Taking my dSLR to Costa Rica - advice needed

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Taking my dSLR to Costa Rica - advice needed

Postby mr_nav » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:55 pm

Looking for some advice around taking a dSLR for a 10-day Costa Rica trip.

Obviously, I'm excited about the possibility to capture waterfalls, volcanoes, wildlife, drunken travellers, etc.

Things I'm concerned about:
1 damage from the elements - humidity/heat/rain
2 damage from backpacking/hiking/general trekking
3 theft, while I'm swinging from trees or snokling
4 emcumberance from carrying 95 lbs of tripod/batteries/lenses

I would appreciate any advice on whether I should take the camera, and how to get around the issues above.
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Postby sinecure » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:18 pm

Insurance..... Add a rider to your home/tenant policy. It's really the only way to help with lost or theft. My rider is $50/yr for $3K of equipment.

#4... get picky... I'm only bringing two lenses, and a mini tripod. the rest stays home.

But take your camera....

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Postby thecakeisalie » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:00 pm

Plastic baggies and something to clean your lenses!

It rains a lot in CR, so I always snatch the laundry bag in the hotel and keep my dSLR in that inside my daypack when its not in use. Remember its not waterproof (so don't jump into the ocean with your pack!) but that will make it water resistant. You don't need ziplock, just something big enough that the camera can fit into and roll over itself a couple of times. And no matter what I do I always end up with sea spray or renegade rain drop splatters on my lenses/filters, so a soft cloth and a small bottle of solution will come in handy.
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Postby PaulTeolis » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:32 pm

1. bring a chamois, and those moisture packs you find when buying new shoes and things. Be conscious when going from air conditioned hotels out to the humidity as you will have instantaneous condensation.

2. a sturdy travel camera bag will do. find out what works for your needs
suggest looking at http://www.lowepro.com and see what you like. most have rain covers for the elements.

I usually have one main camera bag for everything and bring a smaller
day pack (less conspicuous) for city walks and jaunting around where I
don't need everything.

3. If you are on a GAP trek, they will know the best place you can store your gear. I would say leave what you don't need in a secure place in your hotel. All places I have been GAP have accommodations that are safe and reliable. Talk to your trek leader

4. 95 pounds, are you NUTS??? what exactly are you taking? and I thought I took a lot gear.

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Postby GapperJax » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:54 pm

Those silica packs that come inside the box when you buy new shoes--best camera travel accessory EVER! Stick them in a ziplock and keep your camera in there to reduce moisture.

They also did a great job when I dropped my watch in a mojito in Belize--overnight in a ziplock with 3 silica packets and it was good as new!
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Postby thecakeisalie » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:22 pm

Jax wrote:
They also did a great job when I dropped my watch in a mojito in Belize--overnight in a ziplock with 3 silica packets and it was good as new!


And the mojito's okay?
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