camera body and lens to bring for the trek was one of the biggest questions
I had to deal with when planning for the trip. The camera body had to
be light enough to be carried day after day for at least 2 weeks and it
must be robust enough to withstand the anticipated cold. The FM2 seemed
to be the perfect camera for the job, but I don't have one. I only have
my F90X and F4s to choose from. For obvious weight reasons, I'll have
to take only 1 body, otherwise I'll end up with a bad back by the end
of the trek!
Next came the lenses. This was a little easier. I determined that wide
landscapes and nature closeups would feature more in my pictures than
people shots. For landscapes, a short lens is needed and for picking a
scene within a scene, a long zoom tele. Lastly, a short zoom lens for
all those "multi-purpose" and grab shots.
With all the above determined, I finally decided on the following :
Nikon F90X, minus the MB10 vertical grip
Nikkor 24mm/2.8D AF
Nikkor 35-70mm/2.8D AF
Nikon AF600 compact camera for general image recording purposes
As the F90X is an all-electronic camera, I feared that it would jam when
it gets cold and the batteries would run low quickly. Fortunately, all
my fears were unfounded. The F90x performed perfectly, and even survived
on only 1 set of fresh batteries for the entire trip. Other gear which
I brought were :
Gitzo 102 tripod with Manfrotto 352RC ballhead
Cokin 2-stop neutral density filter
Cokin 2-stop grey graduate filter
ASA200 print film
The 24mm and the 35-70mm fixed to the F90X goes into a waist pouch and
the rest of the gear goes into my daypack. Even with this minimal configuration,
I was having problems carrying the tripod and the 300mm by the 3rd day.
I finally decided to carry just the tripod and the 300mm lens was passed
to my guide to carry for the rest of the trek.