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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%
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Old 08-21-2007, 05:12 PM
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I take my camera whenever I wear a pack, day hiking or backpacking or out for trail work.

Even on trails I've hiked many times the seasons change or I see something different. Trail work projects always get several pictures. I can't take a picture if I don't have the camera.

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Old 08-21-2007, 09:53 PM
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I can't imagine not having my camera with me on the trail! I have it in my briefcase with me every day and even leave an older digicam in my truck just in case. I guess a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words, whether on the trail or walking through an airport.
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:36 AM
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camera or not?

I usually don't carry a camera. I'm not that good at taking pictures and when I hike with others most of them insist on carrying one whether I do or not. I figure they can carry the weight and I can still get some pics. I did finally break down and carry one on my last overnighter because my pack was so ridiculously light but when I pulled it out to take a pic the battery was dead.....DOH! Just reinforced my philosophy on backpacking with cameras. Besides that, it kinda takes away from my experience if I'm looking through a view finder and snapping pictures all the time that won't even come close to doing justice to what I'm taking a picture of. For me, it's kinda like videotaping your childs entire birthday. By the end I don't even feel like I was there because I was staring at an LCD screen the whole time. That's just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:57 PM
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Always. The same old trail looks different each time I go. Plus, like Reality said I'd hate to not have my camera if a bear was trying to strike a pose for me.
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:39 PM
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I voted "mostly". There are times my kids have the camera and I don't. I make sure the camera goes where the important stuff is going on. Too many times I have wished for a camera when that special moment comes along. Otherwise, the newer digital cameras are light enough to always have one with me. Huge zoom ranges and lots of options give creative flexibility undreamed of with film cameras.

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Old 08-22-2007, 05:50 PM
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I used to; I'm still an avid photographer (as in, I like to photograph avids )

But after a few trips with my big film camera, I realized;

* My constant BP pal always brought his
* His camera was the same as mine
* He took pictures of equal or better quality, compared to mine, and
* I'd like to carry less weight

So I stopped carrying mine and now I just enjoy his pictures!
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Old 08-25-2007, 10:31 PM
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I carry mine most of the time. The only times I don't carry it are the times I forget.

I do try to carry it often because I like to take pictures of wildlife and notable plants I see. Photos rarely do landscapes justice, but I try nonetheless. Mostly, the camera is for the small scale things and to document my presence in a place. The camera is a bit of an excuse...or a means for me to take it easy and look at the things around me in a different way. All too often we get caught up in what's happening and focus too much on walking and going that we forget to slow down. The camera helps me do that while I'm out. I have a great many prints made of pictures I've taken on trips that are framed in my house.
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:58 PM
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I take a camera most trips (I finally attached my strap, Reailty ) but if it is on a trail I have done before most likely not. New trail or with friends or family members, most definitly. I used to not carry one becuase of the whole "hiking through a view finder philosophy" and because I did not have a digital camera, and being the weight conscience person I am I would limit my rolls of film to take. so I would have to sit there and think do I really want this picture, what if I run out of film and then won't have any for a "spectactular picture" and then after all of that I would never develop the film because I couldn't come up with the 40 bucks or so to develope all the rolls, plus you can't share them on the web with freinds so what was the point. But since the recent arrival of a nice digi camera for a graduation present, I take it along quite a bit even on overenighters (unless I have done the trail allready) I don't even worry about the picture if I want to take it I will. I am no longer hindered, I can take all the pics I want, I like that kind of freedom, and for me it only adds to my Bping experiance.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by mugs
I take a camera most trips (I finally attached my strap, Reailty but if it is on a trail I have done before most likely not.

You've got a nice camera, and I'm glad you're taking it on some trips - especially with a UL strap on it.

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Old 08-26-2007, 08:14 PM
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Although heavy, I carry my Canon 20D w/ 17-55 lens. I tried using a digicam but it's lack of control brought me back to the DSLR. In order to lighten the load I remove the grip, only carry one battery, and use a 4 gig card. I rigged a zoom style camera case to connect to my chest. It looks a little bulky but I don't feel the weight penalty as it is absorbed by my ruck. If I ever get the opportunity to purchase a manual capable camera with a 24mm or wider 2.8 lens I might do so.
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