Madagascar field test of D30 and DigitalWallet

Started Aug 15, 2001 | Discussions thread
Old Steve New Member • Posts: 16
Re: Madagascar field test of D30 and DigitalWallet

Kjeld Olesen wrote:

Hi all

In June I traveled to Madagascar with my Canon D30 + IBM 340 MB
microdrive + 6 GB Digital Wallet combo. Before the trip I promised
(or threatened) that I might give you a field test report of how
the trip went technically, so here it is.

Along with the digital stuff went two batteries for the D30 and the
two dedicated battery chargers for the D30 batteries and the DW
respectively (as well as 17-35/2.8 L, 28-105/3.5-4-5, 70-200/2.8 L,
100/2.8 USM macro, 300/4 IS L, 1.4 & 2.0 X teleconverters and
EX550). The major concern of mine before the trip was whether I
would be able to find electrical power at all the odd places we
were going to go. This turned out not to be a problem (mostly)
however. On the other hand, the quality of the power source
immediately gave rise to lots of concern. At the first Reserve we
visited, Berenty, the staff directly warned against charging any
sort of electrical devices using their power generator, as the
voltage fluctuated greatly and rapidly up and down. One day down
the road both my D30 batteries had gone flat of course, so . . . I
had to take the chance. Reluctantly I started to charge the
batteries and nearly got a heart attach each time the light
intensity in our bungalow would dim or increase. It went fine
however, and despite encountering this voltage fluctuation problem
throughout Madagascar I never had a problem with the chargers.

Dust, rain and shock:
So the next concern of course focused on how well would all the
digital hardware cope with all the rough roads, dust, rain,
humidity etc etc this type of destination always provides. You have
to realize that traveling over land in Madagascar involves some of
the most bumpy and dusty rides you can imagine. So, when going from
place to place, I tried to keep the camera zipped up in my bag in
by daypack and always kept the daypack in my lap to protect it from
all the bumps. Although I have not done a thorough test, I have not
observed any obvious dust problem on the chip, and at least I can
say with confidence that the bumping did not cause the D30 to fall
apart. In the rainforest in Perinet NP we also got rained on, and
as we encountered the indri lemurs during one of these showers, so
did the Canon D30. Of course, I tried to keep it out of the rain as
much as possible, but it did get more wet than I liked. The D30
also survived this sort of mishandling.

This was my first ever all-digital-travel, and I entered the trip
with much anxiety. However, as the all the hardware operated
flawlessly throughout the trip, I have gained much confidence in
the ability of the hardware to endure bad travel-handling. My EOS3
and EOS5 bodies will soon go on the marked for sale.

If you want to see some of the images from the trip, follow this
link then go to the image gallery
and type madagascar in the search box.

Kjeld Olesen


What wonderful,vibrant and interesting photos!I feel I've travelled tonight thanks to you whilst sitting here at my desk in hot England.

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