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04/14/2019 06:29PM
I am a photographer by trade. I am taking my first trip to the BWCA and trying to decide which camera gear I want to take. I'm stuck with one of my full frame mirror-less bodies with one of my landscape lenses. Or my crop sensor mirror-less and kit lens. What does everyone out there take with them?
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04/14/2019 08:18PM
singlebladecanoe: "I am a photographer by trade. I am taking my first trip to the BWCA and trying to decide which camera gear I want to take. I'm stuck with one of my full frame mirror-less bodies with one of my landscape lenses. Or my crop sensor mirror-less and kit lens. What does everyone out there take with them?"
First of all, welcome to the Photography Forum!
I get a lot of enjoyment out of taking photos when I'm up there, so I go loaded for bear: 2 DSLR bodies, one with a 24-105 and the other (1.6 crop body) with a 70-200... and also take a 16-35 wide angle lens. Then I keep a decent quality point and shoot in my possession all the times since it seems I always see cool stuff on the portage when my main camera bag is at the other end.
I've shared this before, but I created a .pdf with some of my thoughts on BWCAW Photography
04/14/2019 09:17PM
First insure the gear. Inexpensive and mine replaced a OMD EM5 kit for the full purchase price paid. Under $50 a year for $3500 of value coverage for my stuff.

I swing between Olympus E3 With ED lenses and an OMD M10 kit.

04/14/2019 11:18PM
Like most of us, I'm just a hobbyist when it comes to photography. You may think I'm crazy, but I carry a lot of gear in a waterproof "suitcase". I take one DSLR (1.5 crop); 200mm f2.8; 1.4x teleconverter; 90 mm f2.8 macro; 15mm f4; either a 20-35mm f4 or a 28mm f2.8; a few filters (cir. polarizer, grad. NDs, 8-stop ND); a tripod.

I double-portage, obviously!
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04/16/2019 09:16PM
Thanks everyone. Yea all my gear is insured through my photography business so I am good there. Wasn't sure if carrying some of my higher end gear would be worth it but it sounds like it would be. I'm sure if I opted to take my lower end gear I might regret it.
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04/17/2019 05:56PM
I take a less expensive P&S camera (currently a little Nikon WP) that I keep in my pocket and my digital SLR with an extra telephoto lens in this waterproof Pelican box:
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06/03/2019 11:17PM
I guess it depends on what you're looking to shoot. You could honestly get away with a point and shoot or even you cellphone if you're just cataloging the trip. Just landscape? Full frame, wide angle & midzoom. Wildlife? Crop & Telephoto.

I personally bring my full frame and three lenses along with my cell phone. I don't want to be limited to what I can shoot. I also have an agreement with the people I go with every year that I take most of the photos for the trip. This means I need a range of lenses and on the good side, they give me time to grab my camera if I see something good. They always end up with tons of edited photos from me.

In the end I just recommend having a good small padded bag with a rain cover. I personally use an older Lowepro Pro Runner AW 200 bag. It's been a beast for 7 trips now. It's always at my feet in the canoe just in case. Before we get to shore I put it on. When I'm portaging, I put it on backwards first, then my regular pack.
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06/04/2019 09:20AM
I like to travel far and light. I used to take my DSLR and 2 lenses, and a tripod. I pared down my gear to make it lighter, and easier to portage. Nice and it takes shots like this
I now bring a Nikon p510. It is small, light, and has a 42x optical zoom.
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08/08/2019 06:45PM
I LOVE that Loon photo!!! Awesome shot!

I take 2 bridge cameras and my iPhone... A Lumix FZ1000 and a Lumix FZ70 for longer range. I just don't want to carry the weight of a full frame DSLR and the lenses. That is just me though. I do take a lot of photos though!
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08/09/2019 12:37AM
I carry a DSLR- but usually with just one good, clear zoom lens of moderate reach (28-75mm I think). I have a good tele, but rarely carry. I pack the DSLR in a gallon ziplock inside a small Lowe soft case inside a sil-nylon dry bag. That goes into my day pack that I portage with the canoe. I rarely take it out when traveling. I also carry a small, large sensor point and shoot that shoots RAW (Sony RX100 iv). The small camera is in a padded case in a 2 liter sil-nylon dry bag that is clipped to my thwart. Once I became accustomed to framing a shot by looking at a screen rather than an eye piece the small camera is very close to as good as the big one.

I also carry a tripod for the DSLR.

From the little Sony:

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02/01/2020 05:26AM
One of my favorite things to do when I’m away from the city is to take pictures of the night sky. I really like the Rokinon 12mm f2 manual focus lens for this. You can buy it for Canon or Sony mirrorless cameras. I use a Canon M100. Very small and inexpensive but gives you a larger sensor for low light. There are better setups, but not as small or inexpensive.

I have several telephoto lenses I use for birding. They are a pain to bring to the BWCA, and frankly if you want to take wildlife pictures there are just so many better places to go to.

This year I am doing the cool hipster thing and going back to shooting and developing my own film. I bought a vintage Nikon and a couple of manual focus lenses (28mm ais, 50mm 1.8 E). Compared to an iphone it’s a giant PITA. But we live in an age where it’s so easy to take beautiful digital photos, that they are becoming a bit less interesting to me.
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