Do you have your camera with you most of the time?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by qveda, May 7, 2009.

  1. qveda macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    Regardless of which camera or lenses you have, you can't take that great shot if you don't have your camera with you. I have a looong commute (90min each way) but much of it on beautiful country roads. I bring a point & shoot with me every day. But sometimes I really wish I had a full frame DSLR for those great early morn. and early eve. moments.

    Not sure I'm comfortable with bringing expensive and somewhat bulky gear with me everyday... leave it in the car? bring it into the office? how to secure it?

    How do you safely keep your camera with you?
  2. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    I just don't. I use those times when I see a great shot and have no camera as food for thought. I imagine what I would do. I stop and ponder it, frame it mentally. And if it's a location I can return to, I make note of the time of day and plan to return with my camera.

    I've made those return trips on numerous occasions, and they are always very rewarding because then I can go with the right gear and a good relaxed attitude, as opposed to trying to squeeze in a shot when I'm really busy doing something else.
  3. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    I take my DSLR everywhere. If I missed a great shot, it would drive me nuts... :eek:
  4. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    I must admit, I am usually a little rushed and hasty when I take pictures on the way to/from work. Often their is no good place to pull off the road. But over time I've scoped out rural driveways etc that work. I'm always more rushed than I'd like
    On the other hand, I've captured some beautiful shots depending on weather etc that I would not be likely to get if I came back to that spot at sunrise or sunset on another day.
  5. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    How do you carry it? Do you bring it into your workplace , school, etc along with your lunch, laptop, etc ?
  6. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    I'm self-employed, so my workplace is wherever I am. The camera's either over my shoulder, attached to a tripod or in the car...
  7. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Yup, couldn't agree more, I have 3 bags, one is dSLR + notebook bag, one is a free camera bag given when I bought my camera and the last one is a DIY camera bag if I want to go places where I don't want to be screamed as Camera Man!

    I have experience numerous occasion where I regretted not bringing my dSLR so now I bring it like almost everywhere. If I were to get a more pro body, I will use it specific events or such while the shall follow me everywhere will be my current 1000D
  8. seattle macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    I normally bring my DLSR but I will at least bring my Canon G9 and just put it in my pocket. I too would also hate to miss a cool shot.
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    This talk reminded me of my 35mm film days.

    Back in the 35mm days, I used to fly around Japan with a Canon A-1. One day, took a friend up but forgot to take my camera along -- left it in the car by mistake. We flew around Mt. Fuji. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. We were slightly above and looking down with the sun behind us.

    If you can imagine a very black mountain, with a little snow top that is wearing a mink coat (made from pure white clouds) on a crystal clear type day.

    I circled back around for another look. It was gone. The clouds had moved.

    I almost cried. That was 15 years ago. Still pissed that I missed that shot.

    Since that time, I always have carried a camera with me, even if it is only a point and shoot type. Picked up some neat shots over time. Never again will I forget my camera.
  10. advan031 macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2008
    It's just way too big to lug around all the time but I do carry my LX3 95% of the time.
  11. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    i have a camera almost everywhere I go. Definitely try to take the dslr as much as possible, but the p & s is great when I can't haul my bigger bag around.
  12. Little HZ macrumors regular

    Little HZ

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Mexico
    I have my p&s camera w/ me probably 97% of the time. I also carry my DSLR w/ a 55-200 lens in a nice, compact bag about 20% of the time, and the full DSLR kit about 20% of the time (meaning I have my DSLR w/ me about 40% of the time). My biggest constraint is time--sometimes, even when I have my camera w/ me, I just don't have time to stop and shoot. Looking forward to retirement to solve that problem! (Too bad it is many years away ... :p)
  13. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    Well, OK, but this anecdote is hardly an example of a time when most people would not think to bring a camera. Indeed, you merely forgot; you didn't forgo the camera intentionally.

    I most certainly bring my camera with me anytime I go somewhere unusual and I think there might be some photo ops, and I often seriously inconvenience myself to do so. But most of my Fall and Spring days I'm traveling back and forth along the same old routes. I walk almost everywhere I go, and my habit is to make these urban treks entertaining by being in "photographer mode" sans camera. I almost never see anything worth photographing, mostly because I tend to be out during the wrong hours of the day, when the light is bad. Nonetheless, I know that if I brought a point-and-shoot camera along, I would be disappointed at having gotten a merely OK shot that would have been better with my "real" camera. That's just how I am. If I'm going to do something, I want to do it "right."
  14. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Always. Usually I have my DSLR and tripod, but at a minimum I have my ELPH (and as a backup to that, my iPhone, of course ;) )
  15. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    I would if I had a prime. 40d with prime can fit in my bag easily and I would bring that with my every where.
  16. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    had a prime? as in you don't have any prime right now? 50mm 1.8 is a very cheap and good prime :D
  17. grizzlybrice macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2005
    Playa Del Rey, CA
    Every once in a while, I'll be on a walk or driving along, and see a great sight... then just say "click" out loud. Hehe.

  18. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I bought a P&S to carry around with me everywhere.
  19. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Yes. I bought a camera shoulder bag to make sure I always had at least some semblance of camera kit with me - usually a 1D Mark III, 16-35L and 50L. The bag also then holds my other day-to-day bits and pieces.
  20. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    No, not always. 50 percent of the time, perhaps, I carry a D-Lux 4.
    However, 95 percent of the time, I'm carrying an audio recorder.
  21. jodelli macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2008
    Windsor, ON, Canada
    On a nice day I'll grab a P&S on my way out. But then someday I'll be looking up at a funnel cloud again and cursing not having it.
  22. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    I used to but found I never had time to stop or couldn't. I'm either late to be somewhere or I have my 3 year old with me and cant stop on the side of the road or drag him around to shoot. When he is a little older I will be able to.

    When I go somewhere that's not business or just me I do take my camera and a few lenses most of the time.
  23. thr33face macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    it would've been nice if this had a poll attached.

    anyways: i have my dslr with me all the time. because of weight and space reason i do not take additional lenses or accessories for it with me.

    as for "keeping the camera safe": i just put in my bag, but i make sure i put keys and other sharp objects in a separate compartment.
    my method has a dust-attracting downside ;)
  24. SimD macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
    Get a Lumix LX-3 or Leica D-Lux 4.. or if you've got the dough, a Leica M8.
  25. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    I am concerned about leaving lenses in a car when the temperature could get too hot. At my office it should be OK if I can fit the bag into a drawer or cabinet.
    How do you safeguard or store your gear when you are not with your bag?

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