Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 11:13:15 -0400
I am going on 7/3/95 on Trek 13. This is my several-th trek ;-). Take the
heavy camera ONLY if you have lens changes. If you have a zoom lens, it is
definitely worth taking the heavier camera so long as you are willing to eat
the weight. In order to not be disappointed in the results, waste a roll of
film with the smaller camera trying to take "scenery" shots at home so you
know what to expect and how not to waste your film. A fellow last year showed
me how to take a protect my video camera so this year I am taking that as
well (I am determined to get videos of rock climbing and burro racing ;-).
I take about 3/5 of a roll a day, more in the beginning and less at the end
(normal I think). That equates to nine rolls for Philmont and the two days
of sight seeing we always do ahead of time. That means you can leave three
rolls (two exposed, one unexposed and used for the final campfire, etc.)
in the security locker and only take six unexposed rolls on the trail.
My heavy camera is a Canon F-1 with two lenses (like a dromedary of water ;-).
I hate every step of carrying it but after I see the results I go through the
typical forgetting how much they weighed on the trail. A zoom lens is a
really big plus out there if you have one and can afford the weight. My
multiple lens apparatus is a Canon F-1 and two lenses and a tiny tripod.
It has a manual shutter, etc. in case the battery fails I can still guess at
the exposures or bracket them. Good luck!
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