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Melanie

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Camera Equipment - what to carry?
« on: March 21, 2011, 01:02:15 PM »
Does anyone have any suggestions about what type of camera to use during a bike tour (SLR vs. point and shoot)?  I plan on biking cross country this coming summer and would like something relatively lightweight, but with higher quality than my cell phone.  Also, what type of equipment should I carry on a tour?  Is one lens sufficient?  Is it worth it to carry a tripod, even with the extra weight?  Also, any suggestions on how to back up photos so I don't lose them while on the road?  And lastly, what is the best way to store camera equipment so that it won't get wet or joggled around too much on the road?

Thanks for any tips or suggestions.

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Re: Camera Equipment - what to carry?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 09:31:58 AM »
To back up all my stuff I use dropbox.com. It's great. You get your personal folder, and you can access this folder anywhere. The folder is technically located on their server so anything you have in it don't take any space on your memory. You can put this folder anywhere, kind of like a shared folder on a network. The folder is the same whereever you access it from. ie. I have this folder on my laptop, on my PC at home, iphone and I can access it online so I can access it from internet cafe or when I stay with locals. I used to have the free 2GB and use it for my important document when I was traveling - copy of passport, driver license etc and whatnot, but I found it so convenient that I know use it everyday even when I am not traveling using their 50GB account for $9 a month where I put all my music and pictures so they are backed up on their server and they don't take space on my iphone or laptop. It's great because I can access them all the time. When I travel, I go online and dump all my pictures in this folder so free some space on my SD card.

I recommend to put your camera in your handlebar bag so you can access it quickly. I used to put the camera between my clothing in one of my pannier but I found out that I was not really using it as it was cumbersome to take it out all the time. I use the Ortlieb camera insert for handlbar bag: http://www.cyclocamping.com/Accessories/ortlieb_camera_insert_for_ultimate_handlebar_bag_m_or_l/GOTF94-50.aspx. It is nice I put my SLR Canon camera, 2 lenses (wide angle and 50mm), SD cards, my Iphone and a few gadgets. I do use a tripod and I would never travel without one. they are perfect to take picture of yourself on your bike or to take picture in low light condition (evening by the tent, inside of a home etc.).  The best kind I found is the travel tripod that can expand up to 40-45 inches. Like the Tragus 8 section. They are inexpensive, very lightweight and compact enough to fit in my handlebar with the rest of my junk. They are not very strong and I do have to buy a new one every couple years but they are strong enough for my heavy SLR even when there is some wind and tripod stronger than that are way more too heavy and won't fit my handlebar.
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Re: Camera Equipment - what to carry?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 08:59:47 AM »
What worked for me on a recent tour through Ireland and Scotland:
Panasonic DMC-TZ5 Lumix compact digital with 10x optical zoom and Leica lens. Of course an SLR will take better pictures, but I wouldn't want to carry the extra weight and bulk. I'm much more likely to carry/use a compact camera. Since many of my photos include landscapes, the 10x zoom is really useful. I also carried an Asus netbook and uploaded my photos every evening via the SD port to have as a backup. Evenings when I had time and Wi-Fi access, I posted low-res versions of selected photos on flickr to share with friends while on tour.