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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-26-2018, 12:37 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By mrtickles
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Hey Sandy!

I work a lot in extreme cold environments with Pentax cameras (K-1). Last expedition I was on, I had a similar consideration to yours regarding weight and volume for transport and whilst I was out skiing.

What I discovered from a pre expedition trip was my goto lens was my FA 31mm on my K-1 body. Nothing else. I did carry the FA 77mm for a short tele, but only used it once. I used my feet instead. To be fair, I was in a place that allowed me to do that, no restrictions on where I could go (you won't have the same in Antarctica) except for if the terrain was dangerous. I was also photographing people and landscapes mostly, not wildlife or distant objects. I found 31mm was decent enough for wides (sometimes wish it was a little wider), a little close for portraits but delivered nice images. Only disadvantage, it's not weather sealed. But if it's cold enough it's dry, so you don't have to consider moisture other than when you try to go from a cold environment to a warm one. If you do this all of the moisture will stick to the camera and condense on it.

So for that you'll want either some zip-loc bags or a dry bag. Waterproof dry bags are more durable and reliable. You leave it in there until the camera temperature is raised to the warm environment. If you go from a warm environment to a very cold environment, it doesn't matter as sublimation usually takes care of moisture.

In truth if you had the option of the classic lens setup 24-70mm & a 70-200mm (or equivalent) you're covered for most. As riseform says you may wish to go longer if you're photographing birdsetc. I know you may have discounted the 24-70mm beacuse of weight but that range is incredible, if you need flexibility. Other than that your mostly in prime territory.

Couple of things I found really useful were the Peak Designs Capture Camera Clip (if the total weight of the camera + lens is not so high) - works great if you're wearing a backpack, and makes the camera very accessible. The metal body cameras like the K-1 are incredibly robust, and as a rule it's the battery that needs to be kept warm for the most part. You'd be surprised how cold they work down to....

I also took a travel USB battery charger for the Dli90, which meant I could take carry fewer electrical goods.Just a multi USB quick charger. You can also, recharge a battery from a solar panel or a battery pack.

Here's one from Siberia :)


---------- Post added 07-26-18 at 07:42 PM ----------

Btw apologies if I've duplicated any of the excellent advice you've already been given. Just exciting to see the word Antarctica!

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