Er, but the motorbike will be moving fast, it won't be stationary when it happens. And if you don't see it coming, I think very easy to go off balance.Originally Posted by sachokphantom
Actually the motorbikes are not very fast in Vietnam, it's the shock that caught us (yes I posted a reply on getting mugged) that left us stunned.Originally Posted by esoeij
Actually besides side slinging, the camera should not be facing the roads, rather, facing the shops instead as advised by locals. If you side sling with camera facing away from roads, and a friend is beside you, the Ali babas won't stand a chance as he will be thrown off the bike
My D90 was ripped off my hand at 7:40pm @ one of the intersection just outside my hotel in district 1. Was standing at the side of the curb trying to get a shot or 2 before heading back to the hotel thus I didn't wrap the strap around my wrist (which I usually do). I was alone then and which probably made me an easy target too.
Reading on the past comments made me felt that things might turn out even worst if I have strap on tight to the camera.. If these guys are so determined to get the camera.
Have already made a police report, and was told to go back and collect the copy the next morning.
Btw guys, Are there any other things I'll have to take note before heading out of Vietnam?
Not too sure how much I can claim from my insurance though.
The saddest part is the photos I took along the way from bkk - Laos - Hanoi - halong bay..is all gone
I am very sorry about your predicament bro.. Good thing nothing worst happened to you.Originally Posted by jefferychar
Hope you bought travel insurance which will be able to cover some of your losses. Probably other than the police report, ask your hotel to make a collect call to the emergency assistance phone number provided when you purchased your travel insurance. Talk to the service agent and describe what happened to you and ask for advice. They will be able to tell you what you need other than your police report. Do call them asap. They are a 24 hr service I think.
All the best!
Nikon & Leica
Just to provide an update re insurance
I put in a claim but loss of 1 7d and 1 24-70 L lens ( the 7d was 2 +years old and the lens was new ( value around $3k if you take into account depreciation
Got back $712 mainly due the the policy only covering $300 maximum per item of baggage .
Looking for a new policy now hopefully found one recommended by the above poster
wow that is pretty low... $712 can only get you a used 500D + kit lens.
Sorry for your loss.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 | XF 14, 18, 35, 56, 60, 55-200 | EF-X20 speedlite
At least it's something. More important thing is that there was no physical injuries.
Pick pocket is every where even in sg especially during holidsy gathering.. Christmas count down new year count down. These people form around the world- will gather to commit such act. So be careful. Witness many such acts.. slash backpack- unzip outer section of bag pack- n best of all take the bag n go. I also manage to deter of them too.
So becareful in sg as well as outside of sg. So while walking are the street keep watch out for these kind of people while taking street foto in crowded place. Kind of easy to spot after awhile
Olympus OMD E-M5 kit len. Letting nikkor 35mm dx f1.8g
Even taking photos at local, we also need to be alert. Cause our county got too many 'imports' till we looks like 3rd class citizen when a grp of them walk pass you. Always listen to your surrounding for any 'incoming'. Got once, i setup tripod on the bridge n 1 gp of 'imports' walking towards it blindly. I dash over to prevent them from knocking it down n maybe to the water below. They stares at me as if they are blind n cant see my setup. If i in a grp, sure whack them up, ha ha!
Only Sony device mostly, haha!
I just came back from Hanoi and I had my camera out at all times, even late at night out in the streets, in the parks etc lol... Didn't felt any threat to my safety at all..
Guess I was lucky. Thanks for the advice. :-)
I lost my camera previously when I was in Italy too. It dampens the trip but do try to make the best out of the rest of the trip. There's still your camera phone if you spot some nice shots :-)
Looking like Saigon is a very bad country for Travel Photographers, what about local police and Govt of Saigon ??