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Wrong Travel Camera Choice?

snegron

Cape Coral, Florida, US
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snegron Silver Member Nikonian since 05th May 2007
Thu 21-Feb-13 03:50 AM

Have you ever gone on trip and left your DSLR at home because you thought the place you were going to wouldn't merit hauling it only to kick yourself later for bringing your P&S along instead?

I just returned from Puerto Rico and I am kicking myself for choosing my P&S over my DSLR! There were several shots I could have captured much better with my DSLR than with my little LX3.

I wasn't too thrilled to go on this trip to begin with; the high crime rate, lack of overall cleanliness of the island and indifference/rudeness of workers (hotel and food service employees mostly) dampened my enthusiasm before my wife booked the trip. Having visited the island once a year over the past 16 years, I have witnessed first-hand how it has deteriorated.

My lack of enthusiasm lead me to take my little P&S along with me just in case I needed to capture a quick snapshot. I didn't think I really needed a "real camera" as I have visited this place so many times in the past.

Of course, I was wrong. Turns out the hotel my wife booked had a spectacular view (pool and ocean view from a small mountain near the beach)!! I could have used my 17-55 to get better shots of the world's largest radio telescope in Arecibo as well. I missed countless shots in Old San Juan while walking along the cobblestone streets. I even missed out on getting any useable street shots of locals at the town plazas in the non-tourist infested mountain towns.

Then again, Murphy's law would dictate that had I brought along my DSLR I would have ended up in a run down hotel with no view, and it would have probably rained throughout most of the trip...

Anyway, has this ever happened to you? Ever regret not bringing along a better camera on a trip?

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