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Topic: Trekking with DSLR gear
Posted By: lauge
Subject: Trekking with DSLR gear
Date Posted: 09 June 2007 at 15:08
I'm going on a one week trekking in Norway this summer and wanted to bring my 5D with a couple of lenses. But I don't know how best to pack my gear without risking it all getting damaged. So if you have some good advice on how to pack your gear (cam + about two lenses) for a longer trek and maybe also what lenses and extra gear you would bring.

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Sony NEX-7 | Sony A55 | Dynax 5D | Dynax 7 | 7000AF | lots of Minolta and MF lenses



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Posted By: cezarL
Date Posted: 09 June 2007 at 15:19
You're going to Norway too, huh? :)

I'll pack my gear in a camera bag, probably the LowePro 200AW. I'll take four lenses: 20mm, 28mm, 100macro and Beercan, together with my A100 and a Minolta AF5000 body, and probably some filters.

It's hard to give advice on what gear to bring, we'd need to know what lenses you currently have and what do you intend to shoot...

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“Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” - Walker Evans

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Posted By: lauge
Date Posted: 09 June 2007 at 23:50
Thanks for the answer :-) Yeah, been trekking there before but never with a DSLR. Since I have a backpack packed at about 18-20kg the trick is to minimize weight/volume so I was thinking packing them into my main backpack. I don’t know if it’s enough to just throw gear into a ziplock bag? What do you reckon? And how durable is camera gear to rain, didn’t look like something special was used at DM02 - Lysefjord.

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Sony NEX-7 | Sony A55 | Dynax 5D | Dynax 7 | 7000AF | lots of Minolta and MF lenses


Posted By: Reto
Date Posted: 10 June 2007 at 20:59
Usually I choose one of two ways to take my gear with me when going trekking:

a) If weight is at a premium: I bought a couple of "Kayaking bags", absolutely waterproof (similar to http://www.seatosummit.com.au/showdetail.php?Code=AUDS1 - link ). Within those I stow all that needs to keep dry, like wallet, phone, batteries, map, sometimes spare clothes and of course camera equipment along with the rest of the equipment. The biggest of those packs are actually big enough to completely fill the upper compartment of my trekking backpack, a Lowe Alpine 70+20 liters. So you could make one or more compartments completely waterproof (and your backpack floatable btw). Since those bags tend to be inflated by air from folding in the top when closing them, stuff in it tends to get a bit of an additional air cushion surrounding it as well, adding some protection against bumps.

b) If weight is less of an issue, normally for one day, possibly two day trips (without sleeping bag): I've been searching a "real" trekking backpack with all the comfort features for my back and stuff with a small camera compartment in vain. So a while back I took my trekking backpack [the same one as in a)] down to town and went about all the shops that sell small-to-medium sized camera bags and tried them all... The biggest one that fit the lower compartment of the backpack AND was still usable as a "normal" city-style camera backpack is what I bought. So essentially I put the day-pack into the lower compartment and use the upper compartment plus external pockets for all rest of the stuff. Within its own "backpack in the backpack", the camera stuff is well protected against bumps on top of it all. For weather protection I use a conventional external cover for the big pack, which in combination with the double-backpack thing is good to go for a day. This approach also helps to minimize the total number of backpacks lying around in the house.

I need to add that I have one big photo backpack (Lowepro Photo Trekker AW II) on top of that, which comes into play if not trekking, but photographing is the task of day and I want to have lots of equipment with me.

Hope that helps,
Reto


Posted By: jkp1
Date Posted: 10 June 2007 at 21:04
Originally posted by lauge lauge wrote:

And how durable is camera gear to rain, didn’t look like something special was used at DM02 - Lysefjord.


No, most of us did not use anything special other than due care.
Personally i covered my cam with my body or just stuck the cam underneath my jacket when the rain was on its most.

Beside of that, most had a ordinary camera backpack. If its not raining heavily for several hours, i dont think any would have any problems.



