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Boxer6

Camera quandary

We're going to Madeira for a week next Monday, and I'm totally unsure what camera(s) to take!

I'm keen to take my Nikon (and lenses, natch) to try and get the best quality pictures I can, against my TZ10 Panasonic which, while it provides decent images, can only shoot in Jpeg.

The other issue I have, and the main one to be honest, is I'm a bit wary of taking all that kit on a commercial aeroplane even as hand luggage. No specific reason for that either, other than the fact I've never done it!

Any horror stories I should be aware of, or "soothing brow" reports to appease my fears? I will, of course, end up taking both the Nikon AND Panny, but it's all in a good cause!
TreVoR

I have never had a problem taking it as hand luggage but make sure that it isn't overweight or they will insist on checking it.

Nowadays I don't bother and just take a compact.
Big Blue

Never had an issue with it. Holidays are the only time I get to take the big 'un out (oo-er missus) so I would favour the Nikon for a decent holiday camera.
simonp

I usually take my SLR and then not take any pics with it coz I can't be arsed to carry it when I get there!
woof woof

I've never had a problem with hand luggage either. Just make sure everything is well packed just in case some oik shoves his bag in the overhead locker and scrunches yours up a bit.

However, the thing I worry about with photography is that it's a relatively solitary thing to do and when you're doing it there's a danger that you can get wrapped up in it and it can take over and you can end up ignoring the person you're with, or at least not giving them enough attention. Of course this wont be an issue if the person you're with is into photography too but personally I've never been that lucky and for that reason I'd be more tempted to take a more compact camera rather than a time consuming DSLR and lenses.

You say that your Panny can only take JPEG's? If you are worried about ignoring whoever you're with and would rather just take a "compact" I have a RAW shooting Panny LX5 which sees little use and you're welcome to borrow it if you like. Just let me know and I could post if off to you on Thursday. As long as you'll send it back! Just a thought.

PS. If you're flush and you want your very own RAW capable camera you could pick up a used one. This place has some...

http://www.ffordes.com/product/12111415002681

You can get an LX2 for £119. I had one of these and to be honest at low ISO it takes better pictures than my LX5 although the higher ISO's are poor. The LX2 shoots RAW+JPEG.
Boxer6

Thanks for the offer Alan. I think I'm going to take both …… I have a photo-vest which can hold the main lenses when we're out, and Herself is well used to me stopping to take photos pretty much anywhere we go! Indeed, she will probably use the TZ while I use the Nikon.

As for the weight issue Mark mentioned, I think it'll be OK. I'll weigh the case once I've repacked it.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Take both, and make sure that the DSLR is well protected, ideally in a proper camera bag (which you may then want to place into another hand luggage bag).  I've taken a Nikon as hand luggage to the Far East and to Aberdeen before, it's no great issue at all.  It's only if you are thinking of taking a tripod that you may encounter difficulties!
Boxer6

Chris M Wants a V-10 wrote:
Take both, and make sure that the DSLR is well protected, ideally in a proper camera bag (which you may then want to place into another hand luggage bag).  I've taken a Nikon as hand luggage to the Far East and to Aberdeen before, it's no great issue at all.  It's only if you are thinking of taking a tripod that you may encounter difficulties!


I've spent the best part of an hour packing and repacking the case, which is a hard-bodied foam-lined Hakuba camera case. It's been variously, dropped, used as a step and, on one memorable occasion, an axle stand! (True - for a kart, though, not a car!)

I had thought about taking a tripod, but that would be too much of a pain to carry around. I've got a monopod I may take though, which will fit easily in a suitcase.
Tim

Re: Camera quandary

Boxer6 wrote:
We're going to Madeira for a week next Monday,


You lost me at this point      
Bob Sacamano

Boxer6 wrote:
Thanks for the offer Alan. I think I'm going to take both …… I have a photo-vest which can hold the main lenses when we're out


Please post a photo of you in this.
Boxer6

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
Thanks for the offer Alan. I think I'm going to take both …… I have a photo-vest which can hold the main lenses when we're out


Please post a photo of you in this.


You really don't want me to do that. Trust me.    
him

^^^ I think he meant over your clothes?
Bob Sacamano

him wrote:
^^^ I think he meant over your clothes?


Oh God yes - I didn't mean....

I've only seen 2 people wearing photo vests on holiday and both were wearing socks with sandals to complete the ensemble. I assume this is some sort of unwritten rule.
Martin

Over the clothes or not, I don't think a picture is necessary!!

Do you have to wear socks with your sandles and a big daft floppy hat to complete the look?  
Bob Sacamano

Martin wrote:
Over the clothes or not, I don't think a picture is necessary!!

Do you have to wear socks with your sandles and a big daft floppy hat to complete the look?  


You don't have to have the floppy hat if you're bald - it's nice to get that lovely ruby red colour on your pate.

My dad also swore by a bright red camera strap emblazoned with the word "CANON" in big letters.
Boxer6

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Martin wrote:
Over the clothes or not, I don't think a picture is necessary!!

Do you have to wear socks with your sandles and a big daft floppy hat to complete the look?  


You don't have to have the floppy hat if you're bald - it's nice to get that lovely ruby red colour on your pate.

My dad also swore by a bright red camera strap emblazoned with the word "CANON" in big letters.


No sandals for me and, although I do have headwear to use if required, it certainly is not of the "floppy" persuasion. The camera strap is black, but does have "Nikon" imprinted on it in bright yellow lettering!

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