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First extended hiking photo excursion-looking for advice!

Z06_Pilot

Columbus, US
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Z06_Pilot Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Dec 2008
Sun 14-Dec-08 08:08 PM | edited Sun 14-Dec-08 08:09 PM by Z06_Pilot

Hi folks,

brand new to Nikon, and i thought, why not start out right, so I got a D3!! I only have the 24-120/3.5 "knock around" lens until I figure out what Nikon will be offering in the new year, when I will make my "serious" glass decisions....

I have signed up for a 7 day photo tour of Southern Utah/Grand Staircase, Capital Reef NP, with Rod Planck, in April.

I have been to this area many times, but never hiking. the tour consists of 2 to 3 hour hikes each day into the back country to the best photographic sites in the area to shoot both wildlife and landscapes. I have never gone on an extended hike/photo excursion before and am looking for advice:

1. tripod or mono? I have an old Bogen, HEAVY, tripod and will be upgrading, probably to a Gitzo carbon fiber with an offset ballhead. I'm wondering if I should opt for the lighter weight/easier to manage mono instead of a tri-pod for this excursion. opinions?

2. I have been thinking about the new Tamrac Adventure series backpacks, with the lower portion for camera gear and the upper portion for a light jacket/water/food...anyone have a great solution for this that works well for you?

thanks very much for sharing your experience!

Jeff
Columbus, OH

d810, d750

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