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Unused stuff in stock: A700, 24-105, 28-135, Sony A100, beercan, 100-200, Sony 70-200f2.8 + teleconverter


Posted By: Elgsdyr
Date Posted: 10 June 2007 at 21:49
I was trekking in Norway (Jotunheimen) last year. I kept my 7D + one lens in a small bag, that holds only body+lens (I use a LowePro Rezo TLZ 20, that (only just) holds my 7D and the KM 28-75). For extra lenses I used LowePro SlipLock lens cases (similar cases from other brands will work too, of course), which I attached to my rucksack at semi-convenient places. I couldn't reach the lenses myself, but had my friend take them out for me, so I didn't have to take off the rucksack every time.

In case of rain I put the camera bag into the rucksack and put a rain cover on it, which covered the lens cases too. For light, temporary rain, however, I didn't bother. The LowePro bag/cases protects fine against smaller amounts of rain.

For the next trek, though, I'll probably get an a100 plus the Zeiss 16-80. Carrying the 7D + 3 lenses (17-35D + 28-75 + 100-300APO-D) was too much weight... :( But they all came to good use, so I wouldn't have wanted to bee without any of them. A lighter body and 1 lens to replace the 2 wider lenses would be a much better solution. Oh well, I managed to get home without serious injury. ;)

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Yours etc.
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Posted By: cezarL
Date Posted: 11 June 2007 at 07:40
I was actually thinking of buying the Lowepro 200AW and hold it across my chest, coupled with a normal backpack for clothes and such. But first I need to visit a local shop, to see how it feels. We're talking 3days with 8-10 hours of walking, and another 3 or 4 of biking in the fjords, so I have to make sure this combination will work.
If not, I'll use my current Lowepro Mini (A100+20/2.8, 100macro) and stuff the Beercan in the main backpack (maybe in a lens-case strapped to it). I'll be going together with my girlfriend, so I can ask her to hold the beercan in her backpack...this way neither of us will have to take off the bags.



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“Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” - Walker Evans

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Posted By: cezarL
Date Posted: 11 June 2007 at 11:18
Depending on what gear you intend to carry along, you might be interrested in one of these two bags: http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Beltpacks/modular/Off_Trail_2.aspx - option A or http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Beltpacks/modular/Off_Road.aspx - option B

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“Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” - Walker Evans

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Posted By: infrastellar
Date Posted: 11 June 2007 at 11:43
Might not be helpful, but for my treks, the best carrying product is my wife :)

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http://photo.infrastellar.net/home.php - Infrastellar travel photo

Slovakia, Czech republic, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Philippines, Indonesia, England


Posted By: lauge
Date Posted: 11 June 2007 at 22:59
Thanks you all this is really great advises you have gotten me. I have one of those kayaking bags so I think this will be my camera bag on the trip. I have been looking at the LowePro bags and decided to go an check them out in the local shop soon.

Thanks again this is really a great site
Rune

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Sony NEX-7 | Sony A55 | Dynax 5D | Dynax 7 | 7000AF | lots of Minolta and MF lenses


Posted By: sporky
Date Posted: 12 June 2007 at 00:06
I'm not sure if trekking means day hikes or backpacking for multiple days. If it's not the latter, you might check this http://www.tamrac.com/frame_adv.htm - series of backpacks from Tamrac , although I'm not sure how easy it is to get them in Denmark. I bought the mid sized one for these reasons:
*I mostly go on long day hikes (no tent-carrying for me (yet))
*It has pockets for water bottles (on the sides)
*It has room for other stuff on top(lunch, bird id book, maps)
*The bottom compartment is padded and holds several lenses (my http://dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=48 - "beercan" fits fine) and my a100
*I don't have a laptop (next model up holds a laptop)
*Cheaper than Lowepro

Minor annoyances that I've discovered:
*Side pocket can hold a standard 1 liter Nalgene, but it's hard to fit (I use a smaller bottle for short hikes)
*When it's holding a waterbottle, it's hard to zip/unzip the bottom section
*No way to store the http://dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=48 - "beercan" in the bottom while it's attached to the camera

Otherwise, I'm quite pleased and use it to store and transport my lenses.


