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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 09-24-2007, 02:15 PM
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Lonewolf22 Lonewolf22 is offline
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i take my Panasonic Lumix DMCFX10K (6MP) with me wherever i go backpacking. i actually bring my camera everywhere i go. you never know when you will see something cool. i keep it safe in a pelican case whenver it is not in use.
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:26 PM
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Zvolen Zvolen is offline
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I take my camera on most trips, I like looking back on some of the trips I take and enjoying the views especially when I am back here at home wanting to get outdoors. Hopefully in the near future that will be more often.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:17 AM
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I'm in the "Most of the time" camp. My digital camera is small enough to throw in the bag because you never know when you'll want it.

I'm also one of those people who like to snap pictures of alot of random things aside from the usual group pics. I like to have a broad record of my trips and my feeling is that digital pictures are free so why not snap away...
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:32 AM
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I take a little point-n-shoot unless I have a specific picture or project in mind. Then I haul the big gun with tripod.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:02 PM
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I still carry my camera nearly every time I go out. [I'm hoping to share some photos here this year, and I'm hopeful many others will do so too.]

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Old 04-02-2010, 05:40 AM
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Mountaineerbass Mountaineerbass is offline
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I sometimes take a little digital camera, Nikon Coolpix, that was damaged at work. I repaired it and kept it for myself. In other words, I didn't really research it.

BUT....

I'll tell you my secret to good pics. Friends with really expensive cameras. If your able to find them, you will notice a great reduction in wght., better pictures, pictures will go straight to your e-mail, flash drive, or disc, you will be in more pictures, and it is virtually maintenance free. The only downside is these don't work when hiking solo.

On a side note, I will try to post more pics. in the future.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:26 PM
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Always hike with my camera. Helps to document the hike and to share it with others.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:58 AM
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EricX EricX is offline
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Always, regardless of how many times I've been to a place. Nature is constantly changing, and missing a killer sunset would kill me if I didn't bring my camera.

Though I often forgo the heavy setup when I'm dayhiking. It's admittedly easier to enjoy the hike this way.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:56 AM
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I always take a camera.

When I was fourteen, I was hauling a Graphlex Speed Graphic, an old time bellows camera that took cut and roll film and required a separate light meter. That camera probably tipped the scales at half what my entire pack does now.

A few years after that, my father gave me his Argus C3. Some years later, I tried a few of the new fangled 110 cameras because they were much smaller but I didn't like the quality of picture from the smaller film. Then, I bought a Hanimax Praktica with loads of extra lenses and used that for several years. My wife later bought me a Minolta MAXXUM 9000 for an anniversary present and I hauled that and plenty of lenses for years. I did manage to sell some of my Big Bend shots from that thing to the Houston Chronicle about a quarter century ago, so I guess that made me a "professional" photographer.

After I got into lightweight backpacking I wore out a couple versions of Canon Digital Elph cameras. What I liked about them was they had an optical viewfinder (although I didn't use that feature as much as I thought I would), they were small and light, had image stabilization, shot high quality photos, and got about 400 shots on a battery. I wished they had a longer lens.

A couple years ago, on the way to Big Bend National Park, I stopped at a large box retailer and bought a Sony DSC-H55, along with 16 GB card for under $200.00. It's a bit larger than the Digital Elph but still fits in my palm or a shirt pocket. It has a 3" screen (nice for these old eyes) and 10X optical zoom rather than the 4X or less on the Canon Elphs. It takes better video than my Elphs did and the video can be zoomed while shooting. It also has a panorama mode, which I mainly use for trick shots (I get my grandson to pose on the left side, run behind me and pose on the right and show up in the picture twice). It has 14.1 megapixel resolution and weighs 7.4 oz. One battery charge will last several hundred shots and spare batteries are easily available online. As small and light as the camera is, I keep it on my belt at all times--as a grandpa, I never know when I'll just have to take another grandkid picture. My only gripe about the Sony is that the screen washes out in bright light.

I'm planning to upgrade my steam powered cell phone to the Samsung SIII, which reputedly has a pretty nice camera, but I'll still haul a dedicated camera for my hikes so I can get better resolution.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:43 PM
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Kodiak Kodiak is offline
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Always take a camera helps me enjoy my trips long after I'm home.
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