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Old 02-03-2009, 08:04 AM   #31
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Planning? No, dear, I booked!! In fact, just yesterday I made the down payment on it. Such a relief, and excitement, after we both (my friend and I) could not travel at all last year.

We're joining a 35-day trip through Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. We were both immediately hooked when we saw this trip. Another friend of Carla is also coming, and we've started weekly hikes to get into shape (there will be hiking at least in Tajikistan). For such a trip, I simply must have a good camera (it's not as though you can go back "next week" for a better picture) - but luggage weight is limited to 15KG be cause of unavoidable internal flights; so: no lead bags full of film any more.
No lead bags, but lots of zip-lock plastic bags, no?

Keeps the bits organized inside, keeps the dust and water outside.

They also work well as compression sacks; put t-shirts and such in them, roll them up nice and tight, get all the air out and zip them up. Keeps everything much more compact (and they weigh next to nothing).

   
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:49 AM   #32
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Sounds incredible, though arduous.

Do take good notes on the food, please. (And pictures!)

   
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:49 PM   #33
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How are you planning to deal with batteries for the camera? Lithium or rechargeable, or does it use proprietary which would restrict you to recharging.

Solar Cell?

   
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:34 PM   #34
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Lucky you -- 3in swing and tilt LCD .....

I really don't have time for interchangeable lenses though .....
Me, neither. But I am not a real photographer — just a snap-shooter.

If you have looked at Marjolein’s photos, though, she has ambition, stamina, and a great eye. So this camera looks right for her, and it does seem like a good value.

   
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No lead bags, but lots of zip-lock plastic bags, no?

Keeps the bits organized inside, keeps the dust and water outside.

They also work well as compression sacks; put t-shirts and such in them, roll them up nice and tight, get all the air out and zip them up. Keeps everything much more compact (and they weigh next to nothing).
There's a thought... I usually just re-use plastic carrier bags (keep sturdy ones apart for the purpose), roll up my clothes and then roll them in a bag. But I might try out your idea. Of course on really "wet" trips I use canoe bags but that won't be needed.

The real problem will be clothes for both hot and cold weather plus a good sleeping bag, and keeping it still under 15KG - I'm getting better at traveling light but I'm still not very good

   
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Sounds incredible, though arduous.

Do take good notes on the food, please. (And pictures!)
Following Carla's example, I've started taking pictures of hotel rooms (I always forget them almost immediately) but rarely take pictures of food - good idea!

   
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How are you planning to deal with batteries for the camera? Lithium or rechargeable, or does it use proprietary which would restrict you to recharging.

Solar Cell?
The camera comes with a new specially designed rechargeable battery that's supposed to last really long - and a separate charger (which is great: that allows you to use the camera while the battery is recharging, something I cannot do with my Fuji F30); I'll need at least one spare one, but probably two (that's what I got with my Fuji and didn't regret it). Until Tajikistan there really won't be a problem recharging, but once out of Dushanbe I really have no idea - I may have to be able to go one week without recharging. Will need the camera in time to test how long one charge lasts!

Going without recharging also means I'll need extra memory cards - enough to last before I can offload them on my image tank which of course also needs recharging!

   
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Before our last trip, I found these great t-shirts made of some material that's comfortable, wicks moisture away well, and dries very quickly. Wash 'em in the sink, roll in a towel, hang and wear in the morning. They're also a good bottom layer in the cold.

I always toss in a few heavy-duty jumbo garbage bags. They don't take up much room and you never know when you might need them. I ended up making a rain-condom for my backpack on the last trip ... cut a few slits for the straps and you're good to go.

   
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Here you go:

http://www.mattshaver.com/bikegen/index.htm

Recharging and transportation problems solved in one go.

Weight < 15kg ... we'll have to work on that a bit.

   
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Recharging and transportation problems solved in one go.
Brilliant! Easy to take along on the plane and ideal in those old Russian Jeeps we'll use in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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Weight < 15kg ... we'll have to work on that a bit.
Nah...

   
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