Using remote DSLR cameras to capture wildlife in remote locations can be a real challenge. There are so many issues associated with managing the correct equipment to maximise the most out of the time you will have the cameras deployed. Batteries, weather conditions, cable protection from rodents eating into cables, humidity in tropical habitats etc. However the images they will produce can be spectacular and the secrets they reveal of the lives of species most of us will never see or experience can be incredible. The set up I am profiling here is a design that is constantly changing and improving. I use Nikon DSLR’s, the D7100 and D7200 matched with either Nikon or Tokina wide angle primes or short zoom lenses. To Be Continued..
The pelican 1300 is the best sized case I have found for DSLRs. They are not too expensive, are tough and weather proof and can be easily modified to fit mounts and a filter plate on the front. After cutting a hole in the front of the pelican case, an aluminium plate with a 77mm UV filter screwed into the plate provides a good weather proof opening in the case for the lens, Its screw mounted to the fromt of the case with a silicon sealant applied to provide water proofing. The RAM mount bracket then screws into a custom made aluminium mounting plate that is attached directly on to the bottom of the pelican case allowing a strong, flexible mounting option. To Be Continued..