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03-03-2009, 12:12 PM   #1
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Protecting camera and lens on a boat.

Hello everyone, a friend is wanting me to take my camera and lens on his boat to take some pictures of bald eagles that are on the resevoir. I am planning on taking my K20d and Sigma 50-500mm with my tripod or monopod. I'm thinking I should make sure the lens is attached to the camera body at all rimes (no switching lens) while I'm on the boat. Have a big ziplock baggie 2 1/2 gallon if I can find it and keep the camera and lens in it for safe keeping (the water spray). We would be fishing first, then when the fishing slows down he said he will take me over to where the eagles are and I can take pictures of them. Also his boat is a 19' (non tri hull). So am I forgetting anything? What do you all do when you go out on a boat with your equipment or do you take your equipment out in a boat?

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Check your insurance (home/auto) to see if the camera equipment is covered against drowning. Mine is protected against damage/loss/theft only if it is inside my home and/or car; if I'm out on "location" I'm SOL if I bust it up. (I need to fix this..)
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I'll start by repeating a story I have posted before;

5 years ago, I went kayaking with my *istD and SMC FA 28-105 F4-5.6

I put it in a dry bag (A dry bag is a special bag used to keep things dry, in canoes and kayaks.)

I had the bag open, as I had just set the camera back in, when the kayak got swamped byt a wave. Some of the water went into the drybag, and unfirtunately although dry bags hold water out, tehy also equally hold water in if it gets in.

The camera went into continous shoot mode, and would not even shut off. Top LCD clouded over.

I took out the batteries and emptied the dry bag.

When I got back to camp, I opened all covers, fermoved the lens and turned the camera upside down (i assumed water went into the shutter release switch), and left it in the sun.

After about 4 hours all was good, and the camera has worked flawlessly since.


If you are going to take a camera out in a boat, especially a small one, either a dry bag or pellican case is good, BUT beware, anything that holds water ouot can also hold it in. Only open the bag when it is very calm. Or get a water proof camera
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I do suggest that if you're going to shoot from the boat, use the tripod and secure it to the boat so it doesn't move. If your tripod uses a shoe or quick mount, mount it to the camera first, then put it in your waterproof bag. This way, your tripod is already set up and you just put the camera on it then start shooting.

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If I was on a boat, I'd use the monopod. It is a lot easier to keep the camera steady with the monopod vs. tripod in a rolling/rocking boat.
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I'd probably opt to not use a quick release head in this environment too.
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I was more concerned with keeping the camera in the boat. Since he's going to be on a 19' boat on a reservoir, not a lake or ocean, without a heavy wind...............it should be pretty stable.

True, not thinking that the quick release head would, well, quick release...............
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Boat photography

Several of us from my camera club photographed a sailing regatta last summer. I brought a K10D and a *ist DL. K10D had the 55-300, DL had an m42 400mm/5.6. K10D never left my neck. DL was mounted on a BushHawk and went into a side-pocket built into the boat when not in use.

The MOST important thing I can tell you is the old adage "One hand for yourself, one hand for the boat". Art and I *both* almost went swimming because our "pilot" either forgot to tell us he was about to advance the throttle or just plain punched it before we could get settled. Don't get so involved that you lose track of what's going on and be prepared to grab the rail, a seat, whatever will keep you & your gear in the boat.

The bag ideas I've heard are good - if you can find a big enough bag you're golden. If not, your regular camera bag is probably better than nothing. However, if the sun is out, make sure the bag & camera are out of the sun.

If you've got the camera in your hands while the boat is moving at speed keep the lens pointed down. Boats are wet places and sometimes the spray comes from the back.

Tripods & boats don't mix - the boat is going to be constantly moving, even on a calm lake. If you don't have something like the BushHawk take a monopod but be prepared to leave the head fairly loose so you can move with the boat.

Good luck & have fun!

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Thanks everyone, I went and found 4 different sizes of dry bags for kayacking ranging between small to x-large. I am thinking the large will be big enough for the k20d and the 50-500mm lens, so I'm planning on picking that up before I go out. I'm thinking it won't be this weekend, because we are supposed to have between 40-50 mph winds. I am pretty sure I will be taking my monopod with me. I feel really comfortable with that and can move fairly quick with it. I am planning on shooting from the middle of the boat so I will have some room to move no matter which way I have to. Oh and unfortunately I don't have a buschhawk.

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