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View Poll Results: Do you use a camera on your backpacking trips?
I take my camera every time I go backpacking. 80 69.57%
I take my camera on most of my trips. 29 25.22%
I don't take a camera on any of my trips. 2 1.74%
Other: I'll explain in the thread. 4 3.48%
Voters: 115. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-21-2007, 01:12 PM
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Do you use / carry a camera on your backpacking trips?

Please take the poll regarding the extent you use of a camera on your backpacking trips.

[Note: I'd like to limit this thread to to poll topic, rather than discussion involving types of cameras and their features (which are discussed in other PBF threads). Please do not post the type of camera you have in this thread. Thank you.]

Thanks for your participation.

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Old 08-21-2007, 01:18 PM
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I take a camera on some of my trips. Our digital camera is heavy, so I bring a disposable instead. They have their limitations...

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Old 08-21-2007, 01:20 PM
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I take my camera on almost every trip. I end up using it more at the beginning of the trip since by the end I'm too tired to worry about getting pictures. I'm not much of a photographer and don't usually end up looking at the pictures I do take very often. That might be partially due to the fact that I don't take great pictures . Regardless it almost always comes along and I always take a few pictures, you know, to justify the weight .

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Old 08-21-2007, 01:41 PM
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Yes, I haul a rather largish/bulky/heavy digicam with me on every backpacking trip I take(except once)
I used to keep a regular journal, but I got away from that and make a 'photo journal' of my trips.
I love 'going over' my trips.
I am starting to re-think the writing part though. Might just start doing that again.

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Old 08-21-2007, 01:58 PM
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I take one on every BP trip and every dayhike. Never know what you will see. Plus, pictures help to jog your memory about a trip years down the road.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:28 PM
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Absolutely! It's one of the reasons I hike & ski. I even haul a tripod with me.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:46 PM
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Yes, on every trip. I used to do photography for a living, and used rather large 35mm stuff, I got away from it for awhile. Now with the advent of digital "snappy" type cameras (I use a Nikon CoolPix) that fit in the palm of my hand, I have very little problem carrying my camera.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:17 PM
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I take camera sometimes.

Because I'm a weekend hiker/camper, I hate wasting time driving very far, I just want to be out in the woods. So I have a tendency to repeat hikes close to home when I'm by myself, which is often. I already have pictures of these areas so I don't want the added weight of camera for same old same old. I'd rather throw in a book.

If I'm going to new area or someone decides to join me, I'll take the camera and leave book at home.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:39 PM
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Reality,

I voted "other".

I'll take my camera on new trips - trips on trails that I have never been on before. That way I can show family and friends what new adventurers I have gone on.

Further, such a decision just reinforces my recent backpacking philosphy of only bringing what you actually need or will use.

Thus I don't bother with a camera on the second time on a specific trail.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by WildGene
Further, such a decision just reinforces my recent backpacking philosphy of only bringing what you actually need or will use.

Thus I don't bother with a camera on the second time on a specific trail.

I certainly understand and respect that.

For me, I've noticed that each time that I get around to hiking a familiar trail, things change. Perhaps the season has changed, wildlife are more active/present, or some other phenomenon such as a weather pattern has enhanced the view. I find something new and interesting almost every time I head out - even in those areas that I thought that I may have seen it all. For example, I hiked up very close to a big bear the other day in an area that I hadn't seen one in before. The bear didn't even have time to pose. Snap - I took the picture.

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