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Photos and Video
My primary camera body is a new Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2. This camera has been fantastic to shoot with. In combination with Sandisk Extreme (Class 10) 32GB SDHC cards, I’ll be using the following lenses to capture stills (16 MP, RAW) and video (1080, 24 fps, AVCHD):
- LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH Lens
- LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm Lens
- LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
Not to be overlooked is my secondary camera, the GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition. I plan to use this amazing device’s “timed interval” setting, whereby it takes still pictures (11 MP, JPEG) every n seconds, which for me will likely be every 30 seconds. I will use it to film high definition 1080p on the most scenic rides, but think its strength will really be that it is functioning as a backup to the main camera. Also, there will be so many scenic turnouts, that I can’t stop everywhere. Using the GoPro will at least provide a good chance of capturing great pictures while riding.
I’ll be using my 17″ MacBook Pro with USB hard drive backup to capture all of the trip’s media and events.
GPS and Communication
For live tracking and emergency purposes, I will be using a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger unit. These are fantastic devices that if necessary, provide emergency/911 services. Also, the unit creates an XML feed with near real-time capability to track where I am on a Google Map. There’s an approximate 15 minute latency between the site and where I actually am.
My helmet, a Shoei Multitec, is equipped with the Sena SMH10 Bluetooth communication system.