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Have Camera, Will Travel - Part II

Credit: David Bartus 
Hamid Amirani - 7.04.19

So you’ve got the info you need before you fly off on your adventure, but what about the potential issues that may arise during your travels?

Plugs and Voltage

Type A 
Credit: World Standards

Type B 
Credit: World Standards

Global differences in plugs/outlets and voltages can be a real pain if you haven’t planned ahead of time! The USA uses A and B type outlets typically with a voltage of 120 V, but European and Asian countries have a whole variety of different outlets. For example, the UK uses type G sockets with a voltage of 230 V.

Type G 
Credit: World Standards

Some outlet types are even specific to just one country, such as type H in Israel and type O in Thailand.

Type H 
Credit: World Standards

Type O 
Credit: World Standards

The plugs were designated a letter by the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA), starting with A. For a complete list by country, visit: https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/  

There are a variety of power adapters available on the market. Trip Savvy recently compiled a list of what they regard as the best for traveling through Europe. They enable you to use your US plugs, and the adapters convert the voltage for safe use in European outlets.

Warranty

If your camera is damaged while you’re abroad, will your warranty cover any repairs? Generally, your camera’s warranty applies to country of purchase only. Unfortunately, therefore, you’ll need to cover the costs yourself, so it’s advisable to take out travel insurance on your gear before you travel.

There are some products that come with international warranty. For example, some Nikon products have Worldwide Service Warranty. On the other hand, Sony US does not offer international warranty on its consumer electronics. You need to check what coverage your camera has.

Small Essentials

These are the little extras that you’ll be glad you took with you on your global jaunts.

  • Lens Cloths
  • A packet of Zeiss lens wipes is preferable to reusing the same cloth over and over to keep your camera lens clean.

  • Polarizing Filter

  • Credit: CC0 

    Taking a polarizing filter will enable you to manage reflections, bring out the contrast in images, and suppress the glare from the surface of lakes.

  • Waterproof Camera Cover

  • Credit: Movo Photo 

    If your adventures are going to entail trekking through tropical locations, it’s advisable to take a waterproof camera cover with you to protect your equipment from the elements.

    Equipment Security

    It may seem obvious, but it’s important to take precautionary measures to ensure the security of your camera equipment during your travels, especially if you have a brand new camera that can attract the attention of thieves.

    One way to minimize risks is not to flaunt your gear in strange or dangerous locales. Cecilia camera bags are ideal because they’re inconspicuous in contrast to a standard camera bag.

    Cecilia Tharp Messenger Bag in Black Leather 
    Credit: Alex Ventura

    Carrying your gear in a Cecilia bag is more covert than one labelled Nikon or Canon.

    Talking of labels, Expert Photography recommends that you get rid of your camera manufacturer’s strap while traveling. A Cecilia camera strap is the ideal substitute because it’s under the radar.

    Cecilia Black Leather Camera Strap 
    Credit: Alex Ventura

    Expert Photography also advises you to put black duct tape over the brand logo on the camera body.

    Have fun on your travels and stay safe!

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