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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 08-27-2007, 09:51 AM
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LostinthePines LostinthePines is offline
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I bring my camera on most trips but, its normally when I don't have it I see something really cool. On my last hike, as I turned a corner, I found I was 10 yards from a coyote!.. Of course, no camera
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:04 PM
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Always! Mine is pretty compact so I feel it's not too much of a burnen to bring it. I would hate myself if I left it behind and saw something unique I'd like to capture. To me, the weight is justified.
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:35 AM
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I take a camera most of the time. As some have said, when I don't have it thats when I needed it.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:29 PM
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Now that we're a two-camera family, I can bring a camera every time out.

Pawing through pictures of past trips helps get me through too many endless days in the office. It also helps others understand why I backpack, brings the experience a little bit closer to those who can't get out anymore, and hopefully tempts a few newbies to set foot outside the road-bound world.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:43 PM
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I always take my camera. It is 9 ounces that I don't mind carrying. I have a 2 gig memory card and the battery lasts a long, long time so I am always snapping shots.

Photography is one of my hobbies. On a four day trip I will usually end up with 300 pics on the card.
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:27 PM
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Almost always take the Camera

The norm is for me to take my camera unless there is a specific reason not to. On my recent thru I used it so that I could send back pictures to my trail journal as I went by switching the micro SD from the camera into my Blackberry. The idea worked great, but it limited the amount of Hi-Res photos I would take. Many of my best shots are so low-res that they look pixeled as a 4x6 photo. Can't have it both ways, I guess.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:55 AM
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I have taken a disposable camera with me this summer. I like to have photos of interesting landmarks, scenery, etc. It gives me something to look back on, plus I can show the kids where their Dad was. The photos have helped spark their interest in the outdoors.
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:09 AM
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I have a really nice Canon that I love to take with me ... if only it wasn't huge and heavy. It ends up mostly being relegated to car trips So I tend to rely on my cell phone camera ... its 1.5 MP, so while not 'superstar' quality, its just fine for online display. And it has worked suprisingly well in a variety of lighting conditions - including the dark (it has a led flash that isn't that strong, but strong enough.)
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Old 09-17-2007, 03:49 PM
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I voted most of the time because sometimes I forget...photography was one of the justifications I backpack, and is still, but I was carrying 2 35 SLR's, a tripod and sometimes the addition of a 645. Over half my base WT was in camera crap. I now (when I remember to bring it) bring a small digicam
with still capability, but I hate the trade-off of quality that the I have to suffer, while loving the weight savings...a DSLR is out of the question now, but if I had one, my answer would have been always
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:20 PM
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Yep, I lug my dSLR on all backpacking trips and all day hikes (unless I'm going to just do a scrambling route - I'll take a compact then) The payoff of having all those nice photos to look at when indoors outweighs the extra weight

I stick it right at the top of my backpack nowadays. I did used to carry it round my neck but had too many close calls with it nearly hitting rocks.
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