Thursday, January 3, 2013

Inside the Lens

"It doesn't count unless you got it on camera..." I jokingly say this, but it can be true.

Did Honnold really send the triple linkup in Yosemite?
Well, yes he did.. I was there filming him up on El Cap as he floated by.

The following information is about how I attempt to document my experiences, and the gear that it takes to do it. Sometimes I get caught up in the equipment, and don't focus enough on the story that's happening around me. When Jonny Copp filmed the 'alpine rockumentary' SPLITTER, it wasn't in HD, it didn't have animated motion graphics, and wasn't made with the highest quality equipment. He captured what it was really like to go alpine climbing, and made you laugh as you watched it.

I'm going down to South America next week, and I am going to do my best to accurately tell my story through my camera lens.

The 'Alpine Camera' comparison

Last year I took the S95 down to Patagonia, and every other climbing trip over the past few years. The image quality is great for such a small camera (Canon has now upgraded to the S100 and S110).

This year, I ended up with the Sony NEX-5N off ebay for about $420. It's an interchangeable lens camera, and I put the small 18mm prime lens on it. From what I have found, no existing camera has a better image quality to size ratio. It looks about as good as a Canon Rebel T1i. I found a case at REI that fit it perfectly, and then added a leash so you can't drop it while climbing. 

It seems insane to me that people take up massive cameras on huge objectives such as The Meru Shark's Fin. Maybe I'm not strong and fast enough to bring my DSLR into the mountains, but I am very excited to bring along my new little Sony. 

I'll also be taking my bigger DSLR down to Argentina, and I'll use it while I'm traveling and probably up at basecamp in the mountains.