Taking my t2i on the ski slopes. Tips?
October 15, 2010 7:52 AM   Subscribe

Taking my t2i on the ski slopes. Tips?

Just bought a t2i and plan on using it a lot for skiing. Couple concerns.

1. Recommendations on a bag? Lots of people seem to like the Lowepro slingshot. I want something that gives easy access. Might actually like a chest pack but not sure.

2. The cold. I know enough not to take the camera out indoors w/out letting the temperature regulate first, but will it just being in the cold for that long harm it? I know cold is actually better for most electronics, but not the lcd screen. Anything else in there I need to worry about.

3. I got the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lenses with it. Others I should consider (although they're all out of my price range for this season).

4. SD cards. I plan on shooting a decent amount of video so I think I'll want a class 6 card. I also don't want my fps in burst mode to decline w/ a slower card. I found a ridata 16gb class 6 card and it's $8 cheaper than a 16gb class 2 sandisk. Is there that much of a speed difference between sandisk and the off brands? How about quality? I've almost always strictly bought sandisk but it was never a big price difference because they were all class 2.

5. Anyone have much experience shooting in the snow or on the slopes? Backcountry?

Thanks Mefiers!
posted by no bueno to Technology (4 answers total)
Yeah, make sure you get a good neutral density filter for your lenses. I have a lowepro slingshot and love it for skiing. I started shooting last winter while skiing, so I'll be following this thread as well. I have also found that for sports shots, having a prime lens or a fast zoom lens is your best asset, though I use my 50 mm 1.8 alot.
posted by TheBones at 9:20 AM on October 15, 2010

I got a nice case of bag lust over cloak bags the other day.
posted by knowles at 12:21 PM on October 15, 2010

Response by poster: @knowles - that is a pretty cool idea for a bag but I don't foresee it working so well while on the slopes.
posted by no bueno at 8:08 PM on October 16, 2010

Response by poster: Just in case anyone is still monitoring this or has a similar question. I went w/ the Lowepro Slingshot 202 aw and a squaretrade warranty. The bag is amazing. I've fallen about 3-4 times on diamonds w/ bumps, usually pretty hard, and the camera, lenses and bag are all still in mint condition. I cannot recommend this bag highly enough. Easy to swing in front of you if you're getting on the lift and plenty big to carry everything. I threw a couple of silica packets in to help keep the moisture out, I think that helped a lot. The all weather cover that pulls out the bottom and slides over it is great for when it's snowing.
posted by no bueno at 1:36 PM on December 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

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