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kramer222
01-30-2008, 01:31 PM
Hey everyone! My fiancee and I are going in on a Nikon D40 SLR camera for each other's wedding gift. But before we do, does anyone own a camera like this? Am I going to have a hard time lugging it around? I don't like to lug stuff around. (It's why I stopped playing the cello in fifth grade.)

If you do have an SLR camera like this one, what bag do you use to carry it at WDW? (We're going for our honeymoon.) Or do you just throw it in a purse or backpack? (Well, not throw...)

Thanks,
Nate

xipetotec
01-30-2008, 03:13 PM
Hey everyone! My fiancee and I are going in on a Nikon D40 SLR camera for each other's wedding gift. But before we do, does anyone own a camera like this? Am I going to have a hard time lugging it around? I don't like to lug stuff around. (It's why I stopped playing the cello in fifth grade.)

If you do have an SLR camera like this one, what bag do you use to carry it at WDW? (We're going for our honeymoon.) Or do you just throw it in a purse or backpack? (Well, not throw...)

Thanks,
Nate


i have the same question, but with a Canon Rebel XTi ( same idea )

enlmomma
01-30-2008, 03:31 PM
I have the Canon Rebel and I bought a backpack carrier at a local photo shop. It hold all of my lenses and I use the front pocket to hold an extra diaper and shorts. I also have a stroller so that carries my bag most of the time.

Luckymomoftwo
01-30-2008, 04:07 PM
I don't actually have an answer to your question...but I have a question and comment for you!

Is that you & your fiancee in the picture in your signature line? Just wondered because I wanted to tell you that picture is just absolutely adorable!! :goodvibes

akstory
01-30-2008, 04:18 PM
We leave next week...

this is the bag I bought

http://www.ebags.com/baggallini/mes...m?modelid=47360

Its not padded at all- but has lots of compartments. I plan on taking my Canon SLR and two lens...Ill stick them (not throw LOL) into a zip loc baggie and put inside the bag. Then when I tired of carrying around the weight of the camera, Ill probably put it in a locker and just use my small point and shoot.

kramer222
01-30-2008, 04:19 PM
Yup, that is us!!

So here's my dilemma. I never carry anything into the parks. Just my wallet. If I need a special bag, I need a waterproof bag that can be stowed on most rides (I dislike lockers and the charges they bring) or some kind of purse thing for the fiancee to carry (because she usually knows what to do with a bag in the parks and will be carrying a purse anyway).

Thanks!

mallons
01-31-2008, 05:44 PM
I have the Canon XTi we got the Lowe Pro SlingShot-200-AW , it hold 4 lens, and lots of room, built in Rain cover. we are going in april 08

KelleyGirl
01-31-2008, 06:00 PM
I really like the Crumpler bags. I have one now and just got a Canon Powershot, so will need to upgrade to the larger model. I'm looking at the 5 Million Dollar Home to carry both the camera and digitial camcorder.

The one I have is well padded (yes, its been dropped) and waterproof (yes, been in the rain at Disney). I also read somewhere that somebody left there's out in a rainstorm and the camera remained safe. It also has an extra compartment to store the room keys, some $$, extra batteries and memory cards. At most security checkpoints at Disney, I've been asked to unzip all the compartments on bags. I like that this only has one zippered section otherwise I would get annoyed unzipping all of the little places to show there was nothing in there. Its also unisex enough that my husband will carry it.

Forevryoung
01-31-2008, 11:54 PM
I have a Pentax DSLR

Honestly, I carried it the whole time (Jan trip). It was either around my arm/neck, arm, or neck depending on the situation. I have a lens filter on the lens anyway so I'm not worried about scratching it.

If the camera is in a bag, the moment passes before I use it! :goodvibes

I'm not one to change lenses (yet) as I'm still learning photography so that wasn't a factor for me. I made sure that my batteries were fully charged each time we left the room so I didn't have to carry spares either.

Enjoy the camera! I had a blast with mine (and got some awesome shots)

rsimon
02-02-2008, 07:44 AM
I just got back from our trip where I carreid a Nikon D200 with lenses and extra batteries/memory. Even a speedlight flash. I use a lowepro backpack (smaller one). They are comfortable and have a chest strap to keep the showlder straps from pulling on your sholders so much. Also with a waterproof cover, it just makes it nice.

I even had enough room to roll up my goretex jacket and put in there incase of rain or wet ride. :thumbsup2

Mrs Grumpy
02-02-2008, 09:00 AM
My DH takes his Nikon D70S with him everywhere. He actually feels lost if he doesn't have it. All he uses is one of those padded cases that fits snug to the camera (sorry not a camera person here so I don't know what they are really called) and the strap is still out so he can put it on his shoulder. He puts that on for the rides and if it is a water ride we just have a plastic Wal-mart bag folded up in our pockets that he slips over it. Never have had a problem.

