Ideal tour camera...

cpunk

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#1
Any thoughts on the ideal tour camera? On my last one I had a Nikon D100 with a mid range zoom but wasn't entirely happy with it - I don't think it enjoyed the heat. Next time I go, I'm planning to revert to film: less temperamental and I suspect the pictures will be more stable. Thoughts?
 
#2
I used a Olympus 850 SW on H9, and it's coming back with me on H13. Tough, totally waterproof, decent pics, small, reliable. Can't comment on ability in heat though - winter tour.

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maguire

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#3
#4
If you are intending to use film and already have Nikkor lenses the Nikon F5 is an absolute beauty and available for about £380-£450 depending on condition. It's reckoned to be the best film action/sports camera ever made.

Or if you're still near any of them, ask one of the CCT's what they'd suggest!
 

cpunk

LE
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#5
If you are intending to use film and already have Nikkor lenses the Nikon F5 is an absolute beauty and available for about £380-£450 depending on condition. It's reckoned to be the best film action/sports camera ever made.

Or if you're still near any of them, ask one of the CCT's what they'd suggest!
Agreed, I own two F5's and they're spiffing. Realistically, more like £250 for a top class example now.
 
#6
I used a Olympus 850 SW on H9, and it's coming back with me on H13. Tough, totally waterproof, decent pics, small, reliable. Can't comment on ability in heat though - winter tour.

T
Agreed! I took mine on T12 and it worked fine even in very hot weather. i left it out on the bonnet of a LR for ten minutes and it still was fine. I'd stay digital nowadays, less bulk and you dont have to wait to get processed.
 
#8
Agreed, I own two F5's and they're spiffing. Realistically, more like £250 for a top class example now.
Well if you want to sell at that price..... :-D

Grey's have them at £395 for the cheapest and the lowest Ebay I've seen is £299!

Aren't you going to take one of those then?
 
#9
Agreed! I took mine on T12 and it worked fine even in very hot weather. i left it out on the bonnet of a LR for ten minutes and it still was fine. I'd stay digital nowadays, less bulk and you dont have to wait to get processed.
Remember what happened to the Fusilier from Warwickshire when he took his films in to get processed?
Digital saves a lot of bother
 

cpunk

LE
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#10
Well if you want to sell at that price..... :-D

Grey's have them at £395 for the cheapest and the lowest Ebay I've seen is £299!

Aren't you going to take one of those then?
I got one off Ebay for £202 with MN-30 battery and charger, in minty-ish cosmetic condition - although it hadn't been used for ages and needed a service to get it firing on all cylinders. Ffordes have had them around £199 IIRC though in well used condition (Ffordes are excellent for used gear, btw). Yes, I might well take one on tour.
 
#11
Try getting one of the polycarbonate covers for a DSLR. Camera Armor (spam spelling) is one of the companies that offer them. I have no affililation to them or Warehouse Express who stock them - so mods, delete if inapprorpiate. Costs range from about £25 and are available for Canon and NIkon.
 
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armadillo

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#13
d700, d300, as for the d100 struggling in the heat they do suffer, however film stock has a short shelf life, if you go through professional suppliers you get an extended shelf life though places like jessops will send you end of range stock. stick with digital lot less bother, plus optimum storage temp for film is -18c .

d700 and d300 are your best bets, d700 does video also. keep away from d5000, d90 and d60, too basic if you are used to d100. There is anew nikon released last week the d7000, not tried it yet.
 

maguire

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#14
D700 or D300? not sure I'd be too sanguine about taking a camera costing that much with me.
 
#16
d700, d300, as for the d100 struggling in the heat they do suffer, however film stock has a short shelf life, if you go through professional suppliers you get an extended shelf life though places like jessops will send you end of range stock. stick with digital lot less bother, plus optimum storage temp for film is -18c .

d700 and d300 are your best bets, d700 does video also. keep away from d5000, d90 and d60, too basic if you are used to d100. There is anew nikon released last week the d7000, not tried it yet.
Beat me to it Armadillio.

Film deteriorates badly in the heat. I used to keep mine in the fridge, but then you have to let it reach ambient temperature when removing it otherwise you get condensation inside the camera.
 
#17
Film, I'd go for a Nikon FM2 or FE2

But I wouldn't go for film anymore. I'd go for Canon G10 or 11 or the Canon Ixus job 12.1 million pixels which also has a glass viewfinder. LCD screens are useless in strong sunlight
 
#18
Whatever you get, don't forget that it is 100% guaranteed to break down just at the moment you need it most: in my case it was the day I got a jump-seat ride on a Chinook...so maybe take a spare one just in case...
 
#19
Film, I'd go for a Nikon FM2 or FE2

But I wouldn't go for film anymore. I'd go for Canon G10 or 11 or the Canon Ixus job 12.1 million pixels which also has a glass viewfinder. LCD screens are useless in strong sunlight
The G10 produces a lot of "noise" in low light; the G11 is (was) far superior being 10 Million pixels instead of the 15.1 of the G10.

It has to be said that they both behave very well in good light.
I have just bought myself a G12 (I'm in the photo buisness) but don't think any of the Canon G series would stand up to the rigours of a tour in Afganistan.
My thoughts would be a Panasonic FT2 and a lot of sniper tape to cover up the savvy colours they come in.
 
#20
I haven't been anywhere hot and dusty but I use a toughened Olympus Mu for hiking. It's waterproof (probably not a requirement for you, I know) but also shock-proof - I've dropped it on concrete floors from 5-6 feet and it's been fine, and sitting on it will only hurt your arse and not the camera. I can also go from an air-con'ed environment into 35C Hong Kong summers without any problems.

It also gives pretty good results in most conditions.
 
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