klondike_bar wrote:i took an old, poorly treated point and shoot with me (i decided to leave my newer, 13MP camera at home), and by the end of the week, it was reduced to a trembling mass of defiled plastic.
As it should have been. :->
klondike_bar wrote:Even after a half-assed cleaning, the lens cover refuses to slide open on its own , and the lens makes a lovely grinding/clicking sound as it attempts to retract when turning off.
I had the same thing happen to me with a cheap point and shoot. This is a philosophy issue: Do you want to take a cheap piece o' crap that you know will fail - maybe before you leave, maybe after? Or do you want to take something that's worth money and may fail but likely will survive the week at BRC?
My cheap point and shoot did last the Burn, but the lens cover didn't open all the way on its own - I just pushed it the rest of the way - and it got dust on the sensor or somewhere inside that showed up on my pictures. Conversely, I've had my FM2 35mm Nikon and my D70 at BM for years without failure of lens or body, although I don't take them out in dust storms, and I do have them professionally cleaned and maintained. I'm sure Canons are just as reliable. I've had my FM2 at Burning Man and on beaches and rain forests on the French West Indies. The only issue was my Tamron zoom lens beginning to squeak when zooming and focusing, and it's years old, too.
I know of a video camera guy for some company who wrecked their $40,000 (his statement of price) pro camera by taping during a dust storm. shrug - things certainly fail on the playa.
My experience with camp stoves is that the rubber hoses and fitting fails quickly from camping on the playa - I'll guess it's the combination of sun and playa powder that eats it up. I bought expensive Coleman stoves, and they last no longer than cheap crap, so I bring two cheap crap stoves. One failed during the week this year, so I got the other one out and kept on cooking.
My experience with tents is different. I don't want my tent to fail during a storm at night. Louise and I buy expensive tents that stand up to years on the playa without catastrophic failure. shrug - many people buy cheap tents and have no problems. It's a matter of personal philosophy.
I think bringing the big Canon in plastic bags leaves options open, so long as the original poster knows that the risk is wrecking the Canon. My experience (and Louise's with her Rebel) is that good cameras last on the playa, so my take on the risk is that it's worth it. Louise brings her tripod and takes photos that really knock my socks off:
You can't get those with most point and shoots and their small sensors.