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I wanted to get some insight from some folks on photography in the backcountry. I've been an avid amateur\consumer photographer for several years since picking up my first generation Digital Rebel back around 2000. Historically I was mostly point-shoot but in the last couple years I've started to move into more serious photography and upgrading both my skills\knowledge and my equipment. I really gravitate towards nature, wildlife, and landscape photography but I'm finding it comes with some challenges.
Lens Selection - Last year I replaced my stock lens that came with my Canon T1I with a Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM. I'm very happy with this as my standard "walk about" lens but it doesn't have the reach I want\need so I've been saving up for an additional lens. I've been looking at the the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM and the EF 100-400mm IS USM but weight and size become a great issue with lugging around the larger lens (especially the 100-400). Does anyone have any experience taking lenses such as these onto hikes? I've tried to find some local places where I can rent a lens for a weekend to try it out (raleigh,nc) but I've had no luck. I'm also concerned about changing lenses too much and getting crap\dust in the frame so although it would nice to carry a lens for each scenario, the weight and potential damage swapping lenses is a concern.
Tripod - Any suggestions on a lightweight but sturdy tripod that's hiking\backpack friendly?
Camera\Lens Care - I carry a LowePro TopLoad Pro 70 AW on my hikes which has some good padding\protection and a nice all weather cover but I still get concerned. I typically carry a large plastic ziplock bag for wet days and all my lenses have filters. I plan to upgrade in the future to a Canon 5D Mark II frame which has a more rugged frame (among other perks) then my T1I but does anyone have any general suggestions on camera care and packing?
btw - It would be great to have an outdoor photography section on the site :)
Sorry for such a long laundry list of questions but I appreciate any advice. Thanks!