GBShorts
02-02-2008, 10:01 AM
I, like you, HATE carrying things around while in the parks. I got a Canon Rebel XT a few years ago for Christmas and took it to Disneyland just over a year ago. I took a small jansport backpack (mini size) to carry it and found it a HUGE pain to take in and out of my bag. In fact, there was one entire day where I never took it out because we met up with friends for the day and I didn't want to be a pest!

I also took it in an over-the-shoulder bag (the overland donner bag) to EAA airventure last summer. I started feeling faint and dizzy from carrying all the weight between that and water bottles etc. From that point on I decided if I bring it, I'm just going to carry it straight out and bring a ziploc to put it in for water rides...if I bring it at all.

For that reason, while I absolutely LOVE my DSLR, I'm strongly considering one of those teeny weenie Sony digital cameras to take to the parks from now on. It will fit in a pocket and I won't have to worry with lenses, tons of batteries, huge bags, etc. I just am over the carrying huge bags everywhere thing.

Yes. It's going to cost me more money, but for the photo quality, I don't find it worth it at this point. I'm not trying to step on toes, but it seems that so far, the people posting replies are the ones who don't really mind carrying bags or have a stroller to put them in. I'm in the same boat as you-I really like to carry as little as possible. I don't even carry a purse!!

If you can't get a second camera (maybe with wedding money?), I'd suggest seeing if you could borrow one from a friend or if all else fails, bring one lens and carry it around your neck with no bag so you can stick it in wife's purse for rides and such in a ziploc or something. They're sturdier than they seem. I've dropped mine a couple times (not on purpose, of course) and it's always been fine. Changing lenses is too much of a pain unless you're there for 2 weeks and have all the time in the world to set up perfect shots everywhere you go.

fan1080
02-02-2008, 11:04 AM
I have a D40, with a couple rather large lenses. It doesn't bother me to carry it, but it is heavy even with the smallest lens I have on it.

However, the D40 is probably one of the smallest/lightest, if not the smallest/lightest, of all the DSLR's out there. If you find this camera to be on the "awkward" side, you may want to consider one of the smaller digitals that are really great cameras, such as the S3IS.

I think the best advice is to go to a local shop and play with it for a while. Get a feel for what it will be like to have to carry it, pack it in and out of whatever bag you buy, etc. And, don't just concentrate on the D40, Look at the digitals as well, if size/weight is an issue.

bigredsfan
02-03-2008, 09:14 AM
I have an Olympus E-500 SLR and love it. yeah slr's are a pain to carry around, and hard to get around those one in a moment pics, but the quality of shots is worth it in my estimation. Having a handy point and shoot is a good option due to size, but the pic quality is a pain in the butt. Not sure if we will bring both cams to the parks, meals etc, but for sure the slr and will deal with the pain of carrying it around. However, we have 2 kids, 1 for sure in a stroller so it will be a bit easier to stow, just not sure I'd leave it around while on rides..

wano
02-03-2008, 09:54 AM
just ordered a vivitar 6200w, they say it is waterproof and shockproof . got it at target.com for $119 its a 6.0 megapixl expanded memory to 2 gig . will give it a test run and post results. trying a waterproof camera cause there will be a time i forget to put it in a ziploc before i get wet :cool1:

CDNmouse
02-03-2008, 10:51 AM
We recently bought a Nikon digital SLR camera too and want to bring it with us on our upcomng trip.

The tips posted here have been very helpful. Thank you!

Gary

OU1247
02-03-2008, 11:37 PM
I have a rebel xti and I am very excited about taking it to the parks for pictures for the our first trip. Like you I am dreading carrying it around...but in the long run I think I will be happy about it. I will also bring my point n shoot just incase I need a break one day.

kramer222
02-04-2008, 01:20 PM
Thanks for all the great tips, everyone! Keep 'em coming!

mountdew1
02-04-2008, 02:03 PM
You can try checking out cambags.com to see how stuff fits in various size camera bags. Your best bet is to go to a good local camera store and try em out. I have a Canon 20D and use two different Crumpler bags (looking at getting another). Finding the perfect balance for a bag is hard. You may do well to look at a messenger style bag or shoulder bag. Most backpacks take to long to get into/out of in my opinion. The bag just gives it the extra protection that I feel better with than just tossing it in a plastic baggy to keep dry.

mswalters
02-04-2008, 10:30 PM
I have a backpack camera bag that I carried around the parks last week. It had my canon rebel xti, video camera, and some extras. It was a lot to carry, but it was dd's first trip to disney and I didn't want to miss anything. I also took my small point and shoot and used it a couple of times, but couldn't get as good of pictures because the quality was not as good and because of the shutter delay. I liked the backpack because it was easy to carry.

auntie k
02-05-2008, 05:16 PM
this is where your new hubby comes in...you let HIM tote it..:rotfl2:

Seriously, I bought a D40 a year ago and took it on our May 07 trip. Luckily we had a stroller, so it "rode" alot. But I wouldn't trade the photos I took with it for a million dollars.

