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Re: hiking cameras

Postby schrund » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:30 pm

We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams... as "wild". Only to the white man was nature a "wilderness".
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Re: hiking cameras

Postby kimo » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:46 am

For a high-quality backcountry setup, the Nikon D600 with the 24-85mm VR kit lens, combined with a 70-300mm VR telephoto lens, is hard to beat. The 24mp full-frame (35mm) sensor used in the D600 is a stellar performer. And the two mid-grade lenses cover a wide range of focal lengths without breaking your back with heavy pro gear. The D600, along with the Canon 6D, are the smallest and lightest full-frame dSLRs on the market.

If you are on a tighter budget, the crop-sensor (24mm) D5100 with 16-85mm VR DX lens is a strong performer in a small and light package. Saw a used 16-85mm VR DX lens on KEH today for $479. The street value on a D5100 body is around $500. I used this setup for a year until I accidentally destroyed the camera and lens a few months ago. Now I've moved on to full-frame D600 goodness but have managed to keep the pack weight down.

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Re: hiking cameras

Postby caseygries » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:45 pm

kimo wrote:For a high-quality backcountry setup, the Nikon D600 with the 24-85mm VR kit lens, combined with a 70-300mm VR telephoto lens, is hard to beat. The 24mp full-frame (35mm) sensor used in the D600 is a stellar performer. And the two mid-grade lenses cover a wide range of focal lengths without breaking your back with heavy pro gear. The D600, along with the Canon 6D, are the smallest and lightest full-frame dSLRs on the market.

If you are on a tighter budget, the crop-sensor (24mm) D5100 with 16-85mm VR DX lens is a strong performer in a small and light package. Saw a used 16-85mm VR DX lens on KEH today for $479. The street value on a D5100 body is around $500. I used this setup for a year until I accidentally destroyed the camera and lens a few months ago. Now I've moved on to full-frame D600 goodness but have managed to keep the pack weight down.


+1 on everything said above. The D5100 + 16-85mm is perfect on a budget. The only addition I'd suggest (if you enjoy taking wide angle landscapes, night sky, etc. shots) is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Good luck!

Re: hiking cameras

Postby Bean » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:02 pm

Not a camera suggestion per se (I'm a Canon guy) but I finally found a carry system that I love. Pricey at $70 shipped (there are $10 coupons online with an easy search), but it's everything I like about different things I was trying, with none of the drawbacks. https://peakdesignltd.com/capture/

I inadvertantly ran in to their PR guy a week and a half ago, and he said a cheaper, lighter, simpler version is coming, but I have no idea when/how much.
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Re: hiking cameras

Postby jsdratm » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:19 pm

I have one of these http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_sx260_hs

It is nice and compact and takes excellent wildlife photos because of the ridiculous 20x optical zoom. It is not a DSLR, but worth considering if you don't want to spend a lot of money.

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Re: hiking cameras

Postby DaveSwink » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:36 pm

Bean wrote:I finally found a carry system that I love.


Bean, does this system offer any protection for the camera?

Re: hiking cameras

Postby Bean » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:39 pm

DaveSwink wrote:
Bean wrote:I finally found a carry system that I love.


Bean, does this system offer any protection for the camera?

Nope. Beefy and weather-sealed body/lens takes care of itself. Lens hood for a little bump-protection. It's probably not ideal for vertical rock/ice.
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Re: hiking cameras

Postby Oman » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:44 pm

Bean wrote:Not a camera suggestion per se (I'm a Canon guy) but I finally found a carry system that I love. Pricey at $70 shipped (there are $10 coupons online with an easy search), but it's everything I like about different things I was trying, with none of the drawbacks. https://peakdesignltd.com/capture/

Ha! I've been using the same device since buying it on Kickstarter in June 2011. Highly recommended, though it looks like the price has gone up. It's a bombproof metal clip that clamps your camera onto your belt or backpack strap. Really easy to get your camera on and off, even with a heavy 24-105mm lens. It offers no protection for your camera -- it's just an attachment clip -- but it led me to dump my camera neckstrap for most trips.

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Re: hiking cameras

Postby DaveSwink » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:46 pm

I can see the lens cover protecting the lens, but on the website it looks like the screen would be facing up? Maybe that works, it just looks vulnerable to me. Have you actually used this system for a while? I would love to get rid my current case that flops around if possible.

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Re: hiking cameras

Postby nicholasblee » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:15 pm

Bean wrote:Not a camera suggestion per se (I'm a Canon guy) but I finally found a carry system that I love. Pricey at $70 shipped (there are $10 coupons online with an easy search), but it's everything I like about different things I was trying, with none of the drawbacks. https://peakdesignltd.com/capture/

I inadvertantly ran in to their PR guy a week and a half ago, and he said a cheaper, lighter, simpler version is coming, but I have no idea when/how much.


Wow, I was hiking the other day thinking that someone should make something exactly like that. I'll have to grab one (though I'll wait for the new version). Awesome.

Re: hiking cameras

Postby Bean » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:31 pm

DaveSwink wrote:I can see the lens cover protecting the lens, but on the website it looks like the screen would be facing up? Maybe that works, it just looks vulnerable to me. Have you actually used this system for a while? I would love to get rid my current case that flops around if possible.

I've used it a bit, not a ton. You can carry it in any direction, but yes with normal carry the screen is up. I get being concerned about it but don't see it being an issue unless there's rockfall etc.
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