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a100 | CZ 16-80/3.5-4.5 | M 50/1.7 | T 90/2.8 | M 70-210/4 | M 100-400/4.5-6.3


Posted By: H20boy
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 00:03
Modular is definately the way to go on a 'trek' or a long hike. I personally like the http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Toploading/allWeather/Topload_Zoom_AW.aspx - Lowepro Toploader AW holding a 7D and a 70-200/2.8 and then I put a small attachment case that holds either a 28/2 or the Zenitar on the side, and it works great! Room in the front for some filters, extra batteries and cards, and even comes with that really stylish waterproof cover!

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Matt - TX l Maxxum-m42 adapter - that's it   :(     l My http://matt.zenfolio.com - Galleries


Posted By: Maffe
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 00:17
I would use same thinking as if I was trekking with out camera gear.
Most important, keep your stuff dry!
Water proof "bag" inside my backpack, I use a ordenary 100 liter plastic sack, pck my clothes in varios plasticbags and finaly a rain cover that is easy to access and put on my back pack.

To apply this with camera gear;
Lenses in lenscases, maybe modify my backpac to take sliplock and modify the harness (if it´s called that) so camera can be attached easy to it. Really good to put the weight of your neck!


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Posted By: cezarL
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 07:59
Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:

Modular is definately the way to go on a 'trek' or a long hike. I personally like the http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Toploading/allWeather/Topload_Zoom_AW.aspx - Lowepro Toploader AW holding a 7D and a 70-200/2.8 and then I put a small attachment case that holds either a 28/2 or the Zenitar on the side, and it works great! Room in the front for some filters, extra batteries and cards, and even comes with that really stylish waterproof cover!


Is it possible to strip this bag across your chest, or something like that? I mean, having a backpack with clothes and such, while keeping your camera in front?

My LowePro Mini becomes a pain at times, because no matter how much I reduce the length of the shoulder strap and throw it around my neck, it always swings. That's annoying to say the least, especially when you're jumping from one rock to another :)

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“Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” - Walker Evans

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Posted By: H20boy
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 08:15
Originally posted by cezarl cezarl wrote:


Is it possible to strip this bag across your chest, or something like that? I mean, having a backpack with clothes and such, while keeping your camera in front?


Ahhhh yes, I hate it when it swings to and fro as well. lol

And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.



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Posted By: lauge
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 22:27
Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:


To apply this with camera gear;
Lenses in lenscases, maybe modify my backpac to take sliplock and modify the harness (if it´s called that) so camera can be attached easy to it. Really good to put the weight of your neck!


What kind of lens cases would that be?

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Sony NEX-7 | Sony A55 | Dynax 5D | Dynax 7 | 7000AF | lots of Minolta and MF lenses


Posted By: Maffe
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 22:33
Lowepro have lenscases.
Look http://lowepro.com/Products/Accessories/lens_cases/ - here

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Posted By: lauge
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 22:33
Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:


And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.


This looks pretty cool, was wondering if it's possible to have it on at the same time as a backpack without compromising the comfort on you shoulders.

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Sony NEX-7 | Sony A55 | Dynax 5D | Dynax 7 | 7000AF | lots of Minolta and MF lenses


Posted By: H20boy
Date Posted: 13 June 2007 at 22:39
http://www.tamrac.com/welcome.htm - Tamrac has those modular accessorie lens cases too that work just as well on the lowepro bags, in case their availability and pricing is better. Both are interchangeable on each other.

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Matt - TX l Maxxum-m42 adapter - that's it   :(     l My http://matt.zenfolio.com - Galleries


Posted By: pgolik
Date Posted: 15 June 2007 at 14:18
Lowepro also make a belt system, with a belt to which you can attach lens and camera cases with their SlipLock system. Should be compatible with a backpack. Another idea - have you thought about a reporter's vest? There are some made for photographers, with padded pockets that can hold amazing amounts of gear.

