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I will be on the Spitzbergen explorer in July and have been looking for a backpack which will keep my cameras dry. The only really waterproof backpack seems to be the Dryzone, but it's too small for my 500mm lens. Any one have any ideas or would my lowerpro pack with waterproof cover be enough?

Love to hear from anyone else on this trip too

Carol

Hi Carol. Not on your trip, but most outdoor shops sell lightweight drybags in various sizes. The brand I use is Exped, and I always stash my camera kit in one before loading it all into the rucksack. Never had any problems with the water seeping in.

Matt M

I did this trip last year in June. I didnt take a waterproof camera bag and it wasnt a problem as it only light rained one day on a landing. Nearly all the people that had all the good SLR's, lenses etc.. had either the fully waterproof Lowe Pro bags or the more standard Lowe Pro bags with waterproof Zipper and rain cover.

We didnt go in Zodiacs when it was bad weather and on the journeys from boat to landing sites the bags have to be of your back and on the floor of the Zodiac which is on wet with a bit of water from wellies.

Hope you have a great trip, i loved it so much i'm of to Antartica in December. 

Carol Hughes

Thank you both for your comments, I will probably go for the dry bags, but will discuss it further at one of the polar slideshow evenings.

Matt-hope you have a fantastic time in Antartica!

Carol

fins950

Hi Carol

I'm also booked to go on this trip.  I'm just starting to think about what I need to get - so far I've only got thermal vests!

I'm hoping to go to one of the polar evenings and get some more tips and advice.

Sam

Carol Hughes

Nice to meet someone on our trip at last!

Thermal vests are a good start! Lucky for me I already have a lot of thermal gear from a trip last March in Patagonia. Look on the bright side-you'll get great deals now with spring and summer on the way.

I think the polar evening is a really good idea to attend and will be a great source of info. I am going on the 27th April. Initially I wasn't going to as I live on the Isle of Man; it eats into holiday the cash and time off work, but apart from booking the trip in July I think it's the best choice I've made.

Hope you can make it too!

Carol

Colin Whittaker

Hi Carol

I'm on the June trip. I've just acquired a 500mm lens and am looking for a new camera bag. I dont think being totally waterproof is essential as I 've heard from several others that the main problem is the bottom of the zodia. Which bag do you currently use for your lens?

Colin

Carol Hughes

Hi Colin,

I use lowerpro. There are various models which will accomodate your lens mounted and still leave you plenty of room for other lenses and the rest of your gear. The inner compartments are adjustable with velcro so you can personalise it for a snug fit for everything. There is also an outside compartment, great for travel, where I keep tickets, wallet, a book and other bits and pieces. It's also carry on size for flying. Although not waterproof in the true sense of the word it's showerproof, sturdy and comes with a built in rain cover.

Be warned, you will love your lense so much you will never want to take it off! I have infact arrived at the conclusion I need another camera body for my other lenses.

Hope you enjoy your new toy and the trip-I'd love to hear some tips from you when you get back.

Carol

Colin Whittaker

Hi Carol

Thanks for the reply. The one I'm considering is Lowepro Vertex 300AW - it seems to tick all the boxes.

I learnt a couple of years ago that you need a second body. I did a photographic safari in Kenya and had 400mm on one and 70-200mm on the other purely because there are times when you do get close and you dont want to be changing lenses with the dust.

I'll let you know how I get on.

Colin

fins950

Hi Carol

I'm booked on the April evening so should see you there

 Sam

fins950

Hi Carol

I'm booked on the April evening so should see you there

 Sam

Carol Hughes

Nice one Sam

Look forward to meeting you there

Carol

fins950

Hi Carol

How are you? Did you get a waterproof camera bag? I'm getting really excited now and still 7 weeks to go! 

Are you taking ski pants and waterproof trousers? At the moment I havent got either and thinking about buying a pair of each.

Sam

 

Carol Hughes

Hi Sam,

I've order exped dry bags of vaious sizes...here's hoping everything fits!

I'm really excited too...less than 49 days left for me as I am having 2 days in Tromso first. My countdown clock (days, hours, minutes and seconds!)is up and running on my PC at work, together with a nice screensaver of Spitsberben!

I'm taking ski pants and waterproofs, but am wondering if 1 of each is enough if we get wet?

Did you get to the slideshow? I had to cancel last minute, so am relying on you to tell me all about it.

Carol

fins950

Hi Carol

I went to the slideshow and it was really good. I think I will just take one pair of ski pants and I pair of waterproof trousers as I'm not sure I would be able to get two pairs of each in my case. What sort of jacket are you taking? Some recommendations seem to be for a downs jacket but as they lend you a jacket I was wondering if it was necessary to buy another jacket on top?

I haven't got a SLR but have just bought a new bridge camera (Panasonic Lumix) so I hope that will get me some good shots though I know they wont be as good as you professionals! I'm taking it out at the weekend to get used to it.

My email address is [email protected] if you want to email me.

Sam

Carol Hughes

Hi Sam,

Yes, you are probably right about the ski pants and waterproofs. We can just stick them on the heating to dry quick!

Don't worry about a jacket-you will be given a parka to keep. You can take a look on the Quark Expeditions web site-it's the real deal! Use the packing space for extra layers for underneath. This will leave me without jacket in Tromso, cos I don't want to end up with 2, but I'll just use my layers to keep warm there.

Do practise, download, assess and re practise with your new toy! And don't forget to take loads of batteries and memory cards! I used to use (and still have) a bridge camera (Fuji), but I did find that as you push the built in zoom it really looses it. As for the pro comment-far from the truth...I'm sure Paul will scream at me loads, and I can't wait! I bet we learn loads of him and Chris.

Thanks for the e-mail.Will send you mine from work later as my outlook is down at home...

Carol

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