I’ve been mulling a lot about traveling with a camera.
I’ve had my DSLR for a bit now and have taken it on a few trips. It’s been on short trips in and out of the country as well as one long trip to Antarctica. I’m starting to wonder whether I need another camera to add to my arsenal.
I used to carry around a pretty cheap point and shoot. We upgraded to the DSLR because Mr. P was tired of seeing me attempting artsy shots with a cheap camera. The DSLR takes beautiful photos.
However, the DSLR is also a lug to carry around. Getting it out of my bag when we’re traveling makes me think twice about whether it’s worth getting a shot (which is no bueno in my mind). I loved being able to whip out the point and shoot to get a shot that was quick and unobtrusive. I also loved the option of carrying a smaller bag. One of my worst fears in life is schlepping.*
Handling the camera with cold weather gear was challenging in Antarctica. Despite the photo below (wherein Mr. P told me I couldn’t possibly use the DSLR when wearing 2 layers of gloves), I handed off camera duties for most of the trip.
In my trip to Oregon recently, I left the camera at home and used my phone. That was great for a quick weekend, but not doable for a longer trip.
Perhaps a higher quality point and shoot is needed to fill this void? I’m leaning that way. But I fear having that option will make me eschew the DSLR and since I bought the damn thing, I’m determined to get my money’s worth.
Somewhere there has to be a balance between quality and the schlep factor.
Your thoughts? What camera do you use to travel?
*If you ask me what worries me about parenthood, I will always (naively, because I don’t know what’s coming to me) say that I don’t want to have to carry around a ton of stuff in order to leave the house.