I came over with d3, d2x, 70-200mm, 24-70mm, 85mm 1.4, and 50mm 1.4 expecting that I did not want more than would fit in my backpack. The shot I took inside the destroyed palace with the D3 needed a wider angle lens, not that I own one anymore but I really could have used something around 18mm.
The conditions here are dusty. Some might call it sandy, however it is a very fine sand that I consider to be more like dust and it gets into everything. Luckily the D3 was damaged (it was knocked over and landed on the hotshoe mount that got bent) so needs to go to Nikon USA anyway so will get it cleaned. Honestly though considering the conditions it has held up quite well, I have not cleaned the sensor and only notice dust spots here and there which I am confident are on the front lens element when they show up.
It is extremely hot here. I have had no issues even though the lens/body of the cameras have been extremely hot to the touch. It would be interesting to have a stick on themometer on the 70-200 and on the body during a 2 hour or so jaunt in the sunlight to see what temps they reach. I have Extreme III (old) cards along with RiData cards of which no problems occurred.
I do wish I had a longer lens and a shorter lens with me. Other than that, no issues at all.
With a longer lens this could have filled more of the frame instead 75% of the frame has been cropped away.
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