I will be going to the Everglades in June and camping on a houseboat out in the Glades somewhere with some fishing buddies. I need suggestions on protecting gear from salt water and also what lenses may be needed. I have a Tokina 300 2.8 and plan on purchasing the Tokina 80-200 2.8. I also have a Sigma 28-70 2.8. I am also thinking of purchasing a Macro lense. Perhaps the Nikon 105 2.8D.<(suggestions) I have a 6006 and want either an N80 or the F100. Can't make up my mind. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#1. "RE: Headed to the Everglades..." | In response to Reply # 0f5fstop Basic MemberFri 05-Jan-01 09:17 PM
When you are talking about salt water and electronics the best suggestion I have is make sure you have an all hazards inclusive insurance rider for the cameras, lenses, etc.
Other than that, just common sense when using the equipment, keep the equipment dry, and clean.
For good security from the elements you can't beat a Pelican case (or other similar brand). Pelican cases are water proof, will float, and help absorbe any type of crash that could happen when dropping the case. There are invaluable on the water. (I know someone who Kayaks with a pelican and has never lost any equipment that was in the case when she tips.)
As for the lenses, you have a good assortment mentioned. The 300mm will get some good shots of those fish on your hook. I would recommend good brand of 2X teleconverter to attach to the 300 F/2.8 to make it a 600 F/5.6. Makes the fish look even larger. Also, good for photos of gators since it is not too advisable to get too close to the critters.
Remember, if the camera falls in salt water, the best thing you can do is place it in a bucket full or regular non-salt water. Sounds strange, but if an electronic device is dropped into salt water, galvaniation of the circuit board, solder joints, etc., starts immediately. Regular water will prevent this chemical reaction from progressing, and helps clean off the salt water. This may be an effort in futility; since when the repair shop gets it they will in most cases recommend replacement. However, I can tell you it will not hurt, and possibly could allow the electronic device to be repaired.
Have fun and make sure you come back with all your limbs. The glades are a beautiful place, you should see many Bald Eagles in the area, especially in late winter and early spring.
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#4. "RE: Headed to the Everglades..." | In response to Reply # 1BJNicholls Charter MemberSat 24-Feb-01 06:09 PM
Ditto on the Pelican case. Don't buy black if you'll be leaving it in the sun. Don't buy the pluck foam insert version, the padded divider insert is adjustable and much more versatile. I prefer the 1520 as a system case. Pelican also offers a fitted case that fits inside the 1520 that works as a soft shoulder bag when used on its own. Pelican's lid organizer is a great use of otherwise wasted space.
If there's a sigificant risk of immersing your camera, look into Ewa-marine bags or much more expensive dive housings. If you'll be spending time in the rain, Ewa makes camera "raincoats" that have a lens port but which are open from the bottom for easy access to controls.
#2. "RE: Headed to the Everglades..." | In response to Reply # 0
I just wanted to say, first of all, that Doug's advice is sound, as usual. One thing I would add, if you're deciding between the N80 and F100, you may want to take into account the fact that the F100, as a professional model camera, will be much more water resistant than the N80. I have the N80 myself and it's a terrific camera, but if I were going to the Everglades, I'd bring my F3! Have a great time!
#3. "RE: Headed to the Everglades..." | In response to Reply # 2jaynel Basic MemberSat 24-Feb-01 02:41 PM
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Hi Roy, I grew up in south Florida (18 years) and miss it sorely! I hope you'll share your adventures along with some photos when you return. If you get a chance, I recommend a visit to Clyde Butcher's gallery. I never went on one of the muck-about tours through Big Cypress, and am sorry I didn't. Have a great trip!
in Vancouver, British Columbia
#5. "RE: Headed to the Everglades..." | In response to Reply # 3neasey Basic MemberTue 03-Apr-01 08:02 PM
I was suprised to read that no one suggested insect repellant, and plenty of it. Nightime in the Everglades in summer is one buggy place. Just be careful not to get any repellant on your lenses/filters/film, etc. You may even consider a light weight bug jacket and head net. Salt spray is the only thing I guard against while shooting in Florida. I have taken my F100 on many saltwater trips and have had no problems. Just be very selective when bringing it out of it's waterproof case, (big ziplocks bags are great). Calm seas no bow spray, you'll be fine. Have fun.
#6. "RE: Headed to the Everglades..." | In response to Reply # 5Lbrown Basic MemberMon 06-Aug-01 06:01 PM
I am wondering if anyone will readt this message since the chain was started in April. i had a question concerning plastic bags in humid weather. i'm going to Costa Rica and since it will be damp, humid, rainy, dirty, etc. and was wondering what is the best way to protect my gear. With the humidity, i was concerned that condensation would form inside the plastic bags?? Also don't want to carry around heavy rice in my carrybags to absorb the moisture. Any nifty little tricks?
#7. "RE: Headed to the Everglades..." | In response to Reply # 6JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Mon 06-Aug-01 08:53 PM
The usual way for storage protection against humidity is Silica Gel which is actually found in crystal form. The packets do work altho unless your careful in the atmosphere they will sature and stop working. They easily regenerate by slow low heat and the use of this alternative could be the answer.