I am planning to use Photopass primarily on our upcoming April trip, but will tote the D40 again in December. I just bought a bag at WM large enough to carry the camera, and the battery pack stuff. Also has some compartments for my keys and wallet. I consider it my purse so that I'm not toting 2 things!

all of that said, it's an awesome camera, I highly recommend it....

disneyitch
02-06-2008, 10:19 AM
I also have a Nikon D40 that I love. I do have a medium sized bag that I use for traveling (with the camera, extra lens, extra battery, memory cards and charger), but, I only carry my camera in a holster bag that is shaped like the camera when I go out and about. I can carry it across my body and it really doesn't get in the way. I use a 55-200 lens (extra purchase, but a great all around zoom for the zoo and Disney) so there isn't a need to carry all the extras while I'm out. The kit lens that comes with the D40 is fine for indoor shots, but a nice zoom is a must for Disney! The holster does have room for the extra battery and my cell phone. I never understood why people carry all the extras like chargers and cables when they go out.:confused3 You don't need the extras until you get back to the room.

kramer222
02-06-2008, 04:55 PM
this is where your new hubby comes in...you let HIM tote it..:rotfl2:

HEY! I AM the hubby!:scared:

Disneyitch - do you have a pic or link for your holster bag?

firsttimemom
02-07-2008, 05:03 PM
We just got back. I had my new rebel xti and a 1.8 50mm fixed lens (small- not like a huge zoom lens). I bought 3 camera bags at circuit city and tried them all out at home. We decided on this one which will likely be biggern than what you need.

http://www.amazon.com/Tamrac-Explorer-DSLR-Camera-Black/dp/B000EOUYHG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202421984&sr=8-1

There was one that was smaller if I didn't carry the extra lens but I found it hard to get the camera out quickly. Also, the neck strap wasn't very comfy. This one is pretty comfy! So think about that when you try them.

Best wishes on your wedding!

kramer222
02-07-2008, 05:53 PM
That Tamrac one looks pretty good. I don't know.

I just think I'm too used to throwing my little Casio point & shoot in my pocket... argh!

dburg30
02-07-2008, 06:17 PM
LOL at least you arent going to lug around what I am this weekend :)

http://dburg30.smugmug.com/photos/251982761-L.jpg

disney-itch
02-08-2008, 09:53 PM
Kramer222,

I found a link for my Case logic camera bag...

http://www.ebags.com/case_logic/slr_zoom_camera_holster/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=57077&rlid=detail_ai&rcode=423146268549909
I don't know if what I just "cut and pasted" is "clickable", if not, you can always just copyit:) I'm much better with a camera than the computer:rotfl2:

I love this bag because it is light and you can unzip it and take the camera out while you are wearing the bag on or across your shoulder without having to twist the bag around. Lowepro also makes a line of bags like this too. My little Lowepro bag for my tiny Sony video camera (uses a hard drive not tape or mini dvd...love it) also unzips backwards!!


I really like this bag too...In fact, I'm going to order it now!! The size is great, reverse zipper and the info given actually tells what cameras fit...D40 is one of them.
http://www.ebags.com/products/index.cfm?modelID=97840&Subcategory_Link=Details_MROCK_97840 It looks like it has a raincover that comes out of the camera bag. My Lowepro bags have that too. It is like a little shower cap that you can pull out of a hidden compartment whenever you need it. I don't think I'd carry it like a backpack, but I guess it might be an option.


Hope this helps!! I really have a gadget and bag problem as well as a Disney one:rotfl: Happy shopping and please consider an addition zoom...you'll love it!

BrerRabbit_fan
02-09-2008, 10:11 PM
I got the D40 in the summer before my Alaska trip. It's a fabulous camera and fit perfectly in the Tamrac Explorer 1 bag even with the extra lens and flash. I have loads of great shots and love the camera very much.

Even though the camera is light, it did get heavy on full day hikes. It was because of this I decided to leave it at home when I went to WDW last month. I've been in Disney many times and have pictures of every attraction. I couldn't see myself lugging the D40 around. There are rides in Universal I would need to put the bag in a locker before I could do. I have a Canon sd700 I took instead. It's a fabulous p&s and did very well. I missed the D40 because I was more limited with a point and shoot but couldn't imagine how exhausted I would be had I lugged the thing around.

My conclusions:
If you are going for the first time, or don't plan another trip for a few years or are not a ride commando-take the D40. Otherwise, don't.

BrerRabbit_fan
02-09-2008, 10:15 PM
I have an Olympus E-500 SLR and love it. just not sure I'd leave it around while on rides..


