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Safe to carry a camera?

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Safe to carry a camera?

I will be in Havana a month from now and am a keen photographer. I was just wondering if it is safe to take my best camera? I'd love to take some great photos (tips of place where to shoot from are welcome in this regard) but since there is quite a bit of small criminality (or so I tend to read in the guides), I was wondering if this was a smart idea.

If I don't carry it with me around the neck at all times, would a rugsack be safe to store it in?

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1. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

I'm not an expert on Havana, having been there just once...but I saw lots of people walking around with cameras. Just use your normal precautions...

I don[t carry anything (in any country) in a backpack unless it has a lock on it or I carry it in front.

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2. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

Tobias:

So long as you keep it on your person all the time you are out with it and take the normal precautions, I don't see any problems.

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3. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

Havana is an very interesting place to take pictures, especially Habana Vieja. The only problem I had was the expectation of tip(s) when you took pictures of certain individuals.

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4. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

Walking around normal streets with people and lights, you should have no issues as long as you use standard street smarts and keep an eye on your things. As long as you don't know your way around, it's not recommended to walk down deserted back alleys where you don't know your way around.

Nobody should tip anybody for walking in front of their camera or being part of a crowd of people within your field of view. But know that all the old ladies in colorful dresses and oversized cigars are there working, and they'll run after you for hundreds of meters and burn you with cigars and kick you with their skinny legs if you take their photo up close and don't cough up a nice big coin.

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5. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

"But know that all the old ladies in colorful dresses and oversized cigars are there working, and they'll run after you for hundreds of meters and burn you with cigars and kick you with their skinny legs if you take their photo up close and don't cough up a nice big coin."

lol! nice post DT! :-)

Edited: 07 January 2013, 14:12
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6. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

Havana is fairly safe - but some of the most common crimes are of the snatch and run type - so as noted be careful - when walking, and when you sit down for a drink.

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7. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

Check out this site for safety and/or security items...I have bought quite a few things from here and all are of quality.

http://www.corporatetravelsafety.com/

Cheers

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8. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

Steve YYZ always took pictures and we enjoyed those wonderful pictures, i do recall he had a security thing for his camera.. I can not find the post with the picture but do remember the description of it. I believe he made himself but i could be a little wrong with the details but you will get the drift of it .

he used a very srong but flexiable piece of wire on one end he folded one end of the wire and made a loop so he could slide his belt through the loop.. the wire was hooked up to his camera by the screw that you would use for a tripod.. .. It worked against a grabbing situation, as if they are going to grab your camera you were going with it .

Edited: 07 January 2013, 17:27
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10. Re: Safe to carry a camera?

Being aware of your surroundings is the best security measure you can take. I am always amazed at how oblivious people can be, and this is a safety issue as well. (and not just in Cuba!) Listening to music might be relaxing, but those ear buds rob you of one of your most important senses. And hoodies may be a fashion statement, but they play h*ll with your peripheral vision. People who pay attention are far less likely to be robbed (or be hit by a car!)