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Travel with expensive camera in South East Asia?


by @alejandrow | 5yr  | 5 comments

Is there anyone here that have been traveling through South East Asia with expensive cameras and gear?

If so, do you guys have any tips or recommendations to not get robbed or lose your valuable camera. I really would like to use my camera while visiting South East Asia, but I am afraid that it will get stolen or something like that.

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@gnefkow | 5yr

I donโ€™t know anything about SEA, but Iโ€™ve been travelling around Mexico and El Salvador with this pacsafe camera bag:

It has some extra clips for the zippers and it is easy to sling it around to the front (when youโ€™re getting on a busy metro, for instance) It is also easy to bury things down inside it to make things a little more difficult for would-be pick-pockets.

I havenโ€™t had any close calls (to my knowledge) so maybe it is just piece of mind, but Iโ€™ve been very happy with it.

It isnโ€™t very big, though, so it depends on what equipment you have. Iโ€™m carrying a mirrorless Sony A7 Mark II with three lenses total (though it is a mirrorless camera so theyโ€™re all pretty small), a Canon flash, hard drive, and a Surface Pro 3, with all of the chargers, extra battery, SD cards, etcโ€ฆ and everything fits quite comfortably.

I also have a shoulder sling to hold my camera which I love for shooting, but also means itโ€™d take a little extra effort for someone to snatch it out of my hands and run with it.

That said, the Sony isnโ€™t a very big body. If youโ€™ve got a full-frame SLR or something - or youโ€™re travelling with a laptop much bigger than a Surface or a macbook air, that pacsafe bag may not work for you.

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@freddjohns | 5yr

Just donโ€™t be dumb. Watch your stuff like you would in Penn Station, the grandaddy of stealing everything. Singapore is easy, but the rest of asia, specifically Malaysia, Indo, Thailand is really not a place you want to be leaving stuff laying around. Be safe. Be Smart.

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Not sure where you are from but your gear is probably a lot safer once you get to SE Asia than where you are currently.

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@yako | 5yr

I donโ€™t know exactly what โ€˜expensiveโ€™ means, but I consider my Mark II pretty expensive for myself and I was traveling around SE asia with it with no problem. As Grum said just use common sense. You will see many people like yourself traveling with similar equipment.

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@grum | 5yr

I do have expensive gear and I see hundreds of people running around with expensive gear daily. I have had zero thefts. I also have insurance in case I get stupid.

How do you walk around at home without losing your camera or getting it stolen? Try to do more than that. Theft usually only happens when people are stupid and leave things lying around and out of sight. SEA isnโ€™t a place where people rob you at knifepoint (usually). Youโ€™d probably have a higher chance of that happening in some parts of the States. Thieves in SEA just take advantage of human stupidity.

If youโ€™re paranoid, just always have the camera in your hand or attached to you with straps. If you have a camera bag, donโ€™t have it so someone can just reach in it. If you have interchangable lenses, donโ€™t have the camera hanging off to your side as people can pop off the lens. Donโ€™t leave the camera on the table when going to the loo. Donโ€™t get drunk/high with gear in your possession. All of this is common sense stuff that should apply at home as well.

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Iโ€™ve been looking to travel for a few years now, and Iโ€™m finally at the point where Iโ€™m pretty much ready to get going, hopefully next month.

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by @jakub | 4yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

Hey guysโ€ฆ Iโ€™m from a EU country but in the past 6 years I spent there just 3 weeks.

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Because of my experiences

a) PayPal froze my account for several weeks until I was able to give them documents that are very difficult to get if Iโ€™m no longer in Australia

b) when applying for a tourist visa to Australia just to pick up rest of my stuff - itโ€™s supposed to be done within 48 hoursโ€ฆ well it took them 3 weeks just to ask me for additional details (that I already gave them with the application anyway) - I lost my tickets and bookings - of course no way to email them, call or whatever

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