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Old May 20, 2012, 11:53 PM   #1
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So I am going back into the Boundry Waters in a few weeks to canoe. In the past I have always taken a waterproof point and shoot but someone lost it (my kids).

Would you buy anouther Point and shoot or take the K5 and waterproof lens?

Remember no plugs or outlet for 4 days. must protage all that you bring in with some portages over 3/4 mile in legnth. Every once counts.

Horrific blackflies and mosquitos and ticks. Need to use lots of deet which if your not careful can cause problems with cameras.

Will rain but should be good for the most part. Last year we did not see anouther human for 3 days. fantastic views.

So what would you do?
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I can't imagine taking something as huge as a K5 and case on an adventure trip. Waterproof cameras seem to always fail at some point. Consider getting a decent Canon or other point and shoot with a full control dive case. I have a Fuji F50 that I have used for years with a dive case without a problem diving, rafting and kayaking. I mention Canon because there have a wide selection of cases for their cameras.
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I don't think the K5 would make that much sense, especially since the sealed lenses are mostly large and heavy (there are some exceptions). My other reason (besides weight) is the fact I'd worry about it the whole time. And with my luck it would be the only thing that would fall into the water. I think I'd rather get a point and shoot that I didn't particularly care about if it got damaged.

The idea of an ultrazoom with a waterproof housing would be interesting, but housings can be really expensive.
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Canon offers a huge variety of cases for their point and shoots for around $299. See here http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs...10051_-1_12097.
I have had my case for the Fuji for eight years without a leak.
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agreed K5 to big but I was wondering what others would have taken. never considered a housing, hummmm.

Was looking at a Pentax WG-2 which is simalar to what was lost.
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I use a 5 year old titanium case 10mp Canon P&S, as a sacrificial camera when things get too ruff for my DSLR. I have 3 batteries for it and it has never failed me. The IQ is quite impressive due to a large 1/1.7 size sensor. I just stick it in my foul weather jacket pocket during those wet spring Great Lakes sailboat races. For your trip I would bring a zip lock bag.

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Was looking at a Pentax WG-2 which is simalar to what was lost.
I was going to suggest that. It is a rugged camera. It is waterproof, shockproof and you can hang it from your belt or backpack strap by the carabiner so it is always ready. This way it wouldn't get in the way even if you took the K-5 too. You can even get one with a GPS locator built in to mark your exif files. Pentax has them on sale right now ($50 off).
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Another vote for the WG-2, it looks an exception camera tailor-made for your intended use of it (and you don't have to mess around with cases/housings) !
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G'day PB

Unless you are being paid by National Geographic for this expedition, I'd reckon that you have rocks in your head to lug a dSLR + waterproof cases etc etc across the wilderness

By all means look up the Pentax waterproof P&S > but i'd also suggest you look up the dpreview site review of waterproof cameras to double-check your decision / camera choice

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