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Travelling With And Storing D S L R In The Car/caravan

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Has anyone any tips on travelling with a DSLR?

I find more and more that I don't like carrying the

camera/lenses in a pukka camera bag in the boot,

but the kit needs some really good protection.

Then what do you carry? I used to carry everything,

but am nowadays of the opinion that even a couple

of zoom lenses are too much. If i had the money it

would be a top flight bridge camera but I have a

Nikon and Nikon kit so I am stuck with my choice.

My notebook camera is a Sony DSC-W50 which

goes with me everywhere

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Just fitted a small digital safe into caravan. Machine Mart Clarke CS300D at £33. 59 and similar to those you find in hotel rooms. Bolted through the floor and through a vertical panel at the rear and would take more than a few minutes to remove supposing any thief had a large crow bar! Sited inside a cupboard also makes access for removal difficult but it's fine for use!

 

I can get a notebook computer, my SLR and three lenses plus all the bits of paper etc in it with no problems!

 

I take a Lowepro bag which doubles as standard ruck sack if camera not required. Works well for me and encourages me to use the camera more or even not bother bringing it!

 

Oh - The safe weights 6. 7kg.

 

Incidently the holes for fixing are for 8mm bolts. I popped into a large DIY store to get 2 coach bolds to go through the floor. The cost was going to be £1. 18 for each bolt plus a further £2. 00 something for a packet of nuts! Large washers I couldn't find but I guess the lot would have cost approximately £5. 00.

 

I left this massive DIY Supermarket & (mmmm clue there!) popped into a local specialist Ironmongery store and bought the lot for £0. 89.

 

As an edit the place I bought the fastenings from was Shaw's Ironmongers Ltd in Sheffield! But I'm certain there are similar places throughout the country!

Edited by John_b_45

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I use an alloy case with foam insert.

 

I use a dedicated leather Nikon Case

 

I have also downsized to a Nikon One and a Leica compact.

 

The alloy suitcases from Maplin where bought as a set of three stored inside each other.

 

One looks after my Sat Kit. a second the Flatscreen small TV another the DVD player.

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I did the same as John. Bought a digital safe from Makro and bolted it down through the caravan floor with four flat head M8 bolts with locking nuts.

 

The safe is under one of the seats. The nuts are inside the safe and I drilled a steel plate( about 12 x 12 inches ) for the four bolts to fit through on the underside of the floor. So it would take quite a bit of effort to remove it.

 

Camera, Lenses, Flash, Passports, etc all relatively secure

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We have a safe both in the car and in the van, So no problem with storage. When visiting tourist spots the camera and lenses are carried about in a supermarket bag wraped in a jumper. Keeps prying eyes at bay.

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I am curious as to when you use the safe and why you bother?

 

I have my camera gear in a backpack that's either on my back, in the car with us or in the shower when we are in the caravan.

Passports are always on my person when out . ..or secreted in the end washroom.

 

No one is going to break in through the small washroom window while we are asleep. ..difficult to get in quietly . ..a dead end with nothing to steal in there!! Similarly they are not going to come in from the front ignore the living area to squeeze past us sleeping and steal . ...my toiletry items.

 

The laptop? Either with me in the backpack or I have a secret place in the caravan.

 

 

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I'm not going to reveal what I do on a public forum. ... but here is a good pointer for starters http://pacsafe. com/

 

http://pacsafe. com/p. ..a-bag-protector

 

http://pacsafe. com/d. ..i-theft-daypack

 

These products have kept my kit safe in Turkey, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, SIberia, Mongolia and a few unsavoury places as well. ...!!!!! B)

 

 

 

FT

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I am curious as to when you use the safe and why you bother?

 

I have my camera gear in a backpack that's either on my back, in the car with us or in the shower when we are in the caravan.

Passports are always on my person when out . ..or secreted in the end washroom.

 

No one is going to break in through the small washroom window while we are asleep. ..difficult to get in quietly . ..a dead end with nothing to steal in there!! Similarly they are not going to come in from the front ignore the living area to squeeze past us sleeping and steal . ...my toiletry items.

 

The laptop? Either with me in the backpack or I have a secret place in the caravan.

 

 

So do I, It's called a safe.

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So do I, It's called a safe.

 

I take your point :)

 

I suppose when all the items are covered by insurance I would prefer anyone breaking in to do minimal damage and clear off with a few accessible bits. ... rather than trying to rip a safe out in the believe there is something valuable in there.

 

In my studio I have a locked old ali camera case near the only access door. With the monitored alarm blaring (Ive got the siren INSIDE the building as its hard to stay inside for long with those decibels :blink: ) my hope is the intruder will grab this inviting, heavy locked case and leg it. Needless to say there are just bricks in the case. :)

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Not sure whether the dedicated bag is not carried as it is too much weight or because of security and people knowing what you have in there. I personally carry my DSLR plus lens, flashgun and bits in a dedicated backpack that has been modified with foam inserts to give the camera more protection and because the original compartment dividers were rubbish. This is carried in the boot of the car when travelling and in the caravan when we occupy it. I personally think that it is more likely to have your van stolen, in which case a safe is useless, than have it broken into, but I may be wrong. Further a nice metal safe with a camera rattling about in it in transit, even well wrapped up, is asking for trouble. If the safe is only used when parked up then fine but it is a lot of trouble to go to. The only time my van has been broken into is when it was in storage and the van was almost empty then. They actually stole all the seat cushions, obviously to order, probably for a stolen van.

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The camera and all the lenses, filters etc. live in a lowenpro rucksac that is always in the car when I'm in it, on site in the boot or in the 'van.

 

Decided that for a lot of the time I didn't need to carry all the gear so bought a fishing bag (man bag!!) that can safely carry a couple of lenses and filters. (I also have a bum bag for this and a handlebar bag for the bike)

 

The camera is fitted with a Sunsniper strap with a steel wire insert to prevent it being cut. Carrying the camera over the shoulder is far far more comfortable

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It's a piece of equipment, I have insurance. I'm not lazy about it, and keep an eye on the bag, but I don't really get bothered. The valuable bit is the images. I always take several SD cards and a laptop. I copy the images to the laptop every night and leave them on the SD card. If I particularly want to keep them they go to my dropbox folder which holds 3. 5Gb so is able to hold quite a few images. When I get home they get transferred to the server and the NAS so that I have three copies and then format the cards.

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I just make sure my insurance covers me :D We take no precautions other than, as with all valuables, keeping it out of sight when we don't have our camera with us.

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