ro Wonder what photography and rock climbing have a couple things in common? Gear, and pontificating about the right gear for the right job. This week I’ll be sharing the best cameras for casual an
Wonder what photography and rock climbing have a couple things in common?
Gear, and pontificating about the right gear for the right job.
This week I’ll be sharing the best cameras for casual and semi-pro photographers to carry for climbing.
Climbing is always pretty inspiring, and at least 90% of the time the views are more epic at the top of a hard route.
So, are you a regular climber who wants to snap some photos along the way, and at the top? Or are you an aspiring pro photographer who wants to take it to the next level?
The differences between these two goals will help you determine what path to take.
Your investment in time & equipment will be different if you have professional aspirations. Expect to spend more for equipment and time working on the photography than the climbing.
So read on for my recommendations for wherever you fit on this spectrum.
If you’re like most climbers you want a camera to shove in your pack and sling to your harness on routes.
If any of these goals line up with yours. I’d keep my eyes set on an all weather point and shoot camera or a rugged case and tether for your phone.
Major camera manufacturers are going to have a range of outdoor friendly cameras.
Canon: Canon PowerShot D30: Waterproof, GPS, Image Stabilization for your pumped forearms. :)
Fuji: Fujifilm FinePix XP90: This looks to be a great option, and like the others in durability.
GoPro: If you’re outdoorsy you’ve likely got one of these. Put a lanyard on it, or attach it to your harness and you are golden. GoPro - Cameras: Anything released by these cats in the last year or two is going to be more than enough. GoPro - Cameras: Anything released by these cats in the last year or two is going to be more than enough.
Olympus: Olympus Tough TG-4: This is a cool looking camera. If you are especially rough on things this is the way to go. It is a great one for trad climbers or off-width climbers. :)
If the above goals resonate with you in any way, and you take your photos seriously. You don’t mind putting in the time to create some awesome shots of your friends slaying hard routes.
You also don’t mind setting up a top rope so you can practice getting shots of your friend’s faces as they climb hard. :)
Sony: - I shoot most of my work now with Sony A Series equipment. Particularly the Sony A7ii and A7Rii have been amazing for me and my work. - Sony A6000, A6300, A6500: This series is a very close second for me. These are crop sensor cameras but have fast burst rates and stellar autofocus capabilities.
Nikon: - Nikon D5600: A great crop sensor entry level camera that’ll more than get the job done. - Nikon D500: This is a great entry level full frame option. - Nikon D5: This is what the big boys play with for sure. It has a steep investment to get it, but if you’ve got the cash and skills to use this beast it is very capable.
Canon: - Canon EOS 80D: Is a great entry level full frame camera that’ll get the job of a rock climbing photographer done. - Canon EOS 7D MARK II: Middle of the road between these two. Plenty of speed and capabilities to shoot climbing. - Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: This is the beast for the Canon line. Similar expense, durability, and capabilities as its expensive friend the Nikon D5.
I’d love to hear your tips and recommendations.