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    I will be going on my first pelagic in January, and I want to take my camera (small point and shoot). What I want to know is the safety of doing this. Will the salt spray destroy the camera?, or is it entirely safe for the camera?
    Secondly, is it even worth taking a camera? I don't expect the boat to be very long (approx 8m), so will it be too unstable for photography? And does this apply to using binoculars?
    Sorry for all the questions...

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    Hey Ashwin.

    Good luck! When I took our camera on a pelagic back in July it was fine, though it was quite a calm day. The bouncing of the boat wasn't much of a problem because there was very little of it. I managed a few decent shots of a Cape Petrel and Humpback Whales, but your camera would probably only really help if the birds come right up to the boat. This is one of the Sydney Pelagics I take it?
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    Just keep wiping any salt water off with the special lens and camera wipes that you can buy at camera stores.
    This is about the only worry you should have. Have fun

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    Thanks guys for the tips.
    Max, it is a boat trip out at Lord Howe Island. I'm hoping to get White-bellied Storm Petrel and Kermadec Petrel, among others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashy Drongo
    I will be going on my first pelagic in January, and I want to take my camera (small point and shoot). What I want to know is the safety of doing this.
    Ashwin
    I never ask that question Ashwin! Shoot first, worry later For me if it's worth doing, it's worth taking a camera!
    Sorry, not really the most helpful advice mate. Wiping the body down afterwards with alcohol wipes or just a damp (fresh water) cloth will do the trick and perhaps have a filter over the lens if its rough. You could also try wrapping it in a plastic clip-lock bag with the lens poking out the front.
    All questions really weather dependant.
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    It's a point and shoot and they aren't built for that, protect it from salt spray as much as possible, you're really rolling the dice, it may be fine or a drop may land in just the wrong spot. The question is can you afford to replace your camera?

    A zip lock bag is a good idea, It's really going to depend on what the weather is like. If you're really keen you can get an underwater housing for your A720 for about $300, then you can try your hand at U/W shots snorkelling in the lagoon. A cheaper option is to get the accessory ring for the camera, put a filter on it, stick it in a plastic bag and tape the ends of the bag around the filter ring and operate the camera through the bag. They are shown on this page:

    http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.a ... y385_1.htm

    I assume one of them will fit your A720. You only need the adapter & a UV filter that matches the thread on the end.
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    Thanks guys,
    I'm not sure if it is worth risking the camera for this trip, I may just be better off abxsorbing the experience, and not spending half my time staring through a (small, not nearly DSLR standard) viewfinder.
    The plastic bag/zip top bag is a good idea, and I will toss this over for a week or so. Maybe I can work something out.

    Ashwin
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    I'm not saying don't take it with you, If the conditions are fine and calm you'll kick yourself. But be sure to take a ziplock bag to keep it in and get it out if you feel comfortable doing so.
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    Yes, thanks, I have decided to take it out with me. As far as I know, boats only go out in fairly calm conditions, and there should be chances to stop the boat.
    And I think my sister would kill me if I came back with no photos of Ball's Pyramid. :P

    Ashwin
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    ---\\_(j*)>.........Aus Life List: 534 (Northern Royal Albatross - 6/9/14)
    ----\___)................NSW List: 428 (Northern Royal Albatross - 6/9/14)
    ------\ \..............o..2014 List: 348 (Southern Giant Petrel - 6/9/14)

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