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A700 + KM D5D + T 17-50/2.8 + T 90/2.8 + S 10-20 + M 200/2.8 G + M 50/1.7 + HS(D)3600


Posted By: ChrisH
Date Posted: 15 June 2007 at 15:06
Originally posted by lauge lauge wrote:

Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:

And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.
This looks pretty cool, was wondering if it's possible to have it on at the same time as a backpack without compromising the comfort on you shoulders.
If you want to carry a toploader on our chest the Lowe chestharnass is the thing to buy. I have one myself and in combination with a back-pack it is conveniant. First put on the chestharnass with toploader, than your backpack.

Here in the Netherlands we have a book written by WF Hermans. It's called :"Never gonna sleep again". It is about a young student geology going to Norway [Hardangervidda ?] to find comet-holes for his prof. He meets Murphy's Law ; everything that can go wrong goes wrong. It rains, no it pours, his tent breaks down, he looses things, etc.
The only thing that remains is wishing you luck and strenght overthere in Norway.
I know a little joke about Norway : Tourists asks a child : "Does it always rain overhere ?" I don't know, sir" the child answers, "I'm only eight years old".


Posted By: cezarL
Date Posted: 15 June 2007 at 15:15
Originally posted by ChrisH ChrisH wrote:

Originally posted by lauge lauge wrote:

Originally posted by H20boy H20boy wrote:

And yes, the AW Toploader does have a chest strap. check it out.
This looks pretty cool, was wondering if it's possible to have it on at the same time as a backpack without compromising the comfort on you shoulders.
If you want to carry a toploader on our chest the Lowe chestharnass is the thing to buy. I have one myself and in combination with a back-pack it is conveniant. First put on the chestharnass with toploader, than your backpack.


I found a store here in Bucharest that sells the Toploader (all versions- 65, 70 and 75), it seems they have all in stock. I'll try to get there this weekend, and try the bags out, see how they feel. If I manage to do that, I'll let you know my opinions.



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“Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” - Walker Evans

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Posted By: flyingscot4
Date Posted: 18 August 2010 at 21:45
I have finally settled on a Lowepro Fastpack 250. I have not climbed the fjords, but I have been in the Alps and this was my final choice after using a couple of TLZ's. I carry a regular backpack on my back and my Fastpack on my chest. I don't recommend this for long hauls, but to get from base to train to next base, it's not too bad. The Fastpack has a compartment at the top for an extra sweater and a few chargers and computer stuff and a pocket for a laptop. On day trips, I just carry the Fastpack with about 9 lbs of camera and lenses. Chargers and netbook stay at the hostel, hotel, etc. I can carry that load all day.

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a77VG,a550VG,a700VG/Min28 2.8,Min 50-1.7, Min50-2.8M, Min 50-3.5M, Min100-2.8M D, Min135-2.8, CZ16-80, S16-105, Min 28-85, Min 28-135, Min35-70, Min35-105, Tok35-200, all beercans, Min100-300APO D,


Posted By: Jphank
Date Posted: 20 August 2010 at 16:50
I've been using a Lowepro toploader 50 AW and have been happy with it. When I'm hiking/climbing, weight is normally a top priority. This setup allows me to carry my A700 with 16-80 attached (you could probably get away with a larger lens), and has room for a couple batteries or cards. I use the shoulder strap that came with the case attached to the two lower points and wrap it around my midsection, and the two upper point I attach to the shoulder straps of my backpack. It keeps the camera handy and encourages me to take pictures along the way (I don't have to take off my pack to get my camera out). I haven't tried this setup with the Lowepro chest harness, but I might, it's fairly inexpensive and it would allow me to keep the camera on me when I take my large pack off.



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A77, CZ 16-80, S 70-300G, Ʃ 8-16, T 28-75 f/2.8, M 70-210 f/4


Posted By: Maurus
Date Posted: 20 August 2010 at 17:23
I've quite good experiences with a 'two option' setup (used both in Norway and in the Alps):

(1) Allow place inside the main backpack for all your gear, make sure the place is waterproof, as mentioned above. Tricky question here is the weight, carrying too much definitely distracts from enjoying the hike.

