How to care for your camera when on a long overseas trip?


Jeremytks

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Hey guys,

am going for a long trip to China (from Aug all the way to end Dec).

I assume some of you had brought your camera and went on long overseas trip.

Any good tips as in how to maintain the camera when overseas?

Thank you. :)


Jeremy
 

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Every night take out your equipments to let the air-con dry then up.
 

hori

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Hey guys,

am going for a long trip to China (from Aug all the way to end Dec).

I assume some of you had brought your camera and went on long overseas trip.

Any good tips as in how to maintain the camera when overseas?

Thank you. :)


Jeremy
Check out this old post on the same topic.

Just take out your gear regularly to use and clean it for just 10minutes every few days. If you're hardcore, you can put them into a bag with silica gel. Make sure the gel is still workable.
 

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takengo2003

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some basic guidelines

1) hood and filter on to prevent unnecessary knocks in crowded places.

2) if possible, keep a camera waterproof plastic bag (worth $5) in your backpack incase rains.

3) try not to show off your expensive camera and lens in public, if possible keep in bag when not in use.

4) clean your camera when you reach hotel.
 

daredevil123

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Hey guys,

am going for a long trip to China (from Aug all the way to end Dec).

I assume some of you had brought your camera and went on long overseas trip.

Any good tips as in how to maintain the camera when overseas?

Thank you. :)


Jeremy

How long are you going there?

If less than 2 months, just don't bother and use it like any other day. Blow when there is dust, wipe when oily or wet.

No biggie.

BTW, china sells lots of cheap camera stuff. Worse come to worse, get a cleaning kit there if you did not bring one along. And servicing in NSC and CSC in china is cheaper than in Singapore. Much better service too. And the receptionists are all so... :lovegrin:

And yes, I always bring a couple of big ziploc bags along when I travel.
 

daredevil123

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some basic guidelines

1) hood and filter on to prevent unnecessary knocks in crowded places.

2) if possible, keep a camera waterproof plastic bag (worth $5) in your backpack incase rains.

3) try not to show off your expensive camera and lens in public, if possible keep in bag when not in use.

4) clean your camera when you reach hotel.

1) true. But I would use the lens hood even when shooting in singapore or at home.

2) Yes, ziploc is the way to go.

3) Only in bad regions (which is not a lot in China). Most of the uncle and aunties there will be carrying more expensive setups than you. When I climbed huangshan, a old China uncle was using his D3x, 24-70/2.8, SB900, with Gitzo tripod. And a huge Pelican case. D300, D700 are everywhere. So are 1D series, 5Dmk2, 7D. Everywhere!

4) Geee, do you guys have OCD or something? Clean every day... wait paint come off then you know.
 

Numnumball

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Hey guys,

am going for a long trip to China (from Aug all the way to end Dec).

I assume some of you had brought your camera and went on long overseas trip.

Any good tips as in how to maintain the camera when overseas?

Thank you. :)


Jeremy
No difference from how u do it here...

And use them more often as i guess u wont have a dry cabinet to store ur gears.

If not invest in a good drybox over there (guess wont cost u much)

Usual maintenance when u come in touch with dust, mosit, and dirt.
 

bruggink

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I remembered one of the CSers mentioned that when he sent his camera or lens (couldnt recall which one) for servicing, it was discovered tat the oil for the moveable parts almost dried up. This was due to his long stay at US where the air is always dry.

Morale of the story is tat humidity needs moderation. Too dry oso no gd. Have to find ways to control n sad to say, the easiest way may be the dry cabinet.
 

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No need to worry about humidity in Northern China, it's dry. Southern China more "wet" but still better than SG.

I don't bother much with any special care, cleaning kit can be bought in China.
 

Diavonex

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Better keep it under lock and key.

Camera disappear very fast in China.
 

Blur Shadow

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As long as my camera is working, my concerns are with other things.
 

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