You absolutely shouldn't! A few people lost cameras and camcorders while I was there. A cm I spoke to said she thinks someone is paying $70 to get into the park then stealing several thousand $ worth of electronics at a time. It's not like they check you when leaving. I wouldn't take the chance.:confused3

maccagerl
02-17-2008, 02:58 PM
On my first few trips to Disney I lugged around my Canon SLR with a telephoto zoom and a wide angle lens- sure, I got some great photos but after a while it seemed like I was spending more time worrying about getting photos and worrying about the camera gear than having fun.
Once the good compact cameras started coming out, I started bringing those to the park instead of the big expensive camera, and I really enjoyed the freedom it gave me!
Right now I have a Canon Rebel ( similar to your Nikon D40), and I will be leaving it at home for my upcoming trip- I will be using my FujiFinepix F30, which has a 3x zoom and can fit in my pants pocket- and it takes really great photos as well!

OKW Lover
02-17-2008, 03:30 PM
A handy tip for any camera (or anything else you might want to protect from a sudden shower) is to bring along a plastic bag. Keep it folded up and tucked into a pocket and you'll never know its there. But if you happen across a sudden rain shower (or decide to ride Kali River Rapids) you'll have some protection handy.

Forgot to bring a bag? Stop by any shop and they'll be happy to give you one if you ask nicely.

HappyGramma
02-17-2008, 05:29 PM
I got myself a Lowepro Slingshot 100 for my Rebel XTI and I love it. It was easy to carry and easy access to the camera. There was also enough room in it for me to carry my glasses, a small wallet, mints, tissues and such. Plus the Lowepro comes with a nylon cover to put over it if it should rain. :thumbsup2

jmlaw
02-17-2008, 05:56 PM
I got myself a Lowepro Slingshot 100 for my Rebel XTI and I love it. It was easy to carry and easy access to the camera. There was also enough room in it for me to carry my glasses, a small wallet, mints, tissues and such. Plus the Lowepro comes with a nylon cover to put over it if it should rain. :thumbsup2

I agree completely! :thumbsup2

I got the Slingshot 200 for my D80 and like it so much that this Christmas I bought my niece a D40 and bought her the 100 Slingshot to take to Europe this spring and to bring with her on our Disney trip this summer. Even on her size 0 frame, she can carry that bag without any trouble and finds it perfectly comfortable.

Chaoster
02-17-2008, 08:21 PM
I would bring the camera with one all purpose lens. That way you don't have to carry extra stuff. just the camera around your neck. I would get a optech neck strap instaed of using the one that comes with the camera. If you must carry other lenses, I like the lowpro slingshot. I have the 200. Great bag goes over one shoulder and swing to the front for quick access.
Having said all that I think if you are a new dslr user, I might stick with apoint and shoot camera. It's smaller and you don't have to fool around with the different settings. You want to have fun at the parks not messing around with your camera because your pictures came out bad.

Kimberly Hill
03-03-2008, 08:37 PM
I'm a professional photographer by trade and I'm going to enjoy a nice point 'n shoot next month at the park. 2 trips ago I brought all of my gear, last time the family convinced me to take the point 'n shoot and it was so freeing. This time, it's a better point 'n shoot and the Nikons stay home again ;)

kramer222
03-04-2008, 03:19 PM
As a professional photographer, I'm sure you get this question all the time - but what point & shoot are you bringing? Maybe we should do the same... I want to be free!

collcass
03-05-2008, 09:28 AM
As a professional photographer, I'm sure you get this question all the time - but what point & shoot are you bringing? Maybe we should do the same... I want to be free!
I'd love to know, too! I am so on the fence between a D80 and a P&S (Canon S5IS)

lindakmonty
03-06-2008, 03:07 PM
I brought my SLR for the first time in Dec. I have the Canon 30d w/a pretty large lens..the new 28-300 w/vibration control...anyway, it was heavy to lug around my neck for sure!!! I bought the canon backpack and it is great protection for the camera/lenses and for lugging all the stuff you need at the parks... you can find it at www.amazon.com and just type canon backpack ;)

atpatt
03-06-2008, 07:32 PM
I posed this question to the photography forum a while back and ended up getting the Lowepro Slingshot as well. Plenty of room for 3 lenses, chargers, cords, cell phone, point and shoot. But, its sort of heavy with all that in it, so I also bought this:
http://www.optechusa.com/product/detail/?PRODUCT_ID=32&PRODUCT_SUB_ID=

I love it! I can carry my camera with the 70-300 lens attached, and carry a smaller lens (well protected!) in my backpack or little shoulder bag. I also feel comfy putting it in my backpack in that case. The case is neoprene and isn't meant to protect from drops, but it will keep it safe from nicks, scratches, dust. Pretty much weightless at that.