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Power was the next issue. I considered using solar power, but decided the technology wasn’t advanced enough to warrant the hassle. Instead I bought enough batteries to last the entire time I would be without a reliable energy source.

Tech Tip #2:
Always estimate power usage conservatively.

I assumed I would take at least as many photos on my trip to Nepal as I did on my trip to Thailand. However, I had to account for the cold’s effect on battery life. Normally, a Canon EOS-D60 can take about 500 photos per battery. I estimated at well below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, I might get only 40% of the normal battery life. So I estimated I needed 7 batteries and bought 9 just to be safe. As for the laptop, I brought the equivalent of 13 hours of “normal” use, which I hoped would be plenty.

So what else was on the equipment list?

  • 3 camera lens
    • 24mm 1.4F L series & hood
    • 28mm – 135mm 3.5 – 5.5 F
    • 100mm – 400mm 4.5 – 5.5F & hood
    • could have really used a wider angle lens, but the budget didn’t allow it
  • Polarizing and UV Filters
  • 2.5 gig of compact flash cards (No IBM Microdrives, they are only rated to 10,000 feet)
  • lens cleaning cloths, liquid, brush, paper and q-tips
  • remote release
  • 550 EX flash
  • lightweight tripod
  • universal voltage converter and a single separate surge protector

While all of my camera equipment could have been bought using the Internet, most was purchased at my local camera shop. While Internet prices may be slightly cheaper, the excellent service and advice locally was worth the extra cost.

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