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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2013, 12:17:04 AM »
Great advice. I have considered use a diaper bag as a camera bag.   I even would have a bottle or two in an outside pocket

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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2013, 12:17:04 AM »

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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2013, 12:29:50 AM »
The ugliest 5D3 ever? 
You win. Without question the ugliest 5D3 on the planet. This is total overkill and will attract more attention than it deters. Get real! If you really must tape, subtle invisibility is the objective. This is getting a bit self-conscious.

privatebydesign is the one to listen to here. Insurance, total confidence and buckets of common sense will serve you better than any amount of tape.

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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2013, 12:47:06 AM »
How about $28 for a Delkin skin, then slap on whatever cheap tape you want, maybe with a couple of paint splashes for good measure?

I like Neuro ideas....I'll keep that in mind when is my turn to travel to places like that.
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2013, 01:15:49 AM »

I was surprised I didn't get scolded for doing this sooner.   ::)

I liken this to the 'UV filter as lens protection' debate -- there will always be two camps on this. 

Respectfully, those in opposition to this make excellent points.  I have to admit there is an element of irreverent dress-up going on here, but my original concern was lower the perception of value.

Who knows?  It might get snatched anyway.

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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2013, 03:48:32 AM »
the white tape on the camera and stamps are just ridiculous. A thief will not care if you have a 20D or 1DX... like others have said, they're probably looking to get about 50 dollars for it anyways, so what's the difference?
If anything the white tape is going to attract a lottttt more attention. I wouldn't stop staring at you if I saw you on the street, i'd be thinking to myself, "what does this guy have going on under that tape? what's in the rest of his bag?"
This solution doesn't make your camera look old and cheap, it makes it look like some kind of prototype test copy(besides kai.)
I think this thread has gone from semi useful, to downright ridiculous.
just get insurance, use common sense, act like you belong, and know when to give up if confronted(as said before.) I'd say the taping is just going to give you unwanted attention.
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2013, 04:20:25 AM »
Buy some cheap metal hoods off ebay.  Bash, ding, scrape, sandpaper them until they look like crap.  Install on camera.  Job done with no cameras being harmed.
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2013, 04:40:23 AM »
I just replaced my "5D Mark III" strap with one that says "Canon EOS". It does feel a little less like "look at me with my Mark III!".. :)

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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2013, 05:07:12 AM »
Since this "hide the expensive cameras with ugly gaffers tape" advice is such common knowledge, my guess is that all but the most inept thieves would snatch the big cameras with the gaffers tape ;D
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2013, 05:30:29 AM »
Get one of them blackrapid r straps. The camera hangs low and discreetly out of sight, even under a jacket yet is easily accessible. Also it doesn't have a Canon logo on it. And as a bonus is saves your neck. If you see dodgy looking people just slide the camera under your coat and walk on by. 

Tape is stupid. Would you tape your watch? Your car? Your wallet? No. Exactly.
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2013, 05:54:45 AM »
If your gear has value beyond being a tool, why are you taking it to a place where it is endangered? And why are you going there?
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2013, 06:58:52 AM »
I'd suggest carrying a monopod with you.  I was carrying one (not extended) in a relatively rough area with my camera, and one of a group standing on a corner  tried to tell me carrying a weapon is illegal.  It won't help when extended and in use, but seemed to be enough to make them think.
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2013, 07:25:31 AM »
Tape is stupid. Would you tape your watch? Your car? Your wallet? No. Exactly.

So most of the press photographers are stupid ? Do ya really think they tape just to act like all the other ones...?
There are some good reasons to tape. And when you go in some real dangerous place because you have to be there, the more you can have a discreet and plain black camera, the more placid you feel. Not all the photographers carry a tiny Leica and have to use their big daily DSLR in every situations. Not all the photographers shoot only pictures of flower in their backyard.
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #27 on: May 27, 2013, 07:36:23 AM »
Why are you disguising the camera? Why not just get a simple black t-shirt with "POLICE" written on it in the language of the country? (unless people there like to shoot police)
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2013, 07:43:51 AM »
I have considered use a diaper bag as a camera bag.

I've done that, complete with diapers.  But not for disguise...I had a baby along.  ;)

I've also gone the other way, diaper/wipes in a Lowepro Sliplock Pouch 30 on my Deluxe Technical belt. Just sayin'...
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Re: Making your expensive gear look like crap while traveling
« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2013, 08:20:51 AM »
Tape is stupid. Would you tape your watch? Your car? Your wallet? No. Exactly.

So most of the press photographers are stupid ? Do ya really think they tape just to act like all the other ones...?

I thought Press photogs often taped so that in situations where lots of photographers are at an event the bright white logos and branding dont catch the flash and create distracting elements within each others photos...?
 
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