And now for a public safety announcement, or a personal rant depending on how you look at things.
I dislike branded camera straps. I hate camera straps that show the model number.
I know that many camera owners are passionate fans of their own team, and proud to own a particular high-end model. However, wandering around a country where the average per capita annual income is $1219 and blatantly advertising the fact that you are holding a US$1500 dollar camera is not a good idea. (And yes I do believe thieves will know the value of different camera models.)
My advice is to change your camera strap to something less obvious. I have a simple black PacSafe strap I can easily attach and remove.
It’s also not a bad idea to give your camera a makeover so that it looks a little older and beaten up. An opportunist thief is less likely to want to steal your gear, when there are pristine brand name cameras that would be much easier to resell. I put a few pieces of black duct tape across the logo, over the top of the camera, on the corners of the body and on the lens hood. All can be easily removed later. (As you can see I wasn’t planning on using the hot shoe.) Of course, your equipment could still get stolen, mislaid or damaged, so it’s a good idea to have insurance. A different strap and a little duct tape, however, could prevent your dream vacation from becoming a bit of a nightmare.