View Poll Results: Will you bring an SLR or compact cam for hiking/ trekking?

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Thread: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

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    Default Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    With the weight of hiking gear and physical strain of trekking long distance and hours, wonder how many people would still choose to bring their SLR + lens + mono/tripod(?) and how many would opt for a lighter photography solution like prosumer or compact cams.
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    wads ur gear list? is it a 1-day hike? to Malaysia or several days type?
    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    I hate these pesky polls, but I will share my opinion.
    I hike 800km sometimes and every kg counts.

    So I just have my Nikon DSLR with the 18-200mm wrapped in my clothes in my back pack.

    The places I go, won't look so nice with a compact. Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Monument valley just does not look the same.
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    yeah an 18-200 is really useful for treks.. I also add a light CF tripod.. but my treks are all around this region only ah... 4 day trek at the most...

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    My take is it really depends on whether you are fit enough or not... Bring what you are capable of bringing, cos' you still want to enjoy and survive the hike...
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    If I'm hiking for the short trips, I can bring the whole load of gear..

    but if it's a nature hike over long distances, then I may change the plan and reduce to a 2 lens setup.
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    u don't want to go to the top and realize that...
    **** I should bring my SLR..

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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    Depends on your fitness level I guess. Tried walking up to Waves at Henderson with about 6kg of Lenses + camera... by the time I got there I needed to sit down. I guess that's what the 24km route march used to train us all for...
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    You're selling yourself short if you use a prosumer camera (no offense to the prosumer fans). You need to use your creativity with a DSLR when you have the kind of amazing opportunities while hiking (landscape, sunsets, nature, people etc).

    You need to plan ahead with the kind of lenses you want to bring. If you are hiking up a mountain then you definitely want to carry light and if during the day in good light you don't need a tripod. Personally I feel that lugging around a tripod is the biggest distraction to me ever, hiking comes before photography IMO. if you had to take one just bring a compact version (if there is such a thing).

    Anyway, You probably want a lens that does landscape well, if the range is not wide enough then do panos. My 18-55 served me well for all the hiking trips that I85've done. I've done Japan, Korea, China and Australia. Now that is a kit lens, you can do better with a pro/glass lens like a 17-55, 16-85, 18-200, 17-50 and so on. 18mm wasn't always wide enough for me which was the usual problem when I'm hiking. I also don't come across many macro opportunities but there are possibilities when you might come across a rare flower, insects, yeti footprints or whatever.

    If anything happens during your hike where you may have to abandon your gear, you don't want to lose every single lenses that you own.
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    Really depend on location. If I hike in Changi, I'd use my LX-3. If I hike in Everest, I'd use my DSLR or even both as backup for each other.
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    It depends whether you are a hiker who wants to take photographs or a photographer who wants to hike. If you are the former than I guess a good consumer camera will do. If you are the latter (which probably most of the forummers here are), than you will probably bring your DSLR and the requisite suite of lenses.

    There are also other variables like who are in the group or are you solo. If you are in a group and you can share the load. But if they are super fit and you are slowed down by your gears they may leave you to the tigers .

    In short - the objective is to enjoy the hike/trek so equip yourself (and prepare for it) suitably for it. Cheers....

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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    I suggest bringing both, especially if your compact is water/weather-proof..

    You can use SLR for most of the shots, but if you need to explore caves, climb up trees, abseil down cliffs, shoot rapids, kayak rivers, trek mangroves, scramble up sand-dunes, your compact will come into its own..

    Just my say.. Cheers!
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    If weight and size is an issue, simply bring an SLR and a prime lens!

    You get the best of both worlds with the quality of an SLR and the compactness of a P n S.
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    if you are considering a compact and are ok with the limited focal length
    then why not consider a small DSLR also with a 1 lens setup

    it should only be slightly bigger and heavier than a prosumer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ally View Post
    I suggest bringing both, especially if your compact is water/weather-proof..

    You can use SLR for most of the shots, but if you need to explore caves, climb up trees, abseil down cliffs, shoot rapids, kayak rivers, trek mangroves, scramble up sand-dunes, your compact will come into its own..

    Just my say.. Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    if you are considering a compact and are ok with the limited focal length
    then why not consider a small DSLR also with a 1 lens setup

    it should only be slightly bigger and heavier than a prosumer.
    actually, no one asked if TS means getting new cams/setup or alreadi hav existing setup to bring.

    existing setup might mis-match some recommendations in this thread.
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    If the journey is not too long and scenery is very good, will bring both may be with a light or mini tripod. The compact camera is meant as a backup plus videocam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WuffRuff View Post
    With the weight of hiking gear and physical strain of trekking long distance and hours, wonder how many people would still choose to bring their SLR + lens + mono/tripod(?) and how many would opt for a lighter photography solution like prosumer or compact cams.

    oi tink u need to train harder WuffRuff....me got some tyres 4 you to play wiv
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    Default Re: Hiking - To bring SLR or compact camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    I hate these pesky polls, but I will share my opinion.
    I hike 800km sometimes and every kg counts.

    So I just have my Nikon DSLR with the 18-200mm wrapped in my clothes in my back pack.

    The places I go, won't look so nice with a compact. Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Monument valley just does not look the same.
    wah 800km? where u trek?
    the last longest trek i did is only 80+km
    it was quite a fuss to bring along my heavy dslr, eventhough it is just a body+grip and a lens (no idea why i bring my grip along ), that the following trek 1 year later i just left every gear at home and go trek with take take photos with my eyes and brain. haha
    Last edited by yokechye; 14th January 2009 at 02:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yokechye View Post
    wah 800km? where u trek?
    the last longest trek i did is only 80+km
    it was quite a fuss to bring along my heavy dslr, eventhough it is just a body+grip and a lens (no idea why i bring my grip along ), that the following trek 1 year later i just left every gear at home and go trek with take take photos with my eyes and brain. haha
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