I like this camera (see post on what camera I use), but a few small modifications were needed to make this the perfect camera for travelling with…
Here are 7 things I did to make this the perfect travelling camera:
(The last one is the the most useful)
1. Blank out unused features
There’s nothing worse than wanting to take a picture quickly and being confronted with a load of unnecessary buttons. I painted over all the settings apart from the ones I use – M, S, A and P mode. Effects mode? – it’s just clutter
2. The Nikon strap is so bright!
I want to carry my camera around without showing everyone a bright yellow Nikon logo. I found a worn out Canon strap which is much nicer
3. Write your name on it. Everywhere
If someone finds this camera, I hope they’ll see that it is much needed by someone and try to return it, so I want to make it as easy as possible for them. Email is probably the most accessible form of communication for many people whilst travelling, so I wrote my email and name on the lens and on the body in paint
4. Change branding
There are loads of these cameras about. I want mine to be instantly recognisable out of a pile of cameras – camera piles can happen when you’re with many other travellers. Canon or Nikon? … I prefer Mikon
5. Don’t use a case
I want my camera to be ready within a few seconds. Cases waste time, they’re annoying and it makes it obviously your carrying a camera – I don’t want everyone to know this. I prefer a rucksack
6. Nikon hack – get the most from what you’ve got
Your camera does more than what you think. I used some of the firmware modifications from Nikonhacker.com to get the most out of my camera – higher quality video and live manual ISO
7. Attach your lens cap with string
You will loose your lens many times. Unless you have an endless supply of lens caps… string!! Thank me later
Nikon D5100 on Amazon UK
Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (16.2MP) 3 inch LCD
You will help me if you click on this link and then buy something on Amazon. I get 5% of the total checkout value – it’s a few pence, but it will help me run this site and maybe help me eat an avocado once in a while. Thank you!
*note: if you want to know more about the product link (above) then please read what is an affiliate link?