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If your wanting to buy a camera and haven't made your mind up then maybe you can take a look at what other people use and their reasons for using it. This is not a debate on which one is greater but a idea for someone that has no clue and just would like to see what everyone else out their is using and why. So if this goes in the right direction post up what camera you use and a small description on why it fits your needs.


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Olympus - Stylus Tough 12.0-Megapixel Digital

Tough camera, use it underwater or up high in the mountains, it's small fits in your pocket, optimal lighting for it's type.


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I have an Olympus Stylus 1030SW. It's waterproof to 33 ft, dropable from 6 feet, and crush proof to 220#s. Its pretty thin (about the size of a deck of cards) and takes great action shots.

It's tough enough to keep up and small enough to fit in my back pocket. Plus it's steel frame eliminates the need for the extra bulk and hassel of a carrying case. As far as point and shoots go I'd recomend anything in the Stylus Tough Series!

The one downfall I've found is that it only has a measly 3X optical zoom. (which makes sense because it's all internal) So if you're looking for stunning, close up, pro-type shots a DLSR is the way to go, but as far as point-and-shoots go I think it's awesome!


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I agree with Shaneyost's answer to Shaneyost's question. Crazy


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I also have an olympus stylus (mine is the 790 SW which is the older version of the tough series). I would highly recommend the stylus sw, or tough series for the reasons previously stated. They are great cameras for the climbing environment. The only problems that I have had with it involve the IQ (image quality) and the adjustability. These cameras use a LOT of internal noise reduction which limits how sharp the pictures are. The manual settings are also a pain to use as there are no dedicated buttons so I generally just take pictures in auto mode with this camera.

If I am going to haul a DSLR around at the crag, I take my Nikon D60 (I would recommend either the D40 or the D5000, but I got my D60 for a killer deal). I like these Nikons because they are small and lightweight, but they still feel tough (unlike canon rebels). Nikon also has some very inexpensive kit lenses that are super lightweight and still have incredible IQ (all though they certainly aren't fast lenses). These lenses are cheap enough that I don't have to worry about damaging them in the climbing environment, but still take good pics.

Well those are the 2 cameras I use for climbing, I generally take the Olympus for multipitch, and the Nikon for cragging.


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Nikon D60 $500
Takes great quality pictures. Expensive compared to point and shoots but cheap compared to DSLRs. Bulky to carry around. Higher risk of damaging it. Takes a bit of time to compose a picture and set focus and exposure.

Fujifim J120 $100
Small takes okay pictures. Can reach into a pocket and grab it with one hand.

Pentax Optio S $50 used
Really small. Takes about same quality pictures as the Fujifilm with lower resolution.


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The Hasselblad H3DII-50MS Medium Format Digital SLR Camera

Yeah i'm bad assCool


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Cannon Powershot SD880. They just upgraded this version with something new last year. Biggest change is that the new camera takes HD video.

Key thing about this camera: wide angle starting at a 28mm equiv. I'll never buy another point and shoot camera that's not at least this wide. This is pretty key from quick climbing shots IMO.

I like Cannon, but I think the Panasonic Lumix cameras has the widest variety of wide angle compact digitals out there. Wider than the Canon too.


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I bought an Olympus E-P1 for long mountain hikes and travel and for at the bottom of the crag. Lighter than a dSLR but heavier than a point and shoot.

I bring up a Canon Powershot SD1000 for any 5th class - top of the route shots.

I have a Nikon D70s for everything else.


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So no one cares that the original poster answered his own question? I guess it gives him a chance to spray about his camera at least.


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there's always that one that starts the bs on every thread. Laugh listen buddy i just posted what camera i use just like everyone else did on here. I love the negative drama to a thread though makes it more interesting.


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Nikon D700, D300, and Canon SD 880. Will probably buy a Canon G11 or S90 in the near future.

The D700 and D300 are my primary cameras for shooting weddings and events as well as all my landscape and fine art work, pretty much anything of importance or value.

The SD880 gets taken to parties and fun outings when I don't want to truck around an extra bag full of camera gear and just need something to sit in my pocket.

Jason


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Canon G11 i heard good things on it. Actually was going to buy it instead of the one i have now. Can't believe someone mention the G11 all i hear is it's a piece of sh#t. I always thought well of the G11.


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Rockin a D60 2 lenses. For the gnar gnar.
Also a Olympus 770sw for the Kayaking trips down stream. the 770sw takes video also.
I take the Nikon on multipitches and craging. Chiminys suck though....


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Canon 5D mkI
Full-frame digital SLR makes the most of the lenses I have and gives me all the capability I want in a camera. Nuf said...

Panasonic LX1
One of the widest P&S cameras on the market when I bought it which was a big plus. Also, 16:9 aspect ratio sensor, a wide variety of manual settings, and minimal shutter lag.


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Pansonic DMC-GF1 E.V.I.L(Electronic View finder Interchangeable Lens) camera

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/PanasonicGF1/

This camera is just a little bigger than a Canon G11 with the 20mm F1.7 pancake lens. It takes excellent low light pictures, has a built in flash, and shoots awesome 720p @ 30 FPS video. It uses interchangeable lenses and you can buy adapters for just about any brand of lens.

$900 with the 14-45mm Kit lens.

Here are the lenses I have currently

14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom with IS $350
20mm F1.7 Pancake $400
30mm Sigma F1.4 $170 Used
50mm olympus F1.4 $85 Used
50mm Canon F1.4 $42 Used
85mm Nikon F1.8 $135 Used
135mm Canon F2.8 $8 Used
28-70mm F2.8-3.8 Zoom$13 Used

The camera isn't cheap but the used MF lenses are. They make this a really awesome compact camera.

