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Old 10-20-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Bring a Camera?

We are cruising on the Dream this week and I'm trying to decide if I should bring my "big" camera. I've gotten to the point where I only take pictures with my iPhone (which is with me at all times), but will there be times I want my camera? It's a Canon Rebel, so pretty big to carry around all the time, but the picture quality is obviously so much better than a phone.

So for you experienced cruisers: do you take your big camera? If yes, did you end up using it? If no, did you regret not bringing it?

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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Yes, I have a Canon Digital Rebel too.

I didn't take it this summer when I was on the Magic for Europe because it is so big, and I regretted it. Next summer when I go back, I will take it.

There is just no comparison in the quality of the pics from the Canon, so if you can, take it.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:29 AM   #3
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I learned the hard way by missing some great photo opportunities. Now, I'm never without my camera (a Canon 70D, previously a T2i) when I'm on a Disney cruise. Use my phone? Sure, at times, but there are so many opportunities for great photos that take a better camera than a phone camera.

I did find the neck strap to be a real pain in the neck, so I went to a RapidStrap, which allows me to carry the camera over my shoulder and hanging at my side, ready to grab.

Enjoy your cruise. Can't wait to see some of your photos.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:33 AM   #4
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Lol, I'm bringing all my cameras. There is the rebel, the pocket canon, the digital waterproof one, a couple iPhones and possibly a few disposables. I expect none will be available at key photo moments but I'm bringing them anyway.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:59 AM   #5
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Iphones are great in a pinch, but since we didn't use them for phone, internet or anything on board, we kept them in our luggage. So, I had my 7D with me all the time. I even went on a "photo walk" by myself too...that was fun.

I'd bring it....but I'm used to bringing it everywhere. For me it is no contest... to capture a quick moment at home, usually my phone is in my back pocket. But, anytime we go anywhere, even outside our house, I put my 7D on.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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Take it! I captured some gorgeous sunsets that wouldn't have looked the same on an iPhone.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:22 AM   #7
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I also love my Nikon DSLR however they do become a "nuisance" at times to keep up with. It's all in the trade off - the pictures will be far superior as you know, however the trade off is having to keep up with it. I found a great compromise by using a compact camera that takes amazing pictures and HD video. It's really small and fits in my Bagallini so it's always with me. I do feel so much more free having it however there are times I have regretted not having the SLR but I'm okay with the decision I made. The very first cruise I did take my SLR.

Go with what you are most comfortable with. If you feel you might regret it, I'd say bring it.

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Ps. Forgot to add - I love my iPhone as well but rarely rely on it for pictures. It does take amazing pictures however I use my compact camera as I mentioned above. The iPhone is used really just for the quick FB pictures and fun pictures.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:05 PM   #8
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Another vote for taking the DSLR. It allows much more creativity and flexibility in shooting. As another post mentioned, a BlackRapid strap will make it much easier to carry. We also take a waterproof point and shoot for wet excursions and beaches.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:12 PM   #9
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Absolutely, 100% yes. And our telephoto lens and our wide angle lens.

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Old 10-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #10
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I brought my bigger Canon. So glad I did, as the pictures taken from it were a hundred times better than our iPhone pics.
Also bought a cheap waterproof disposable for our snorkeling trip.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #11
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After 8 cruises, the last to Alaska, I broke down and got DH a Rebel for Christmas so we could get better pictures. He has brought it to WDW with us, two cruises, and just about everywhere else -- along with the tripod. The sunset shots & fireworks have been fantastic.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:02 PM   #12
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Yes yes yes - not trying to stir up any issues. But in my opinion the ships photographers are hit or miss.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:22 PM   #13
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I have to say that bringing a camera (big or small) is essential. I prefer the higher end point and shoot cameras just because I prefer to travel light.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by IBelieveInTheMagic
I also love my Nikon DSLR however they do become a "nuisance" at times to keep up with. It's all in the trade off - the pictures will be far superior as you know, however the trade off is having to keep up with it. I found a great compromise by using a compact camera that takes amazing pictures and HD video. It's really small and fits in my Bagallini so it's always with me. I do feel so much more free having it however there are times I have regretted not having the SLR but I'm okay with the decision I made. The very first cruise I did take my SLR.

Go with what you are most comfortable with. If you feel you might regret it, I'd say bring it.

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Ps. Forgot to add - I love my iPhone as well but rarely rely on it for pictures. It does take amazing pictures however I use my compact camera as I mentioned above. The iPhone is used really just for the quick FB pictures and fun pictures.
Can I ask, which compact camera are you using??
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Can I ask, which compact camera are you using??
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