Play it safe
There’s plenty you can do to keep your gear safe, if you use your discretion
KEEPING your camera safe from harm can be as simple as using a neck strap so that you can’t drop it accidentally, and fitting a protection filter and hood to the lens, in order to prevent the front element from picking up any scrapes and scratches. However, if you are wandering around dodgy areas of town with a big, posh-looking DSLR hanging around your neck, you might as well be wearing a ‘mug me’ T-shirt. Discretion can be the better part of valour, so consider keeping your camera in a bag when you’re not shooting, and maybe using a wrist strap instead of hanging it around your neck strap.
The choice of bag can be important as well. Something that’s obviously a photographer’s gadget bag, likely to be stuffed with expensive bodies, lenses and accessories, is sure to draw unwanted attention. You’re better off carrying only what gear you need and putting it in a relatively small, nondescript bag. Alternatively, if you do need to carry a larger amount of kit, you should consider a photo backpack that’s rear- opening, so the main compartment can’t be opened while you’re wearing it. Another bonus with this type of bag is that you won’t need to put the bag down anywhere while you’re actually shooting. A bag left on the ground while you’re concentrating on getting a shot can be an irresistible invitation to thieves.
Stealthier than most, the Tenba DNA 11 Messenger Bag comes in various colours, costs £99, and looks more like a regular messenger bag than a camera bag