Pre-Exodus, Burning Man 2008

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"How do you protect your camera?!" When I hear this, I assume you haven't taken any photos at Burning Man.

The safety of your gear and the amount/quality of photos are inversely proportional. I know which is more important to me, and prioritize accordingly. You can get a new camera, but not those photos again.

Photo by Martin Smith, friend and Blight crew member.

See my post-burn report at

PS: this is my personal gear, not paid for nor provided by any organization (other than The Blight, and that's me.)

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  1. scottlondon 69 months ago | reply

    Hats off to you, Mr. Nightshade. I agree with (and can attest to) every word you've said in this long thread.

  2. shane.gooseman 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Geheimsache EXPLORE, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. mr. nightshade 69 months ago | reply

    Thank you very kindly, good sir Scott. Will you be on-playa this year? I greatly look forward to your unique -- and stellar -- images, as I have every year that I've gone (plus-one).

  4. topfloor 68 months ago | reply

    What a cool shot of a beaten camera :-)

  5. jessytimko 67 months ago | reply

    Okay I didn't read all the comments. But am I the only one that's gonna point out that the shot itself is kinda sexy? :) Something about a man that'll get dirty for the shot ;)

  6. SDPHOTOFORUM.COM 67 months ago | reply


    The Comments on this thread are awesome!

  7. skinner08 66 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called photos of photographers in action, and we'd love to have this great photo added to the group!

  8. .AF648 [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

    wow, unbelievable

  9. mr. nightshade 65 months ago | reply

    If any of you fine folk would like to see what my camera looked like after the burn this year (hint: much worse) you can see it here:

    What my camera looked like after this year's Burning Man.


  10. Aristotle Liu 63 months ago | reply

    Amazing. That's what I like to see. A camera being used in action!!

  11. Antakistas 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called digital eye: people taking photos, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. -PHZY- 60 months ago | reply

    for dust i think a700 is ok, don't it still ok with water

  13. J. Albano Photography 57 months ago | reply

    leo Pan☻☆ With regular water (i.e. not salt water), it does fine. I wouldn't recommend submerging it in water, because that almost always ruins any electronics. As far as the camera getting wet- I have shot in really wet conditions multiple times for extended periods (3 hours+), for various events. Since I cover fires for, I have to go out in rain/bad weather. One time, I was hit with a fire hose as they shot it out the window that I was taking pictures of. I wiped it off, and kept going.

    These things don't need to be babied (especially if you have the 4 year, no questions asked, whether you broke it or it broke by itself, warranty!)

  14. PeacockDesigns 36 months ago | reply

    Ziplock freezer bags,, serious camera saVers.

  15. ~~AragornPrime~~ 36 months ago | reply

    wonderful discussion

  16. Kevin -Flushing Michigan 33 months ago | reply

    The Sony A77 w/ Sony 16-50 f/2.8 and the HV-F43AM flash would be a killer combo for burning man this year you could just dump water on it to rinse it off even on the flash head :D I am still using my A700 "I did buy the A77 " The old A700 I love the abuse it has taken and still produces top quality images it never looked as dusty as yours though :D

  17. Mart Bee 29 months ago | reply

    Very nice !

  18. MyPicturesRestored 16 months ago | reply

    Awesome! I took my Alpha 77 to the South of Chile recently and it was very dusty + we got to a glaciar area, pretty extreme UV etc. Apart from brief zoom lens 'lock' the Sony did wonderfully. ACE cameras, always loved 'em since Cybershot 2.1 megapixel 1998!!!

  19. la patriota [deleted] 10 months ago | reply

    Este Sony si que ha lo mejor

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