Kit for Backpacking

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by John Ortt, Jan 2, 2007.

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    John Ortt Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    For months now I have been asking questions about what camera and equipment
    I should take on my long-haul backpacking trip this year.

    I eventually (and reluctantly) decided to leave my 300D at home and take an
    S3 IS with me instead.
    I would need a 300mm+ lens on the 300D to equal the range of the S3 and
    this would cost me hundreds and take up most of my weight allowance.

    The wife has kindly bought me the S3 for christmas and now I need to decide
    on what accessories I will need to get the most out of it.

    My immediate thoughts are:

    Lens Cleaning Cloth
    Mini Tripod (Fixed, not bendy legs)
    Bean Bag (empty)
    Battery Charger (Universal Voltage with Car adapter)
    4 spare rechargable AA batteries

    I would also like to fit a UV filter and lens hood but would like some
    advice on reputable brands to go for (I am wary of E-bay).

    A couple of final questions:

    Should I take a full size monopod or rely on the mini tripod/ beanbag
    Are the tele/wide-angle converters worth considdering to give greater

    Is there any way to remote trigger the camera other than using the timer?

    Thanks in advance,

    John Ortt, Jan 2, 2007
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    Tim Guest

    Hi John

    I've no great advice I'm afraid but I did just trip over this on Amazon and
    remembered your post so I thought you might be interested in this

    Just had a thought, a lens pen might be good to have as well they seem to
    work well, and aren't too heavy :)
    Also tape and whatever screwdrivers your camera needs might save some
    grief - if you're a pessimist like me!

    Re the mono pod question, do you hike with a stick anyway? if so I would
    have thought a monopod/walking pole combo would make sense
    Hope you have a great trip
    Tim, Jan 2, 2007
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    ray Guest

    I would suggest a couple of sets of lithium ion AA batteries to pack with
    you. What good does a battery charger do on a backpacking trip?
    I have previously used them on a Kodak DC210+ and they gave acceptable
    results. It's hard to tell until you've used it.
    ray, Jan 2, 2007
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    Robert Haar Guest

    How long a trip? Where, what time of year?
    Have you considered one of the water resistant point-and-shot cameras? If
    not, you might want to take a water

    Why, almost anything will work, an empty baggie, a clothing bag, etc.
    Will you have you car with you? I thought this was backpacking? I know
    people who take solar battery chargers on long trips.
    How about a hiking stick with a threaded camera mount on top?
    Robert Haar, Jan 3, 2007
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    timeOday Guest

    I'd also suggest testing the camera's battery life beforehand with
    whatever kind of batteries you'll be taking, so you know how
    conservative you need to be in shooting (or how many batteries to take).
    timeOday, Jan 3, 2007
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    John Ortt Guest

    Thanks for all the replies guys

    Lots of useful info.

    I'll try to reply to all of the necessary posts during my lunch break today.

    All the best,

    John Ortt, Jan 4, 2007
  7. Maybe more batteries--depends on how long they last with your camera.

    I'd get a walking staff that has a camera mount on it instead of the
    tripod. Think multipurpose.

    I have a cheap collapsible monopod. It's OK for what it's designed for,
    but its length adjusters aren't sturdy enough to allow double duty as a

    I've looked at those, haven't bit yet. Maybe an adapter so you can put a
    polarizer on your camera. I think most compact cameras already have UV
    filters built in.

    Depends on your camera. My Canon can't do that--self timer only.
    Someone suggested a padded case. Lowepro makes some good ones with thin
    padding, a neck cord and belt loop, and pockets for batteries and memory
    cards--got mine at Best Buy. For overkill, consider Pelican (from REI),
    but carry it in your pack.
    Pat O'Connell, Jan 4, 2007
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