Which camera for Everest trek?
Hi all, never posted before, brand new here..

Here is my question..

I need a DSLR for my 3 week trek in the Himalayas, mostly landscape wide angle shots but I need the option to take close up people shots too in the towns and villages. I will be going very high, up to 5700m and it might get very cold, down to -20c so the camera needs to handle extremes..

I'm moving up from a Canon p&S which has served me well over the years but I feel I could get a lot more from a DSLR and in turn my photos would benefit..

I've narrowed it down to about 3 options..

1. Olympus E-510 with 2 kit lens2. Nikon D60 body with a Sigma 18-200mm IS lens3. Canon 400d with a 18-75mm Canon IS lens.

Now weight and bulk are important, I don't want to be messing about with a massive camera and I'll be carrying enough on the trek as it is..

So from what I've read it's a trade off with the above cameras with Olympus providing a great kit out of the box, small and light, live view, IS and dust redection. Yet I hear the Canon and the Nikon have less noise, a better viewfinder and the IS can be seen through the viewfinder..

I went into Jessops today and handled the three cameras in question and was suprsed how heavy the Canon 400D was with the 18-75mm IS lens attached. Even the Nikon with the 18-55 VR lens seemed bulky..

Can anyone help? Should I wait for the Olympus E-520 and the Canon 450D to come out, is the Nikon D60 overpriced? Is the 4/3 system a bad idea, I'm really just totally confused!.

Thanks in advance!..

Comments (6)

Yes. Weight is a valid concern on treks. I also felt a need of lighter camera which I could hang around my neck all the time during Tapovan Trek (mild). R1 was too bulky for that. When you are tired, it is too much of an effort to remove the backpack and get the camera out..

Therefore I suggest E510 with twin lens kit. Don't worry about noise etc. As more likely the issue will be how to avoid blowing out highlights . (Bright sunny days and snow). Nevertheless noise difference is not so significant to overpower convenience factor in this case. Try to shoot in Raw+JPG mode and have a spare battery (which you may have to warm up (by keeping close to body) in extreme cold condition before shooting) and enogh memory..

Bpoolrock wrote:.

Can anyone help? Should I wait for the Olympus E-520 and the Canon450D to come out, is the Nikon D60 overpriced? Is the 4/3 system abad idea, I'm really just totally confused!.

Best Wishes, Ajay

Comment #1

There's no guarantee that an E520 will be out before your trek (when is that?). It'll probably only add contrast detection AF to the E510..

What will battery recharging be like en route - the Olympus seems to take more photos per charge,Camera Battery life, 50% flash use(CIPA standard) Battery usedCanon Digital Rebel XTi 360 shots NB-2LHNikon D40x 520 shots EN-EL9Nikon D80 600 shots * EN-EL3eOlympus EVOLT E-330 400 shots ** BLM-1Olympus EVOLT E-410 500 shots ** BLS-1Olympus EVOLT E-510 650 shots ** BLM-1Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 450 shots ** CGR-S603APentax K10D 480 shots D-LI50Pentax K100D Super 300 shots 4 x 2500 mAh NiMHSony Alpha DSLR-A100 750 shots NP-FM55H.

* Not officially calculated using the CIPA standard, but same methodology used** With live view disabled.

Battery life numbers are provided by the manufacturer,from dcresource, also says using live view halves the amount..

7dayshop have a cheap blm1 (oly battery) equivalent, 5.99 + postage..

Comment #2

NOt sure which camera is best for your needs, however, one thing I WOULD recommend (one of the few times it is needed) is a good quality UV filter. UV is rather high up there in the himalayas as not mnuch is filtered out due to altitude..

Enjoy your trek! Doing tibet side or Nepal? DId Tibet in 1995 and unfortunately at the time I didn't really GET photography, just took a point and shoot, but pictures turned out OK, but not great. You can see my pics at:.


Have a great trip. It is AWESOME..


Comment #3

Well before you take the trip so you can learn it in advance!.

Good luck with your choice....and have a safe trek!.

LucyE- 510, 40-150 and 14-54 lens!U ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Z Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'..

Comment #4

Congrats,whatever you end up taking, yours is certainly a dream question of many.Rgds..

Comment #5

Whatever you shoot with please be sure to post some pictures here..

Have you looked at the Sony Alpha A200? I just handled one today, and it's possibly lighter than the Oly 510, certainly comparable. I had been tempted by the Oly 510 for the "going light" hikes and backpacks..

I can't speak to the Canons, Nikons etc. as I've not handled them.Val.


New owner of A700/16-105 (not delivered yet) Maxxum 7 & & 600 si Minolta film cameras, Olympus C765 digicam...

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