I am taking a couple of deep sea fishing trips in the next few months and any advice for making photographs, videos, and keeping the cameras safe would be appreciated.
Robert M. Poston: D4, D810, V3, 14-24 F2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, 80-400, 105 macro.
Have you looked at the Nikon AW1? It's a waterproof interchangeable lens camera, it might work for you.
Rent a camera and get extra insurance.
Don't forget the cell phone:
If I get back to Greensboro in time, I will let you try the Ewa Marine I have......LOL rmp....Bob!
P.S. What's better than owning a boat? Having a friend who owns a boat :-) Having been on both sides of this equation, I know it to be a truism.
I was a motor-boater myself (don't have the patience for sailing) but I got fed up with 200-500 mile trips at 1 mpg.
The fact is you never really know what's going to happen once you're on that boat. If you watch "Jaws" or "The Perfect Storm" the night before, then just stay home! But if you have insurance, faith, experience, and a true desire to get the best images then I suggest good preparation and take your gear but keep it to a minimum - I'd definitely take the 14-24 or even rent a fisheye for some awesome images from the tower or flybridge if available.
For what it's worth, a few weeks ago I did a photoshoot on the beach (saltwater & sand) with occasional mild misty drissle. There are some who are afraid to change lenses on the beach on a dry day much less in the conditions that I was in. But I did a few wise things to protect the gear during lens changes and got it done.
I like the idea of using a cooler to house your gear - pad it with foam and bungee cord it to something inside the cabin. I wouldn't casually walk around too much with the camera - bring it out, shoot, put it back. When a fish is on, same thing.
Best of luck and whatever you do, have fun!!
Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.
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I have also used a different D on each trip. D800, D810, and D850. All three worked just fine. The D810 needed more cleaning afterward, but it also got hit with the roughest water. The lens had a gritty movement and required cleaning by Nikon to be smooth again. All three produced a picture good enough to hang on some family members wall. (That is a big deal in my family and requires a good print with high image quality.) One print is a 6 foot wide by two foot tall monster (but still good enough for pixel peeping on a metal print.)
The next trip is this Christmas to the Galapagos. This time my grandson is going. It will be his first marlin fishing trip. Yes, it is wishful thinking, but a sailfish on a fly rod -- Wow.