About the Gear: Camera Stuff
Several readers of Dondo Outdoors have asked about the camera gear I use, so here’s a list:
- Canon XS (1000D) DSLR with kit lens
- Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod (with center column left home)
- Cokin P filter holder with polarizer, graduated ND filter, and ND filter
- Lowepro Topload Zoom Mini camera case (with strap left home)
- Photoshop Lightroom
That’s it. Which is most important? IMO, it’s the nut behind the viewfinder. I’ve been inspired by photographers using a simple point-and-shoot and left cold by photographers using the best 4×5 equipment. And vice versa.
It’s my view that what’s in your heart and your head and the skills that you’ve developed have a lot more to do with the success of a particular image than the equipment you use. If you can’t see it, you can’t photograph it. If you’re not feeling it, then neither will your viewer.
That said, I’m finding it a lot easier to express my vision with the kit listed above than I did with my point-and-shoot camera and homemade UL tripod. The penalty, of course, is the weight. Putting the above gear all together on a scale gets me to four pounds, two ounces (1871 g). Serious photographers may find the above kit absurdly inadequate; lightweight backpackers may experience it as a crushing burden. In the end, it’s up to individual hikers to decide what their priorities are and what they are willing to carry.