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Good lightweight, smallish theft-proof camera bag?

I will be in a few Mediterranean cities in the summer, which should be fun but I want to protect against pickpockets and theft in general.

I won't be walking around with my heavy kit, but will walk light for street photography - EP5 plus a pancake zoom, a 12mm and maybe one other lens and two or three filters...I don't need a big bag. I would normally use a Crumpler - a Cupcake 2500 (very small) or a New Delhi. I could use these around my front, but am considering other options too.

As I'm with the family, photography won't be the only thing going on and there will be distractions, so I want to be safe.

What's the recommendations for something light, comfortable and secure?

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Re: Good lightweight, smallish theft-proof camera bag?

The Camslinger is very good:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/COSYSPEED-C.../dp/B00J2RTISW

I have one but hardly ever use it. You're welcome to borrow it if you like!
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Re: Good lightweight, smallish theft-proof camera bag?

That's very kind indeed...and it does look like the sort of thing that I am after, though it is maybe slightly too small. I do want small, but maybe half as big again as that.
I'll see if there's anything similar.
Many thanks for your kind offer
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Re: Good lightweight, smallish theft-proof camera bag?

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The Camslinger is very good:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/COSYSPEED-C.../dp/B00J2RTISW

I have one but hardly ever use it. You're welcome to borrow it if you like!
Ah! Having one of these delivered on Tuesday for use with my Pen F- using it in the less glam location of Southampton the week after!

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Re: Good lightweight, smallish theft-proof camera bag?

There is no such thing as a theft proof camera bag for the determined thief. IMHO

What a state the world is in if people cant go out with a camera without being afraid of it being stolen
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Re: Good lightweight, smallish theft-proof camera bag?

Having seen pro pickpockets at work on the metros in Madrid, Barcelona and Stockholm I recommend Pacsafe products.

These people will open zips and flaps in a moment without you noticing, pinch anything they can reach, and close things back up again. I have never lost anything, but I have had a zip on a Lowepro sling bag opened, and have been in parties in all 3 cities where friends have lost wallets, lenses, phones, keys and cash. In fact I'd say you were much more at risk in wealthy northern European cities than in most of the developing world because those cities are targeted by the pros. Any bag gets targeted, so frankly I don't think it's of any use getting something that's said to be 'stealth' or 'doesn't look like a camera bag'.

I haven't examined a Camslinger, but I suggest comparing its features against Pacsafe.

If I'm doing street photography in pretty much any city world-wide I take one of these below (usually the first one, worn across my body over a shoulder), depending on how much stuff I have to carry:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pacsafe-Cam.../dp/B00H7XOZTA
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pacsafe-Cam.../dp/B00NC75BUM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pacsafe-Cam.../dp/B00AE0O1D8

They have built-in clips on the zips (as long as you bother to fasten them), they're slash-proof, and the straps contain steel wires. The latter feature has the disadvantage of not breaking if it gets snatched by a speeding moped passenger, but take your choice!

The straps separate easily so you can immediately fasten the bag to table/chair/railings while you're sitting in a restaurant.

Also recommended are trousers with zipped hip pockets by Craghoppers and Rohan, or a waist belt/wallet (although these are a hassle to get things out and get sweaty in hot climates).

Get good insurance, or make sure your home policy covers it.

Finally, I'd say all this was a powerful argument for doing urban photography in such places with a single camera body and one small lens that you can carry in your hand with a wrist strap at all times. That lets you enjoy yourself and get the most out of the trip.
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Re: Good lightweight, smallish theft-proof camera bag?

Funnily enough, I have actually ordered a pacsafe v6.
I use Crumplers usually...and still will do at home as I like them, but I am going to Barcelona and Lisbon and want to enjoy them whilst feeling I have taken some reasonable safeguards.
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Funnily enough, I have actually ordered a pacsafe v6.
I use Crumplers usually...and still will do at home as I like them, but I am going to Barcelona and Lisbon and want to enjoy them whilst feeling I have taken some reasonable safeguards.
I've been to Lisbon a couple of times and on both occasions did some photography, including getting out early to capture the light in the streets. I never encountered any problems whatsoever. Maybe I got lucky!
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I've been to Lisbon a couple of times and on both occasions did some photography, including getting out early to capture the light in the streets. I never encountered any problems whatsoever. Maybe I got lucky!


I suspect Lisbon is still sufficiently a backwater to be extremely safe, while the Ramblas in Barcelona is widely claimed to be only worth visiting to watch others getting scammed and pickpocketed! Iíve been to both twice, and would love to go back to Lisbon...
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