Here are some sample videos from the camera.
http://www.youtube.com/...pgxsvcd#play/uploads


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I carry the Nikon D90 with a couple of lenses. Rationale and much lengthier explanation on [url=http://www.alexandrebuisse.org/writings/articles/A-guide-to-digital-mountain-climbing-photography]this article.


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The Canon PowerShot SD790 IS is a great little 10mp camera. Takes great shots and fits perfectly in your pocket.

As for DSLR I got a Nikon D700 at a sweet deal last year. I love this camera.


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I have few camera for sale mainly Minolta

I got few G400, G500, G600, A200, Z2,Z3,Z4,Z5 and Z6

let me know if you want one, cause they are one of the best.


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I've got a Canon 400D and a Canon A480 P&S...


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rockforlife wrote:
The Hasselblad H3DII-50MS Medium Format Digital SLR Camera

Yeah i'm bad assCool


Haha! I shot with one of them a few weeks ago, VERY sweet for studio work but I sure wouldn't carry one up a mountain!

@ the OP- I love the Nikon D700, it hits a very nice balance of high-end specs in a smaller/lighter package that makes it the best fit for the work I do & it doesn't have a high end price tag either!


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5 yr old Canon Digital XT
2 yr old Canon 40D
6 lenses

(and 30 yr old Konica 35mm with a broken light meter)

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Canon XTi
Nikon CoolPix point & Shoot


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Pentax W80. 12 megapixals and hd vid


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Canon 1Ds II

Way too heavy and bulky for anything but single pitch and bouldering photography.

I'm looking to get an Olympus E-P2 for portability.

d.


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Ok, guys - do you protect the cam while climing?


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Yes sometimes I use stoppers, but usually I use a cam. Although using protection to protect a cam seems a little too redundant for me. Wink


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dlintz wrote:
Canon 1Ds II

Way too heavy and bulky for anything but single pitch and bouldering photography.

I'm looking to get an Olympus E-P2 for portability.

d.

Just curious as to what your thoughts are on the E-PL1 vs. the E-P2?



http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympusepl1/


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shuffleboardfan wrote:
Yes sometimes I use stoppers, but usually I use a cam. Although using protection to protect a cam seems a little too redundant for me. Wink

Yeah - I can understand using stoppers...using cams to protect them would seem to require a double set. Tongue


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canon powershot sd780 IS. it's very small and light but takes amazing pics and pretty good video. has quite a few options in terms of ISOs and programmable features. pretty cheap as well. around $200. and i use a lowepro neoprene case. it's pretty small and is water proof. it took about a ten foot fall from my friends balcony and the camera was not hurt. hope you find the perfect camera for you.


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I use my Nikon D90 and my wife uses her D80 when shooing climbing. Mostly.

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Although it's your typical large camera, I have been in love with my Canon EOS 5D... I shoot all my pics in RAW and can burst at least 10 pictures before the buffer fills up, or more - I forget, I've only had it happen twice.

Using a Tamron 28-300mm lens.. I got this lens just for climbing, since I can get wonderful scenery down low, pictures of the full route; yet when the climber is anywhere on the route, at the top, I can zoom way in..

Battery life is awesome.. Everything with it is fast - like deleting pictures, no wait.

Although not great for climbing, but awesome for nature pictures, you can set multi-exposure for 3 bursts so you can do HDR pictures.

Of course, it's heavy and I have it's own mini-backpack for it, so I can wear or haul it to the top of a climb if I must..


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I currently shoot with a Rebel XSi, the rebel is a phenomenal camera, I use it for lacrosse and modeling for the most part, though I would love to take it out climbing this year to experiment.


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I shoot climbing photos with my D700 and usually my Nikkor 24-85 3.5-4.5 or my Nikkor 70-300 4-5.6 VR.
Yes I am insaneTongue


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I have a larger black camera and a smaller silver-ish one.


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shaneyost wrote:
So if this goes in the right direction post up what camera you use and a small description on why it fits your needs.

A bunch of cameras (D300, 645N, Program Plus, F100, FX01, PZ-1P, Pentax D) but the Pentax K-7 is currently my main camera with the K10D (actually 2) as a backup.

A lot of reasons to list, but IMO it's probably the best adventure/travel/landscape camera on the market. I actually feel it might be the best DSLR ever made for the listed genres!

High res sensor, high res screen, absolutely stunning images at 100-400 ISO, magnesium weather sealed body, in body stabilization with 3 axis rotation allowing you to use any lens created in the last 50 years, 30fps 1080i (3:2 format) or 720P (16:9) HD video with support for stereo auxiliary microphone and full manual aperture control (if you choose to use that feature) and as noted stabilization from that fisheye or tilt&shift lens while shooting video.

Beyond that a quality lens system with weather sealed lenses from 16 to 300mm and non sealed lenses from 12-400mm, all well reviewed (the weather sealed 100mm macro is in this months Pop Photo, amazing review, amazing build, reasonable price). To get weather sealing in most brands you are looking at about 2X the price per lens, but not 2X the quality.

Size of system, the K-7 is spec'd like the D300S and 7D but it's 20% smaller. Typically the lenses are smaller as well, a huge benefit when you have to carry the gear!

Anyway, to summarize...

  • small

  • rugged

  • great price to feature ratio

  • great lenses with sealing and all are stabilized

  • ability to use 50 year old lenses with 4 stops of image stabilization

  • among the best ergonomics in the camera world

  • excellent image processing (Pentax outscored the Nikon's and Sony's that used the same Sony sensors).

  • Quirky but amazing optical quality lenses like the 60-250 f/4, 70mm pancake Limited, or the 21mm pancake Limited (my favorite lens ever)



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    " wrote:
    kinda odd for a kit lens


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