(2) Add a small beltpack that takes the camera and one medium sized lens attached to it (I am using Lowepro Off Trail 1; 2 would be larger). When the weather is good you can carry this at the side below the backpack, when weather turns worse or the terrain gets more difficult you can put it in the backpack quickly.

This way, in good weather conditions and during smooth walking, you have the camera handy. I prefer this to a front pack.

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Posted By: Paul07
Date Posted: 23 August 2010 at 10:08
Fully agree with the above.

I am actually just back from the Alps: naked a700 (- so grip staying home -) + CZ16-80 was a wonderful combination. I don't need anything else for hicking.

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α7RII-VG 24-70G 70-200G 85/1.8 Samyang 35/2.8 ~~~ α6300 10-18/4 16-70/4 ~~~ Nex-5N 16-50 18-200 ~~~ RX10 IV ~~~ α100 50/1.4 24-105 ~~~ HX60V


Posted By: ChrisH
Date Posted: 23 August 2010 at 11:10
[Maybe some already wrote this]

One of the best solutions I think :
Chest harness + Lowe-'telezoom' with a DSL+lens+some filter+lens cloth and other small stuff ; if you have more lenses put them into your back-pack
or
your packpack has D-rings on the shoulder straps ? --> attach your 'telezoom' with some carabiners to it and put your cam+lens etc in it [a bit more work when you put down your back-pack]

These solotions have several advantages
- your cam is in front of you and ready to use
- your cam is out of reach from your water supply such as a camel-back

And I'm planning the Tour Mont Blanc ; solo end of this week. , depending on the weather.


Posted By: der dickgg
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 15:35
Dear Dyxum-friends,

During mountain trekkings in the winter I use my camera without the VG and only a 18-200mm lens. The build-in flash is usually enough in the mountainhuts. I do realize that this flashlight doesn't give the best effect, the lens is not fast enough for lowlight conditions (f3.5-f6.3), 200mm is not much if a group Ibex or Murmeltieren will be spotted and without the VG I look like an amateur.... but so what?
In summer and autumn I also bring along my 10-20mm for landscape shooting.

In the winterseason when we go camping in the Alps in solitary areas we have to carry a rucksac with tent, sleepingbag, food and so on. The weight is an issue. I also make every year documentary with my small Sony CX 105 AVCHD camera. It doesn't weight that much but when you have to carry also a compleet DSLR-set it's getting to heavy.

Enjoy your trekkings and never (never !!) leave your camera at home! Hope to meet you one day out there!



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Quit a lot of ALPHA gear, a nice collection of Sigma lenses, Dynax and M42 stuff, NEX i.c.w. Sigma's, Gitzo's, Visico's and lots of video-equipment


Posted By: yannick
Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 16:29
Hey,

If it's for a 3 days hike without tent, you could go for an easy single back-pack option, combined with a neoprene camera-case this would give a good option.

There are few solutions from burton, personally I would go for the Zoom 26 L as it's the smallest one. but there are others, and they are very ergonomic. I prefer the burton ones, as they are designed for sports, so the strap system is as known of trekking bags, with hip straps, and wide shoulder straps back cushion etc...

They are made for ski or snowboard tours with shooting, so you have to Improvise and re-invent the compartments.

This would be my way:
Its camera compartment has place for body+lens one Tele and one Prime. I assume that you don't need your charger for 3 days, probably a spare battery.
Its second compartment (normally the shovel compartment) offers enough space for a few pairs of underwear and t-shirts.
And if you take only one flash, you can use the second flash compartment for your raincoat.
that's what I understand under compact packing

Otherwise you could go for the Burton F-Stop pack (it's little bigger)
Or If you go for the Burton Resolution or Focus, you can even bring a 15.4 inch Laptop with you

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A850 | A55 | SAL1855 | 17-35 mm | Beercan | 50mm f1.7 | Sigma 28mm f1.8 | m42 135mm f2.8

Dynax 800si


Posted By: der dickgg
Date Posted: 08 December 2010 at 08:41
I forgot to say that I use a Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50AW bag during these outings in the Alps.... sorry!

