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DSLR for the Man vs. Wild type
Now I'm no Bear Griles but I do, do allot of adventurous types of things, such as Kayaking, rock climbing, cycling, backpacking, and hiking. I'm in the process of upgrading from my old film SLR to a new DSLR. Im use to being able to throw my camera in a back pack in a camera case and not have to worry about it to much because my old camera is a tank. These new DSLR's really worry me as far as being rugged enough for my life style. Am I going to be okay throwing my DSLR into a pretty simple camera case inside my backpack and going off into the sunset or is this the type of thing I'm going to need to baby? I'm really worried that I might need to go back to SLR-like Point and shoot camera. Any comment or suggestions?.

Thanks..

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I'm assuming that you don't dunk you film slr while in white water so the same would hold true for a DSLR. That being said you also are totally outdoors in what you are doing so you would want a camera that is somewhat rugged. That being said you did not provide a price range..

So look for a camera that is weather sealed (Pentax, Oly E3, D300) The Pentax is the cheapest and the D300 the most expensive (by a little over the E3). If you are not making prints I would take a serious look at the Oly E1..

You will have to be a little more protective of a DSLR then a film SLR. But just a little if you buy the right camera. If you are not going to go to that level of care then stick with a P&S that can take a beating (Oly 770 SW) and save the $$..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #1

The Olympus E-1 and E-3 and some of the lenses are weather resistant. The E-1 is a few years old. They can be had for a few hundred dollars. The E-3 is new and will run you roughly $1500.00 US. If you go to the Olympus SLR forum you will find stories of dunking in water, salt and fresh along with changing lenses in dusty conditions..

Good luck..

Comment #2

Maddogmd11 wrote:.

I'm assuming that you don't dunk you film slr while in white water sothe same would hold true for a DSLR. That being said you also aretotally outdoors in what you are doing so you would want a camerathat is somewhat rugged. That being said you did not provide a pricerange..

So look for a camera that is weather sealed (Pentax, Oly E3, D300)The Pentax is the cheapest and the D300 the most expensive (by alittle over the E3). If you are not making prints I would take aserious look at the Oly E1..

You will have to be a little more protective of a DSLR then a filmSLR. But just a little if you buy the right camera. If you are notgoing to go to that level of care then stick with a P&S that can takea beating (Oly 770 SW) and save the $$..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it..

I definitly will be doing my best to keep it out of the water but next to waterfalls and sea spray my camera will be getting a little wet. That being said my price range is anything under $1500 for the body and a new lens. I Have been falling in love with new canon xsi but I have a feeling it's probably not rugged enough for me...

Comment #3

I would reconsider a DSLR for rough use. First you have a lot to carry due to the size of a DSLR and lenses. You also need to be concerned about batteries. Most take Li ion batteries which require frequent charging. I would consider something like the Canon 650 IS. It is pretty easy to carry, does really well for landscapes, and can use alkaline AA batteries...

Comment #4

I'm not sure that any DSLR will work well in a real soaking. However, I don't shoot in that environment. I would post about the E1 on the Oly forum and the K10D or K100D on the Pentax forum and be very specific about the environment you will be in and ask for comments from the folks that actually use these cameras. I know the Oly has weather proof lenses and the E1 and the E3 are both weather sealed. However there is weather and then there is weather. My house is weather sealed but it hasn't gone through a hurricane either..

I know the pentax is weather sealed BUT I dont know about their lenses..

The Oly 770 SW is water PROOF to 33 ft and shock resistant for a drop from 5 feet (Mil Spec). It is also small and light but it is NOT the quality of a DSLR..

That's about all the useful assistance I can provide. Good luck..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #5

Jrkliny wrote:.

I would reconsider a DSLR for rough use. First you have a lot tocarry due to the size of a DSLR and lenses. You also need to beconcerned about batteries. Most take Li ion batteries which requirefrequent charging. I would consider something like the Canon 650 IS.It is pretty easy to carry, does really well for landscapes, and canuse alkaline AA batteries..

Boy here's a perfect place for an invention...or gadget...a solar powered recharger for your camera that fits on your hat. ..

Comment #6

RBroomall wrote:.

Boy here's a perfect place for an invention...or gadget...a solarpowered recharger for your camera that fits on your hat. .

These things exist (well, not to go on your hat, but on your backpack), and larger ones produce enough current, but I cannot find anyone who has used one to re-charge a camera battery (not all chargers allow 10V input, however). Anyone done it?.

For the OP, I have had no problems carrying a Nikon D80 on multi-day hikes, with slips, falls, camera dropped on the ground, mild impacts on rock faces inside the pack etc. I have not dropped it in the water, however..

For real durability and complete independence of batteries there is a always Leica...

Comment #7

Have some great whitewater rafting shots taken in remote Northern Myanmar by our safety kayaker, who carried his nikon D200 in a Pelican case.Worked for him..

Comment #8

RBroomall wrote:.

For the OP, I have had no problems carrying a Nikon D80 on multi-dayhikes, with slips, falls, camera dropped on the ground, mild impactson rock faces inside the pack etc. I have not dropped it in thewater, however..

Wow okay I'm getting thrown back in forth. I really liked the Canon xsi but I was based on this thread turned off from it because of it's plastic construction and lack of a weather sealed body. Now I'm trying to pick between Pentax K20D and K200D because they are tanks. The 200 is about half the price of the 20 but the 20 has a better continuos drive which is a big draw for me and although I probably wont use it the live view function is nice to have every once in a small while. But is the continous drive really true for the 200 only being able to shoot 4 jpegs?.

But now that you tell me your dropping yor D80 and having know problems I'm still considering the xsi. AHHHH!!!!..

Comment #9

Cameras are delicate. A pity, but there it is. If you really want to be able to beat your camera up and go long periods in wilderness you need a Leica MP. Of course, you could break half a dozen good dSLRs and replace them and still be ahead on price...

Comment #10

Haven't personally used it so don't know how well it actually protects..

Camera Armorhttp://www.cameraarmor.us/.

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Good Day,Roonal.

'Money doesn't buy happiness, but it makes for an extravagant depression' by golf tournament sportscaster..

Comment #11

Roonal wrote:.

Haven't personally used it so don't know how well it actually protects..

Camera Armorhttp://www.cameraarmor.us/.

At B&H Photo.

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...;O=RootPage.jsp&A=search&Q=*&bhs=t.

Good Day,Roonal.

'Money doesn't buy happiness, but it makes for an extravagantdepression' by golf tournament sportscaster.

I've heard pretty negative things about camera armor. I'd get a real waterproof housing. Cheap for P&S, expensive for DSLR...

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