I own a D700 and would like to bring the camera with me on my trips to the mountains when I am riding my dual sport motorcycle. The roads can be very bumpy and I'm concerned about damaging the camera. I can easily protect the camera from dust, moisture and against direct hits to the camera body and/or lens. My concern is what impact, if any, would there be to the internal components of the camera if it is exposed to vibrationa/shock as I drive over bumpy roads.
>If it's in a padded backpack bag, you'll be fine.
I generally carry the camera in a Think Tank Digital Holster. In most cases I'm using a 24-70 lens, so the "holster" works well to protect both camera and lens. I can further "insulate" the camera by placing it in a saddle bag and then add extra padding around the holster. All of this basically protects the exterior components from damage. I'm still not sure if these precautions would protect the interior components such as the mirror from damage.
>My guess is that if you're body is able to take the blows >without breaking any bones, the camera can handle those blows >as well. Does that make sense?
I think the best route here is for me to use a little common sense and probably leave the camera home if the "risk" gets too high. I don't want to be afraid to take my equipment to the field, but also think taking it into some environments may expose it to unreasonable conditions.
I ride road bikes and although I have plenty of hard bag space I always "suspend" my cameras and lenses etc from my body in either a mini-trekker on my back or from across my shoulders in a side bag to insulate them from road and engine vibrations
Side hanging bags are inclined to float a lot when travelling at speed but the Lowepro Mini Trekker is the one for longer trips. Ha ha if you have a passenger they have to carry it anyway...
Regards, Clive Liddell Pietermaritzburg South Africa
I have a D200 My D700 is at home waiting for me. I have a BMW Dual sport bike, I have gone many miles with the D200 in my tankbag. I made a pocket for the camera using dense foam padding. I also used strips of Velcro to hold the camera in place. R/ Mike