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07-21-2013, 07:10 AM - 1 Like   #16
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I have been down the Kern in California a couple of time, and you indeed do get wet. I like several of the suggestions here - the two camera option like the Optio WR. The RAW+ in another excellent idea, however that is going to consume SD cards quickly. That said, 32 GB SD cards are relatively cheap in the $25 range. A couple of those would tide you over nicely. Personally, I would forgo the wide angle (I would rather leave my 12-24 and 8-16 home [neither of which are WR] - you can only bring so much with you) and stitch. You are going to stitch anyway even with the WA. I would go out in the evening and practice a bit at 18mm (wide and low light) handheld, then come back in and use something like Microsoft ICE (its free) to assemble them.

By the time you haul out, its afternoon and the shadows are going to be deep and getting deeper, great for photography - bad for handholding. A small light travel tripod (the table top version) would be good for this. Just some sort of mechanical support. I would take an IR remote and NOT the wired one - I would be afraid of not pushing the rubber cover (over the connection) back down.

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I've used my Tamron 18-250 (same as the Pentax which is a rebadged version of the Tamron) multiple times in light rain and in light spray from a boat and it survived just fine. It doesn't have mould. Period. No "not yet". It is fine.

I've wiped off drops on a regular basis and make sure that my gear is never in bags for prolonged periods of time. I keep my lenses in an open cupboard with good air circulation.

A WR lens may give you a bit more piece of mind, but realistically you'll be fine with your 18-250 unless you go crazy with the water.

In terms of extra lenses, I'd consider a super wide, such as the Sigma 10-20/3.5.
The 18mm of your lens are already quite useful, but I find that a super wide can be used to create some really nice shots on such tours.

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