As a D-SLR owner, I go back and forth often about the benefits and drawbacks of carrying a bulky camera while traveling. I love the photos it takes; the quality is like no other. However, I can’t sometimes get myself to want to take it out for the day with fears of bulky bags and shoulder pains.
I’m not going to sugar coat it. Taking a D-SLR on your long-term travel adventure will require a bit of extra care, thought and worry. Here are my top negatives involved with the decision to do so:
- You risk losing it, breaking it or having it stolen. Hello, money? D-SLRs are not cheap cameras, so constantly traveling and moving about in maybe more crime-ridden areas can be a risk. There’s nothing like the feeling of losing something worth lots of cash to be a downer on your travels.
- They attract attention. Just by having a great size, they do make you stand out more in a crowd. Trying to take a discreet photo? Think again. Oh, and it just might attract the wrong attention, as listed in point 1.
- They take up precious packing space. The difference between a D-SLR and a pocket camera is immense, especially if you consider the addition of extra lenses, filters and cleaning supplies. You have to really consider whether or not you want to actually haul the extra weight around.
- They weigh you down when heading out for the day. Sightseeing and walking around all day is not the same when you have a few extra pounds having off your neck. I constantly deal with neck strain and stress when I’m on my travels and actually taking my camera out.
- The photos may take up precious computer space. If you’re taking those images in RAW formatting, you can expect them to take up a hefty space on your laptop or netbook with their larger size. Not only that, they will require some sort of post-processing work before putting them online for others to view.
You have to really consider the type of person you are when deciding on the camera you want to take. For me, I have found that I often will leave without taking it (thus missing out on great photo moments) just because I can’t fathom the idea of hauling it around. What’s the point in having a really awesome camera on your adventures if you’re not going to use it?
How are you when you travel? Did you take a giant camera with you just to be disappointed?
Stay tuned for next week when I talk about the positives of having a D-SLR…