Should I upgrade my camera body for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Started Sep 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Camera for Annapurna South Face base camp
In reply to ogremage, Sep 10, 2012

I have made an unsupported 14 day Annapoorna trek last year. I was lugging all my gear in a TNF Terra 45 backpack and my photo kit was: GF1+20mm pancake+Oly 9-18+Gorillapod+cleaning cloth+lens cleaning kit ( )+52mm CPL filter+46-52 step up ring+2 plastic bags, sourced locally (and carried back) for emergency shower cover.

I used a Y strap ( ) worn under my backpack to hold the camera at my waist and to keep my hands free. If I had the flexibility or space I would have carried a tele lens (70-200 in Full Frame terms) but I did not miss it too much. One thing that I did miss was a Graduated ND filter (the screw on type, not rectangular kind which is too finicky to set up quickly)( ). Another thing I will recommend is a GGS cover for the lcd ( ). And yes, quick tip wear a baseball cap and hold the camera close (6-8 inches) to your eye in a dslr like 2 hand grip, it helps shield the LCD when shooting in direct sunlight (no evf needed).

The GF1 / GX1 can take a few bumps and scrapes and even a light shower (they are well built).

Just my 2 cents. I would definitely recommend traveling light, it makes for a much more relaxed evening at the camp site.

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