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?
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.
Sun 30-Dec-12 03:00 PM | edited Sun 30-Dec-12 07:02 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...