The photographic equipment I use will undergo rather tough conditions of outside life and extreme temperatures. Conditions it may not have been designed for.
For this, I need a robust camera, but which should not be to expensive in case it breaks. I chose the Nikon D90 for it, as it is going out of production soon (makes it cheaper) and very capable. It has a long battery lifetime and is lightweight compared to the competitors in his class. As on this trip every gram will count and my opportunities to recharge the camera will be rare sometimes, it is my camera of choice.
I use it with the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f1.8 prime lens. It is a very sharp, lightweight, and cheap lens, giving me lots of pleasure using it.
Why prime? Why no zoom-lens?
Well, one can cover a wide range of subject with a prime lens. The only thing one has to do is: move oneself. This is a feature in photography. One is forced to think about the subject already when getting ready to take the picture. The prime lens is lighter then a zoom lens, has less bulk and delivers sharper images at lower light.
And those are just some of the reasons why I love prime lenses.
To protect and broaden the lens’s range of use I use two filters: One is the always-on UV-filter by Hoya, the other a polarizing filter to make brilliant landscape photos (although I’d love to try the effect in portrait photography). In dusty and misty conditions I will be able to still make considerable neat pictures.
Energy will be supplied by 2 spare batteries, which I have to recharge from time to time. In the areas I traveled so far, electricity has never been a problem. Even if so, I reckon I could do one month of photography with this set of batteries.