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Old 12-19-2002, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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appalachain trail for 6-7 months.... A Nikon F100 w/ a 28-105 2.8 zoom (82mm filter thread) or a Good Nikon point and shoot with a zoom (uses nikon Ed glass)

Note that you must carry this along with about a 50 Lb pack?????
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Jason -

I'm an old geezer. I don't like/use auto-anything unless I have no choice. For the past twenty years, I've shot primarily with a K-1000. By choice.

That being said, if the trip is going to be 6-7 months, and you're only planning on taking the 28-105 for the F-100, I'd choose the P&S. At least, I would if the trip were primarily a back-packing experience, not a photo trip.

Why?

1) It's probably lighter - not a minor consideration.

2) I assume that the zooms on the P&S and the F-100 will be about the same range, although the quality probably isn't as good on the P&S.

3) You're going to feel frustrated having a great body with only one lens. You'll want to get that long shot, or this macro, if only you had that lens with you, or the other one... at least, I would, over six months.

4) I suspect - but don't know - that the batteries will last longer in the P&S.

5) I suspect - but don't know - that I could stow the P&S in a ZipLock baggie to minimize the rain and dew. [Heck, I've even shot through baggies on stormy beaches.] Not so sure about the F100 & zoom.

6) P&S will have a flash for evening shots "round the campfire." [Are you still allowed to have a campfire?] While you might have a flash for your F100, you didn't mention it. And it's more weight and volume. (OK, OK - not much.]

But this all supposes that you're primarily going to hike and it's coming from an old (and tired and out-of-shape) geezer. My advice is worth what it's costing you.

Enjoy. I like your work; looking forward to seeing your trail pix.

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This trip would be partly about self healing, And also a chance to get some GREAT photography, I am looking at provia or sensia 100asa, its also been a life long dream. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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Given that, why not consider the F-100, and three or four lenses including a wide zoom, moderate tele, and a true macro? Take a look at some of John Shaw's nature photography books. Maybe the approach is to take enough tools to capture exactly what you want.

Enjoy your trip.
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I have two cameras for that purpose, a Pentax IQZoom 90WR and a Nikon Lite Touch. The Pentax is essentially waterproof and has a nice protective cover glass over the lens. The Lite Touch is the original 28mm fixed focal length and is tiny. Both cameras are about ten years old and have always worked fine. They use the same batteries, although the Pentax takes two. The appalachian trail has plenty of acess to civilization, so batteries and film should not be a problem. I must admit that, if I were contemplating hiking end to end, I would probably take one of my old manual SLRs and the lite Touch for backup. A lightweight tripod or monopod would be good. I have a hiking stick made from a fiberglass broom handle that I could modify to attach a small ball head to.

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