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Backpacking DSLR Setup
For great videos and photos, Canon DSLR cameras offer incredible image quality. Here is my camera setup I took when I hiked and documented every trail in Glacier National Park in 2011 and continue to take when I get out. (Look for a future video on how I hauled around all of my equipment)
Canon 7D (camera body)
Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8L IS II (telephoto zoom lens)
Canon 2x EF Extender II (lens doubler for telephoto lens)
Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 AT-X Pro DX (wide angle zoom lens)
Manfrotto 755Cx3 with Manfrotto 701HDV Pro tripod head (carbon fiber tripod legs with video head)
21 responses to “Backpacking DSLR Setup”
I enjoy your writing style truly enjoying this web site .
Jake, YouTube is telling me that this video is set to private.
(But since I’m a Nikon guy, that’s probably OK. 🙂
I think I saw a term in a Western Horseman magazine a few months back for what I’m experiencing right now: gear lust. 🙂 I’ve just gotten into photography the last couple years and want to get a better lens. Looks like a great setup!!! What’s the difference between a Tokina lens and a comparable Canon one, besides the name? 😉 Also, do you ever use a remote shutter release?? Thanks!!
Great post. Our family went to Glacier this past summer for 10 days. Not campers, so a lot of driving in and out of the park and short hikes, but still the best vacation ever!
I struggled with the whole carrying gear in a pack designed for hiking concept. Camera backpacks are way too heavy and bulky for hiking in my opinion. I probably was over the top on gear outfitting due to our short hikes. Would normally have 3 or 4 lenses, camera (Canon 5D MkIII) filters, tripod, GPS, water, random kid things and a snack. For me the most frustrating part was how long it took to setup and then pack away for a shot. Any tips on that aspect would be appreciated. Can’t recall how many times right after packing all of the stuff up we would come to another great shooting location. Most of the time the camera was at the ready on a CSLR strap system, but the camera was never as protected as I would have liked. Looking forward to your next post on how you carry it all.
Thanks again for maintaining this site. These are tiding me over until we can get out there again in 2013 or 2014.
Hey Jake, Have you thought about leading a “workshop” this spring? Maybe a smaller hike to Avalanche Lake, where you talk about your adventures and maybe also discuss safety, back country hiking, and photography?
Or maybe leading a snowshoe trip one Saturday?
Thanks again for allowing us to tag along on your journeys through the website!
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Hi Jake, You’ve got some great info in here. I’m curious how you address battery power on your longer trips. Do you just carry extra batteries? Solar charger? Other?
One of my favorite things is overnight time-lapse photography, which is a real power-sink (at least on my Sony A55). I managed to recharge in the backcountry with Goal Zero’s Nomad 7 solar panel (and 3 batteries for shuffling around). It worked great, but it also took some time and effort to make sure I was capturing enough sun-power.
Also, are you mostly sticking around GNP this upcoming summer, or is there a new location in your sights?
Wow! Really cool insight into what you need for backpacking videography. I’m actually curious: why a DSLR and not a camcorder like the Canon XA10? I’m looking into getting a camera for outdoor videography, and I know DSLRs are hot right now, but for compactness and ease of use, isn’t something like the XA10 a really good option too?
It looks like the XA10 would be great for sure! I chose my camera because I wanted amazing looking video AND photos. Of course my setup is much heavier, but I have a larger range from wide angle to zoom. I also like the colors and depth of field I get from better lenses and a larger sensor… but it definitely costs more. 😉
Thanks for this post, I recently did a hike where I didn’t bring my dslr and have been looking for different ways to carry it. I had thought about getting a cross strap or buying a new one, but a bag attached with carabiner seems like a great idea
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