A lot of my friends come to me asking whether they should buy an SLR for their travel photography. It’s hard to say whether or not exactly you should buy one, as it’s a very personal decision. But often I find people are buying them for the sake of it and not really thinking about the function.
When I ask people why they want an SLR their response is always the same
“I WANT TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOS”
You know what, it simply doesn’t work like that. The truth is, you can take great photos with lousy cameras and lousy photos with great cameras. Do you get what i mean? A great photo doesn’t depend only from a big-heavy SLR camera, but also from photographer. It’s not only about your gun, but also the man behind the gun. Just because you don’t have an SLR camera doesn’t mean you can’t take great shots.
Another reason, so many people are tricked into buying SLRs because they want a high megapixel camera so that they can blow up their photos and put them in frames and posters. Well, the truth is that even an 8MP photo is big enough to do that. If you’re just going to look at them on your computer screen then you probably only really need 5MP. The megapixel fixation is one that will make you spend far more money than you ever need to.
As part of my general interest in travel photography, I’ve had tried a variety of cameras, from basic compacts up to dSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex camera) outfits. Based on my experience, for adventure or travel photography, your kit need to stay minimal to keep things light and relatively fast and Here’s a big surprise, SLR is not that effective to carry on your holiday trip
Here are the main considerations that you’ll probably want to consider when carrying an SLR camera on traveling:
this gear included a camera’s body, lenses, external flash, tripod, filters, spare batteries, and charger. You’ll end up with a fully loaded and very heavy camera bag. unless you’re lucky enough to be traveling first class and with your own personal porter to haul around, you probably will need to limit your your camera kit simply because of the size and weight that they take up in your bags. If your travels involve flights, then an artificial limit on gear will be placed on you by airline baggage limits.
You have to use sufficient padding for all fragile items (e.g. the camera body, lenses, filters, etc.) don’t forget to pack len’s wipes and cleaning supplies, because you never know what may happen. besides, you have to be more careful, remember that other people are not going to be as nice to your camera as you are. Those guys in airport security may toss your bag around a little more carelessly than you would.
The risk of everything getting stolen
People want to take nice photos when they travel, and they want to carry nice cameras with them to do so. But when you tied up your expensive SLR camera around your neck. Everyone will noticed you as a rich man. after that all too often these nice cameras get stolen or broken. be careful.
Need an extra storage for your photo
If you’re shooting RAW photos and HD videos, you’ll need to bring tons of memory card for the entire trip. If you’re smart enough you can buy yourself a fast card reader, but still, you need a laptop to offload the images to a hard drive + backup drive. Of course this one adds lots of weight.
That’s the point. Several reasons you don’t need to bring your SLR camera while traveling.
I’d love to carry a small compact camera that can stash in a pocket most of the time. Close to my body enclosed in my pocket. I do not worry too much about people stealing it or breaking it. Obviously, this aint gonna work for your SLR. You’ll need the extra bulk and having to bring a bag with you.
This can slow you down cause trouble in crowds, and provide an extra target for pickpockets.
Another reason why SLR camera makes me dissapointed are It also adds size and weight to a daypack which can be slightly annoying on overnight trains and buses. Also if you are having a night out with friends etc, you tend not to take your dSLR and miss some social type shots.