I will be visiting Burkina Faso in January, during the Harmattan season. The Harmattan is a wind which carries extremely fine dust, reputed to get into everything. Any suggestions on how to keep the dust out when walking around the bush in these conditions?
#2. "RE: Extreme conditions and the D700" In response to Reply # 0
Took the D700 to Patagonia, where it is as dusty and windy as can be and I had no problem whatsoever, just try avoid changing lenses in the open. To protect the lens from dust you might want to use a clear filter. I did not find this necessary, but I took care to remove the lens cap only when shooting.
#5. "RE: Extreme conditions and the D700" In response to Reply # 4 Sun 30-Dec-12 09:02 PM by GiantTristan
Well - You have been to Iceland, just amplify the wind, rain & dust conditions and you approximate Patagonia. To minimize lens changes, I brought two bodies, D700 and D200 and three lenses. Lens usage was 47% 70-200, 35% 24-70, 18% 14-24. Sometimes the wind was so strong that one could not walk upright and I always used my camera bag to weigh down the tripod. To keep rain and dirt off the lens, I used a cpl filter for protection and kept the lens cap on whenever possible. I did not use any special care to protect the camera bodies from dust and light rain, for heavier rain I used a garbage bag for protection. For yourself, bring a windbreaker, a hat that you can secure to your head and a sweater. You will need adapter plugs to charge your batteries. The most "photogenic " part of Patagonia is Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, but the whole place is quite extraordinary. In case you are interested, here is a link to some pictures: http://gianttristan.smugmug.com/Latin-America/Patagonia-112010/14894550_MhSjmx/ Most of them are geo tagged, but not all, since the wind ripped off and destroyed one of my GPS units...