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Travel tech tip #10 - How to travel and protect your camera

Following on from yesterdays post on protecting your electronic devices, I decided to split out a few of the best tips on looking after your camera.

I suppose this particularly applies to the higher end of cameras in the SLR and DSLR range that can start around the $600 mark and easily hit beyond $1,200+. In essence they are expensive bits of gear that are important to look after properly.

These are tips I've picked up along the way since buying my pride and joy the Olympus OMD EM5. Its probably a whole separate post to cover the ins and outs of why I went with this camera (& why I like it so much), but it has definitely proved to be a functional/compact, and high performing camera.

Four main tips I can give are:

1. Get a lens protector.
These are clear 'caps' that screw on to the end of the lens, or also a polaroid screw cap (I have the clear one on permanently, and just use the polaroid on sunny days). I picked this one up from the first photography lesson I went to at Michaels Camera's in Melbourne. It is definitely the thing you never want to end up relying on, but can mean the difference between permanently damaging your lens for good (~$800), or just going and buying another ~$15 lens cap.

2. Get a heavy duty camera bag
I got a Kata bag, which at the time seemed to come in all shapes and sizes. The main function of a bag like this is to keep your gear together, and protect it more in the transit mode. Some people use these as their main case to use with all shooting, but as light and easy as mine is, I still feel it creates a barrier/friction to getting your camera out and shooting on the fly.

3. Have a light weight functional case/cover
This is probably my best purchase I have made as an accessory to my OMD (pictured in yesterdays post). It easily folds out to take your shot, but still provides enough of a layer to cushion against small bumps, scratches and the like. I feel much more comfortable putting the camera in my day pack, or around my neck with this case, compared to nothing at all- however it is no pain to shoot with because it hang there, ready to be popped back on.

4. Use a stubby holder (beer cozy) to protect your lens.
This is brilliant little DIY tip I saw recently, that particularly applies if  you are shooting with multiple lenses, or just want a little more protection when using a light case. Stubby holders as we refer to them in Australia, cost pretty much nothing (we all have a collection of promotional give-away stubby holders accumulated over the years), and prove to be very easy to take on and off.
So there you have it - four tips that you hopefully find useful to protect your gear on your next trip.

Go any favourite tips or tricks that you use to protect your camera gear when travelling?
Let us know in the comments!

Written by Peter Cain

Peter Cain is the Founder and CEO of, a company committed to making it easier and cheaper to stay connected whilst travelling. You can find him on Twitter and Google+. You can also find dataGO on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+ for all the latest info on local and roaming SIMs and data hotspots.

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