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Monday, March 05, 2007

Splendid Work and Stories to Tell

Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape is back from the big Antarctica trip with some splendid work and lots of stories to tell. Today he's posted an article about equipment failures called "In the Bag: Antarctica 2007—What Worked? What Didn't." Interesting reading as usual. I'm sure if you lurk about in the next few days there'll be more pictures to see, too.



Blogger Peter Hovmand said...

Well, it seems that the Nikons were handling the cold better than the Canons. Not really surprising me. But I am surprised that so many digital cameras did not have any problems. I am sure they did not have that much frost! When I am in the high mountains (Pyrenees, Alps) I hold on to my mechanical Nikons and Mamiyas. I can't bring a cabin :) And close to the glaciers you do get frost in the tent at night (from the wind), even in the summertime!

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last time I was lost on a glacier in the Alps and had to sleep next to a rock and I had my Fuji GA645 with me in my non-waterproof pack. The next morning the GA645 was a tad wet from the rain and had some condensation. I was too cold and exhausted to take photos that morning, but later that afternoon, after hiking out I dried it out a bit and it worked fine. Now, 6 months later it's still taking photos without protest.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Espen said...

My experience is that my camera has survived surprisingly rough treatment. A few weeks ago I had a trip to Finse living in a tent. The temperature fell to a freezing -37 celcius, but my Canon 20D still worked fine. However, the batteries had a hard time, giving me only 4-5 shots before I had to return them to my warm pockets.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Peter Hovmand said...

Well, well, Esben, that is exactly the case! With my Nikon FM2 or my Mamiya C220 I never ever have to worry about the batteries :) And I know my daylight and my Velvia 100. Hmmm, ofcourse I love my Nikon D100, but I still miss my Kodachrome, "those nice bright colors" - Paul Simon :)

3:47 PM  
Blogger Brambor said...

Nice article. Thank You. When I go winter backpacking in the White Mountains the temperatures often hover around zero. I carry my batteries in a pocket under my jacket and only put them into the camera when I shoot and then quickly back into the pocket. It is inconvenient but only solution for what would otherwise be an equivalent of carrying a rock in your bakcpack.

7:50 AM  

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