (and that may take some time, you may make mistakes, which is how many of these kinds of lessons are learned)(and which is how I've come to the conclusions I have; more than a few mistakes to my discredit). My Bottom Line is: when in doubt, don't do it.

As for the complexity of your equipment. Given your background/as much as I can tell by what you've said, you're not an experienced photographer. Doing your learning, straightening your learning curve while in India is, to my mind, a bad idea; unless you're completely familiar with your camera and it's operation, you stand a good chance of not getting the photo. K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Sir

I used to carry multiple bodies, one for color, one for black and white. Five lenses was my own quiver. And then film went away, as did the SLR Nikons I carried. For several trips now I've carried a Canon G-12, or one of the G-series (though not the G-1). I've found it an amazing camera. Plenty of resolution for what I do with the photos, small, relatively lightweight, one lens (zooms from 28mm - 140mm)(in 35mm equivalent) so I can do most of the photography I'd do otherwise. Sure I lose something by not having a BIG lens, or a wide angle, but for 80+% of what I shot, the Canon lets me do it. Many people get really caught up with equipment, when 90+% of a good photograph is the photographer, not the equipment. Another thing about carrying a lot of gear is that your anxiety level for loss or theft will most likely rise exponentially with each thing you bring.

FYI - the last time I went to India (six months in Varanasi) I carried: my Canon G-12;; A Sony HDR FX-1 High Def video camera in a Pelican waterproof case (talk about standing out!); a heavy duty tripod for the video camera; my MacBook Pro; an audio recorder (made by Zoom) for music. Six months, everything that went with me, came back, no worse for wear (and most of the trip was during monsoon/very humid/hot).

Most/many of us who go to India use a camera. The camera you take should be understood very well before you land. Sounds like for you and your desire to not be too apparent, a small point and shoot is the ticket. Unless you're shooting for National Geographic, many of the point and shoots such as those made by Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc will take care of what you need. I also like the G-12 because it can shoot some fair video too.
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I'm a bit nervous to take my camera for a couple of reasons:
With, or without a camera - You will always be a tourist, with a capital T. You are not going to India to work on measles prevention, or spread safe-sex consciousness amongst tourists There are thousands who carry Mark IIIs and many have taken a Leaf Credo to India; So just enjoy do not worry.

As to losing your camera, it could happen anywhere, even in Sandnessjoen. I have taken, and take DSLR and couple of P&S where necessary without due thought to safety, provided I do due diligence. I know of someone who just took a Phase One to Cape Town.

Skill and Approach to photographing human subjects is very individualistic, and each person develops her or his own style.
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Tyler, go look at the photo galleries here on India Mike; Darmabum, Joe, and many more have taken some excellent photographs.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Tyler, go look at the photo galleries here on India Mike; Darmabum, Joe, and many more have taken some excellent photographs.
How much does a Leaf Credo goes far these days? I think there is a 80mp version.
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post How much does a Leaf Credo goes far these days? I think there is a 80mp version.
Last year my friend who does this for a living, said body for back was about 15K USD. I think it was 40MP
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Originally Posted by Tyler Hawkins View Post I currently own a Canon T4i with a heavy 17-55mm lens attached.
I'm a bit nervous to take my camera for a couple of reasons:

#1. Safety. There is always a chance specially going abroad so be careful.
-I don't want to lose my camera, have it stolen, or be a target.

#2. Tourist. Nothing wrong with that since if you are a foreigner (which usually means white in India) you would be a tourist.
- I fear that carrying my camera around will shout "tourist" more than I'd prefer. However, it's obvious that I am indeed a foreigner but I don't want to be one of those kind..

#3. Skill and approach. Now this is a important point.A person can have excellent pics with just a P&S and a novice with a DSLR may just get average ones even though he may look like a "photographer" to people.
- Another fear is that my skill at this moment isn't particular good. I would love to photograph and document some lives in India, however I question my skills and rather or not taking such equipment will even be worth my time.. and money. Not to mention that I certainly don't have the guts to approach people in my own home state to talk to and photograph.. so I question how I will in a different country. Any tips on approaching, and spending time with locals? Enough to get to know them first then photograph? Just feeling awkward with it in general.

#4. Finally, money. This depends so you can sell it if money is a good reason.
I could easily sell my lens for double what I paid for and apply that to traveling and buy a smaller camera. But quality will surely be seen.
Answered in green.

Overall it might be better if you can have a good quality P&S which you can handle easily and keep in pocket rather than a heavy cam swinging around your neck all the time and catching eyes of potential thieves.

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