Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by icassell, Dec 8, 2009.
Canon Field Reviews
wow, great article
Forget the 7D surviving Antarctica. Cameras have been doing that for years (just search luminous landscape for a massive expedition report).
What is really awesome is that focusing mechanism! Check out that geared focusing on the tripod!!!! Anyone know who makes stuff like that?
Heehee, did you notice the image where the seal is biting the tripod leg (here)?
Brutal conditions great review
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The tripod he is using appears to have 3 bars on each leg - something that I have seen only on video gear - which also tend to have far better geard and smooth moving heads than stills cameras (Since they do have to pan and tilt with perfect smoothness). So I suspect its a duel setup for both video and DSLR - being used with the 7D because its got video
Didn't a bunch of cameras fail on that trip?
I've heard several stories of xxD cameras and 5D Mk II failing on Antarctic trips. I would hate to spend all that money to get there only to have my camera fail!
When I went to Antarctica several years ago, several cameras (of other passengers) failed. They were film cameras mainly, as digital wasn't as prevalent then. It seemed to be that the ones that failed were the ones where cold air got inside as they changed lenses. I had just one lens (28-300) so I wasn't changing lenses and my camera worked fine. I'm not sure if the same reasoning would apply to digital cameras, but I don't see why not. And since one goes to Antarctica during their 'summer', the weather is no worse than what many in North America experience during a typical winter.
I think you heard of a story that was widely circulated on the internet from Feb of 2009.
There were 77 photographers. Of them, 54 were shooting Canon and about 21 were shooting Nikon. Most of the 5D2's (26 total) that had problems (6 total, 3 of which were serious and the cameras stopped working) had the battery grips installed. It was reported that water was gathering between the grips and bodies. It's pretty common knowledge that the 5D2 isn't weather sealed all that well, and when you have the battery grip in place you open up the camera to the ingress of moisture. So I would say it was user error that caused the problems.
There was one Sony Alpha and a Hasselblad (which also had a failure) as well.
I loved that. He was doing that because he was trying to swear off penguins and using a 12 step program.
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