View Full Version : Anyone can recommend me on a good Digital SLR camera for traveling ?
09-21-2004, 04:59 AM
Anyone can recommend me on a good Digital SLR camera for traveling ?<BR>
I do a lot of trekking and mountaineering.<BR>
(My loveable Canon EOS 605 35 mm is just too heavy and too old to carry around with my backpack anymore)<BR>
If you're looking for something light and you're already a Canon user then the Digital Rebel may do the trick for you. It's smaller and lighter than the other Canon DSLRs but also not built as solidly so if you thrash your camera around a lot it might not work well. If you want to stick to film, then look at something like the Elan II. It's a good mid-level camera and much lighter than my older EOS 620. There's also the Rebel line in film cameras which are even smaller and lighter but again, you sacrifice built quality/durability.
09-24-2004, 07:24 PM
I've been pleased with my Nikon D70. The battery lasts forever. You might consider buying a few 512MB (or 1G, 2G) memory chips. Now that I've no concern about film/developing costs, I find myself experimenting more.
lighter weight film cameras may be the way to go if charging or carrying extra batteries are a concern.
10-03-2004, 02:12 AM
All hail the EOS 600-series cameras! They're solid, heavy, and can't autofocus worth a damn at a football game (I was manual for 2 hours). I don't have a problem with the weight, but I'm only 17, so I guess there's no concern for my back yet. As for durability, I'm not sold on the plastic bodies yet(polycarbonate?). If I had the money to spend on a DSLR, I'd get a Canon DRebel just to be able to share lenses with my 650 and carry them both around everywhere!<BR>
Unfortunately, I'm broke w/ no job, so I won't be getting a DSLR soon until I get a McJob. Woe is me
10-07-2004, 02:14 PM
The supposed non-durability of the Canon Digital Rebel (EOS 300D) is a non-issue as far as I'm concerned. Have had mine for nearly 6 months, and it's been to Europe 3 times, Tokyo, Shanghai, all over the US, and a few other places. Most of the time it just gets tossed into a pocket on my laptop/briefcase bag, though I do have a Tamrac camera/laptop backpack that I use occasionally. It's been dropped onto asphalt twice, bumped, slammed, through dozens of airport x-ray machines, and drooled on by a few little kids and one dog. After all that the body looks like new, there isn't a scratch on it (even from the drops onto asphalt!), and everything works as it did when I bought it. With no flash a single battery lasts for over 500 pictures, and carrying one spare battery takes almost no room or weight.<BR>
The polycarbonate the body's made out of is tough stuff, that's why they make football helmets with the same material :)<BR>
It's interesting that often the people who mention how fragile it is usually don't actually own one...I would have no reservations about taking mine anywhere, it's a tough little guy!<BR>
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