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Quit a lot of ALPHA gear, a nice collection of Sigma lenses, Dynax and M42 stuff, NEX i.c.w. Sigma's, Gitzo's, Visico's and lots of video-equipment


Posted By: Tjeiken
Date Posted: 08 December 2010 at 09:12
I just went to China for three weeks, hiking some of the time..
I've been hiking for two months on the Camino de Santiago (Spain) as well, and in Norway, by the Naeroy-fjord (and countless of other places)..

I like to keep my hiking gear as light as possible... but i want the great photos as well; so i carry my a100 + my (fairly) new SAL16-105.. all put into a Tamrac Aero Zoom 25 (it _just_ fits in there!)

It can be bought in Denmark here: http://www.befro.dk/shop/tamrac-aero-zoom-10794p.html - http://www.befro.dk/shop/tamrac-aero-zoom-10794p.html (located in Aarhus, but they ship as well) Very cheap electronics dealer!

The combination is just perfect for me, as the camerabag can be buckled into the hipbelt of my backpack; in this way i can easily reach the camera, when needed.

On my trip in Spain, i used the a100 and the 18-70 kit lens.. but i find the 16-105 much more useful (perfect reach for traveling)

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Sony a77II | SAL1650F2.8 | SAL16105 | SAL35F18 | Minolta 50F1.7 | Minolta 70-210 F4 (BC) | Samyang 8mm | Sigma wide CPL | Metz 58 AF-2 | Curiosity and ingenuity


Posted By: der dickgg
Date Posted: 22 October 2013 at 18:39
Long time no message...

There must be many Dyxum-readers that love the outdoors! So leave your comment here.

My gear update: I use nowadays the 24-135mm Sigma, 10-20mm Sigma and a 1.7x teleconverter during hikings. It covers most of my demands.

Last mountain-trekking I had to make the video-shots and also took the NEX-F3 with 19 and 30mm Sigma's and I was very enthusiast about the quality. (And it's light).

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Quit a lot of ALPHA gear, a nice collection of Sigma lenses, Dynax and M42 stuff, NEX i.c.w. Sigma's, Gitzo's, Visico's and lots of video-equipment


Posted By: photofun
Date Posted: 27 July 2015 at 05:19
I am hoping someone can help me. I am going to be horseback riding in Bryce Canyon, Arches and/or Canyonlands. I would like to take my A77II with the Sony 16-50 2.8, and the Minolta 135 Pocket Rocket, and a kenko 1.4 teleconverter.

I have been told by one of the workers at the stable that a backpack is not allowed. In her words, "fanny packs are alright."

Anyone have suggestions on how to manage my gear and have it accessible during the ride?

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bmalo


Posted By: wetapunga
Date Posted: 27 July 2015 at 06:40
It looks like you may be limited to torso packs or waist packs. I've tried both. Torso is good for easy access, but can get too hot if wearing for lengthy periods outside. Waist packs are better for storing a bit more gear, but you seem to be traveling light. Another useful adjunct is a shirt with two large front pockets to store bits and pieces- like batteries.

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a7R, a77ii, QX100 | Minolta 17-35mm G, 20mm, 35-105mm O, 50mm M, 70-210 beercan, 85mm G, 100mm M, 300mm G | Sony 16-50mm, CZ16-80mm, 70-200mm G, 135mm f2.8 STF | Tokina 11-16mm


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 27 July 2015 at 07:50
Are you an experienced horseman? If not, just bring the camera with a camera strap. It will be impossible to change lenses on horseback, so, the 135mm will have limited use. I just went with my 17-35 on a A900 (11-23 on APS-C).

If you're an experienced horseman, there are several beltpacks you could use. Something like a Lowepro Inverse 100 or 200 or a ThinkTank Speed Demon might be all you need.

You know that "fanny pack" means something completely different in British English? I guess some of our British friends have a good giggle right now

Anyway, while I was staying at the hotel near Bryce Canyon, we did a horeback trip in a nearby canyon (Bryce is much more expensive, I'm Dutch ), here's a picture:

Sony A900 | Minolta 17-35G | 17mm | f/10 | 1/160s | 160iso

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