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Hi  as my very first trip to Vietnam and Cambodia is fast approaching please can I ask some advice of all you seasoned travellers that enjoy taking lots of photos on your trips . I bought myself a panasonic bridge camera a few months ago especially for this trip - I have a spare battery and sd card but wonder if this is enough can I ask what everyone normally takes  , do you take all your equipment in your carry on and if so are there any restriction on how many spare batteries you are allowed in your hand luggage ?  Do you  download your photos on the trip or leave them on the card till back home ?  I am also considering taking a compact for using if out and about in the evenings is this what most people do ? Any other tips would be much appreciated I understand that humidity might be a problem .
Thank you in advance 
 Linda  Smile
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This tour is a photographer's paradise. Make sure you have plenty of capacity on memory cards. I always carry my cameras, bridge and a high end compact as back up, and for evening, in a small padded shoulder bag, with spare batteries and memory cards. Chargers and adaptors go in my hand luggage, and are the first things I pack. I've been on several holidays were people have brought cameras but forgotten chargers.
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Linda

I have traveled the world, I always take more than I need as most times I will not be going back to that country, I take all camera equipment on the plane with me! Nothing goes in the main in case. I charge my camera battery up every night and always have a spare memory card on me at all times, just in case. I got caught out one day out, never again.

Have a great time

Cindy
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Remember rechargeable batteries are not allowed in hold luggage.
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Hi Linda

having done Vietnam only last November I don't recall any humidity problems not like as in Borneo, I always carry my main ' Panasonic Lumix ' bridge camera in my hand baggage along with batteries, card/s with my back up camera for evening time in my hold luggage, I generally have three batteries but rarely need more than the Two, charge them at every opportunity even the one in your camera so it has full charge and memory card 16gb or 8bg is ample for most people depends on how many pics your taking or if your planning doing any video shooting

please don't do what I did and LOST my memory card, I must have dropped in when changing the card on a sun bed at the pool at Hoi An resort, everything lost I only had Saigon pics of my own though thankfully one or two fellow travellers very kindly sent me a disc with all theirs on which I will forever be Grateful

no I don't download anything its done when I get home but one guy in Borneo did carry a small laptop and spent a little time daily loading his pics on, carrying a laptop only adds to the weight carrying around and unless I find something like a small tablet which takes memory cards I wouldn't really bother

enjoy Vietnam you'll love it

all the best

Dave
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Usually I only take one memory card and to date it has been adequate. Mind you, I download all the photos to my computer after each trip and delete them all from the memory card so there is always a large capacity for new photos. For the first time, I took a spare battery with me when I went to South Africa / Zambia and for once I was so grateful. I was charging my battery most evenings, but did not realise that the plug in Zambia was not functioning. My battery ran out when we went on the Livingstone Express and luckily my spare battery was in my handbag. I would have been so disappointed if I did not have my spare battery as I could not have taken other photos, especially my encounter with the cheetahs! So from now on, my spare fully charged battery is going with me on every holiday. I usually pack my chargers in the hold baggage, but will not carry them with me just in case the suitcase goes Awol!

Jaya
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(19/10/2016, 09:57 AM)SarahS Wrote: This tour is a photographer's paradise. Make sure you have plenty of capacity on memory cards. I always  carry my cameras,  bridge and a  high  end compact as back up, and for evening, in a small padded shoulder  bag, with spare batteries  and memory cards. Chargers and adaptors go in my hand luggage, and are the first things I pack. I've  been  on several holidays were people have brought cameras but forgotten chargers.

 Thank you Sarah  I am really looking forward to it - think I had better start making a packing list !
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(19/10/2016, 10:48 AM)nixon Wrote: Linda

I have traveled the world, I always take more than I need as most times I will not be going back to that country, I take all camera equipment on the plane with me! Nothing goes in the main in case. I charge my camera battery up every night and always have a spare memory card on me at all times, just in case. I got caught out one day out, never again.

Have a great time

Cindy

Thank you Cindy great advice to always have a spare memory card with me  Smile
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(19/10/2016, 11:20 AM)badskittler Wrote: Remember rechargeable batteries are not allowed in hold luggage.

gosh hadn't thought of that thank you
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(19/10/2016, 02:07 PM)AbbaDave Wrote: Hi Linda

having done Vietnam only last November I don't recall any humidity problems not like as in Borneo, I always carry my main ' Panasonic Lumix ' bridge camera in my hand baggage along with  batteries, card/s with my back up camera for evening time in my hold luggage, I generally have three batteries but rarely need more than the Two, charge them at every opportunity even the one in your camera so it has full charge and memory card 16gb or 8bg is ample for most people depends on how many pics your taking or if your planning doing any video shooting

please don't do what I did and LOST my memory card, I must have dropped in when changing the card on a sun bed at the pool at Hoi An resort,  everything lost I only had Saigon pics of my own though thankfully one or two fellow travellers very kindly sent me a disc with all theirs on which I will forever be Grateful

no I don't download anything its done when I get home but one guy in Borneo did carry a small laptop and spent a little time daily loading his pics on,  carrying a laptop only adds to the weight carrying around and unless I find something like a small tablet which takes memory cards I wouldn't really bother  

enjoy Vietnam you'll love it

all the best

Dave
 Hi Dave ,
                Thank you for your reply I have been reading all the reviews I can find on Vietnam and gleaned so much info from both yours and Bobs posts - I sat last night with a notepad writing down all the tips !
 
That's reassuring your camera didn't suffer from humidity fingers crossed I wont have any problems its a lumix bridge I have too .  You must have been so disappointed losing your memory card I am so glad others were able to help replace some photos its lovely being able to look back at them . Is there anything missing from your collection ?

  I think I will invest in another battery I have two at the minute but don't want to risk missing anything ! - good tip to charge the one in my camera too .

 Thats interesting that most people just leave photos on the memory cards I think I will do the same I did consider  getting a tablet to look at pics on a bigger screen but couldn't find one with an sd slot they all took micro cards - looking at the itinerary I don't think there there would be much spare time to be looking through photos anyway !

 Thank you for your help 
  Linda Smile
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